Department of Accounting at a Glance

  • Our faculty comprises scholars and practitioners, including an author of one of the nation’s leading textbooks on financial accounting. They are also outstanding mentors to Ithaca's accounting students, giving advice on both academic and professional concerns.
  • Our undergraduate and graduate programs provide a solid foundation for dynamic careers in accounting, consulting, and many other business fields.
  • With a focus on performance-based learning and small classes, we provide significant opportunities for active student learning and individualized attention.

Why a Degree in Accounting?

A degree in accounting

  • Provides broad skill and knowledge development
  • Is valued in many areas of business, since it fosters communication, interpersonal, and intellectual skills like conflict resolution, leadership, and time management
  • Opens doors for a multitude of jobs, including such managerial roles as controller, chief financial officer, and internal auditor

Why the Ithaca College Five-Year Accounting Program?

Our program provides

  • Enhanced professional skill development by emphasizing writing, speaking, leadership, computer applications, research skills, and job-search skills
  • Expanded opportunities for job placement (Our curriculum structure meets New York State's 150-hour educational requirements. Currently, 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico require 150 credit hours of coursework to sit for the CPA exam. Our program will therefore enable you to seek jobs in most states.)
  • Opportunities for academic minors and study abroad that can bring added dimensions to your learning

 The IC Accounting Experience = Active Learning

  • Over 90 percent of our students graduate with jobs in international, regional, and local public accounting firms in a wide variety of cities, from San Francisco to Boston.
  • The accounting major has a long tradition of graduating students who are very successful in public accounting and who later assume high-level managerial positions in major corporations. Moreover, our alumni have been instrumental in creating scholarships, providing internships, and being very accessible for on- and off-campus visits.
  • The program requires a full-time internship (usually paid) in the fourth year.
  • Students participate in our award-winning student organizations: The IC Accounting Association and IC NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) are both nationally affiliated and provide tremendous leadership-development experiences and networking opportunities.
  • Field trips are taken at least annually to a major metropolitan area to meet alumni, hear from top corporate executives and CPA firms, visit the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ, interview for internships and jobs, and have fun.
  • The department recognizes top students as tutors, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants.
  • Fifth-year students participate in the highly regarded Volunteers in Tax Assistance program, which completes and electronically files tax returns for local low-income residents. Our VITA program is noted for its high level of professionalism and learning because the faculty structures it as a tax practice in a CPA firm. 
  • The department provides support for taking the GMAT and CPA exams.

If you have any questions or want more information, feel free to contact us.

Contact Info

412 Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise

Chair: Jeffrey Lippitt