About the Major
Accounting is of major importance to organizations in today's
business environment. It is used to provide quantitative information,
primarily financial in nature, about economic entities that
are intended to be useful in making business decisions.
The role of today's accountant extends well beyond the traditional
duties of bookkeeper, encompassing a wide range of financial activities
including planning, analysis, and problem solving. Contemporary
accounting focuses on the ultimate needs of the users of financial
information and provides information to assist these users in making
reasoned choices among financial alternatives. Majors in accounting
will be exposed to all aspects of the accounting profession, including
financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, income taxes
and auditing. Courses are also offered in other current accounting
areas of interest, such as international accounting and governmental/not-for-profit-accounting.
The accounting program is flexibly designed to meet the needs of
students who wish to prepare for the CPA Exam and those who wish
to pursue other career paths. Students are prepared for graduate
studies in accounting, finance, management, public administration,
international business, and law.
Each student is assigned a personal advisor from among the
accounting faculty and receives personal attention regarding
educational and career guidance. This includes information
on corporate job opportunities, CPA certification, on-campus
interviews and an internship program available with large
and small accounting firms.
The major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
The Accounting Program provides a foundation which the graduate
can use to pursue a number of different career paths These
include public accounting (CPA), corporate accounting, and
international accounting. An accounting degree also provides
a solid foundation for career paths in government, finance,
The full-time Accounting faculty includes five members, all Certified
Public Accountants and one with a Doctorate in Accounting. In addition,
the faculty has a broad and varied range of professional accounting
and related business experience. This experience enables the faculty
to share both the theoretical and practical aspects of accounting
with students. All faculty members participate in continuing professional
education programs in order to stay proficient in contemporary issues.
A small number of visiting professors with a wide range of experience
also teach courses in the program.
Acceptance into the Accounting, Business Administration, Information
Systems, and International Business Majors:
1. Students with less than 45 credits who indicate Accounting, Business
Administration, Information Systems or International Business as
their major will be accepted as provisional business students.
2. Provisional students are automatically evaluated at the end of
the semester they achieve 45 or more credits. Students must have
a 2.5 GPA or better at 45 credits for official acceptance into SAB.
3. Students who have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or better at 45 credits
will receive written
notification of their acceptance into the School of Administration
Students with a GPA below 2.5 will be notified in writing to contact
Advisement Center to choose another major as well as their right
to submit an
Returning Ramapo Students and Transfer Students
1. Students transferring into Ramapo or with 45 or more credits
must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better to be accepted into the
School of Administration and Business.
2. Students transferring into Ramapo with less than 45 credits will
be accepted into SAB as
provisional students and evaluated on only their Ramapo credits
at the end of the semester
they achieve 45 or more credits. At least 15 credits must be Ramapo
3. Transfer students or returning Ramapo students with 45 or more
credits and a GPA of less than 2.5 who have been out of school for
more than 3 years may be accepted as provisional business students.
Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better for one semester
(15 credits) in order to continue the major.
For information on the 2.5 GPA Policy Appeals Process, see your
Business advisor or the SAB Unit secretary in Room A-233.