Medaille faculty Dr. Watson with a student

Dual Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Medaille's dual degree in accounting prepares students for successful careers in public or private accounting. By combining a four-year undergraduate bachelor's degree with an additional year of graduate courses, students will meet New York State Education Department requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Western New York businesses are continually looking for individuals who have an aptitude for quantitative analysis and are able to analyze, compare and interpret facts and figures quickly and accurately. Many of our business graduates have been successful in accounting, and some have gone on to manage their own CPA firms or achieve partner status in a larger firm. Within our current economic climate, many individuals and businesses have been looking to start new business ventures. As the growth of start-ups continues to rise, the need for businesses to either contact the services of an accountant or to hire one on staff have increased. Medaille's program offers students an opportunity to join this growing industry.
Dr. Michael Lillis, professor and chair of the Business Department

As part of the major requirements, each student takes courses in management, marketing, finance, business law and management information systems.  The field experience requirement gives students the opportunity for "hands-on" experience applying what has been learned in the classroom to real business situations. Students frequently receive job offers through these internships.  Credits for work/life experience can also be earned by students who have had appropriate previous experience in related areas.

The ability to communicate well is essential in the accounting profession.  The liberal arts and sciences portion of the degree provides those necessary skills as well as a solid foundation in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and science.

International Assembly For Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) Accreditation

Medaille College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Buffalo Campus (Department of Business)

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

 Amherst and Rochester Campuses (Department of Management and Leadership)

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

The IACBE requires that every member disclose their learning outcomes assessment. The assessment results can be found in our annual report, available here: IACBE Annual Report 2012-13


I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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