Combined Degree Program B.S. Accounting to MBA in Business Management

Enrollment in this combined program allows highly qualified, current SUNY Empire State College students to work on the Masters of Business Administration in Business Management while completing the Bachelors of Science in Accounting degree. Up to 9 credits of designated master’s courses are incorporated into the bachelor’s degree program and will count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students who successfully complete the program are qualified to pursue CPA-150 licensure.

Program Requirements

The combined program requires 152 credits total, of which 36 are master’s credits leading to the MBA in Business Management. Students must meet all college, AOS and relevant concentration guidelines.

The program requires careful planning that should begin in the first term of a student’s undergraduate career at Empire State College. The student and the primary mentor should consult in planning the undergraduate degree program so that these requirements are met during undergraduate study and that the 9 credits of the MBA program are also included in the degree plan. Students must meet master’s expectations for academic progress and grade point average in their master’s level courses to remain in the combined program. 

Combined Program Admission

Admission into the combined program is highly selective. Matriculated undergraduate students may apply to the combined program and will complete all of the application requirements for the master’s degree program. The admission application process includes a review and recalculation of the most recent 60 credits earned (minimum GPA of 3.2), two recommendations (one must be from his/her SUNY Empire State College undergraduate primary mentor), and one application essay.

A concurred degree plan is not required to apply for the combined program.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must include undergraduate level courses in statistics (3 credits) and macroeconomics (3 credits) in their degree program.

Combined Program Courses

Empire undergraduate students incorporate 3 graduate courses (9 credits) from one of two concentrations: international business or management, into their undergraduate program. These 9 credits count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

International Business track (9 credits)

  • MGMT 6020 Leadership & Organizational Behavior, 3cr
  • MGMT 6025 Strategic Perspectives of Global Management, 3cr
  • MGMT 6075 International Financial Management, 3cr

OR Management track (9 credits)

  • MGMT 6020 Leadership & Organizational Behavior, 3cr
  • MGMT 6016 Financial Management, 3cr
  • MGMT 6025 Strategic Perspectives of Global Management, 3cr

Please note that this combined program also requires the completion of the following courses which take the place of two of the three required electives of the stand-alone MBA program. The courses would typically be taken once the student begins the remaining 27 graduate-level credits.

  • FSMA 6060 Strategic Cost Analysis, 3cr
  • FSMA 6080 International Accounting, 3cr