Contact Information

phone: (716) 839-8329


Dr. Sharlene G. Buszka
(716) 839-8428

Degrees Offered

The B.S. Accounting/M.S. Professional Accountancy is a 150-hour program registered with the New York Board of Accountancy to meet the educational requirements for the CPA exam in New York State.


Course Sequence


Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of Daemen College, the Accounting Degree philosophy embodies the ideals of elevating human dignity and fostering civic responsibility in a global perspective. Central to this will be the strong relationship between the department faculty and its students. The curriculum integrates the intellectual qualities acquired through study of the liberal arts with the education necessary for professional accomplishment.

The accounting degree is a professional degree registered with the New York State Board of Accountancy. As a result its professional component is guided by attention to the AICPA Core Competency Framework. The core competencies are categorized as functional (technical competencies most closely aligned with the value contributed by the accounting professional), personal (individual attributes and values) and broad business perspective (relating to understanding of internal and external business contexts) competencies. It is a skills-based curriculum rather than knowledge-based because the body of knowledge and the accounting profession are changing so rapidly. Although knowledge requirements will change with time, the competencies will have long-term value and will support a variety of career opportunities for the future accountant.

The curriculum also encourages close relationships with the professional community through a series of action learning internship positions. In addition to supplementing classroom knowledge, these internships also build the student’s resume and prepare the student to assume a professional position upon graduation. The graduates of this program will be contributing, well-rounded professionals of the global community

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Undergraduate Accounting Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge of core business concepts, as well as specialized knowledge appropriate to the accounting profession;
  2. Apply technology-based skills to compile and analyze data to support organizational decision-making;
  3. Communicate appropriate financial information and analyses within various business contexts;
  4. Prepare relevant financial information to support responsible decision-making;
  5. Integrate legal and ethical concepts to inform business decisions;
  6. Perform research to access, understand, apply and communicate relevant accounting information;
  7. Distinguish between alternate accounting treatments to effectively represent business transactions.

Master’s Student Learning Outcomes:

In addition to the student learning outcomes noted above, students in the master’s portion of the B.S./M.S. in Professional Accountancy will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced accounting theories and concepts to assess and represent accounting information;
  2. Integrate knowledge of advanced accounting and business concepts to inform business decisions;
  3. Formulate strategies, solutions and recommendations within various business contexts; and
  4. Assess complex accounting and business issues in an advanced global context.

Linda Eckert Kuechler & Herbert B Eckert Memorial Scholarship

The award is made to a senior level accounting major who has been accepted into the 150 hour professional accountancy program at Daemen College. Recipients are expected to be in good academic standing, to progress through the program on a full-time basis, and to exemplify ethical standards. An essay addressing why ethical behavior is good business is required of applicants. Further details may be obtained from the Department Chair.