Associate Degree in Accounting |  Lackawanna College


At A Glance

Two-year, four-semester program based on real-life application.

Students can start working in the field in as little as two years and tailor their studies toward an area of accounting that most interests them.
Graduates will continue to see employment opportunities as the field is expected to grow 7% from 2020 to 2030.
Graduates can earn between $47,970 and $128,970, depending on experience and industry.
Available in Scranton, Hazleton, Hawley-Lake Region, Sunbury and Towanda

Welcome to Accounting-Associate Degree

If you’re a numbers person and budgets and financial analysis interests you, Lackawanna College’s Associate Degree in Accounting may be for you. The program prepares students to work in entry-level positions with corporate or non-profit businesses or to continue onto a four-year degree program.

Your Career Starts Here

The accounting field is expected to grow by 7% over the next 10 years, which means skilled professionals are needed. With an associate degree, graduates can work in a variety of entry-level clerk positions such as:

  • Banks
  • Investment companies
  • Brokerage firms
  • Finance departments of corporations
  • Forensic accounting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Small private offices

More About the Program

Lackawanna’s associate degree in Accounting provides students with the skills, training and knowledge they can use to jump start their careers. Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of basic accounting principles, practices and procedures.
  • Use computer programs for data entry, calculation, tax return preparation and more.
  • Apply the principles of managerial accounting to industrial situations.
  • Demonstrate mastery of financial principles related to corporate finance.
  • Define fundamental business principles through the study of law, management economics and statistics.

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified Public Accountant or holding a more senior position, Lackawanna’s associate degree graduates may want to continue their education by pursuing the College’s bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Others may find they have a strong foundation to enroll in the College’s bachelor’s degree in Business, which requires additional courses.

The Course Work

The two-year program provides graduates with knowledge in recordkeeping, studying and interpreting accounting data and thinking critically about businesses and their finances.

Areas of study that students typically encounter include:

  • Business Strategy
  • Business Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Business Logic and Ethics
  • Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Payroll
  • Integrated Accounting Applications

Additional Information

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Phi Beta Lambda (Business Club), which is an organization that helps expose students to the business world.

Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.