Business Administration and Accounting Special Opportunities

The Baker-Simpson Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

This extraordinary opportunity is available to motivated, capable, and creative Hartwick students from all academic majors who identify as women. Simon Baker ’93 works with Hartwick faculty to create this immersive, mentored professional internship experience at San Francisco start-up companies.

The student experience begins with a one-credit preparatory course the spring semester before the summer of the entrepreneurship experience. Following their on-site work, Baker-Simpson Fellows mentor the next year’s program applicants.

Entrepreneur Simon Baker ’93 started the Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurship Fellowships at Hartwick in 2014 with the support of his mentor and friend Barclay Simpson. Baker, Sharon Simpson, and the PSB Foundation continue to support the initiative, reimagining the successful model as the Baker-Simpson Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

An economics and French double major at Hartwick, Simon Baker played DI soccer for the Wick. He is the founder and CEO of BakerAvenue Asset Management. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Dallas, and Seattle.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Hartwick College serves as an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Tax Assistance site since AY2019.  We are the only VITA/TCE site in the region to offer ALL YEAR no-cost tax service. This program offers an extraordinary professional experiential learning and development opportunity for our students.

Coordinated by Assistant Professor Li Luo (CPA), our site provides free tax consulting and preparation service to the local community as well as across the country, to serve low to middle-income individuals including those facing physical and other disabilities and international residents and foreign students & scholars unfamiliar with US tax laws.

Hartwick IRS-certified students prepared 392 federal and/or state returns, achieving a 100% acceptance rate with zero errors. Their combined 300+ hours of on-site and virtual service saved people in need $61,870.00 in preparation and filing fees, and secured combined refunds and Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks) of $568,435.00 in 2021.

The Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

The hub for outside-the-box thinking and creative problem solving on campus is the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI). The GCCI offers students a work environment to develop ideas, meet outside experts and practitioners, produce prototypes, and refine solutions.

Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

Investment Club

The student run Investment Club provides unique hands-on experience in stock investment and portfolio management as well as a venue for meeting and learning from veteran investors, experienced financial professionals and peers from other university investment clubs.

University Innovation Fellowship Program

A competitive year-long campus leadership opportunity in innovation and entrepreneurship that culminates in sponsored travel to Google and Stanford University.

Student-Faculty Research Collaboration

Our collaborations are challenging and fun experiences where students work one-on-one with a business faculty member on topical academic research. Students acquire vital skills such as articulating an interesting research question, conducting a review of the literature, constructing and analyzing data, and writing for an academic audience. This experience prepares students for graduate programs in business and related disciplines.

Clarkson 4+1 MBA Program

As a Clarkson 4+1 partner institution, Hartwick shares an articulation agreement that ensures that our students have the ability to plan their undergraduate program to include courses that serve as prerequisites for the Clarkson MBA. By meeting these requirements, students will be able to complete the Clarkson MBA in one year.

Also, as a graduate of Hartwick College, any student who enrolls in the Clarkson MBA program will automatically be awarded the Clarkson 4+1 Fellowship:

  • $10,000 Tuition Scholarship
  • $4,000 Travel Scholarship
  • $3,000 graduate assistant position
  • A streamlined application process

The list of courses that follow shows the equivalent courses at Hartwick that fulfill the prerequisites to complete the One Year MBA program at Clarkson. Hartwick College Course Equivalents (in italic) are as follows:

Accounting: Financial and Managerial
ACCO 101 and ACCO 102Economics: Micro and Macro
ECON 101 and ECON 102Corporate Finance
BUSA 280Operations/Production Management
BUSA 348Computer Science: Information Systems
CISC 120
Statistics and Quantitative Methods
MATH 108 or MATH 308Law and Society
BUSA 310Organizational Behavior
BUSA 230Principles of Marketing
BUSA 240

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Carlena Cochi Ficano, Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at

4+1 Programs in Sustainability

Hartwick College has developed a bachelor’s/master’s degree articulation agreement with Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC). The agreement allows students to earn a bachelor’s from Hartwick in four years and a Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability or a Master of Science in Sustainable Fashion in one year of intensive study.

Hartwick offers a dual degree program that allows students to develop a specialty in sustainability. The articulation agreement provides multiple opportunities for Hartwick students to enroll in a fast-tracked master’s program that can be completed in one year.

Benefits of Hartwick’s GCNYC partnership include:

  • Streamlined application process – application fee waiver and one letter of reference.
  • Hartwick seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to complete an online GCNYC course tuition-free (a $4089 value). Course credit will be applied to either the Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability or the Master of Science in Sustainable Fashion program upon matriculation.
  • Hartwick graduates will receive substantial scholarships:
  • Those with a 3.5 GPA or higher at Hartwick receive a scholarship of $10,000 and a graduate assistantship of $3,000 with GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact & Innovation.
  • Those graduating with a GPA of 3.0 – 3.49 at Hartwick receive a scholarship of $7,500 and a graduate assistantship of $3,000 with GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact & Innovation.

Syracuse University Affiliations

Hartwick College shares an affiliation agreement with Syracuse University for a number of their Masters Programs. In each instance, Syracuse University will accept Hartwick students into their programs who meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • GMAT score of at least 600
  • Demonstration of strong characteristics of leadership
  • A continued record of good citizenship and character
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Space availability in the chosen program

Further details for each of the programs can be found below:

Program Name Guaranteed Scholarship Prerequisite Course Requirements
MBA Program $25,000 N/A
MS in Finance $10,000 See Below
MS in Business Analytics $10,000 N/A
MS in Entrepreneurship $10,000 N/A
MS in Supply Chain $10,000 N/A
MS in Marketing $10,000 N/A
MS in Professional Accounting $10,000 See Below


Syracuse’s MS in Finance requires a number of prerequisites which can be met by achieving a minimum grade of C in the following Hartwick College Courses.

Syracuse MS in Finance Prerequisite Requirement Hartwick College Equivalent Course
Financial Accounting ACCO 101 Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting ACCO 102 Managerial Accounting
Managerial Finance BUSA 280 Finance
Data Analysis/Business Statistics BUSA 260 Quantitative Business
Economics for Managers Econ 100 Principles of Macroeconomics and

ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

Syracuse’s MS in Accounting requires a number of prerequisites which can be met by achieving a minimum grade of C in the following Hartwick College Courses.

Syracuse MS in Accounting Prerequisite Requirement Hartwick College Equivalent Course
Introduction to Financial Accounting ACCO 101 Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting ACCO 102 Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I ACCO 321 Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II ACCO 322 Intermediate Accounting II
Advanced Financial Accounting ACCO 491 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
Principles of Taxation ACCO 342 Taxation I
Auditing ACCO 421 Auditing

NOTE: Students will be required to take Cost Accounting and ACC 756 Advanced Financial Accounting as part of their academic plan at Syracuse.  This will extend the curriculum to 33 credit hours.  Therefore, degree completion may require more than two semesters of study.


Hartwick’s long-standing student-run Accounting & Business Society has recently affiliated as a chapter of the national DECA organization ( at the collegiate level.  This affiliation grants us access to leadership, entrepreneurship, and business planning conferences and competitions across the country and around the world.

Doing Business in January Term

Each January Term, the Business Administration and Accounting Department develops an international program specifically for its upper-class majors.  Previous course destinations include: Italy, India and China.  These courses include cultural excursions but highlight interactions with American and foreign businesses operating overseas.