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St. Bonaventure University

Accounting Program

We're a 2020 Best Value, with a No. 5 ranking on College Factual's list of Best Accounting Colleges for the Money in New York.

Through a combination of innovative coursework that balances analytical thinking and creativity, one-to-one interaction with faculty, attractive internships, and an opportunity to earn your BBA in accounting and your MBA in professional accountancy in five years or less, SBU accounting graduates are well-equipped to achieve professional success.

Demand for accountants is a steady climb, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means there will be job for you when you graduate.

98% of our students have a job offer before they graduate.

Grasp the Opportunity

Accounting major and rugby player Patrick Hogan says choosing St. Bonaventure is the best decision he's ever made, and he'll take with him memories to last a lifetime.

Two undergraduate degree options

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
    The 120-hour BBA prepares accounting students to work in a variety of accounting and business fields, tailored to their individual interests.
    Degree requirements & a 4-year plan of study.

  • 4+1 BBA & Master of Business Administration
    This 150-hour program is structured so that students earn a BBA in accounting and then an MBA in professional accountancy. With careful planning, both degrees can be completed in 5 years or less.
    • Early Assurance Program: Prospective freshmen who meet certain qualifications may be granted early assurance to the 150-hour 4+1 BBA/MBA program. This waives the requirement to take the GMAT and qualifies graduates to sit for the New York CPA exam.
      Details at 4+1 BBA/MBA Early Assurance

A minor in accounting
For non-majors, a minor in accounting provides a solid grounding for anyone planning to work in the banking or financial industry, and can help increase your understanding of how financial theories are used and applied. Requirements for a minor in accounting.

Why study accounting at St. Bonaventure?

For starters, our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get plenty of one-on-one attention from caring professors who know you, your interests and your ambitions. But that's not all:

  • AACSB accreditation
    The School of Business is accredited through The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), ensuring parents and students that we are meeting tough standards and providing a top-quality education.
  • On-the-job experience through a required internship
    Major accounting firms, including the "Big 4," actively recruit on campus for internships and full-time positions.
    See School of Business Internships
  • Bona graduates are in demand
    Recruiters from regional and national accounting firms visit campus regularly and begin identifying our best prospects in their sophomore year, frequently offering internships that pave the way for employment upon graduation.
  • An emphasis on ethics
    We are committed to educating outstanding future managers and leaders who incorporate the Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service to others
  • McQuade Center for Accounting Excellence
    St. Bonaventure's McQuade Center provides scholarships, programming, faculty development and the opportunity to work with faculty on educational and research-related internships.
    See McQuade Center

Chart showing high percentage of accounting graduates working in their field Source: Emsi Data

Data collected from 189 SBU accounting graduates between 2008-2020 shows that 89% are employed in the field, and nearly 75% live and work in WNY.

Outcomes & placement rates

Accounting is as much about communication as it is numbers. With your BBA in accounting from SBU you will be prepared with the necessary skills to analyze complex business challenges and clearly communicate solutions for success.

In other words, you'll be more than ready to step into your first job in accounting.

Learn more at Outcomes & Placement Rates

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    The people here are amazing. You can sense the pride for this school, and I knew I had to be part of it.

    Patrick Cole, BBA/MBA, '19, '20
    Student Testimonials

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      Dec 02, 2022 | Graduate student Victoria Vega of Hornell will give the student address during St. Bonaventure University’s December Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17.

      Nov 18, 2022 | Building connections and feeding the community is what junior Dan Schiffhauer and freshman Cecelia Byrne do every Friday at St. Bonaventure University’s Warming House. Along with other volunteers through Bona’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern (FCSC), Dan and Cecelia might serve between 40 and 80 meals on any given day at the Warming House. They also strive to bring a greater benefit to those they serve than just a hot meal.

      Nov 03, 2022 | Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, and Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of management information systems, presented a second paper at the International Conference of the Institute for Global Business Research (IGBR), held Oct 5-7.