The atrium of the Swan Business Center is a popular spot for study and relaxation.

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

  • Bona Believers

    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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