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For more information about the accounting program, please contact the Department Chair:

Dr. C. Joseph Coate 
Phone: (716) 375-2277
106C Swan Business Center

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What Can I Do With This Major?


Accounting graduates continue to be in great demand, a trend that will continue through 2017 and beyond, say higher education analysts. Not only are graduates finding vast opportunities and lucrative salaries, but most are landing jobs before they're done with school.

Nearly all of our accounting graduates (98 percent) have a job offer in hand before commencement.

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 both 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.

Two accounting degree plans available:

  • BBA: The 120-hour Bachelor of Business Administration prepares accounting students to work in a variety of accounting and business fields, tailored to their individual interests.
  • BBA and MBA: This 4+1 program (150 hours in total) is structured so that students first earn a BBA in accounting and then an MBA in professional accountancy. With careful planning, both can be completed in 5 years ... or less.

Accounting Program Advantages

  • Be In Demand: 98% of our accounting students have a job offer before graduation, and recruiters from regional and national accounting firms visit campus regularly and begin identifying our best prospects in their sophomore years, frequently offering internships that pave the way for employment upon graduation.
  • Accredited Programs: 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. 
  • Small Class Size: An 11:1 student to faculty ratio means that your professors will work with you 1:1 to identify and provide the best opportunities and resources to match your interests and ambitions.
  • Integrated 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.
  • Internships: You are required to complete an internship, an opportunity to gain invaluable on-the-job experience and make you a stronger job candidate.

Accounting Careers

With your BBA and MBA in hand, you will be prepared for a career in public accounting as well as higher-level entry points into major banks, corporations, government agencies and other organizations. Starting salaries are growing for finance professionals in the U.S. and hiring demand for recent college graduates is on the rise. Students who choose to major in accounting go on to find jobs in the following career fields:

  • public accounting
  • corporate accounting
  • government
  • nonprofit organizations
Learn more about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people accounting majors.

Student Spotlight

Accounting students and alumni speak out about St. Bonaventure, student life, Franciscan values, and the career advantages of being an accounting grad. 


Faculty Research & Honors

    Nov 14, 2017

    Darwin King
    Professor of Accounting, School of Business
    Professor Darwin King, together with Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of business information systems, and Julianna R. Carney, MBA student, had a paper titled “Fortune 100 Mission Statement Content: 2001 and 2016 Similarities and Differences" published in the Academic and Business Research Institute 2017 St. Louis International Conference Proceedings.

    Also, King and Edward D. King published an article in the September issue of the Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly. The article was titled "Employee or Independent Contractor?" This article reviewed regulations to properly categorize a worker for payroll and tax purposes. This question was reviewed from three aspects. First, the common law principles that determine whether a worker is an employee or not. Second, the definition of an employee according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act. Third, the article reviewed recent court decisions that determined if a worker was an employee or independent contractor. This question has been actively debated since the Fair Labor Standards Act was originally passed in 1938.

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Grasp every opportunity

Senior accounting major Patrick Hogan says choosing Bona's is the best decision he's ever made.

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