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

Michael Kasperski, C.P.A. 
Phone: (716) 375-2634
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What Can I Do With This Major?



Accounting graduates continue to be in great demand. Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% in the decade ending in 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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.

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Dr. Carol Fischer named interim dean of School of Business

Feb 18, 2015 |

Dr. Carol FischerDr. Carol Fischer has been named interim dean of St. Bonaventure University’s School of Business by Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. 

Fischer had been serving as executive in charge of the School of Business since Jan. 1. Dr. Pierre Balthazard stepped down in December to become dean of the School of Business at California State University at Sacramento.  

A 1980 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Fischer has been a faculty member in St. Bonaventure’s Department of Accounting since 1985, becoming a full professor in 2001 and serving as chair of the department from 1999 to 2004. 

Fischer previously served as interim dean from December 2011 through May 2012. She was also associate dean in fall 2011, and again from fall 2012 through December 2014. 

“We have outstanding faculty and staff in the School of Business who are committed to our students’ success both inside and outside of the classroom,” Fischer said. “I am honored by the support of my colleagues to take on the challenge of leading the school during this period.”

The School of Business, which just opened the William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center in 2013, will continue to evolve during the search for a new dean, Fischer said. 

“We are continually engaged in integrating technology in our curriculum and offering opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning,” she said. “This semester, we are revising the MBA program and reviewing our undergraduate programs to ensure they continue to be relevant in preparing students to develop into ‘responsible leaders for the greater good and bottom line.’”

A search committee to find a permanent replacement is in the process of being formed, Fischer said. She will serve as interim dean until a replacement is found.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #3 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.    

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