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Accounting

ACCOUNTING PROGRAM

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

 

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'Ethics Under Fire' is topic of April 16 Kearns Global Business Lecture at St. Bonaventure

Apr 01, 2015 |

The issues surrounding ethics and values are becoming more complex in a globalized era, which is why international businessman Dick Kearns is committed to developing cultural skills and a global mindset in today’s students.

Richard KearnsKearns and his wife, Maureen, sponsor the Kearns Global Business Lecture Series at St. Bonaventure University, an annual event that brings industry leaders to campus and highlights diverse perspectives on global business matters. 

“Ethics Under Fire” is the theme of this year’s lecture, beginning at 4 p.m. April 16 in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building.

Kearns, a 1972 graduate of St. Bonaventure and senior advisor for Zurich Insurance Group, will be joined by Edward F. Murphy, retired executive vice president and CFO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

“Ethical situations in business and in life are not always black and white,” said Kearns. “Ed and I will discuss examples of how to deal with the gray areas, including how to seek guidance when faced with difficult decisions.”

Edward F. MurphyMurphy is a veteran financial and audit executive with more than 40 years’ experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JPMorgan Chase, and Coopers & Lybrand. Zions Bancorporation elected Murphy to its Board of Directors in July 2014, where he is a member of the Risk Oversight Committee and the Audit Committee. Murphy also serves as the first Mentor in Residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. He holds a CPA and earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 1974 from Pace University, where he has served as a Trustee since 1997.

Kearns began his career at Price Waterhouse in 1972 and was admitted to the partnership in 1984. He was appointed leader of Global Partner Affairs following the merger that created PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998. In September 2002, Kearns joined Zurich’s senior management team in Switzerland and continues to act as a senior advisor as well as a director of its U.S. companies. He served as a University Trustee from 2000 to 2009. 

“St. Bonaventure is honored to host Dick Kearns and Ed Murphy, both of whom hold a deep understanding of the importance of companies establishing ethical cultures,” said Dr. Carol Fischer, Interim Dean of Business. “They have spent numerous years working abroad and will also discuss the challenges of ethics and culture in a global environment.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Local business leaders should find the program relevant and are encouraged to attend.

Questions may be submitted in advance of the lecture via Twitter at @SBUBullishOnBiz by including the hashtag #Kearns.

For more information, interested persons can contact Angela Nelson in the Office of University Advancement at (716) 375-2507 or anelson@sbu.edu.

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