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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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Challenge gifts from alumni launch campaign for SIMM

Sep 18, 2017 |

2017-18 #Bonas SIMM membersBy Susan Anderson

Hoping to inspire others, St. Bonaventure University alumni Christopher and Eileen Kinslow and the advisory board of Students in Money Management (SIMM) have issued a $16,250 challenge match as SIMM launches a six-week crowdfunding campaign.

Titled the #SIMMChallenge, the fundraising initiative aims to boost the level of the student-managed investment portfolio as well as sustain and enhance the SIMM student experience both inside and outside the classroom.

Founded in 2004, SIMM is an experiential learning program in which students in any major can learn about the investment process while helping to manage approximately $500,000 in real financial assets.

The Kinslows and advisory board members will match gifts to the campaign, dollar for dollar up to $16,250, beginning today through October 31. The Kinslows have pledged $10,000 as a challenge, with the board members funding the remainder of the challenge.

“Our hope for the campaign is that it will inform a greater number of alumni about the SIMM program so that they will be excited to not only donate financially, but participate with the students by inviting them to their companies or by coming to Bona’s and meeting with the students and sharing knowledge,” said Eileen (Madigan) Kinslow, a 1986 St. Bonaventure graduate who holds a BBA in accounting.

Members of the advisory board include: Tony Annunziato, ’71; Ed Evans, ’85; Bridget Karg, ’08; Chris Kinslow,’85; Sean Lynch, ’06; Kevin Mjaatvedt, ’11; Chris O’Donnell, ’86; and Rene Pochop, ’86.

“With the new investment into the fund, we’ll use that to give each student a better learning experience every day in the classroom,” said Gunnar Schifley, a senior finance major and co-general manager of SIMM. “We hope the St. Bonaventure community will take on the SIMM Challenge and invest in us.”

To join in the challenge, visit www.sbu.edu/SIMMChallenge. For more information, interested persons can contact Janet Glogouski, Advancement Officer, at (716) 375-4084 or jglogous@sbu.edu.

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About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things.  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 #5 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. 

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