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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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American diplomat and St. Bonaventure alumnus Matthew Cullinane to give campus talk

Sep 22, 2017 |

Matthew CullinaneAmerican diplomat and St. Bonaventure University alumnus Matthew P. Cullinane will return to his alma mater in October as this semester’s presenter in the university’s William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership speaker series.

Cullinane’s talk, “A View from the Inside,” will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the William F. Walsh Science Center auditorium. The event is free and open to all.

In keeping with the Foster Center’s focus on integrating Franciscan values with business and civic leadership, Cullinane will discuss the development of responsible, ethical, corporate and social leadership practices.

“Matthew will provide an insider’s view to achieving these ideals while pursuing a successful career spanning diplomacy, international trade, investment management and supply chain management,” said Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure.

“We think his talk will have broad appeal, that his experiences will be of interest not only to business students but to our international and study abroad programs, such as our China Studies and summer in Oxford programs,” said James. “Our hope is that he inspires our students to become future leaders in business and society who are guided by responsible, ethical decision-making.”

Cullinane, based in Washington, D.C., focuses on international trade, foreign assistance programs and U.S. overseas business interests at the United States Agency for International Development. He advises the White House Office of Trade on international development matters.

His overseas tours include U.S. embassies in Bangkok, Thailand, and Accra, Ghana. In 2015 he received a career commissioning as a Foreign Service officer, and now leads U.S. government partnerships with foreign governments, NGOs, and American companies in innovative global supply chain tracing programs.

He previously worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as an investment portfolio manager at Ginnie Mae, overseeing mortgage-backed securities trading. While at HUD, he served as acting deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs, managing the transition between the Bush and Obama administrations, and leading the successful recovery ground operations after Hurricane Ike.

Cullinane earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Bonaventure in 2006 and his MBA from St. Bonaventure in 2007. A native of Washington, D.C., he is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in Costa Rica and Argentina.

Cullinane will arrive on campus the day before his Monday talk. On Sunday evening, he will have dinner with Foster Center student ambassadors and Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business. On Monday, he’ll have breakfast with students and faculty involved with Embrace it Africa, a nonprofit organization created by SBU students to bring sustainable economic development to a small village in Uganda. He’ll have lunch with political science students and present to a classroom before giving his public talk.

The William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership is made possible through an endowment gift by Daria L. Foster, Managing Partner of Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC. The award honors her late husband, William C. Foster, ’62, who served on St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees from 2008 until his passing in 2010.

The Foster Center offers educational materials, practices and programs designed to engage students, staff and the community at large in dialogue aimed at providing leadership that adheres to Catholic Franciscan values.


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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