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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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From Bona’s to Wall Street: The power of SIMM

Oct 06, 2017 |

Ryland Wiseman, a Class of 2017 accounting and finance major, came to St. Bonaventure University in 2013 from Phoenix, Ariz., with his best friend.

While the trek from Arizona to Western New York is extensive, Wiseman quickly immersed himself in the Bona Bubble, joining BonaResponds and helping form the men’s club basketball team.

Ryland Wiseman is pictured at a Bloomberg machine in Swan Business CenterHe also joined Students in Money Management (SIMM), an experiential program in which students manage a real investment portfolio.

“Not only did I practice on-the-job skills and tasks each day in SIMM, but I was also initially exposed to the finance world there,” Wiseman explained, adding that his original background is in accounting. 

Wiseman said his time with SIMM allowed him to learn and understand finance at his own pace, and, within a year in the class.

Through his time in SIMM and connections made during networking trips to Chicago and New York City, Wiseman was able to secure a summer internship as an investment banking analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets. The internship turned into a full-time offer of employment.

“I learned skills in SIMM that I use every day on the job, starting with the basic one-minute markets and industry updates we did daily,” Wiseman said. “This kept me well read and taught me how to read through information and narrow down what’s important and worth reporting on.”

He said the resources SIMM provided put him ahead of his peers when it came time to get a job.

“Using Bloomberg and having that resource in the classroom was awesome,” he said. “I got to my internship and full-time job being ahead of other students who didn’t have one to use on their campus.”

The Bloomberg machine, a piece of industry technology, provides information that informs the buy and sell decisions of SIMM members.  

Wiseman said the class also taught students how to analyze companies’ stocks and learn to use the fundamentals of valuation, something he now uses daily in his work.

“In my opinion, if we want to continue placing students at top firms and positions, we need to continue to focus on SIMM in the business school,” he said.

The university recently launched a crowdfunding site to help boost funding for SIMM, featuring a $16,250 challenge match from alumni Chris and Eileen Madigan Kinslow and the SIMM Advisory Board. To make a gift and join the challenge, please visit www.sbu.edu/SIMMChallenge.

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