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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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#Bona’s 2018 Kearns Business Lecture to focus on changing role of global leaders

Mar 22, 2018 |

For the sixth consecutive year, St. Bonaventure University alumnus and global businessman Richard Kearns will moderate a panel of international business executives for the Kearns Global Business Lecture.

Brian Kearns, Donard Gaynor, Dick Kearns and Jennifer TorendenThe presentation, titled “The Changing Role of Global Leaders — What it Takes to Succeed,” will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the St. Bonaventure campus.

“Leading in our complex world is an increasingly challenging task,” said Kearns, a retired chief administrative officer of Zürich Insurance Group and a 1972 St. Bonaventure graduate. “New business models, regulatory and geopolitical shifts, technology and cyber risks are just a handful of dynamic issues that need to be successfully balanced within organizations.”

Kearns and his panel of experts will examine skills that leaders need to master to successfully manage in this constantly changing global landscape.

“Lively and informative — that’s what every Kearns Global Business Lecture is,” said Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business. “Dick Kearns and his Globetrotter Team know the particulars of working across countries and cultures, and they are eager to share their vast knowledge with our students and other audience members.”  

Kearns, along with his wife, Maureen, launched the lecture series in 2013 to highlight diverse perspectives on global business matters. Each year, Kearns brings industry leaders to campus to underscore the need for today’s business students to develop a global mindset as they prepare to enter the work world.

From 2002 to his retirement in 2011, Kearns was based in Switzerland as Zürich’s chief administrative officer and Member of the Group Management Board. He is also a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner where he held senior global roles. Currently, he serves on the Boards and Audit Committees of Zürich’s U.S. subsidiaries. He served as a university trustee from 2000 to 2009, and in 2017 received the St. Bonaventure Alumnus of the Year Award. 

Joining Kearns on the panel will be:

Jennifer Torneden, senior vice president for Aon, a global brokerage firm. Before joining Aon in 2016, Torneden served in global, national and regional roles for Zürich Insurance for 16 years. She holds more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance and consulting industry, with expertise in change management, creating new capabilities and turnaround in marketing, sales and finance.

She currently serves on Aon’s Diversity and Inclusion Board and is on the Board of GrowthSource Academy, a nonprofit organization supporting women entrepreneurs.

Brian Kearns, vice president and CFO of BH Aircraft Co., a leading manufacturing company serving the aerospace and defense industries. Kearns began his career with the global professional services firm Ernst & Young, serving in the firm’s Audit and Advisory practice. In his 15 years with the company, Kearns participated in multiple international tours, bringing his experience to locations throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Donard P. Gaynor, a retired senior executive of Beam Global Spirits & Wine. Gaynor held a crucial role in Beam’s IPO and also served as a chief executive of Beam International. Additionally, he is a former senior executive of Seagrams and a PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner. Gaynor has held global roles throughout his career, including extensive time in the Asia/Pacific region.

Following the panel discussion, Kearns and his team will open the floor to a Q&A session. As in past years, the discussion will be live streamed at www.sbu.edu/KearnsLecture

The event is free and open to the public. Kearns and his team welcome local businesspeople to attend.

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