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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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ROTC cadets commissioned as second lieutenants in #BonasGrad2018 ceremony

May 13, 2018 |

Courtney Newhouse, a management major with minors in marketing and family business from Bradford, Pa., is commissioned as a second lieutenant Saturday.
Graduating seniors who served as cadets in the Seneca Battalion of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at St. Bonaventure University were commissioned as second lieutenants on Saturday.

The commissioning ceremony, held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus, was followed by the Silver Dollar Salute, a traditional event in which each newly commissioned officer hands a silver dollar to the first soldier who salutes him. Cadets choose someone instrumental in their upbringing, education or training for this honor.

A number of awards were also presented to the graduating cadets.

Commissioned were: 

Noel Baez, a sport studies major with a concentration in human movement sciences from Walden, N.Y. Baez joined ROTC his freshman year, receiving a three-and-a-half-year scholarship, and he served as commander of St. Bonaventure’s Seneca Battalion. He was commissioned as an active duty field artillery officer. The son of Wendy E. and Luis A. Baez Jr., he received two senior military science awards: the American Veterans of World War II Award and the George C. Marshall ROTC Award.

Kevin Matthew Carson, a computer science major from Shinglehouse, Pa. He joined ROTC his freshman year, receiving a three-year scholarship. Carson served as Alpha Company commander for the Seneca Battalion and was commissioned as an active duty infantry officer. He is the son of Russell W. and Shelly E. Carson.

Nicholas Paul Clancy, a sociology major with minors in criminology and business administration from West Seneca, N.Y. Clancy joined ROTC his freshman year, earning a four-year scholarship. He served as S5, the cadet in charge of public and community relations, for the Seneca Battalion and was commissioned as an active duty field artillery officer. The son of Terry P. and Penelope D. Clancy, he received a senior military science honor, the 8th District American Legion Military Excellence Award.

Breandan Joseph Cunningham, an accounting major from Rocky Point, N.Y. He joined ROTC his freshman year on a three-year scholarship, and served as Seneca Battalion commander and executive officer as a cadet. Cunningham was commissioned as an active duty infantry officer. The son of Christopher J. and Kim A. Cunningham, he received two senior military science awards: the 8thDistrict American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Leadership Award. He was also honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Nicholas Gaglio, a management major from Rochester, N.Y. Gaglio joined ROTC on a three-year scholarship and was commissioned as a National Guard infantry officer. He is the son of Stephen J. and Laura Gaglio.

Ian James Mclellan, a management major from Rochester, N.Y. He joined ROTC as a sophomore, earning a two-and-a-half-year scholarship, and served Seneca Battalion as executive officer and S3, the cadet who oversees operations. He was commissioned as an active duty signal officer. The son of James W. and Victoria R. McLellan, he received a senior military science award: the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award.

Courtney Newhouse, a management major with minors in marketing and family business from Bradford, Pa. Newhouse joined ROTC in the spring semester of her junior year and served the Seneca Battalion as S4, the cadet in charge of battalion supply. The daughter of Richard E. and Georgia Newhouse, she was commissioned as an ordnance officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

In addition to the commissioning of St. Bonaventure cadets, a cadet from Alfred University, one of the schools making up Team Seneca, was commissioned on Friday:

Amelia Grace-Ann Porter, a clinical/counseling psychology major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She joined ROTC as a sophomore, earning a two-and-a-half-year scholarship. Porter served as Charlie Company commander for the Seneca Battalion and was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in the Army National Guard. She is the daughter of William Porter Jr. and Nicole Boisvert Porter.

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