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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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#Bona’s celebrates scholarship recipients, benefactors

May 06, 2019 |

Courage and the strong support of community highlighted St. Bonaventure University’s annual scholarship luncheon held on campus May 3.

Pictured from left are Amina Golden-Arabaty, Class of 2019; Dr. Dennis R. DePerro; and Rebekah Liszewski, Class of 2019.Seniors Amina Golden-Arabaty and Rebekah Liszewski, both members of the Class of 2019, served as guest speakers for the event, representing the 572 students who received scholarships this academic year

Golden-Arabaty is a journalism and mass communication major and Arabic and Islamic studies minor from Lockport, New York, who serves as president of the Muslim Students & Allies club.

As a practicing Muslim, Golden-Arabaty said that she hasn’t always blended in. Her choice of attending a Catholic Franciscan university raised a few eyebrows among her high school friends. 

“Some feared that my attending Bona’s would shape me differently — and they were right,” she said. “I would not be the person I am today or the person I hope to be tomorrow without my Bona family. I have grown in my faith, gained lifelong friends, developed a professional status and explored new things in a safe, inviting environment.”

Liszewski is a finance and accounting double major from North Syracuse, New York, who has served as a resident assistant, orientation leader and student ambassador. She will travel to Africa this summer as a global scholar with the School of Business. 

Liszewski recounted a freshman year filled with struggle and the devastating loss of her sister.

“St. Bonaventure became the backbone I needed,” she said. “Not only did my friends come to my rescue, but my professors did, too. The support this university offered has taken me on a journey of self-love and self-discovery. I’ve discovered new opportunities to jump out of my comfort zone and achieve my overall goal of making a difference.”

The luncheon also features an academic showcase that highlights the creative endeavors and academic research of select students as well as faculty recipients of grant awards.

The Leo E. Keenan Jr. and James J. Martine faculty development endowments provide funding to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the university. They were established in 1999 by alumnus and trustee emeritus Leslie C. Quick III and his wife, Eileen. Quick is managing partner and founding partner of Massey Quick Simon.

“It’s been a great run,” Quick said of the 20 years the endowments have been in existence. “We want to keep raising the bar on our teaching abilities. It warms my heart to see the enthusiasm of the faculty because that enthusiasm gets transported to students.”

During the 2018-2019 academic year, more than $1.6 million was awarded in scholarship aid. Seven new endowed scholarships were created, bringing the combined total of endowed and annual scholarships at the university to 326.

Persons interested in creating an endowed scholarship or establishing an annual award should contact Kathleen Ryan, assistant director of development for stewardship, at (716) 375-2308 or kryan@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 #1 regional university value in New York and #2 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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Senior accounting major Patrick Hogan says choosing Bona's is the best decision he's ever made.

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