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What Can I Do With This Major?

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.

Student Spotlight

Accounting students and alumni speak out about St. Bonaventure, student life, Franciscan values, and the career advantages of being an accounting grad. 

 

News, Publications & Research

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St. Bonaventure faculty, MBA accounting students present papers at Business Research Consortium

Jul 23, 2019 |

From left to right: John Stevens, Ryan Conner, Mike Gallagher, Laurie Branch, Danielle Vis, Reed McElfresh, Todd Palmer, Eileen Proto and Joe Coate.Three students from St. Bonaventure University’s 150-hour Professional Accountancy MBA program presented papers at the 14th annual Business Research Consortium of Western New York Conference, held May 27 in Toronto.

The BRC, founded in 2006 by five AACSB-accredited schools in Western New York, including St. Bonaventure, fosters research opportunities and networks for pioneering research in business. St. Bonaventure last hosted the conference in 2015.

  • Ryan O’Connor, ’18 and ’19, presented “Baseball, Fraud and Data Analytics: A Classroom Exercise Illustrating Data Analytics,” co-authored by Dr. Joe Coate, professor of accounting.
  • Danielle Vis, ’18 and ’19, presented “Data Analytics and the Professional Accountant,” co-authored by Coate.
  • Eileen Proto, ’18 and December ’19, presented “The Top 10 Building Blocks for Understanding Blockchain: What Faculty Should Communicate to Business Students.”

St. Bonaventure faculty members John Stevens, Dr. Mike Gallagher, Dr. Todd Palmer and Dr. Laurie Branch, a university trustee and adjunct instructor, also presented at the conference.

  • Stevens presentation was “Test Taking in Teams: Why This Is a Good Idea.” Grace Garlick, ’18 and ’19, worked with Stevens on his research, but was unable to attend the conference.
  • Gallagher presented on “Integrating Video Learning in a Traditional Classroom.”
  • Palmer, Branch and alumnus Reed McElfresh, ’13 and ’14, gave a presentation on “Using Information Visualization as a Means to Generate Student Interest in Business Analytics: A Case Study.”

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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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