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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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Rich Products executive to discuss ethics in Foster Center talk at St. Bonaventure University

Oct 29, 2019 |

Ed MooreEd Moore, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Rich Products of Buffalo, New York, a global leader in the food industry, will discuss business ethics in a talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at St. Bonaventure University.

Moore’s address, titled “Ethics in Business: Mission Impossible?” is the annual fall presentation of the William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership, part of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure. The talk, which is open to all at no charge, will take place in the amphitheater of the William F. Walsh Science Center on campus.

“The Foster Center was established in 2016 to help ensure that St. Bonaventure students have the opportunity to develop as responsible leaders with grounding in our distinctive Catholic Franciscan values. We strive to help develop ethical students who will carry those values into their career fields,” said Dr. Michael Gallagher, assistant professor of finance and Foster Center director.

“Each year we bring to campus successful business professionals who embrace the idea of responsible corporate leadership, and this year we’re particularly pleased to welcome Ed Moore of Rich Products, a family-owned food company known for fostering a culture of collaboration and inclusion,” said Gallagher.

With more than 30 years of global human resources leadership experience, Moore has been recognized by industry leaders as an outstanding executive business partner and developer of top talent. He heads all of Rich’s human resources functions, including talent management and acquisition, and oversees Rich’s corporate communications and community relations teams, helping to sustain the company’s reputation as an employer of choice.

Prior to joining Rich Products in 2014, Moore held leadership roles at the Kellogg Company, the Sara Lee Corporation and MetLife, where he supported businesses operating in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

He chairs the Business Leaders Task Force, a collection of senior leaders representing major employers from across the Buffalo region dedicated to strengthening workplace inclusion. He also serves as strategic adviser on Rich’s Workplace Inclusion Advisory Team.

Moore is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he majored in industrial and organizational psychology. He is an active member of Geneseo's School of Business Advisory Council. He has completed advanced coursework at Syracuse University and Cornell University.

A native of Upstate New York, Moore and his wife, Lori, have been married since 1986 and have three adult sons.

The William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership is made possible through an endowment gift by Daria L. Foster, retired managing partner of Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC. It honors her late husband, a former member of St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees.

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About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2019, St. Bonaventure was named the #1 regional university value in New York and #2 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.
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