St. Bonaventure University

School of Business

St. Bonaventure's School of Business has taken its rightful place as one of the world's premier business schools.

Logo of the accrediting association AACSBWe're proud of our accreditation by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business, a prestigious designation shared by only 5% of the world's business schools. We're one of the smallest institutions with AACSB accreditation.

Not only do we offer top-rated programs, but we deliver them within the personalized, small-school environment that has always characterized St. Bonaventure.

Our academic programs are uniquely linked to the university's Franciscan mission. We incorporate service learning into our curriculum and embrace the values of compassion, wisdom and integrity. We strive to shape future business leaders who measure success by how their work betters the lives of others.

6 career-oriented undergraduate majors

Our strong core of academic programs prepare our majors for a variety of interesting and rewarding careers.

  • ACCOUNTING prepares students for work in a variety of accounting and business fields. We also offer a 4+1 BBA/MBA program in which you can earn a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA in five years or less.

  • ECONOMICS majors examine the production and consumption of goods, and analyze real-world issues such as international trade, poverty, taxes, crime, and education.

  • FINANCE majors are groomed for jobs in financial management. Our program is recognized by CFA Institute for holding to rigorous educational and ethical standards.

  • MARKETING students are prepared for careers that are experiencing double-digit job growth: advertising, e-commerce, promotions, marketing management, and moe.

  • MANAGEMENT majors acquire broad-based business knowledge to prepare them for roles as planners. problem-solvers and business leaders.

  • SPORTS MANAGEMENT majors are steered toward the business side of sports, such as facilities and event management; sales, promotion and marketing; executive roles with organizes and franchises.

3 early assurance programs for incoming freshmen

Prospective freshmen who meet certain qualifications may be granted early assurance to two graduate-level programs.

    4+1 BBA/MBA early assurance program

    Qualifying freshmen may enter our 150-hour 4+1 MBA in professional accountancy program in which they first earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, then their MBA, all in 5 years or less. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    Early assurance in business analytics

    Qualifying students begin their freshman year assured of a seat in our Master of Science in business analytics program upon successful completion of their bachelor's degree program. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    Early assurance in sport administration

    Qualifying high school seniors who enroll in a bachelor's degree program at St. Bonaventure are guaranteed placement in our Master of Science in Business in sport administration program upon satisfactory completion of undergraduate requirements. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

  • 3 graduate programs & an online certificate

      Our AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration program prepares you to be an outstanding professional, and an outstanding person.
      The Master of Science in Sport Administration is designed for students who want a business degree that applies an in-depth understanding of the sport business industry. 

      This fully online Master of Science program prepares professionals for high-demand positions in the field of big data.
      A noncredit, online, independent-learning certificate offered in partnership with LBL Strategies

    The business of life

    In or out of the classroom, students in the School of Business discover purpose and passion, and leave here ready to make their mark in the world.

    Experiential learning: Internships put you on the job

    Our internship program provides students access to progressive, hands-on learning in businesses ranging from small organizations just around the corner to international corporations with connections around the globe.

    An intern in a business settingThe School of Business Internship Program provides students with a practical business world working environment, which is essential for a more complete understanding of the application of business theories and procedures.

    Through mentored intern hours, students gain vital insight into the day-to-day operations of a business. They hone both hard and soft skills, learn the importance of networking and improve their post-graduation job prospects.

    Learn more at School of Business Internships.

    One-of-a-kind experiential opportunities

    From more than a dozen academic and service-related clubs and organizations to a study abroad journey to mainland China, School of Business students have many opportunities to augment their classroom work.

    St. Bonaventure SIMM logo
    Students in Money Management (SIMM)
    Founded in 2004 by Bonaventure graduate of 1985, Christopher Kinslow, a 1985 SBU graduate, SIMM improves students’ investment skills through hands-on portfolio management, educational guest speakers, in-depth market analysis, and networking trips to cities such as New York City and Chicago. Today, SIMM has over 20 active members and manages a portfolio of approximately $600,000.

    Learn more
    SBU students in China
    China Studies
    A unique and intense two-week summer course takes students on a great adventure, a journey to mainland China for the learning experience of a lifetime. You'll visit Beijing, the nation's capital and one of the most populous cities in the world, and Shanghai, known as the Paris of the East.

    Learn more at China Studies.
    Students on a retreat to Mt. Irenaeus
    Annual Mt. Irenaeus Retreat
    This annual fall excursion to Mt. Irenaeus, a nearby community of university-affiliated Franciscan friars, underscores our commitment to educating future managers and leaders who incorporate the Franciscan values of individual dignity, inclusiveness, and service to others.

    Learn more about Mt. Irenaeus
    Dick Kearns
    Kearns Global Business Lecture Series
    The annual Kearns Global Business Lecture Series, presented by Dick Kearns, '72, retired chief administrative officer of Zurich International Group, brings industry leaders to campus to underscore the need for today's business students to develop a global mindset.

    Learn more about Kearns Global Business Lecture Series

    Clubs & Organizations

    Enactus, the largest student service organization at SBU, works to make a difference at home and abroad. It's just one of many ways for students to get involved on campus.

    Clubs & Organizations

    Centers for innovation & excellence

    A business education extends beyond the classroom at St. Bonaventure, with opportunities to learn from the success of others, and to nurture your own entrepreneurial spirit.

    About the School of Business

    Matrecia JamesThe dean of the School of Business is Dr. Matrecia S.L. James.

    James has had vast experience in higher education and leadership development. Prior to coming to St. Bonaventure in 2016, she was the associate dean of Jacksonville University's Davis College of Business, Jacksonville, Fla., and director of its graduate business program.

    She is the founder of Multi-level Sustainable Leadership Consulting, which advises individuals and organizations on developing sustainable leadership skills.

  • Tour the Swan Center

    The William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center offers state-of-the-art technology and amenities that cater to our school's personalized and collaborative approach to business education.

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