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Have a question for Accounting at SBU? Contact:

Dr. C. Joseph Coate,
professor of accounting and department chair.
Swan Business Center, 106C
Phone: (716) 375-2277

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SBU graduates are in demand

Over the past five years, 98 percent of the students in our 5-Year Accounting program were placed in jobs by the time they graduated. Learn details.



Earn your BBA in Accounting and your MBA in 5 years

St. Bonaventure's undergraduate program in accounting provides students with a course of study designed to qualify them for careers in either public or private accounting and financial management.

Two degree plans are available:
  • The 120-hour Bachelor of Business Administration
    The accounting BBA prepares students to work in a variety of accounting and business fields, tailored to their individual interests.
  • The five-year (150-hour) BBA/Master of Business Administration
    The Five-Year Accounting program is a full-time integrated program that begins during the senior year of your undergraduate studies. Students who complete the program will earn a BBA and MBA.

    The program prepares students for careers in public accounting as well as higher-level entry points into major banks, corporations, government agencies and other organizations.

    Interested students must apply for admission to this program by December of their junior year.
The five-year curriculum is registered with the New York State Department of Education, entitling students who major in accounting to be admitted to the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. In addition, students in the five-year program qualify for admission to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination.

Students may major or minor in accounting at St. Bonaventure University.

All accounting majors are required to complete a minimum 400-hour, non-credit internship as part of the degree requirements. Internships must be approved in advance by the School of Business Internship Director. (Please see the Accounting Internship Syllabus.)

Inquiries about this five-year program should be directed to either department chair Dr. Joseph Coate or Accounting Five-Year Program Director Brian McAllister.

Student Profile

Chaelon Brennan, '15: 5-Year BBA/MBA candidate

At the suggestion of one of my accounting professors, I attended the New York State Society of CPAs' Young CPA Conference in Buffalo. The conference was absolutely fantastic! The speaker, Jonna Martin, spoke about personal branding and the importance of etiquette, and she actually told a few horror stories that I just couldn't believe I was hearing. Before the presentation started, Ms. Martin came up and introduced herself to everyone who was attending and it turns out that I was the only student at the event.

At first it was a little nerve-racking to be the only student, but I had an amazing opportunity to network with a great number of people who are members of regional CPA firms in the Buffalo area. I spoke mostly with team members from Dopkins & Company, with whom I will be meeting later this summer for an office tour; and with a few members from Tronconi Segarra & Associates, connecting with Kevin Penner (accounting 5-Year Program, BBA/MBA, 2013). I really enjoyed speaking with all of these people and I ended up walking away with a few business cards and a new sense for what a regional CPA firm does.

I really want to say thank you to my accounting professor for suggesting that I attend this event. I walked away with so much more knowledge about my personal brand and how I should make myself stand out, but I also walked away with a greater understanding of what a regional CPA firm expects and the people they are looking for. Again, I want to say thanks for the suggestion that I attend because it was an absolutely incredible experience.

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Entering freshmen may seek early admission to 5-Year BBA/MBA Program

Early Admission students who maintain standards are not required to take the GMAT. Learn more about the Accounting Five Year Early Admission Program.

Salaries, demand
up in accounting

Starting salaries are growing for finance professionals in the U.S. and hiring demand for recent college graduates is on the rise. Read more in the Journal of Accountancy.

Accounting at SBU

Internship leads to a full-time position for 2012 graduate Ashley Ross.