Accounting, Master of Business Administration

36-54 Credits
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus, Manhattan Campus

Overview

The goal of the accounting concentration is to supplement the M.B.A. with a level of technical competence that permits entry into the profession of public accountancy or to enter corporate management in the accounting area. At the same time, the basic philosophy of the Tobin College of Business is preserved by utilizing the M.B.A. curriculum to give the student a deeper understanding of management problems and the business firm’s position in the economic structure of society. The Peter J. Tobin College of Business was one of the first colleges in the region to gain specialized accreditation for its accounting and taxation programs by AACSB International.

The course of study for Certified Public Accountants is governed by New York State laws and regulations issued by the New York State Education Department. In addition to stipulating the number of credits in accounting (33), the State Education Department requires candidates to have sufficient credits in general business (36). The accounting program presented below specifies the courses which the C.P.A. candidate must take to meet the standards for New York State certification. Therefore, students interested in obtaining the C.P.A. license should consult with an accounting advisor to have a course of study arranged which meets the standards for New York State certification.

Students who have majored at the undergraduate level in fields other than accounting may be required to take certain core courses in accounting and/or other fields of business specialization. Such students should consult their accounting advisor for an approved course of study.

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Admission

Admission to the M.B.A. program is open only to applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from accredited institutions who show promise of success in graduate business studies. Among the criteria used for admission are

  • undergraduate grade point average
  • performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • junior-senior grade point average
  • rank in collegiate graduating clas
  • letters of recommendation
  • statement of professional goals
  • résumé

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business - Office of Graduate Admission
8000 Utopia Parkway
111C Bent Hall
Queens, NY 11439
718-990-1345
TobinGradNYC@stjohns.edu

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Career Outcomes

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree provides the student with broad business knowledge and prepares them for cross-functional decision-making. The curriculum gives the student a deeper understanding of management problems and the business firm’s position in the economic structure of society. The goal of the public accounting concentration is to supplement the M.B.A with a level of technical competence that enables the student to enter and advance in the profession of public accounting.

The program will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate the ability to apply the competencies of the discipline

  • Identify, measure and summarize financial information
  • Analyze exposures and risks
  • Model data for decision making
  • Communicate and report findings
  • Research technical issues
  • Leverage technology
  • Recognize appropriate professional behavior

Apply business knowledge and skills effectively in a variety of settings

  • Link data, knowledge, and insight from various disciplines to provide information to solve problems and make decisions, demonstrating insight, good judgment, innovation and creativity
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral (including listening) communications skills, and presentation skills targeting internal audiences (e.g. top management, functional managers, and direct report employees)

Demonstrate the ability to make strategic, integrative decisions

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts/principles of core business disciplines and an ability to integrate and apply knowledge that runs across a variety of core business disciplines
  • Formulate managerial and strategic business decisions for a rapidly globalizing business environment
  • Demonstrate development of personal and team-level decision skills, i.e., to secure team participation and “buy-in” for a range of business issues, policies, and strategic decision making activities

Demonstrate an understanding of professional responsibility, ethical obligations, and social awareness

  • Identify the nature, range and scope of ethical considerations and legal ramifications of a business decision and propose a course of action for individuals and firms
  • Describe and give examples of the strategic and managerial challenges of not-for-profit community based organizations, and other charitable service organizations

Demonstrate competency in the global aspects of business

  • Identify local, national and global current events and understand their impact on society and business
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Success Story

MBA Executive Management
Analyst – Anglo Irish Bank