The Peter J. Tobin College of BusinessQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus
Accountants offer the knowledge and perspective to help businesses measure financial results, improve business processes, and comply with the Internal Revenue Code. Accounting professionals provide the investing public assurance on the fair presentation of financial information and on the soundness of companies’ internal systems and processes; serve as consultants on the design and implementation of the most effective and efficient financial and operating systems; and provide insights on business transactions to help minimize tax consequences.
The 120-credit bachelor’s program in accounting provides the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to prepare you for virtually any role in this increasingly challenging and exciting profession.
Graduates of the accounting program in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University enjoy an admirable track record of success. Leading executives at many Fortune 500 companies have earned their degrees here.
In addition, many partners at “Big Four” public accounting firms, as well as many mid-sized firms, earned their B.S. in accounting at St. John’s. These graduates play a vital role in recruiting, providing internships, and offering scholarships to current students at St. John’s.
Our faculty and University Career Services advisors have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students are also encouraged to research opportunities in the Tobin College’s Paul and Carol Evanson Career Center.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, students are prepared for rewarding careers. They are able to
Add a Second Major
Our 123-credit bachelor’s program in accounting allows you to earn a second major in economics, finance, management, marketing, or risk management and insurance. The second major addresses other business areas that are relevant to accounting professionals. For example, in New York, the financial capital of the world, accountants with knowledge of financial institutions and insurance companies are recruited as auditors and tax professionals for those industries. Leadership and marketing skills are important for all accountants.
Add a Second Degree
You may apply for our Fast Track program during your third year of the bachelor’s degree. If you qualify for our 150-hour accounting and taxation programs, the Fast Track program will permit you to fulfill your academic requirements to become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), while also earning a valuable graduate degree.
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The Department of Accountancy Scholars Program
The Scholars Program further develops your professional skills by helping you acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge that are hallmarks of the accounting professional. Scholars not only participate in office visits and attend professional development workshops, but they participate in a full-time spring internship program and travel to Italy to meet with professionals from the global accounting firms, their clients, and regulators.
New York City is a prime location for you to gain internship opportunities with prestigious firms such as BDO USA, LLP; Deloitte; EY; Grant Thornton LLP; KPMG; Protiviti Inc.; PwC; and RSM US LLP, among others. Most internship positions lead to full-time placements after graduation.
Our programs in accounting and taxation hold separate accreditation from AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than five percent of accounting programs worldwide hold both business and accounting accreditation.
Students are encouraged to participate in organizations specific to their business area of interest.
We invite you to learn more about our Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Accounting.
Educational Partnerships and Endorsements
Our educational partnerships with professional organizations increase the employment opportunities of our students, and are recognized by those organizations for their academics. Our educational partnership with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is recognized as the only approved Comprehensive Internal Audit Program in the metropolitan area. The accounting program is also recognized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in its educational partnership, and endorsed by the Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The accounting program is designated as a model curriculum by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) in the area of audit and control and is recognized as an Academic Champion School by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
The Center for Accounting Research and Analytics (CARA)
The Center for Accounting Research and Analytics (CARA) provides advisement for student academic programs and mentoring for CPA examination study. The CPA Review Reimbursement program offers students an opportunity to save money. CARA partners with many CPA review providers (Becker, Bisk, Gleim, Kaplan, Roger CPA Review, and Wiley CPAexcel) to offer discounted review materials to students and alumni.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Service-Learning Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) has partnered with the Food Bank For New York City for the past several tax seasons and services clients at St. John’s Bread & Life in Brooklyn, and at locations in Jackson Heights, Jamaica, and Downtown Brooklyn. The St. John’s Virtual VITA program, believed to be the first among colleges and universities nationwide, is a campus-based tax return preparation site that uses advanced technologies in the preparation of tax returns.
Students volunteer as tax preparers, or, for repeat volunteers, as quality reviewers. Volunteer requirements include preparing for and passing the IRS Link and Learn examination, participating in eight hours of tax software training, and then volunteering three to four hours per week over 15 weeks during the tax season. VITA adds value to the academic experience by enhancing communication skills through the application of learned knowledge in a practical setting.
SAP in Accounting Information Systems
Students enrolled in the required accounting information systems class learn SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning system. The SAP system provides capabilities for companies to manage all of their financials, assets, cost accounting, production operations and materials, and human resources in a single, integrated system. Assigned projects expose students to the complete accounting cycle, allowing them to see the flow of transactions from the initial sales request to the final effect on the financial statements.
Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses. Our Global Studies programs give students the chance to experience the rich history, culture, and perspectives that a study abroad experience provides while gaining a competitive edge before embarking on careers in today’s global society.
Along with outstanding courses and renowned professors, accounting students in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business benefit from world-class academic and technological resources. The Analytics Lab boasts state-of-the-art learning tools, including 29 computer workstations offering the latest FactSet financial software. The lab provides access to the Bloomberg Terminal, as well as news, stock market information, and financial data to enrich every student’s understanding of the business world.
For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission. Or, contact us directly at the campus of your choice:
Admission Office–Queens Campus
Admission Office–Staten Island campus
To earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, students complete a minimum of 120 to 123 credits, including core, major-sequence, and elective courses. The major courses are outlined below.
Common Core — 39 Credits
Basic Business Core — 34–46 Credits
Note: Business Core may vary if pursuing a dual degree program
Two Courses from the Following — 30 Credits