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Department of Accountancy

The Department of Accountancy, a unit of the Tobin College of Business, offers several degree programs. The goal of the Department is to provide excellence in accounting and tax education by offering programs that will enrich the lives of our students and will enhance their professional careers. To this end, the Department offers a choice of educational programs leading to specializations in public accounting, controllership, or taxation.

  • The public accounting track is suited for the accounting student wishing to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • The controllership track is designed for the accounting student who prefers a career as an upper-level financial management professional within a corporate atmosphere.
  • The taxation track is designed for the accounting student who prefers a career as a tax professional.  

AACSB-International Accreditation
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business separately accredits the Department's programs. AACSB International states in its accreditation standards that: "Accounting accreditation seeks to improve accounting education in order to prepare students to serve the needs of society that are met by the discipline and profession of accounting. The accreditation process intends to promote the development of accounting education programs of high quality and to encourage innovation and continual improvement."  The AACSB-International accredited the Department's accounting and tax programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program
In December 2014, the Institute of Internal Auditors Academic Relations Committee (ARC) accepted St. John's University into its Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program as an IAEP Internal Audit Foundation program. Participation in the IAEP program identifies St. John's as a forward thinking university that recognizes the importance of the internal audit profession as a career choice. 

Licensure-Qualifying Programs
Many of the Department's programs are designed to meet, by requisites and prerequisites, the requirements, for licensure as a certified public accountant (CPA) in the State of New York. The requirements contained in Section 52.13(b) of the regulations of the Department of Education of the State of New York stipulate the total number of credits (150 credits) required, the minimum number of credits in professional accountancy (33 credits), and general business (36 credits).

Following are average salaries for accountants at public accounting firms: 

EmployerJr. level 
(1-3 years)
Sr. level 
(4-6 years)
Sr. Manager
Large firm$66,750 - $87,000$83,000 - $111,250$125,750 - $208,000
Medium firm$59,500 - $79,000$74,000 - $101,000$114,250 - $175,500
Small firm$54,750 - $70,500$67,500 - $85,000$101,000 - $143,250

Source: AICPA

Department Advisory Board
The Department's Advisory Board is comprised of high profile professionals, including many alumni, who guide the Department's leadership in various academic and curricular decisions. Click here to view the list of advisory board members and the organizations with which they are affiliated.

Internal Audit Advisory Board
The Department of Accountancy and its Risk and Financial Advisory Program is advised by a board that adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the profession's global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Click here for a list of the Tobin Internal Audit Advisory Board members.

Department Contact

Nina T. Dorata, Ph.D., C.P.A.
[email protected]