Accounting, Bachelor of Science
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 midsized 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
- Demonstrate an understanding of broad business competencies and apply business knowledge, skills, and values effectively in a variety of settings.
- Assess, analyze, and manage risk using appropriate frameworks, professional judgment, and skepticism for effective business management.
- Identify and apply appropriate, reliable, and verifiable measurements to analyze data for a given purpose and intended use.
- Identify the appropriate content and communicate clearly and objectively to the intended audience, the work performed and the results as governed by professional standards, required by law, or dictated by the business environment.
- Identify, access, and apply relevant professional frameworks, standards, and guidance, as well as other information for analysis, and to make informed decisions.
- Identify the appropriate businesses processes and system(s), related frameworks, and controls to assist in the design and use of systems for efficient and effective operations.
- Identify and utilize relevant technology and tools to analyze data, efficiently and effectively perform assigned tasks, as well as support other competencies.
- Actively listen and effectively deliver information in multiple formats tailored to the intended audience.
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional responsibility, ethical obligations, social awareness, and the Vincentian value of service.
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.
- The B.S./M.S. (Fast-Track) in Accounting focuses on specialized areas, including: accounting analytics and research; controllership; enterprise risk management; financial services industry reporting and analysis; forensic accounting and fraud examination; information systems: audit and control; insurance accounting and taxation; international financial reporting and assurance; internal auditing and risk advisory services; international taxation; and taxation.
- The B.S./M.S. (Fast-Track) in Taxation provides the necessary technical knowledge for career advancement in the field of taxation and the skills to conduct tax research, facilitate tax compliance, and develop tax planning strategies.
- The B.S./M.B.A. (Fast-Track) enhances your broad business background while developing your accounting skills and other competencies.
Please see a list of our department faculty.
The Department of Accountancy and Taxation 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.
- Beta Alpha Psi: St. John’s University has two chapters of this national scholastic honor society in accounting: the Eta Mu (Queens chapter) and the Kappa Zeta (Staten Island chapter). Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals that recognizes outstanding academic achievements in the field of accounting, finance, and information systems; promotes the study and practice of professional fields related to these disciplines; provides opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing financial professionals; and encourages a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibilities.
- Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Student Chapter
The purpose of the IIA Student Chapter is to develop student leadership skills, raise awareness on campus about the internal audit profession, educate members about the roles and opportunities available in the profession, and connect students with internal audit professionals. This chapter is affiliated with the New York Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
- Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Student Group
This group develops student leadership skills, raises awareness on campus about the information systems auditing profession, educates members about the roles and opportunities available in the profession, and connects students with information systems professionals. It is affiliated with the ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter.
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 Technology (CART)
The Center for Accounting Research and Technology (CART) provides advisement for student academic programs and mentoring for CPA examination study. The CPA Review Reimbursement program offers students an opportunity to save money. CART 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.
Global Approach to Education
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.
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Scholars Program
This elite program offers opportunities for high-achieving undergraduate business students to share their academic journey with fellow scholars in the program. It features enriched curricular activities designed to stimulate intellectual, professional, and personal growth by combining opportunities for career development, global study, research projects with faculty, and academic service learning.
Students are selected for the program by Tobin faculty. Business students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored a minimum combined verbal/mathematics SAT score of 1300 will be considered.
The Dean’s Distinguished Scholars Program participation requirements include:
- Enrollment in Distinguished Scholars-designated courses
- Participation in a subsidized Scholars Global Destination Course
- Completion of at least one internship course
- Participation in two workshop/speaker/career development activities per semester
- Maintenance of a 3.5 cumulative GPA, both overall and within student’s major
The benefits of the program are many, notably:
- Participating students receive a $2,000 grant toward the Tobin Global Destination course
- Participating students have the option to conduct research with a faculty member within the student’s major
- Participating students may live with other Distinguished Scholars in one of the University’s residence halls
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