What We Do
The Department of Accountancy, a unit of the Tobin College of Business, offers several degree programs.
- 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.
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
The Tobin internal auditing curriculum has become one of the foremost programs in the world. A participant in the Institute of Internal Auditors Education Partnership (IAEP) program, our internal auditing program has been endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as a “Center for Internal Auditing Excellence,” the highest designation of the IIA. St. John’s is one of only six schools in the United States and nine schools worldwide at this level. Moreover, we are the only school with this recognition in the New York Metropolitan area and the entire Northeast.
The educational curriculum has been supplemented by significant interactions with the business community, with a robust Internal Auditing Advisory Board (IAAB), campus recruiting events, internship opportunities, and full-time employment success. The Program works with the Career Services Center to ensure its students are placed in these employment opportunities.
The IIAB is comprised of 29 senior executives from the internal audit functions at major organizations in New York Metropolitan area, in addition to leaders from professional service firms offering advisory services. Many of these members are Chief Audit Executives (CAEs) of major corporations or leading internal audit service providers of their respective organizations. The IIAB ensures our curriculum stays current with the needs of the profession and their engagement provides us with entry points into significant businesses with resources, including funding potential and employment opportunities for our students.
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:
$66,750 - $87,000
$83,000 - $111,250
$125,750 - $208,000
$59,500 - $79,000
$74,000 - $101,000
$114,250 - $175,500
$54,750 - $70,500
$67,500 - $85,000
$101,000 - $143,250
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. See below the list of advisory board members and the organizations with which they are affiliated.
|First Name||Last Name||Title||Organization|
VP, Financial Reporting and Taxation
WISS & Company, LLP
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Director, Wei, Wei & Co. LLP
President and Co-Founder, CA Global Consulting Inc
Senior Manager – tax/Real Estate
Mazars USA LLP
Condon O’Meara McGinty Donnelly LLP
Office Managing Partner, New York City
Grant Thornton LLP
Tax Managing Director
Quality Plus & Associates - Internal Audit Services
Senior Managing Director
Greenwich Risk Management Advisory Services
Senior Vice President, North America Controller
PKF O’Connor Davies
BDO USA, LLP
St. John's University
EVP and Chief Audit Executive
Office Managing Partner Long Island
Director of Finance & Administration
New York Athletic Club
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Auditor
HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
EVP, COO & CFO
Marks Paneth LLP
RSM US LLP
Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP
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. See below for a list of the Tobin Internal Audit Advisory Board members.
|First Name||Last Name||Title||Company|
St. John's University
Retired Associate Vice President of Internal Audit
Retired Auditor General
Managing Director, Chief Auditor
Retired Chief Auditor
Retired Auditor General
Retired Global Director of Internal Audit & Compliance
Alvarez & Marsal
Deloitte Advisory Services
Retired Vice President and Associate General Auditor
New York Life Insurance Company
Deputy Controller of Internal Controls and Compliance
Columbia University Medical Center
Retired EVP and Chief Audit Executive
Director of Audit
Long Island Power Authority
Executive Director of IT Audit
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Auditor
Senior Vice President - Audit Director
Vice President - Americas Head of Securities Operations Audit
Vice President - Head of Internal Audit
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Executive Vice President, Chief Audit Executive
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Vice President of Internal Audit
Mission and Vision
The Department of Accounting and Taxation prepares students for professional careers in accounting, taxation and related fields. In all its endeavors, the Department is dedicated to fostering academic excellence, moral leadership, professional responsibility and social awareness in the Vincentian, Catholic tradition.
The Department of Accounting and Taxation intends to be recognized as a leader in accounting and tax education.
- We shall enable our students to obtain and advance their professional careers in public accountancy or in managerial positions in industry, government and not for profit organizations.
- We shall excel in teaching and support a commitment to applied research and continuous professional development.
- We shall develop a work environment where faculty can develop professionally and academically.
- We shall maintain curricula that are of high quality and responsive to the needs of our stakeholders.
- We shall foster interaction among internal and external stakeholders.
The core values underlying both the Mission and Vision of the Department of Accounting and Taxation are these guiding principles:
Relevance. We develop and maintain educational programs that provide the practical experience, solid knowledge base, strong ethical foundation, and global perspective that enable our graduates to make immediate and valuable contributions as accounting and tax professionals. We provide curricula that form the basis for life-long commitment to intellectual
development and professional growth and provide the technical competency to allow our graduates to sit for professional examinations such as the Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Student-Centered. We convey to our students a conceptual understanding of accounting and taxation and its application to the functional areas of business, government and non-profit organizations. We enhance our student’s understanding of the interpretation and use of financial information for decision making in a constantly changing global economy. We
instill in our students an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of accounting and tax professionals and the moral dimension of business decisions. We help our students improve their interpersonal, critical thinking, and communication skills and enable them to utilize technology effectively.
Nimbleness. We respond rapidly, creatively, effectively and efficiently to significant changes in the profession and to the legitimate needs of our stakeholders. Our internal stakeholders include our students, colleagues and administrators Our external stakeholders include employers of our students, professional organizations, alumni, Catholic institutions, the academic community and the business community. We acknowledge our interdependence by working cooperatively across internal and external boundaries for the best interests of our stakeholders. We promote open and effective communication in a positive and productive way while also maintaining a healthy perspective about life and work. We foster rational, spirited inquiry and intelligent reflection through innovative teaching, research and service.
Respect. We treat each other, and everyone we deal with, fairly and with dignity, respect, and compassion. We value and embrace different backgrounds, ideas, and contributions. We promote equal opportunity, empowerment, and a continuous learning environment. We reflect, in our work and demeanor, that we are educators obligated to carry out our responsibilities in a professional, courteous, and fair manner.
Professionalism. We take personal responsibility and accept accountability for achieving our Department’s goals effectively and efficiently. We continue to adhere to the highest standards of excellence and personal integrity in all our endeavors. We help our students develop a sense of professional and personal responsibility by providing opportunities for their interaction with the business community.