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: 



(1-3 YEARS)


(4-6 YEARS)




$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

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.

Our Faculty

Department of Accountancy

Department Contact

Victoria Shoaf, Ph.D., M.B.A.
[email protected].

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.

Guiding Principles
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.