Our Mission

The Department of Accounting, guided by the traditions of Jesuit educational philosophy and a strong liberal arts emphasis, provides students with the skills and knowledge to become competent, responsible, and ethically minded business decision makers.  We offer an undergraduate major in Accounting and a variety of basic and advanced courses to serve the School in its undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs.  Within the MBA program, we offer a concentration in Accounting with a broad managerial focus that stresses the user perspective of accounting information.

Our Vision

The undergraduate accounting program is an intensive program designed to develop a professional accountant. The coursework will prepare the student for an accounting career in industry, government or public accounting. Practical exercise, as well as theoretical discussion, provides adequate preparation for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. The accounting major is designed to provide flexibility in the selection of arts and science courses from broad groupings to augment the professional development of the student.

Why Accounting?


No major offers more opportunity than the accounting major. Accounting is the very language of business, and every business discipline whether it be management, marketing or finance, utilizes the financial statements developed by accountants. At Saint Joseph's, the undergraduate Accounting major is an intensive program designed to develop the skills necessary for careers in industry, government, and public accounting.


Do you love numbers and do you work well with people? More and more, accountants are called upon to develop business plans and analyze the performance of companies. This means that we not only focus on the numbers that drive the business but must communicate what these numbers mean and how they can be improved. Accountants are no longer in the back office of the business but out front advising on financial systems and forecasts as well as interpreting and auditing the financial statements.


The accounting program is designed to acquaint you with principles of accounting building your knowledge from understanding the basics of financial and managerial accounting to more advanced coursework in cost accounting, accounting systems, tax, and auditing. The program will help to develop all the skills necessary for successful completion of the uniform Certified Public Accountants examination.


The curriculum in accounting is enhanced by a number of enrichment opportunities available to students who major in accounting. A personalized advising environment supports accounting internships both for credit and not for credit available during a student’s junior year. Excellent ongoing professional relationships have been built with strong ties to the major accounting firms and the local business community. The accounting program is accredited by AACSB, one of only 170 programs in the United States to have the accounting accreditation.


A diverse and distinguished full-time faculty, guided by the traditions of Jesuit education provides a high quality of teaching quality. Classes are taught by a committed faculty who are enthusiastic about research and publish frequently, but who are particularly devoted to teaching and student development. Small classes, close advising, interactive instruction, and discussion-oriented seminars provide a personal atmosphere for learning.