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Accounting

Overview

Today's accountants aren't number-crunchers. They're detectives who use math and data to solve puzzles and make sense of an organization's bottom-line. They serve as advisors, analysts, auditors and chief financial officers, charting the course of Fortune 500 firms. They're ambitious entrepreneurs who start their own practices or become partners at international accounting firms.

Accounting is the language of business, and at Hofstra's Frank G. Zarb School of Business, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to speak it fluently and build a thriving career in the global marketplace.

Depending on your interests and goals, you can pursue a general accounting degree or choose the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Licensure program, which requires additional coursework and allows you to sit for the CPA exam in New York and other states.

The outlook for the accounting industry is strong. The U.S. Department of Labor projects 10 percent job growth by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Zarb School of Business, which opened a new, technologically advanced 52,000-square-foot building in January 2019, is among only 10 percent of business schools to earn AASCB accreditation in both accounting and business. Zarb is recognized as one of the top business schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

Hofstra's close proximity to New York City provides ready access to the heart of the nation's financial center and a wealth of internship, career and networking opportunities, including with the Zarb School's more than 30,000 alumni, many of whom are active mentors for current students.

 
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Curriculum

Accounting majors cultivate skills to understand analytics, taxation, problem solving, research, and communications. Ethics figure prominently in the study of accounting, as trust and integrity are critical in the professional world for employers, colleagues and clients. Courses include financial accounting, auditing theory and practice, accounting information systems, accounting entities and other subjects. Required liberal arts courses include those from the humanities division; natural sciences, mathematics, computer science division; social science division and other disciplines.

The BBA in Accounting is a 128-credit program, while the CPA licensure track is a 150-credit program, in which students take courses in specialized accounting topics as well as additional electives.

Hofstra also offers dual degree programs in Accounting or Taxation for qualified students who are pursuing CPA licensure, including a BBA/MS and a BBA/MBA.

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Hofstra also offers a minor in accounting.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Many of Hofstra's accounting majors hold positions with prominent employers. Others go on to pursue advanced degrees at top graduate schools. Recent alumni work at Deloitte & Touche, EY, Calvin Klein, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the New York Yankees, Henry Schein, Northwell Health, Barclays Capital and other prestigious organizations. Those furthering their studies have enrolled at Columbia University; New York Law School; Brooklyn Law School; Hofstra University; University of California, Los Angeles; Cardozo Law School and other institutions.

96% are employed, grad school or both
100% accept employment within six months
$60K median salary

(These numbers represent outcomes for the BBA in Accounting. For information about outcomes in the Licensure Track program, click on the More Info button below)

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What You'll Learn

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As an accounting major you will learn the skills necessary to become a trusted advisor, whether assisting an organization or individual client. You will develop the tools to analyze financial data and communicate that information so that organizations can make knowledgeable decisions.

Students are encouraged to take part in the Zarb Executive Speaker series, where thought leaders and influencers share their perspective and experience. Accounting professors are dedicated mentors who are recognized nationally as published authors and consultants. Faculty members have earned the prestigious Hofstra University Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Internships

Accounting majors are encouraged to seek internships to gain valuable real-world experience and to build a professional network that gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market. Through faculty guidance, students identify internships at premier organizations. Students have access to Zarb’s alumni network and business advisory board. Students may seek additional assistance from the Hofstra Career Center and Graduate Business Career Services. Most accounting majors complete at least one internship before graduating.

Students have interned at accounting firms, retailers, advertising agencies and federal and local agencies, including Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Hollister, Nassau County Office of Health Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, U.S. District Court and Young & Rubicam. A business advisory board for the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business counts among its members C-suite level executives at international banks and accounting firms.

Experience

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The Zarb School offers more than 40 student organizations that cover a variety of business interests, including several that focus on accounting and combine community service with professional development opportunities. The Tax Society, for example, coordinates the VITA - the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is one of the largest university-run tax preparation assistance programs in the nation. Students are trained to provide free tax preparation services to local residents.

As students prepare for rewarding careers in accounting, they also have access to Zarb's community partnerships, conferences, lectures and a student-managed investment fund. Zarb's brand new state-of-the-art building features a behavioral science-market research lab; an enhanced start-up business incubator; multiple areas for student independent and collaborative study; and administrative, faculty and student club offices.

Students are encouraged to study abroad, where they can expand their perspective, improve foreign language skills and gain business insights both inside and outside the classroom.

The Zarb School also sponsors an Executive Speaker Series, which regularly brings C-suite executives from all industries – including many Hofstra alumni - to share their experience and expertise with students. Among the recent speakers: Roger Ferguson, president and CEO of TIAA; Kathleen M. Stanley, senior vice president and regional sales manager for Capital One Bank; and William C. Dudley, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Meet Li Wang

An accounting major, Li Wang said her experience at Hofstra University prepared her for a rewarding career. Extracurricular activities helped her meet people with similar goals. And thanks to an internship, where she learned to work with clients, Li landed her first job.