Department of Accounting
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Accounting

What We Do:

We provide a strong foundation in business and accounting concepts, theory and practice.

Our outstanding reputation for teaching and research is rooted in the Jesuit academic tradition of academic excellence, service to others and ethical values.

Don’t go to Harvard, but to the business school at The University of Scranton. That’s where they are changing lives.

Peter F. Drucker, the “father” of modern management

How We Stand Out:

Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed.  

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the foremost accrediting body for business schools, accredits The Kania School of Management. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB.
  • The Princeton Review has listed Kania among its Best Business Schools for the past five years.
  • In 2008, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the MBA program among the top 15 nationally in general management.
  • U.S. News and World Report also recognizes the Kania School specifically on its list of best graduate business schools. 

Jesuit Education. The goals of the department are aligned with the Jesuit philosophy including a commitment to responsible stewardship and ethical values. Scranton accounting graduates are well-rounded and thoughtful contributors to society, attuned to people as well as numbers.

Excellent Job Placement. From year to year, 90 to 100% of our graduates obtain full-time employment or go on for graduate studies. 

Programs:

In addition to our four-year Bachelor of Science accounting degree we offer a five-year combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Business Administration degree.

Students may also receive a Master of Accountancy (MAcc), which is delivered entirely online and targeted toward recent graduates from bachelors in accounting programs, as well as young professionals working in public accounting firms (within their first three years). 

Students can also opt to select a minor in Accounting or Accounting Information Systems.

Bachelor of Science accounting degree tracks:

Meet Our Faculty:

Our department is comprised of dedicated professors who are accomplished researchers and successful business leaders so you can learn from the best.

The department chair, Dr. Daniel Mahoney, has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards. The University of Scranton graduating class 0f 2001 voted him Teacher of the Year.  In 2007, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants presented him with the Outstanding Educator Award. He has also been the University of Scranton’s nominee for CASE Professor of the Year, and on three separate occasions, the Kania School of Management’s Business Club has named him Teacher of the Year. 

Dr. Mahoney is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  His many articles have been published in such journals as The CPA Journal, Internal Auditor, Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of Business and Economics Research and others.

Dr. Douglas M. Boyle has served in executive roles in start-up, middle market and Fortune 500 companies where he has held the titles of chief executive officer, president, chief operations officer and chief financial officer. His corporate achievements include participating on teams that closed over $3.1 billion in acquisitions and realized over $315 million in operating margin improvement. Read more about Doug and his expertise in leadership, finance, corporate governance and business turnarounds here.

In addition, our dedicated staff is accessible and available to students on a routine basis through a generous open door policy. You’ll discover a strong sense of community here at Scranton and close, mentoring relationships with faculty who care.  

Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., CPA, CFE

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Professor of Accounting

B.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Phone: 570-941-4188
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Brian Carpenter, Ph.D.

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Professor of Accounting

B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
M.B.A., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Phone: 570-941-7632
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Robyn Lawrence, Ph.D., CMA

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Associate Professor of Accounting

B.S., University of California
M.B.A., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Phone: 570-941-7786
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Douglas Boyle, DBA, CMA, CPA

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Chairperson, Associate Professor of Accounting

B.S., University of Scranton
M.B.A., Columbia University
D.B.A., Kennesaw State University

Phone: 570-941-5436
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David Salerno, Ph.D., CPA

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Assistant Professor of Accounting

B.A., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., Kent State University

Phone: 570-941-4313
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James Boyle, DBA, CPA

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Assistant Professor of Accounting

B.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
D.B.A., Kennesaw State University

Phone: 570-941-6495
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Amanda Sue Marcy, CPA

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Faculty Specialist

B.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton

Phone: 570-941-4120
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Inside the Classroom:

  • Rigorous academics
  • Faculty-mentored research opportunities

Career Outcomes:

The success of our graduates is demonstrated by their job placements. Alumni are employed by:

  • Big four, regional, and local public accounting firms
  • Governmental and not-for-profit organizations
  • Many notable corporations in industry

New and exciting niches are developing within the profession from fraud examination/forensic accounting to accounting information systems.

Accounting is also an excellent foundation for running your own business, pursuing a law degree or a doctorate degree and teaching in a college or university.