Department of Accounting

Accounting (BS) and Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

What We Do:

Are you naturally “financial minded” and “results focused”?

Do you like the idea of being a trusted, respected and valued financial leader?

Majoring in accounting at Scranton might be the right choice for you!

 

In “Potential, Prestige, & Purpose,” the AICPA states “Accountants are the backbone of the business world. They’re the professionals who work with everyone—from individuals and small companies to large corporations, government agencies and non-profits—to keep their finances in check. Accountants can be very generalized or incredibly specialized in the work they do. Just like doctors or lawyers, there are many different types of accountants. The roles they hold and the duties they perform can vary widely depending on where they work and what their title is.” Accountants hold titles such as chief financial officer, partner, controller, forensic accountant, internal auditor, and FBI agent. The skills CPAs rely on include “communication, creative problem solving, relationships building, leadership, critical thinking, project management, good judgement, big-picture thinking, collaboration, and decision making.” At Scranton, you’ll graduate with a solid command of accounting and business principles, while developing all of the skills required for success as a well-rounded professional in the liberal arts tradition.

How We Stand Out:

Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed.  

As an accounting undergraduate applicant, you will also have the option to apply for direct-entry in our nationally ranked Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. This program can be completed in a 4-year format (summer and intersession terms included) or 5-year format, while you pursue your Bachelor of Science in accounting, allowing you to save time and money. The MAcc program develops the skills needed for the student to advance to senior levels within public accounting, industry, and government agencies. Students can also enter the MAcc program as recent graduates and/or working professionals with bachelor’s degrees in accounting. 

  • 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. 

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Accounting (BS) and Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

 1. Flexible.   Our 4- or 5-year joint BS/MAcc program gives students a variety of options.

 2. Nationally Recognized.   The University's accounting program is ranked No. 17 in U.S. News & World Report's national list of business programs by specialty. In addition, Best Colleges ranks our Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program No. 1 in the nation.

 3. Outstanding faculty.   Our award-winning faculty includes world-class researchers whose scholarship is published in the most prestigious academic journals. Four of our faculty have been chosen as the PICPA Educator of the Year (most in the state of PA). However, they are first and foremost teachers who care about your academic and professional success as well as your personal well-being.

 4. Successful Students.   Year after year, Scranton graduates consistently rank in the top tier for statewide CPA exam pass rates. More than 90% of our graduating class members obtain full time employment in their field. All of the Big Four accounting firms actively recruit on the Scranton campus, because they are familiar with the quality of our education and the capabilities of our graduates.

5.Practical Experience.   Students benefit from the active engagement of our executive alumni focused on student mentoring, internships and job placement. You’ll find Scranton accounting alumni holding prominent positions at all of the Big Four accounting firms. This powerful network provides tremendous access to exciting internships and employment opportunities.

"In our close campus community, we know students on a first-name basis. Our faculty, staff and distinguished alumni work together for the success of our students."  --  Douglas Boyle, DBA, CPA, CMA, Doctorate Program Director, Department Chair and Associate Professor

 

 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. 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.

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.

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.  

Douglas Boyle, DBA, CMA, CPA

Douglas Boyle, DBA, CMA, CPA

Chair

Chairperson, Associate Professor

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

Phone: 570-941-5436
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James Boyle, DBA, CPA

James Boyle, DBA, CPA

Assistant Professor

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

Phone: 570-941-6495
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Brian Carpenter, PhD

Brian Carpenter, PhD

Professor

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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Andrew Gregorowicz, BS,MBA

Andrew Gregorowicz, BS,MBA

Faculty Specialist

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.B.A., Pace University-Lubin Graduate School of Business

Phone: 570-941-5860
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Robyn Lawrence, PhD, CMA

Robyn Lawrence, PhD, CMA

Associate Professor

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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Daniel Mahoney, PhD

Daniel Mahoney, PhD

Professor

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

Phone: 570-941-4188
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Amanda Sue Marcy, CPA

Amanda Sue Marcy, CPA

Assistant Professor

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

Phone: 570-941-4120
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Linda Mlodzienski, CPA

Linda Mlodzienski, CPA

Faculty Specialist

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

Phone: 570-941-7707
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Richard O'Hara, BS, MBA

Richard O'Hara, BS, MBA

Faculty Specialist

Phone: 570-941-6573
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Ashley Stampone, CPA

Ashley Stampone, CPA

Faculty Specialist

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

Phone: 570-941-7762
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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
  • Many notable corporations in industry
  • Governmental and not-for-profit organizations

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.