Accounting and Legal Studies

What is accounting and why is it important?

According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, “What is accounting and why is it important?” Accounting is often called the ‘language of business’ because it deals with interpreting and communicating information about a company’s operations and finances.

Accounting is extremely important to any company because the financial information, as interpreted by CPAs, allows executives to make informed business decisions-decisions that help those companies become more successful. Economic events are measured and described by accounting. Everyone works with and uses accounting ideas, whether they’re managing a business, investing money, or deciding how to spend their paycheck. In business, accounting links the past with the future. It provides decision-makers information about recent financial activity, as well as information and recommendations useful for forecasting future events.”

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In fact, the field of accountancy has never been more relevant, challenging, or filled with opportunities.

The skills required for you to become a truly outstanding accountant–critical thinking, exceptional analytical skills, solid ethics and independent judgment–are the hallmarks of a Jesuit education at Saint Peter’s.

One look at our graduates will show you why our program has earned a reputation for developing sharp minds forged in one of the greatest business regions in the country, the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

The demand for accountants is growing (especially for women) and job opportunities are better than ever. Whether you want to be a partner in an accounting firm, a CPA, or work in corporate finance or at a nonprofit, a degree in accountancy can be the key to success.

Saint Peter’s also offers a five-year combined B.S./M.S. degree in accountancy and a certificate program that enables students who have completed an undergraduate major in accountancy to earn the additional credits needed to sit for the CPA exam.