Why study accounting?

Accounting is the language of business because it is the way information is analyzed and communicated. This provides many career opportunities within the profession and also provides a stepping-stone to other areas in business. Accountants are great communicators, problem solvers, critical thinkers, technically skilled, analyzers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and trusted advisors. Strong demand for accounting professionals offers a wealth of job opportunities.


of 2020-21 accounting graduates completed an Experiential Learning opportunity

Big 4

accounting firms Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG and PWC all recruit Rider students


median annual salary for accountants (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021)

Where potential becomes a plan

Graduates from Rider’s accounting program are employed in public and private companies, public accounting firms, and government and nonprofit organizations. 

Common careers:

  • Public accounting - Certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Corporate accounting - Certified management accountant (CMA)
  • Internal Audit (CIA) - Certified internal auditor
  • Forensic Accounting - Certified fraud examiner (CFE)
  • Governmental Accounting
  • Finance Manager
  • Comptroller/Controller
  • Chief Financial Officer - CFO
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Start strong to make it big

Solidify your business acumen with an internship-based independent study. 75% of accounting majors complete a paid internship or co-op while in the program. Internships and co-ops fit seamlessly into the academic schedule.

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I knew that by going to Rider, I will benefit from its reputable accounting curriculum which will provide me with an incredible understanding of various accounting methods.”
Brenda Chavez Ramos '24
Accounting (B.S.B.A.)
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Program requirements

Our program focuses on core business and accounting principles and strategies.

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Accelerate your career

Combine your undergraduate and graduate studies in our 4+1 Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program in which you can earn a bachelor’s degree in 4 years and a MAcc in the +1 (fifth) year. Or, become a certified public accountant (CPA) in just four years with our 150 in 4 plan. Fulfill the 150-hour requirement for CPA licensure by double majoring in the B.S.B.A. program.

Accounting scholarships available

Get an exceptional education, save money and accelerate the start of your accounting career with Rider's 4+1 program. Qualified incoming undergraduate accounting students can earn a $2,000 annual scholarship award, plus receive a 30% graduate tuition discount on Rider's on-campus graduate business programs during their fifth year of study.


Accounting, B.S.B.A.

Evelyn McDowell

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Department of Accounting

Sweigart Hall

emcdowell [at] rider.edu


Academic Focus: Accounting

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