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Program Overview

The accounting program in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business offers students a complete liberal arts education combined with an innovative and integrated approach to business studies. Through the program, students acquire the conceptual and technical knowledge to develop, measure, analyze, and validate financial information.

The curriculum emphasizes the role of accounting as a key component of all business enterprises. Our faculty takes a personal interest in developing our student’s professional foundation and personal potential. Majors acquire excellent accounting and communication skills, and are well versed in the various fields of business. Throughout, you learn how to record, examine, and communicate information concerning an individual's or organizations financial performance.

Fairfield is located a stone’s throw away from the world financial centers in New York City, and several Fortune 500 companies are headquartered throughout the area. Internships with international firms or smaller non-profit organizations are strongly encouraged to give you the opportunity to take advantage of your surroundings while adding a valuable real-word dimension to your education.

Upon graduation, you are able to take the Certified Public Accounting Exam in Connecticut and other states. You may choose to further your education through our own M.S. in accounting, or pursue graduate study in law, accounting or business, or join the workforce as a capable professional in a variety of occupations.

Fairfield Dolan Rankings

#9
Best Colleges for Business Majors
- 2019 Money Magazine
#28
Best Schools for Business Majors
- 2020 PayScale
#23
Undergraduate Finance
- U.S. News and World Report
#25
Undergraduate Info Systems & Operations Management
- U.S. News and World Report
#26
Undergraduate Marketing
- U.S. News and World Report
#27
Undergraduate Accounting
- U.S. News and World Report

Accounting Advisory Board

Our accounting programs benefit from strong connections with accounting firms and employers. Executives from various accounting firms serve on the Advisory Board to provide advice on our curricula, program designs, internships and mentoring, and recruit our graduates

Accounting Advisory Board

Stephen Allegretto, Sr. ‘81
Vice President - Financial Planning
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Tessa Critcos
Managing Director, Business Tax Services
KPMG

Scott Davis
Stamford Market Managing Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Patrick Dunleavey ‘08
Auditor
BlumShapiro & Co, P.C.

Lawrence Dunn ‘00
Senior Accountant
Ernst & Young LLP

Jennifer Holland ‘07
Program Manager
Google Apps for Education at Google Inc.

Edward Kingsley
Partner
Deloitte

Sheri Lamont Fabian ‘88
Partner
Grant Thornton

Robert Nardone ‘92
Partner
KPMG

Brandyn Schmelzer
Director
BDO

Thomas Sciametta
Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Evron Trim
Manager
PwC

Requirements

Accounting Major

Accounting majors take courses appropriate for careers in public and private accounting, internal auditing, and government and not-for-profit accounting. Many students find that undergraduate studies in accounting are excellent preparation for a wide range of corporate positions.

For an 18-credit accounting major, students must complete:

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Cost Management
  • Auditing
  • Federal Income Taxation I

Accounting majors must maintain at least a 2.5 average in accounting.

Accounting Minor

The accounting minor offers students an extensive understanding of accounting content and function in areas of business. It is not designed to prepare a student for the Certified Public Accountant exam.

For a 15-credit accounting minor, students must complete:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • 300-level accounting elective course

Accounting minors must maintain a 2.5 average in all accounting courses.

 

Accounting Information Systems Minor

The accounting information systems minor highlights the impact of technology on the accounting profession as well as the regulatory and internal control issues associated with accounting information.

For an 18-credit minor, students must complete:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Logical Design
  • Database Systems

Accounting majors may double count Intermediate Accounting I for the accounting major and the accounting information systems minor. Information systems majors may double count Systems Analysis and Logical Design for the information systems major and the accounting information systems minor. Accounting information systems minors may not declare a second minor in accounting or information systems.

Course Of Study

See Accounting course descriptions from our catalog‌ for more information 

Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Management Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Accounting Information Systems
Advanced Accounting
Cost Management
Auditing
Federal Income Taxation I
Federal Income Taxation II
Accounting Information Systems
Municipal and Not-For-Profit Accounting
Accounting Internship
Independent Study in Accounting

Internships

The accounting major and business core are designed to give you the wider scope that is invaluable whether your career is in public, corporate, or not-for-profit accounting. The following all contribute to putting you in touch with the problems and challenges of today's business environment.

  • Case studies
  • Student team projects
  • Internships
  • Visiting lecturers from corporations and government agencies
  • Business experience of faculty members

Learn more about how the Dolan School's internship opportunities can prepare you for the workforce.

Academic Success

Many of our accounting majors have taken positions with large international accounting firms after graduation. Others have gone into investment banking, the securities industry, and other corporate accounting positions. Those who choose to pursue graduate studies have entered top-flight business schools, including Fairfield's MBA and M.S. programs.

Likewise, those who opt to attend law school have been admitted to prestigious law schools including:

  • University of Connecticut
  • New York University
  • Suffolk University
  • Boston University

Learn more about how Fairfield Dolan’s Career Development Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

Faculty

Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business boasts experienced faculty who teach students the fundamentals, ethics, and new developments in business on a local and global scale, supported by our amazing administration.

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