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Accounting Major

Accounting is the language of business — the universal way to tell the story of a business and evaluate its performance. As a student in our internationally recognized AACSB-accredited accounting program, you’ll acquire expert technical skills, an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of business and impressive hands-on experience.  

That’s why Rider accounting alumni are in demand with Big 4 accounting firms, Fortune 100 corporations and other leading organizations worldwide

Careers in Accounting

At Rider, our accounting degree can prepare you for career tracks in public accounting (CPA firms); corporate, non-profit and governmental accounting; and internal auditing.

Today’s accounting professionals are central to business success, playing a critical role in goal setting, performance monitoring and compliance. Accounting is also a pathway to top management positions: many chief financial officers (CFOs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) credit a strong accounting background as key to their career advancement.

Build Your Degree

At Rider, you can tailor your accounting studies to meet your specific interests and career goals.


Outstanding preparation in accounting through a traditional accounting program with a focus on small class sizes, exceptional internship and co-op opportunities, and leadership development


An accelerated combined bachelor's/master's program that can be completed in just 5 years. Includes a CPA preparation track.


A nationally ranked Top 10 program
(Institute for Fraud Prevention)



Accomplished by double majoring or pursuing a 5-Year BSBA/MAcc


Rider is among only 2 percent of all universities worldwide to hold prestigious AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

Advance Your Credentials – 5-Year BSBA/MAcc

You can begin coursework for Rider’s highly regarded Master of Accountancy (MAcc) in your senior year through our 5-Year BSBA/MAcc, earning both your undergraduate and master’s degrees in just five years. The program includes career planning, corporate coaching and a professional internship option. If you plan to pursue designation as a certified public accountant (CPA), a special CPA track will prepare you to sit for the CPA Exam while in the program. Qualifying 5-Year BSBA/MAcc students also are given priority consideration for scholarship and graduate assistantship opportunities.

Positions Held

Our graduates are in demand! You’ll find them at work with Big 4 and regional accounting firms, major corporations, and government and health organizations, holding such positions as:

  • Accountant
  • Assurance Associate
  • Audit Associate
  • Audit Senior
  • Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) Consultant
  • Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP) Analyst
  • Internal Auditor
  • Junior Accountant
  • Logistics Manager
  • Medical Device Sales Representative
  • Risk Management Intern
  • Principal Consultant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Senior Audit Associate
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Associate
  • Tax Preparer


Rider accounting graduates are known for their quality preparation and solid skills. They are actively recruited by leading employers locally, nationally and worldwide.

Bristol Myers-Squibb
EisenAmper LLP
Johnson & Johnson
Withun Smith & Brorwn
Fabietti, Hale, Hammerstedt & Powers, Pa
Grant Thornton
Michael Kors
Hamburg Sud
Bdo Usa Llc
Mercadien Group
National Philanthropic Trust
Borgata Hotel, Casino, And Spa
PHH Corporation
State Of New Jersey
State Street Corporation

Internships / Co-Ops

You’ll gain a competitive edge through our co-op and internship programs, where you can build your résumé through in-depth experiences working in public, corporate, governmental and not-for-profit settings – many of which lead to job offers before you even graduate. 

Through these experiences, you’ll earn an average salary of $22 to $30 an hour — and many often lead to job offers before you even graduate. A sampling of recent internships include:

Ernst & Young
Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP
Smart Devine
Wilken & Guttenplan
Johnson & Johnson
Bristol-Meyers Squibb
LI Power Company
Live Nation
Mathematic Policy Research
SERV Behavioral Health
TE Connectivity
Tyco International
Princeton University

Graduate & Professional Schools

Of the more than 13,000 business programs worldwide, only 180 schools hold AACSB accounting accreditation. That standard of excellence opens doors for our graduates for admission to top graduate business programs nationwide — including Rider’s own Online Master of Accountancy, ranked by Accounting Degree Review as one of the top 10 in the country.

And Rider’s combined BSBA in Accounting/Master of Accountancy lets you earn your undergraduate and master’s degree in just five years — a savings of both time and money.

St. John's University
University of North Alabama
Rider University
Rutgers University

Study Abroad Opportunities

Accounting may be the universal language of business, but a study abroad experience can expose you to differences in the global economy, as well as demonstrate how business is conducted in other cultures. You can even complete an international internship!

Rider’s short-term, faculty-led programs are a great way for accounting and other business majors study and experience a particular subject in the world market — from entrepreneurism to sustainability.

Costa Rica
  • $57,000
    Average Big 4 starting salary of Rider graduates.

  • 91%
    Of Rider’s seniors in 2015 held an internship or co-op.

  • 1 in 2
    Nearly half — 45% — of Rider accounting students held internships or co-ops last year with the Big 4 – Deloitte, KPMG, PWC and EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young)

  • Giving Back
    Every year, Rider accounting students help prepare taxes for seniors and low-income adults through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

  • 3
    Active professional organizations for Rider accounting majors: Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi National Honor Society, Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter

Much of the success I've had can be easily attributed to Rider, where I developed skills and built relationships with faculty and business professionals who helped me on every step of my career path.

Accounting, Finance