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!
Accounting Success Stories
See the successes of recent accounting graduates in the sampling below.
Careers in Accounting
Build Your Degree
At Rider, you can tailor your accounting studies to meet your specific interests and career goals.
UNDERGRAD PROGRAMOutstanding preparation in accounting through a traditional accounting program with a focus on small class sizes, exceptional internship and co-op opportunities, and leadership development
FRAUD & FORENSICS BUSINESS CONCENTRATIONA nationally ranked Top 10 program
(Institute for Fraud Prevention)
CPA CERTIFICATIONAccomplished by double majoring or pursuing a 5-Year BSBA/MAcc
ACCOUNTING ACCREDITEDRider 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.
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:
- 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.
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:
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.
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.
Average Big 4 starting salary of Rider graduates.
Of Rider’s seniors in 2015 held an internship or co-op.
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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)
Every year, Rider accounting students help prepare taxes for seniors and low-income adults through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Active professional organizations for Rider accounting majors: Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi National Honor Society, Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter