Accounting

Faithful Character in the Organization, Skillful Defender of Society.

Roberts accounting is unique. It integrates faith with learning to develop the next generation of business professionals. With 2 Peter 1:5-7 as our foundation, our students learn to practice faith, character development, and critical thinking as well as integrative systems and data management, to partner with businesses for solutions. Not only are our graduates career-ready, but they also have a sense of a higher purpose. We want the opportunity to help you navigate your journey to becoming a trustworthy professional for His glory.

Program Highlights

FAITH INTEGRATION

We prepare thoughtful, spiritually mature, and service-oriented people to apply practical business skills ethically and socially.

CPA PREPARATION

Our 4+1 program will result in a Bachelor’s in Accounting, a Master’s in Strategic Leadership, and 150 credit hours required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and is NYS CPA licensure qualifying.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Customized integrated strategic audit, internships, and opportunities to participate in our nationally ranked Enactus team.

What Will I Learn?

Accounting is the language of business. Roberts accounting students know how to prayerfully control "self" and in turn provide control services to their organization. Integrating foundational business concepts such as economics, management, marketing, and ethics with the technical aspects of accounting like data analytics, information systems, forensics, and audit and control. Roberts accounting education is not just transactional but transformational.

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Where Can It Take Me?

Careers

Regional or “Big 4” CPA firms
  • Assurance
  • Tax
  • Advisory
Corporate – non-financial sectors
  • Financial planning & analysis
  • Project & operation manager
  • Licensing manager (software, IP, brands, digital content)
  • Complex sales (technical products and digital solutions)
  • Data privacy specialist
  • Internal auditor (Business/IT)
Corporate – financial sectors
  • Investment analyst
  • Wealth management
Small-Medium Enterprises
  • Integrated role of operation and financial manager
Non-profit organizations
  • Financial controller
Public agencies
  • FBI – economic crime investigation
  • IRS – tax fraud investigator
  • GAO – government auditor
Media
  • Financial journalism
  • Investigative journalism
General leadership roles
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Audit Executive
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief controller
  • Treasurer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Partners in professional service firms

Graduate Schools

  • University of Rochester - William E. Simon School of Business
  • New York University School of Law
  • Utica College
  • Columbia University - Columbia Business School
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Regis University
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • State University of New York College at Oswego

Who Will I Meet?

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Our Accounting Team

As an accounting major, you will become quite familiar with the team of Dr. Barlow and Dr. Chen. Together, they offer a wide range of professional history, experience, and perspective. Dr. Barlow has been at Roberts since 1989 and is currently the Lead Professor for the Accounting major. Dr. Michael Chen joined the Roberts accounting team in 2018 as an Associate Professor of Accounting. Dr. Barlow received his J.D. from the University of Colorado and passed the Colorado Bar Examination. He is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Managerial Accountant, and his experience ranges from work as a Staff Accountant at Main Hurdman (now KPMG) to serving as an elected Town Justice in the community where he lives with his wife and daughter. Dr. Chen holds a Ph.D. in Accounting and has earned several professional certifications. He adds 15 years of experience, working in both the US and China for the "Big 4" professional service firms. He now lives in the Rochester area with his wife and two children and currently serves as a board trustee for the Foundation of Accounting Education in the NY State Society of CPAs. Together, this team provides a unique blend of professional and academic expertise, and they have a reputation for communicating their insights in clear, concise, and applicable ways.


Eimantas Gudkovas, Accounting '22

"The thing I appreciate most about the accounting program and the business department is the professors’ availability. Being a junior, I’ve had lots of opportunities to interact with professors. It allows me to gain knowledge and perspective, looking at things from a different point of view before making decisions. I feel like the accounting program is preparing me to adapt by introducing me to different situations that require different skills."

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Alumni Success

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Kaitlynn Zaffuto '14

Special Auditor
NYS Office of Attorney General

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Kenya Matsushita '16

Staff Accountant
Shimomura & Co. CPAs - NYC office

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Jon Cleek '09

Manager, CPA
Paul V Stearns CPA

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