Accounting Department

Charles Tang, Associate Professor, Accounting Department Chair, Ph.D., Baruch College
Patricia Healy, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Accounting Program Chair, MBA, Rutgers University; CPA, CMA
Kaustav Sen, Associate Professor, Graduate Accounting Program Chair, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Vera Zubrick, New York City Program Coordinator
Suzanne DeRosa, Pleasantville Program Coordinator

 
  Pace University undergraduate accounting major Cristal DeLeon talks about her academic, professional, and personal development at the university, and how she gained hands-on business experience with internships and other opportunities for students. >> larger version
Welcome from the Department Chair and Program Chairs

The Accounting Department, one of the five departments of the Lubin School of Business, Pace University, has been preparing students for careers in accounting since 1906. Currently, the department offers degrees at both the undergraduate and masters levels.

At the undergraduate level, we offer two accounting majors—one with a CPA emphasis and one with a more broad-based course of study in accounting that allows students to develop expertise in other related areas such as finance or information systems. At the graduate level, we offer two programs: MBA and MS degrees for CPA preparation. Our graduate programs meet the New York State 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam. Our undergraduate programs are offered at both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses; our graduate programs can be pursued at either the New York City campus or the White Plains campus.

The Lubin School of Business has joined the fewer than two percent of business schools internationally that have both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting organization for business schools worldwide.

 
Accounting Department Chairperson Charles Tang
 
Homer Pace
Our distinguished and caring faculty enhances the student's educational experience by its strong support of the many extra-curricular activities provided by the Accounting Department and the Lubin School. Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Honor Society, the National Association of Black Accountants, and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting are but a sample of the student activities, which we nurture.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are assigned faculty advisors and our COOP program provides valuable internships to our students.

Please explore this Web site to obtain further information concerning our department. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mission Statement

  • Preparing students for successful general business careers in a global economy;
  • Preparing students for successful careers within the broad field of accounting;
  • Developing students' analytical skills;
  • Providing the intellectual foundation for personal and professional growth;
  • Developing sensitivity to ethical issues and professional responsibilities;
  • Serving the university through faculty teaching, service, and research, and through organization of the efforts of students and alumni;
  • Serving the business school through faculty teaching, service, and research and through organization of the efforts of students and alumni;
  • Serving the accounting profession and society through faculty teaching, service, and research and through organization of the efforts of students and alumni.

History of the Accounting Department

Founded in 1906 by Homer and Charles Pace, Pace Institute began as a business school for men and women who aspired to a better life. While studying for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, Homer Pace stated that New York afforded very little and very poor instruction along these lines, and he "discovered that the accounting literature in the United States was practically nil." Homer purchased British accounting publications for $75 and began preparing literature on accounting. Other students began utilizing this material and Homer did some tutoring. After passing the CPA examination, Homer considered "the advisability of opening a school in New York for coaching in accountancy and also for teaching the real, genuine bookkeeping that the accountants consider the best and which cannot be found in the commercial schools."

Homer and Charles Pace borrowed $600 and established Pace & Pace partnership to prepare students for the New York CPA examination. They rented a classroom and office in the old Tribune building in lower Manhattan and taught 10 men and 3 women the principles of accounting and business law. That building once stood where the Pace Plaza building stands today. Within a year, the operation had expanded from a dozen enrollees to eighty students. In 1933, Homer reorganized the Institute by dividing the school into three separate areas: the School of Marketing, Advertising & Selling, the School of Credit Science, and the School of Accountancy, each with their own separate advisory board.

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