• School of Business Administration

    • Quick Center
    • tel: 610-499-4300
    • fax: 610-499-4614
  • Joseph M. Hargadon

    • Department Head, Accounting & Information Management
    • Quick Center, Room 240
    • tel: 610-499-4280
    • jmhargadon@widener.edu



Why Widener?

Accounting Options

Unique Program Options

Widener’s accounting program offers a number of different options for students to meet the 150 credit-hour requirement to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Three of the options allow qualified students to earn 150 credits in four years, while the fourth option allows students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Each option builds in an experiential learning component (e.g., co-op or an internship).  The department also offers a minor in forensic accounting. 


Industry Advisors

The Department of Accounting & Information Management (AIM) has a professional and academic advisory board consisting of practicing accountants and financial executives. The board is instrumental in evaluating and recommending curricular and program changes that assist the AIM department in continuing to improve and maintain the high quality, in-demand undergraduate accounting program.  

Accounting Faculty

Outstanding Faculty

Two of our faculty, Professor Frank Lordi and Professor Joseph Hargadon, have received the Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s Accounting Educator of the Year in Pennsylvania award. Our faculty has been recognized by the leading accounting organization for providing excellent instruction and showing a unique ability to connect with students.  

  • Brian James McCann
  • Stephen S. Perez
Brian James McCann

Brian James McCann


I was involved in the co-op program and the Theta Chi Fraternity. I was also a resident assistant. Those experiences afforded me opportunities to take on leadership roles that helped me develop my current leadership style.

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Stephen S. Perez

Stephen S. Perez


Being a leader is something that helped propel me in my career. I learned that if you want to make a difference, you need to apply yourself to make the changes that matter. You cannot sit back and ride the wave. You need to tackle it head on.

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Majoring in Accounting at Widener

Dr. Joseph M. Hargadon, Professor in the School of Business Administration and chair of accounting, talks about the advantages of majoring in accounting at Widener.

Potential Careers

  • External auditors
  • Internal auditors
  • Controllers
  • Tax accountants
  • Forensic accountants
  • Financial analysts

Recent Employers

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Global Tax Management
  • Elko & Associates
  • Smart Devine
  • Aramark
  • Turner Investments


The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This professional accreditation places Widener among the top one-third of college business schools in the U.S. and Europe.