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Bentley College Meets Employer Need; Launches New Program in Accounting Information Systems

July 13, 1998


WALTHAM, Mass.- Responding to corporate demand for accountants who are well-versed in financial technology, Bentley College will launch an Accounting Information Systems (AIS) program this fall, offering master and bachelor of science degrees, a graduate certificate, and a combined five-year BS/MS degree. The program prepares students to analyze, design and implement corporate information systems used for all forms of financial decision-making.

The AIS program focuses on accountants as users of information systems, in their roles as business analysts, auditors, designers and providers of wide-ranging assurance services. Students learn to analyze the information systems through which companies monitor financial performance and make financial decisions, and to model effective information systems to improve a firm's financial and accounting decisions. Moreover, says Professor Clifford Brown, chair of the Accountancy Department, AIS students explore security and audit challenges posed by emerging information technologies, and develop expertise in new lines of information-based consulting services such as Internet-based electronic commerce, risk analysis, and business performance measurement.

Brown notes that electronic commerce, direct business-to-business communication, paperless work processes, and many other technology-intensive innovations have created new challenges and opportunities for accountants who also have expertise in information systems. "Many traditional accounting functions are now embodied in systems that require a different combination of technical and financial knowledge," says Brown.

The new program was developed jointly by Bentley's Accountancy and Computer Information Systems departments, in response to rapid growth and change in accounting services. Bentley, long known for the strength of its accounting and finance programs, now has a growing national reputation in IS education as well.

Under the leadership of its new president, Joseph G. Morone, Bentley is developing an array of new graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs and courses that integrate business and technology. "Business is being ripped apart by information technology. Accounting, finance, marketing- the rules are changing across disciplines," says Morone, author of Winning in High-Tech Markets (1993).

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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