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Graduate Courses In Taxation From Bentley College Now In Worcester Through Distance Education

June 23, 1999


WALTHAM, MA-Worcester area accounting, financial planning and tax practitioners no longer need to travel to Waltham for Bentley University graduate courses in Taxation. Building on 25 years of national prominence, this fall the Bentley Unversity's Graduate School of Business will offer two top-rated courses in Worcester at Allmerica Financial through videoconferencing.

Distance education classes are taught live on the Bentley campus with Worcester area students participating fully in the classroom experience. This Fall, the first of five courses required to earn Bentley College's Graduate Certificate in Taxation will be offered in Worcester through distance education, and all five courses can be applied to the 10-course Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program. The two 15-week courses offered this fall are: Federal Taxation of Income, on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. beginning August 31; and Estate and Gift Taxation, on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. beginning September 1.

"Students in Worcester are just as much a part of the class as those in Waltham," said Associate Professor Joe Newpol, who taught Bentley's first distance education graduate course in taxation this spring. "They can ask questions, participate in class discussions and get the full academic experience. Students in both settings see each other as well as the professor and conversation gets so lively you forget we're miles apart. If a student at either location looks puzzled, I can pause and explain the material in another way."

"Nearly 2,500 tax professionals have completed the Graduate Tax Program at Bentley University," said MST program director Bill Wiggins. "Many now hold top level tax positions in companies throughout New England. Whether on campus in Waltham or through distance education in Worcester, our students benefit from a seasoned and dedicated faculty who are actively involved in the academic and professional development of each student."

This fall, Wiggins and Newpol will travel to Worcester to teach the first session of their respective courses at Allmerica Financial as well as at Bentley University. Thereafter, students in both locations will learn simultaneously through videoconference facilities at both locations. Outside of class time, Worcester area students can contact faculty via e-mail and telephone, and they have full access to extensive online research databases through Internet connections to Bentley.

Bentley's Graduate Certificate in Taxation consists of five courses which must be completed in five years. In addition to the offerings this fall, three courses will be available via distance education in Worcester in subsequent semesters: Sales, Exchanges and Other Dispositions of Property; Corporations and Shareholders; and Practice and Procedure. For accountants, credits earned can be used towards the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in Massachusetts. For further information, call Bill Wiggins at 781-891-2249 or visit Bentley University's website.

Information on applications is also available from the Bentley College Graduate School of Business by phone at 800-442-4723 or via e-mail at: To apply online, go to CollegeEdge ( or GradAdvantage (

The Graduate School of Business at Bentley College prepares professionals for a business world that is increasingly global, information rich, and technology driven. Through Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, and Graduate Certificate programs, students gain the depth of expertise and breadth of perspective key to successful careers in corporate, government and not-for-profit settings. Enrolling approximately 1,600 students from the United States and abroad, the Bentley University Graduate School of Business is among the largest AACSB-accredited graduate schools of business in New England.


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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