Since opening our doors more than 100 years ago, Bentley has been at the forefront of preparing students to thrive in accounting careers in public and private sectors both locally and abroad. Combining a core of accounting principles and practices with innovative technology and cutting-edge research, our curriculum will ensure that you’re ready to tackle the complexities of the industry. Regardless of the sector, accounting will always play a critical role in the ever-changing business world. With Bentley’s integrated degree programs, you’ll be exposed to a wide array of courses and disciplines to ensure that you are equipped with the diverse skillsets and ethical standards needed to stand out from peers in the field.
Mission: The Department of Accounting provides an internationally recognized transformative accounting education. We prepare our students as ethical, technically agile, and socially minded citizens who can adapt to the fast-changing business landscape. We produce high-caliber scholarly research that helps improve the classroom experience and advance accounting knowledge.
Vision: Building upon a century of success, the accounting department will be the preferred accounting program for students and stakeholders and a model for accounting programs around the world. We will educate ethical and adaptable business professionals who embrace data-driven accounting decision-making. Faculty will produce innovative, high-quality scholarly research that informs the global profession.
Jay Thibodeau, professor and director of Bentley’s PhD programs, received the Best Paper Award from Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory for “Audit Partners’ Judgments and Challenges in the Audits of Internal Control over Financial Reporting.” The annual award recognizes a paper published in the journal within the past three years that has had a significant influence on, or the potential to significantly influence, auditing research or practice.
This fall, Bentley welcomed eight students as part of its new Masters of Accounting Fellowship program, which is specifically designed to increase diversity within the accounting industry. In addition to receiving full tuition remission — costs are covered by the university and the program’s current corporate sponsors, Deloitte, KPMG and RSM — students selected as MSA Fellows are assigned both faculty and corporate mentors and receive customized career guidance and enhanced preparation for the CPA exam. Recently, three students shared their thoughts about the program.
The American Accounting Association recognized professors Scott Boss and Jay Thibodeau with the 2022 Innovation in Auditing and Assurance Education Award for their paper, “IntelliClean: A Teaching Case Designed to Integrate Data Cleaning and Spreadsheet Skills into the Audit Curriculum.” Making the achievement even more meaningful: The paper’s co-authors— Cristina Alberti PhD ’22, an assistant professor at Babson College, and Kara Hunter ’09, MBA ’10, PhD ’17, an assistant professor at Fairfield University — are both graduates of Bentley’s PhD in Accounting program.
Michael Albert ’07,'08 CPA, MST, Senior Manager, Amazon
Laurie Austin ’86 CPA, MST, Partner, PFK O'Connor Davies LLP
Jim DeLeo '88 CPA, MST, MBA, Partner, Gray, Gray & Gray
Kaitlin A. Folan ’05,'07 CFA, CPA, MBA, Vice President of Finance, BJ's Wholesale Club
Jenn Gaudet '00, Audit Partner, PWC
Douglas Gustin '95,'97 MSF, Assurance Partner, BDO
Sheila Harrington '87, Healthcare Partner, KPMG LLP
Bill Hildebrand '96, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
Brendon Houghton '01, CPA, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Brad Jolie, CPA, Managing Director, CBIZ, Inc.
Joshua Marine '03, Vice President, Fidelity Investments
Mathew Talcoff, ’89,'93 MST, Partner, RSM
Tracy Noga, Ph.D., CPA
Accounting Department Chair
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Lecturer and Vice Chair, Accounting
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Sr. Academic Coordinator
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