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Master's in Accounting

A customized, technology infused program that will give you the skills you need to be a leader in a respected, in-demand profession

Re-inventing How Accounting Has Been Taught Since 1917

The advent of big data, analytics, blockchain, and machine learning is creating exciting changes in the field of accounting. Bentley's new Master's in Accounting (MSA) builds upon our over one-hundred-year accounting legacy and infuses it with technology and analytics to give you the skills you need to thrive in a respected, in-demand profession.  

Having started as the first program in Massachusetts to gain the prestigious separate accountancy accreditation from AACSB International, we are proud to announce that our new STEM designated curriculum is one of only a few programs to collaborate with KPMG’s Data and Analytics Program, ensuring that what you learn is industry ready. You can count on it. 

Program Highlights

Broad Range of Concentrations

Five concentrations matching your career goals: Assurance, Advisory, Corporate Financial Reporting, Analytics, and Information Systems

In-person or Hybrid Options

Flexible options including full-time, part-time, on-campus, and hybrid learning options

Industry Ready

A curriculum vetted and approved by KPMG’s Accounting with Data and Analytics Program

STEM Designated Curriculum

An analytics and technology powered core with a STEM designation no matter which concentration you choose

Optimized for the CPA, CIA, CMA and CISA Certifications

Acquire the education requirements for CPA licensing, both now and the redesigned exam scheduled for 2024, as well as CIA, CMA and CISA certifications.

97.5% Domestic Placement Rate

Our coaches and corporate partners can help plan your career path, link you to a global network of alumni and employers, and prepare you for successful interviews with top firms

STEM Designated Academic Curriculum

A customizable, tech-infused accounting curriculum

Our new MSA curriculum provides you with the option of five different concentrations. The entire program is STEM designated and prepares you for today's CPA exam and the updated CPA exam coming in 2024, as well as CIA, CMA and CISA certifications. The MSA program has a 10-course minimum requirement for degree completion. Full time students can complete the program in eleven months. Part-time students generally take between 2-5 years.

Concentrations:

Assurance

Assurance services aim to improve the quality and transparency of information for a professional organization. By providing independent and professional opinions that reduce information risk, you can improve public trust in the credibility of published financial reports.

This concentration will prepare you to meet the accounting challenges of tomorrow with the following skills:

  • Financial Statement Auditing
  • Information Technology Auditing
  • Internal Auditing
  • Accounting for Income Taxes
  • Tax Compliance and Reporting
Advisory

Advisory services go beyond the traditional accounting role, and looks to provide guidance to business owners through the examination of the present and potential future variables that will impact business. With the right insight, they will help make better-informed decisions that increase company performance.

This concentration will prepare you to meet the accounting challenges of tomorrow with the following skills:

  • Risk Advisory
  • Information Technology Auditing
  • Internal Auditing
  • Fraud and Forensic Accounting
  • Performance Evaluation and Management
Corporate Financial Reporting

Corporate Financial Reporting is the practice of preparing all elements of the financial statements and SEC reporting. Professionals in this field will ensure external reporting compliance and present and analyze important financial data to help businesses understand their true financial position. 

This concentration will prepare you to meet the accounting challenges of tomorrow with the following skills:

  • Accounting for Income Taxes
  • Performance Evaluation and Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
Analytics

The high demand for accounting graduates with strong data and analytics skills is the reason why Bentley has this concentration available for students interested in private company audit firm practices such as risk management and process assurance. You’ll gain skills in accounting practices and advanced expertise in accounting and auditing, using industry tools to explore data mining and predictive analytics. 

This concentration will prepare you to meet the accounting challenges of tomorrow with the following skills:

  • Financial Statement Auditing
  • Information Technology Auditing
  • Internal Auditing
  • Accounting Analytics
  • Data-Driven Development with Python
  • Managing with Analytics
Information Systems

Accounting information systems are crucial for reporting and compliance operations by collecting and processing information from transactions to ensure accurate and useful information for all stakeholders. As the business world becomes more complex and rate of cyberattacks grow, accounting information systems become more important. Learning how to maintain a state-of-the-art system that is protected from cyberattacks will give your firm a competitive advantage.

This concentration will prepare you to meet the accounting challenges of tomorrow with the following skills:

  • Information Technology Auditing
  • Financial Information Systems
  • Data Management & SQL for Analytics
  • Enterprise Systems Planning
  • Cybersecurity Planning

Elective Courses

This is where you customize what you want to get out of your program. Narrow your focus and select from five available concentrations that will influence what you can register for. We again strongly encourage all prospective students to connect with a Graduate Admission Officer to understand your available options. 

Explore Your Curriculum Options

Small Classrooms. Individualized Attention. Hands-On Learning with Corporate Partners

#1

Ranked Accounting Program

COLLEGE FACTUAL MS ACCOUNTING RANKINGS

62%

Female Students Enrolled

MSA 2020 Graduates Program Directors Report

23

Average age of students in this program

MSA 2020 Graduates Program Directors Report

16%

ALANA Students Enrolled

MSA 2020 Graduates Program Directors Report

Top Employers Will Compete for You

The Bentley MSA prepares you for a wide range of careers, no matter the industry you are interested in. See below for a partial list of employers and job titles our alumni have achieved over the past year.

Company Name Alumni Title
Deloitte Audit Associate, Advisory Consultant, Tax Associate
EY Assurance Associate, Diversified Staff Group - Tax Services, Transfer Pricing Associate
PwC Assurance Associate, Tax Associate, Advisory Associate, Technology Consulting
KPMG Audit Associate, Deal Advisory Associate, Advisory Associate
Grant Thornton Audit Associate, Tax Associate
RSM Assurance Associate, Tax Associate
BDO Assurance Associate, Tax Associate, IS Assurance Associate
State Street Emerging Technology Consultant, Tax Analyst
Thermo Fisher Scientific Associate Internal Auditor
Analog Devices Cost Accountant
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Corporate Collaboration

The Bentley MSA is the only KPMG program in New England that also provides you with access to enabling technologies and tools used by seasoned accounting professionals.

Leaf Lab

LEAF Learning Lab

The Howard A. Winer ‘58 Lab for Economics, Accounting and Finance (LEAF) is designed to allow students hands-on experience by integrating technology into their areas of study. It's also a collaborative space to work together on group projects and case studies. Additionally, students will find peer-led tutoring.

Graduate Remote Learning

Graduate Remote Learning

Bentley hybrid courses are offered in a web-extended format that allow you the option of attending your classes from an on-campus physical classroom or online. Anything shown to the students in the classroom can also be seen by online students in real time.

Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program at Bentley University

Graduate Program Admission

Deadlines & Requirements

Visit our admission site to view admission requirements and upcoming deadlines based on desired entry term. We recommend applying to an early round for priority consideration for scholarship   

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Len Pepe
Len Pepe
Program Director and Lecturer, Accountancy

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Len Pepe is an accounting lecturer and the program director of the MS in Accounting at Bentley University. Len was a partner in the audit department of Grant Thornton, LLP Boston and has experience as a managing partner of the CCR LLP, Boston Office and as a partner at BDO Seidman, Boston. His research interest is in professional practice and has been honored with Bentley’s Adamian Award for Teaching Excellence — Part Time in 2017.  

Contact Len to schedule a time to discuss your background and career goals and how these align with Bentley's MSA program.

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