The newly designed graduate enrollment option has replaced the Masters Candidate program. It is designed for motivated undergraduate students with high academic standing who want to pursue a Master's degree in an accelerated timeframe. Depending on the program of study, master's degree requirements may be completed with one year of additional full-time academic work.
Students can schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Graduate Student Academic Services Office, Jennison 336, to discuss the admission process and academic options. Falcon Fast-Track information sessions are a great way to learn about all aspects of the program.
The Dual Degree option enhances an individual's competitive advantage in the marketplace by combining general management skills (MBA) with deep expertise in a specific business field (MS). Students may simultaneously pursue an MBA with any of the school's specialized masters degrees.
Under the dual degree option, current Bentley students and alumni/ae may be eligible to transfer up to 12 credits (four courses at the 600-level or higher) toward a second degree, linking a masters degree and an MBA. Sharing of credits is only an option between the MBA and one masters degree. There is no sharing between masters degrees. It is recommended that MBA students choose a masters program in their concentration area; likewise, masters degree students and alumni should select a concentration that relates to their masters degree. Students might, for instance, apply four of their Masters of Information Technology courses toward an MBA concentration in Information Technology.
Eligible courses are those taken within the past five years that meet the requirements of the new degree program. Interested students are encouraged to speak with a representative in the Graduate Student and Academic Services Office prior to submitting an application. Staff will evaluate completed courses and determine the number of courses that will be required to complete a Dual Degree.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents to the Graduate Student Academic Services Office 30 days prior to the start of the term in which the candidate wishes to enroll in a dual degree program.
Dual Degree Application for Current Students
- One Essay (Please refer to the application for details about the focus of the essay.)
- Current résumé
- If applying to a degree that requires the GMAT, students whose previous degree accepted the CPA, GRE or evidence of passing the bar in lieu of the GMAT must submit GMAT scores for acceptance to the Dual Degree Option.
- International students must meet with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services if accepted to the second degree to clarify visa status.
- A student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have taken at least 9 credits to have an application reviewed.
- No application will be reviewed until first semester grades are posted.
Notification of Admission Status
The Office of Graduate Student Academic Services will review current student applications for admission to the Dual Degree option. During the review process, up to four courses (12 credits) from the student’s current degree will be evaluated for credit toward the second degree. Candidates will be notified in writing of their admission status within two to three weeks of application submission.
Bentley offers seven graduate certificates for students interested in expanding their professional portfolio. Graduate certificate students take part in the same classes as master’s degree candidates, and must meet the same admission requirements. In many cases, students can apply credit received for certificate courses toward a related graduate degree. (Apply through Graduate Student Academic Services)
Fraud and Forensic Accounting
Master Personal Financial Planner
Advanced Graduate Certificates
Students who already hold a master’s degree can take advantage of the advanced graduate certificate program. These certificates provide an opportunity for continuous learning and serve as a great resource for individuals looking to deepen their expertise in a specific discipline. (Apply through Graduate Admissions)
Bentley offers a professional certificate in user experience for individuals looking to enhance their skills in this area. Courses are offered in a two-day intensive format and students are not required to take the GMAT or GRE exams.
CPA Certificate Faculty Advisors
- A four-year undergraduate accounting degree qualifying you to sit for the CPA exam
- A Master’s Candidate Program leading to both an undergraduate and master's degree, such as an undergraduate accounting degree and a Masters of Accounting. Other masters degrees are also available.
CPA Certification Faculty Advisers
These are intended to serve as an advising tool in helping students meet academic goals while at Bentley: