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Bentley Masters in Accounting Fellowship

100% Tuition Funding. Mentorship. Career Development Support.

Bentley University’s Master’s in Accounting Fellowship program provides recipients with a full scholarship towards a Master’s in Accounting (MSA) degree, mentorship, and customized career development support. The demand for diversity in the accounting profession is high, and this program aims to provide those groups who are underrepresented in the profession with the financial, academic, and career support to start on a rewarding career in this field. 

Bentley is looking for motivated candidates to apply and join our program in Fall 2023. College faculty and administrators, as well as industry professionals, are invited to nominate students for consideration. 

A limited number of fellowships will be awarded to top applicants.

Kaitlyn Arce, MSA Fellow, Class of 2023

Kaitlyn Arce, MSA Fellow, Class of 2023

"My experience in the Fellowship has been excellent so far, the networking opportunities with professionals in the Data Analytics industry have been exceptionally insightful and I am looking forward to the one-on-one mentorships that the Fellowship offers."

MSA Fellowship Student Elbin Rojas

Elbin Rojas, MSA Fellow, Class of 2023

"The reason that I selected Bentley’s MSA Fellowship program to continue my education is because of how Bentley better prepared me for the accounting and auditing field with its detailed curriculum as well as providing me the resources and the means to do so."

MSA Fellowship Student Muhammad Uddin

Muhammad Uddin, MSA Fellow, Class of 2023

"I am having a fantastic experience in the program. I am enjoying my courses and find that the curriculum allows me to develop a diverse set of skills that are critical in the accounting industry, from data analytics to understanding business information systems. Importantly, the program has helped me network with and eventually secure offers from the Big 4 and other top firms.”

Osmani Rodriguez, MSA Fellow, Class of 2023

Osmani Rodriguez, MSA Fellow, Class of 2023

"I chose this program because it allowed me to challenge myself, learn from some of the best in the accounting industry, and plan my future career in accounting, all while not having to worry about the financial stress of conventional Master Programs."

Masters in Accounting Fellowship Program

Fellowship Details and Requirements

Fellows will receive full tuition remission in a multi-faceted 12-month MSA program.

  • The Bentley University Master’s in Accounting Fellowship program provides participants with full scholarship, mentorship, and customized career development support. 
  • Fellows receive full tuition remission in Bentley's one-year MSA program. Individual awards include Bentley institutional scholarships and a selection of corporate-sponsored scholarships. Awards are specific to tuition only and do not cover housing, meals, or other types of personal expenses.
  • Fellows are assigned a faculty mentor and receive supplemental CPA preparation, dedicated career development sessions, and cohort-based social and networking opportunities. Fellows receiving a corporate scholarship are also assigned a mentor from the sponsoring organization.    
  • Enrollment begins in Fall 2023 with the option to start classes in May or August 2023; all coursework must be completed by August 2024.
  • Eligibility varies based on the guidelines of each corporate sponsor. In general, candidates should be completing an undergraduate accounting degree at an accredited U.S. institution by May 2023 with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher who intend to pursue CPA and are eligible for employment in the U.S. Some scholarships indicate a preference for applicants from demographic groups that are underrepresented in the field of accounting.
  • Candidates interested in this fellowship program will apply directly to the MSA program through the standard Bentley Graduate Application. For consideration, candidates must submit a complete application to the Bentley University Master’s in Accounting program no later than March 15, 2023. Fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis, with all decisions final by May 1.
  • This fellowship does not require placement with corporate sponsors upon graduation.

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Corporate Sponsors

Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program at Bentley University

Bentley University is proud to collaborate with the Deloitte Foundation to champion diverse talent entering the CPA profession. Together, Bentley and the Deloitte Foundation are happy to support students with a record of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by providing a limited number of full scholarships to the Bentley University Master’s in Accounting program.

Specifically, the criteria to be considered for this scholarship are:

  • Currently enrolled in a Historically Black College University (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), or other accredited College, or University in the United States
  • Pursuing an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in accounting from an accredited program, with all degree requirements to be completed no later than May 2023.
  • Strong academic track record; minimum of 3.0 GPA ( on 4.0 scale)
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must meet the standards for admission into a Deloitte Foundation selected AACSB accredited college/university master's program in accounting
  • Have an interest in pursuing a career in public accounting and obtaining their CPA, but not presently a CPA
  • Selected participants must matriculate to the University's full-time master's of accounting program for the duration of the 2023-2024 academic school year (September 2023 through May 2024) and complete such program no later than August 2024. 
  • In the spirit of supporting a racially and ethnically diverse student population, the University will also endeavor to consider applicants from underrepresented demographic groups who meet the recipient eligibility criteria above.

KPMG MADA Scholars Program at Bentley University

Bentley University is proud to collaborate with the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics (MADA) Program to provide scholarships for students pursuing Bentley’s one-year Master's in Accounting (MSA) program with a concentration in data and analytics (assurance, analytics, or information systems). In the spirit of supporting a racially and ethnically diverse student population and to strengthen the pipeline of diverse talent entering the CPA profession, KPMG has made a three year commitment to fund scholarships at Bentley for underrepresented demographic groups, including, but not limited to, students from HBCUs and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
 
Specifically, the criteria to be considered for this scholarship are:

  • Recipient is on track to complete a bachelor's degree in accounting (or equivalent program) from an accredited college or university by the start of the Bentley Master's of Accounting (MSA) Program Recipient is in good academic standing (no less than a 3.0 overall and major grade-point average on a 4.0 scale)
  • Recipient will be enrolled full-time in the Bentley Master's of Accounting (MSA) Program and attending classes on campus
  • Recipient plans to complete all educational requirements to be Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license eligible upon completion of the Bentley Master's of Accounting (MSA) Program 
  • Recipient is not committed to work full-time at another company 
  • Recipient does not require work sponsorship now or at any point in the future
  • In the spirit of supporting a racially and ethnically diverse student population, the University will also endeavor to consider applicants from underrepresented demographic groups who meet the recipient eligibility criteria above.

Application Instructions

How to apply for the Master's in Accounting Fellowship program

Candidates interested in this fellowship program will apply directly to the MSA program through the standard Bentley Graduate Application. Bentley Graduate Application. For consideration, candidates must submit a complete application to the Bentley University Master’s in Accounting program no later than March 15, 2023. Fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis, with all decisions final by May 1.

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Important Dates

Visit our Application Deadline page for information on deadlines. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

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Additional Resources and Information

Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools 2021-2022

Bentley University's Graduate School of Business has been recognized in the top 75 of Bloomberg's Best B-Schools in the World, specifically ranking #12 in Diversity. 

Bentley Master's Fellowship Aims to Increase Accounting Industry Diversity

“The fellowship opportunity reduces one of the many barriers to entry that students from underrepresented groups face in their educational pursuits and facilitates more inclusive and equitable access to a rigorous accounting education,” says Bentley Associate Professor of Accountancy Kerri-Ann Sanderson.

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Racial bias remains prevalent in the profession, Gopal Krishnan reveals in his latest research. Having experienced discrimination in the field firsthand, the Trustee Professor of Accountancy anticipated his study would reveal significant and systemic race-related barriers.

Accounting Resources and Organizations for Minorities

Though the AICPA reports that people of color represent nearly half of accounting program graduates, hiring and advancement rates fail to correlate. Learn more about potential solutions to close these gaps, and what specific challenges people of color in the field of accounting are facing.

Bentley University's Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is critical to Bentley University’s mission of educating creative, ethical, and socially responsible organizational leaders. Our institutional values are rooted in a belief that appreciating diversity means that we work in an environment that embraces diversity of opinion and that is free from hostility and intolerance.  

Accreditations

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) was the first such program in Massachusetts to gain the prestigious separate accountancy accreditation from AACSB ­— the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB quality standards relate to curriculum, faculty resources, admission, degree requirements, library and computer facilities, financial resources and intellectual climate.

The university is also accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), indicating that it meets or exceeds established standards. As an accredited college, Bentley is judged to have the necessary resources and institutional integrity to achieve its stated purpose through its educational programs.

Find a Welcoming Community at Bentley

More than just a community of students looking to learn, Bentley provides opportunities for students of similar interests and/or backgrounds to connect.

Assistant Professor Kerri-Ann Sanderson
Kerri-Ann Sanderson
Assistant Professor
Accountancy

Faculty Mentor Biography

Kerri-Ann Sanderson, Phd, CPA is an assistant professor in the Accountancy department at Bentley University. She is a former Big4 auditor and is a certified public accountant (CPA) with 10 years of experience in public accounting, internal auditing and corporate budgeting with Fortune 500 companies. Her research focus is in experimental-behavioral auditing topics specifically in the areas of auditor judgment and decision making, and internal auditing. Kerri-Ann's research is published in leading journals such as Contemporary Accounting ResearchAuditing: A Journal of Practice and TheoryBehavioral Research in Accounting, and Journal of Information Systems. She serves on the editorial boards of Accounting HorizonsCurrent Issues in Auditing, and Journal of Information Systems. Her teaching interest is in accounting information systems. She is an AICPA Doctoral Fellow and a KPMG Foundation PhD Project Doctoral Fellow.

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