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Bentley Masters in Accounting Fellowship

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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 inaugural cohort of the program in Fall 2022. 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.

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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. 
  • Selected 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 2022 with the option to start classes in May or August 2022; all coursework must be completed by August 2023.
  • Eligibility varies based on the guidelines of each corporate sponsor. In general, candidates should completing an undergraduate accounting degree at an accredited U.S institution by May 2022 with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher who intend to pursue CPA. Some scholarships are limited to U.S. citizens and may indicate a preference for applicants from underrepresented demographic groups.
  • Candidates interested in this fellowship program will apply directly to the MSA program through the standard Bentley Graduate Application. Round 3, March 15, 2022, is the final deadline to apply and receive consideration for the Fellowship program. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early for best consideration. Fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis, with all decisions final by May 1.

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Corporate Sponsors

Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program at Bentley University

Deloitte Foundation

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 2022.
  • 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 2022-2023 academic school year (September 2022 through May 2023) and complete such program no later than August 2023. 
  • 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.

For consideration, candidates must submit a complete application to the Bentley University Master’s in Accounting program no later than March 15, 2022. 

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. While you do not have to complete the online application in one sitting, be sure to frequently save your work. You may access your application and change your answers as many times as you like prior to submission. Once admitted to the MSA program, eligible candidates will be evaluated for the Fellowship program in consultation with our corporate partners. Eligibility criteria may vary by partner. Selected Fellows will be notified by May 1, 2022. 

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Important Dates

Visit our Application Deadline page for information on deadlines. Round 3, March 15, 2022, is the final deadline to apply and receive consideration for the Fellowship program. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

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Kerri-Ann Sanderson
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