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MS & MBA Programs | Concentrations | Certificates | Waivers, Substitutions, & Appeals

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MS Programs

MS in Accountancy  MS in Accounting Analytics MS in Business Analytics
(if enrolled before Fall 2018 see below

MS in Digital Innovation

MS in Finance
(if enrolled before May 2017 see below)
 MS in Finance: Financial Analytics
(if enrolled before Jan 2019 see below)
MS in Human Factors in Information Design
(Online | California)

MS in Information Technology 
(if enrolled in or after Sept 2014)

MS in Marketing Analytics 
(if enrolled before Fall 2018 see below)
MS in Taxation    

Archived Programs

MBA Concentrations

Accountancy

Business Analytics

Finance

Economics of Financial Markets
(no longer available as of Fall 2019)

Law & Taxation

Leadership

Marketing

Information Systems & Technology

Important notes:

Your total program may not include more than 4 electives from one Academic Discipline
Students are limited to taking no more than a total of two of the following Field-Based Learning courses: 

Global Business Experience (GBE790)
Credit Internship
Field-Based Directed Study

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted and all pre-requisites must be satisfied. 
For assistance with your concentration course selections contact the designated Concentration Advisor.

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Archived Programs
MS in Business Analytics
(enrolled before Fall 2018)
MS in Finance
(enrolled before May 2017)
MS in Audit Analytics
MS in Marketing Analytics
(enrolled before Fall 2018)
MS in Finance Quantitative Finance Track
(no longer available as of Jan 2019)
 

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Concurrent Certificates

    Bentley offers the following certificates (closing December 18th, 2020)

    Accountancy 

    Business Analytics

    Business Ethics

    Marketing Analytics

    Taxation 

    Fraud and Forensic Accounting

    *Not open to MSMA students
    No longer accepting Master Personal Financial Planner declarations as of Fall 2018

    Students in the MBA Program may not declare a certificate in their concentration.

    User Experience Professional Certificate

    Courses for this certificate are offered in a two-day intensive format and students are not required to take the GMAT or GRE exams. If you are planning to take the certified public accountant (CPA) exam, make sure you’re aware of the educational requirements of the state in which you intend to sit for the exam, as they may vary. To become a CPA in Massachusetts, you must complete 120 hours of education before taking the exam, as well as an additional 30 hours of college education to be licensed. For transcript evaluation and further questions, contact: NASBA.org
    CPA Certification Faculty Advisor: Arthur Reed

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      Waivers, Substitutions, & Appeals

      As part of your acceptance to Bentley, Graduate Admission will list which courses you are eligible to waive. If you'd like to have a course re-evaluated or if you have courses to add, the course must have been completed within five years with a grade of B or better and you must be able to provide detailed documentation

      Pre-Program Foundation Courses

      Pre-program foundation course waivers will be granted if the applicant earned a grade of B (3.0 out of a 4.0 scale) or better from the undergraduate equivalent courses listed below. Each course must be completed within the last five years at Bentley University or at an AACSB or EQUIS accredited institution.

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      MSAA Pre-Program Foundation Courses & Substitutions

      MSAA pre-program foundation course waivers will be granted if the applicant earned a grade of B (3.0 out of a 4.0 scale) or better for GR521 and a B- (2.7 out of 4.0 scale) or higher from the remaining Accountancy undergraduate equivalent courses listed below when taken at Bentley. A grade of a B or better is required from the undergraduate equivalent courses to these four courses if taken at another AACSB or EQUIS accredited institution. Each course must be completed within the last five years.

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      MSAA Course Substitutions

      MSAA course substitutions will be granted if the applicant earned a grade of B- (2.7 out of 4.0 scale) or higher from the undergraduate equivalent courses listed below when taken at Bentley or a B (3.0 out of 4.0 or better) when taken at another AACSB or EQUIS accredited institution.  Each course must be completed within the last five years.

      MSAA GR Course Requirement

      MSA Course Substitutions

      MSA course substitutions will be granted if the applicant earned a grade of B- (2.7 out of 4.0 scale) or higher from the undergraduate equivalent courses listed below when taken at Bentley or a B (3.0 out of 4.0 or better) when taken at another AACSB or EQUIS accredited institution.  Each course must be completed within the last five years. MSA GR Course Requirement

      • 1 If you took AC 440 in undergrad, meet with an advisor or with the Program Director to discuss alternatives.
      • 2 If you took AC 475 in undergrad, your substitute for AC 741 will be AC 744 only. You cannot take AC 742.
      • 3 If you took AC 472 in undergrad, your substitute for AC 741 will be AC 742 only. You cannot take AC 744.
      MSDI Course Substitutions

      MSDI course substitutions will be granted if the applicant earned a grade of B- (2.7 out of 4.0 scale) or higher from the undergraduate equivalent course listed below when taken at Bentley. This course must be completed within the last five years.

      MSDI Equivalent

       

      MSF & MSFA Course Equivalencies

      For the MSF & MSFA courses listed below, applicants will receive course substitutions to satisfy these graduate course requirements if they earn a B- (2.7 out of 4.0 scale) or higher in the following undergraduate course equivalents taken at Bentley University within the last five years.

      Detailed Documentation includes the following:

      • the course syllabus/description
      • list of textbooks used
      • transcript from the school
      • your reason for why the course should be waived

      If you believe relevant work experience qualifies for a waiver you may also include a resume and a detailed job description

      Ready to get started with your waiver request?

      Follow the corresponding process below!

      If you have yet to begin your coursework at Bentley:
      1. Log into your applicant portal and navigate to the "Application Status" page
      2. At the top of the page click the "Waivers" tab. Here, you will see your waivers along with the “Waiver Review” section
      3. In the “Waiver Review” section, complete the form “Petition for Review of Additional Waivers and Substitutions” and submit it with your detailed documentation (see above)
      NOTE: Students should not contact program directors directly to ask about appeals during this time and program directors should refer all requests in this timeframe to Graduate Admission. Graduate Admission will continue reviewing appeals until the start of classes.
      If classes have begun:

      Submit your detailed documentation and completed Waiver Appeal form (below) to the departmental representative

      • Note: you must complete a separate form for each contact person if requesting more than one waiver 

      Students should not contact Graduate Admission to ask about appeals after courses have begun

      GR 521 Waiver Exam

      Waiver Appeal Form

      If GR 521 is required for your degree program or you plan to take an elective with this prerequisite, you must earn a score of 80 or better on the exam to demonstrate proficiency in statistics and obtain a foundation waiver.

      To be eligible to take the exam:

      you must have successfully completed a statistics class
      you must receive permission by completing the waiver appeal form (above)

      After receiving permission to take the exam:

      1. Complete the GR 521 Exam Form
      2. Register with Hawkes Learning to access the exam and review materials
      3. For the proctor service of the exam: register with ProctorU and choose “Test Taker”
      4. Review FAQs for taking the GR 521 exam

      Note: the exam may only be taken once!