Glossary of Academic Terms
Overview: Supporting Graduate Students in the Pursuit of Academic Achievement
The Graduate Student Academic Services Department is located in Jennison 336. The entrance to the Graduate Advising Services Office is the second door on the left when you enter the building from the main campus quad.
Graduate Student Academic Services (GSAS) provides academic advising and support to McCallum Graduate School Students across all MS and MBA programs. Our aim is to help students make the most of their graduate studies and achieve academic success.
In-office and phone appointments with an advisor can be made via MyBentley. We also provide walk-in hours and respond to advising questions sent to our department email address.
The GSAS advising team collaborates with the graduate program directors, MBA program concentration advisors, faculty and staff to offer graduate students the resources they need to achieve their academic goals.
In addition to helping students plan their courses, we can answer general questions about the graduate school and other matters important to Bentley graduate students, referring questions to other service offices when appropriate.
Navigating the program requirements and policies is made easier by the assistance of a dedicated team of advisors. Learn more
New students will find systems and resources that will help provide a smooth transition to their graduate learning experience.
Students in the Falcon Fast-Track Program may be able to earn both a bachelor’s and master's degree in five or more years depending on their personal and professional circumstances. Learn more
International students have a network of professional staff available to help them reach their academic and personal goals. Learn more
The Learning Centers on campus provide tutoring services for current Bentley graduate students. Click the link to the corresponding learning center below for more information about their hours and what services they offer
Successful leaders know how to leverage technology. That’s why high-tech resources are essential in Bentley’s work to provide a learning environment that emulates real-world business conditions.
Inside our distinctive collection of centers and labs, you’ll find the latest tools for gathering and analyzing information in finance, marketing, information design, accountancy, and other business areas. The experience delivers a competitive edge with current and future employers. Simply put: If they use it out there, you’ll find it in here.
Roll up your sleeves and use sophisticated hardware and software at these learning labs:
Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Measurement
The Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Measurement (ACELAB) offers hands-on experience with applications for auditing, tax preparation, data modeling, report generating and other tasks in the accounting field. Students learn how information flows through an organization and how accounting relates to other business functions.
Center for Languages and International Collaboration
The Center for Language and International Collaboration (CLIC) encourages the study of other countries and cultures with Rosetta Stone software in 25-plus languages, live videoconferencing to sites worldwide, a theater for watching satellite broadcasts, and more.
Center for Marketing Technology
The Center for Marketing Technology (CMT) supports best practices in marketing strategy, research and customer insight, so students learn to implement innovative and actionable marketing programs. Business partners tap the center for consulting and research in areas such as digital marketing, social media and data analytics.
CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox
The CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox provides space and resources for building mobile apps, designing video games and similar challenges. Resources include Google TV, Xbox 360 consoles and a SMART board.
User Experience Center
The User Experience Center (UXC) ranks among the country’s best facilities of its kind. Sophisticated tools focus on improving the user experience for technology products and services.
Media and Culture Labs and Studio
Provides resources for all forms of media production: video, sound, digital photography and design. The labs house industry-standard software for video editing, screenwriting, sound mixing, animation, graphic design, and DVD authoring.
The Trading Room brings world financial markets to the Bentley campus. Real-time data provide a firsthand look at the intricacies of risk management, asset valuation, portfolio design and related topics.
Glossary of Academic Terms
Blackboard: An online software platform for a professor to post such course materials as a syllabus, special readings and announcements.
Co-requisites: A course that must be taken either before or at the same time as another course.
Course Request Number (CRN): A five-digit code that corresponds to an individual course and section. It is used when registering and can be found in the Course Schedule on the Registrar's Website.
Course Waivers: A student who receives a waiver is not required to complete a required course due to previous academic work. In some programs, no replacement is needed and in others a substitution is required.
Credit Hours: Bentley University follows federal regulations and New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) guidelines in the definition of credit hours. At Bentley, one credit hour "reasonably approximates not less than: One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time."
Credit Limits: The maximum number of credits a student may take based on their full or part-time status. Full-time students may take up to twelve credits and part-time students may take up to nine credits per semester.
Global Business Experience (GBE): A faculty-led study abroad program that spans a seven to ten day period.
GSAS: The Graduate Student Academic Services Office, where you can find your academic advisor.
Hybrid: A course that provides students with an opportunity to attend classes on campus or online. Students who attend class remotely have to log in at the designated course day and time (EST).
Intensive Courses: A course that meets for five weekdays or five consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Most require a pre-session three weeks prior to the first class and many require a paper due four to six weeks after the final class.
MyBentley: An online portal for students to register for classes, access their schedule and grades, pay their bills, and receive announcements.
Pre-Program and Program Foundation Courses: Courses you must take prior to taking required and elective courses in your program. The Master of Accounting, Master of Finance, Master of Marketing Analytics and Emerging Leaders MBA all have pre-program and program foundation courses. These courses include GR521, GR522, GR523, GR524, GR525 and GR526.
Prerequisites: A course that must be completed prior to taking another course.
Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs): A required evaluation form assessing the course and the professor that must be completed by all students at the end of the semester for each of their courses.
Syllabus: An outline of what is required for each course including grading parameters, readings, assignments, and deadlines.
Waitlist: A list of students who want a seat in a closed course. The waitlist is monitored and evaluated by GSAS. Waitlist notifications are sent via email if and when seats become available.