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Master of Science in Accounting

Curriculum

The advent of big data, analytics, blockchain, and machine learning is creating exciting changes in the field of accounting. Bentley's new Master's in Accounting (MSA) builds upon our over one-hundred-year accounting legacy and infuses it with technology and analytics to give you the skills you need to thrive in a respected, in-demand profession.  

Having started as the first program in Massachusetts to gain the prestigious separate accounting accreditation from AACSB International, we are proud to announce that our new STEM designated curriculum is one of only a few programs to collaborate with KPMG’s Data and Analytics Program, ensuring that what you learn is industry ready. You can count on it. 

Course Title Credits
4 Core Courses Common to All Concentrations
AC 611Financial Reporting and Analysis3
AC 730Business Processes and Controls Assessment3
AC 770Data Analytics for Accountants3
AC 793Professional Judgment, Ethics and Decision Making3
Students must choose one of the following concentrations18

Advisory

Course Title Credits
AC 773Fraud and Forensic Accounting3
AC 799Experimental Course in Acctg3
Select one of the following3
Financial Statement Audit
Information Technology Audit
Internal Audit
Choose three electives9
Internship in Accounting Practice
Financial Statement Audit
Information Technology Audit
Internal Audit
Tax Factors in Business Decisions
Principles of Fraud Investigation
International Dimensions of Accounting
Data Management and SQL for Analytics
Cybersecurity
Financial Modeling
Global Strategy
Information Security, Controls and Ethics
Enterprise Systems Planning and Configuration
Corporate Governance
Management Consulting Skills

Analytics

Course Title Credits
AC 777Accounting Analytics in Practice3
CS 602Data-Driven Development with Python3
CS 605Data Management and SQL for Analytics3
IPM 652Managing with Analytics3
Choose one of the following3
Financial Statement Audit
Information Technology Audit
Internal Audit
Choose one elective3
Internship in Accounting Practice
Financial Information Systems
Financial Statement Audit
Information Technology Audit
Internal Audit
Experimental Course in Acctg
Data Analytics Architectures with Big Data
Artificial Intelligence Techniques and Applications
Business Intelligence Methods and Technologies
Financial Modeling
Visualizing Information
Intelligent User Interfaces
Data Science
Introduction to Machine Learning
Quantitative Analysis for Business
Intermediate Statistical Modeling for Business

Assurance

Course Title Credits
Select two of the following6
Financial Statement Audit
Information Technology Audit
Internal Audit
Choose one of the following3
Federal Income Taxation
Accounting for Income Taxes
Choose three electives9
Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
Managerial Accounting
Internship in Accounting Practice
Financial Statement Audit
Information Technology Audit
Internal Audit
Tax Factors in Business Decisions
Principles of Fraud Investigation
Fraud and Forensic Accounting
International Dimensions of Accounting
Experimental Course in Acctg
Financial Modeling
Enterprise Systems Planning and Configuration
Corporate Governance

Corporate Financial Reporting

Course Title Credits
AC 612Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting3
AC 621Managerial Accounting3
Select one of the following3
Federal Income Taxation
Accounting for Income Taxes
Select three electives9
Internship in Accounting Practice
Financial Information Systems
Internal Audit
International Dimensions of Accounting
Experimental Course in Acctg
Cybersecurity
Corporate Finance: Theory, Tools and Concepts
Financial Modeling
Information Security, Controls and Ethics
Corporate Governance

Information Systems

Course Title Credits
AC 742Information Technology Audit3
AC 731Financial Information Systems3
CS 605Data Management and SQL for Analytics3
IPM 740Enterprise Systems Planning and Configuration3
Choose two electives6
Internship in Accounting Practice
Internal Audit
Data-Driven Development with Python
Cybersecurity
Data Analytics Architectures with Big Data
Artificial Intelligence Techniques and Applications
Business Intelligence Methods and Technologies
Financial Modeling
Intelligent User Interfaces
Information Security, Controls and Ethics
Data Science
Project Management

Note: Electives may be chosen according to the student’s interest or to fulfill requirements for a graduate certificate in a related area — for example, fraud and forensic accounting, taxation, financial planning, business ethics or business analytics.  All course work must be completed within 5 years.