2019-2020 Catalogue

Accountancy Major

The Accountancy curriculum at Bentley enables students to develop an understanding of accounting principles and their application to management situations. Building on the General Education and Business Core requirements, Accountancy majors at Bentley focus on auditing, cost accounting, tax, financial accounting and the use of information technology in accounting functions. All Accountancy majors acquire a core technical knowledge, including training in computer applications, so that they may understand the design, implementation and review of a fully automated accounting system. An internship, offered to qualified students, provides a way for high achieving students to gain valuable work experience, which in turn can lead to greater job opportunities.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for business majors, including the General Business Core, focused-course requirements, and additional electives.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
AC 310Cost Management3
AC 311Financial Accounting and Reporting I3
AC 312Financial Accounting and Reporting II3
AC 340Accounting Information Systems3
AC 350Federal Taxation3
AC 412Advanced Accounting3
AC 470Financial Statement Auditing3
or AC 472 Internal Auditing
Any AC course, not otherwise required, can fulfill the AC elective. 3


While the CPA requirements in Massachusetts are likely representative of many licensing jurisdictions, students planning to take the CPA exam need to be aware of the specific educational requirements of the jurisdiction in which they intend to sit for the exam.  Visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website for the specific requirements in every state in the U.S. The state of Massachusetts requires 120 hours (21 in accountancy) of education in order to take the CPA exam. The courses required for the accountancy degree satisfy the requirements to take the CPA exam in Massachusetts.

The requirements for the undergraduate degree in accountancy do not satisfy all requirements for CPA licensure.  Among other requirements, an individual must complete a total of 150 hours (30 in accountancy) of education, in addition to passing the exam, to become a licensed CPA. Students interested in CPA preparation should consult their Accountancy advisor.