Accounting is truly the language of business. From financial reporting to strategic planning, to tax reporting and regulatory compliance, one common thread that underlies all business decision is the use of accounting information.
What will I learn?
The accounting major offers courses designed to customize an academic program to meet your goals, interests and needs.
Sample course offerings: Core courses in Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Auditing, Accounting Information Systems, and Taxation.
Electives in Business Information Systems, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxes, International Accounting, Advanced Federal Taxes
Honors Program Accounting majors who wish to complete an advanced scholarship track of the Commonwealth Honors College will choose Multidisciplinary Honors. This allows highly motivated honors students the opportunity to propose programs of study outside of accounting or between two or more disciplines.
How will I learn?
Through experiential learning, Isenberg’s accounting department simulates the real-world on the job challenges so you will be ready to tackle any complex issue thrown your way.
Volunteer for VITA Students use their accounting knowledge to help individuals file their tax returns, answer pressing tax questions and offer tax-related guidance.
Semester in the Profession Program SIPP allows qualified students to spend part of their junior year spring semester gaining valuable professional experience and enhancing their prospects for a career position, while staying on track for graduation and getting paid. Isenberg is one of the only schools in Massachusetts to offer this to students.
What will I do with my degree?
Student’s considering graduate study in law, business and public policy are well prepared with undergraduate degree in Accounting. Accounting graduates have among the highest employment rates and some of the highest starting salaries of any major.
Private & Public Sector careers with:
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Aetna, General Electric, IBM, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, and government agencies
Isenberg offers freedom without compromise – a flexible learning environment that delivers a superior education online with the same curriculum as our on-campus program.
Our online students are working professionals, parents and community members who live full lives and have demanding, often fluctuating schedules week to week. They want a superior education on their terms. No campus visits are required, as students can complete the entire degree online from anywhere in the world.
To meet the graduation requirements for a BBA degree, every accounting major must complete the following coursework:
12 general education requirements
11 business courses in topics like corporate finance, marketing fundamentals, principles of management, operations management, and management communications
9 accounting major courses in topics like auditing and financial reporting
21 credits of non business breadth
Academic Advising Our advisors are experts with over ten years of experience guiding students through online education. They are here to assist you with any questions you may have about your studies, from finishing your degree to taking stand-alone classes that complement your career.
Professional Organizations There are many accounting-related organizations students can turn to for learning and networking such as the MSCPA, NASBA and FASB.
Isenberg’s MSA program put our students ahead of the pack—providing the skills they need on an accelerated timeline.
Our separately AACSB-accredited program is efficient, flexible and affordable, allowing students to quickly launch careers in accounting. You will fulfill the educational requirements for CPA certification in Massachusetts and most other states, and eliminate the one-year experience requirement for CPA certification in Massachusetts.
There are two options to complete your degree. Our classic hybrid program allows you to take up to 18 credits online before completing one intensive 12-week in-residence summer session. Our full online option allows you to complete all 30 credits from anywhere in the world, at any time of day.
MSA students gain both breadth and depth of knowledge in accounting and business. You’ll learn skills that will advance your accounting knowledge and enhance your essential business skills.
The MS in Accounting requires 30 credits and courses are available in-residence (Summer term only) and online. Students generally complete the program in 8 months to 2 years. The coursework in this program of study helps students gain a range of knowledge in accounting and business, including understanding tax implications, using technology to gain a competitive advantage, and business writing.
An Accounting Future
Our MSA helps prepare you to take the CPA exam by offering a curriculum designed specifically by and for accountants. As a graduate with an MSA, you may also take a management position in accounting, auditing or budgeting, open your own accounting business, or go on to earn an MBA or doctorate degree. Specifically, you might be a chief financial officer, controller, internal auditor, or government auditor, or work in accounting information technology.
The PhD program in accounting rigorously trains students to engage in scholarly academic research and university-level teaching. Students are trained to think critically and creatively about real-world accounting problems, and tackle those problems with interesting and scientifically sound research.
Elaine (Ying) Wang
PhD Coordinator & Associate Professor
Isenberg’s PhD in Accounting is an intensely focused and highly supportive full-time, residential program that prepares students for careers in academia. Students will broaden their understanding of accounting research and conduct independent research based on their interests.
Isenberg has a strong focus on research. Faculty members are working on a wide variety of research projects, investigating such topics as:
Audit quality and office growth
Readability’s influence on investors’ judgments
Social mismatches between auditors and clients
Effects of guidance frequency on management
Consequences of lowering disclosure thresholds
The program is generally completed within 4-5 years. Students take 48 credits of coursework, which includes research methodology, statistics, major and minor area courses at the graduate level, and electives. They complete a qualifying and comprehensive exam, a research project, and teach at Isenberg for at least three semesters. Students will finally research, write and defend a dissertation.
YEAR 1: Coursework, including foundation courses; Qualifying exam YEAR 2: Coursework, including major and minor area courses; Directed research project YEAR 3: Comprehensive exam; Directed research project; Dissertation proposal YEAR 4: Dissertation
Isenberg faculty includes award-winning research scholars, industry experts and outstanding professors. We recruit our faculty members from all over the world, and their caliber elevates an Isenberg education.