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The language of business.

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.

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A Future in Accounting

A Future in Accounting

A bachelor's degree in accounting provides employment in many private and public accounting jobs and is a natural preparation for a graduate degree. Accounting students at Isenberg have one of the top placement rates and highest starting salary of all the majors at Isenberg. Student can easily achieve a master's degree in accounting in as soon as two semesters after the senior year.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Be a part of one of the largest VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) programs in the country that offers both foreign and domestic tax assistance. This program allows accounting students to offer free income tax assistance to qualified taxpayers as part of VITA at Isenberg. Students use their accounting knowledge to help individuals file their tax returns, answer pressing tax questions and offer tax-related guidance. The experience gives students an opportunity to hone their people skills and to practice their tax preparation skills in a live setting. 

Semester in the Profession

The Semester in the Profession Program (SIPP) allows qualified students to spend part of the spring semester of their junior year 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. Participants who complete the program earn a total of 15 credits for the semester by participating in an internship, completing a professional issues seminar, and taking 2 intensive accounting courses on-campus.

$63K
Median starting salary for accounting grads
93%
Students who obtained employment within 6 months of graduation
10,000+
Accounting alumni, most in the New England area
#1
Public Business School in the Northeast, 2021
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Career Paths in Accounting

Career Paths in Accounting

Accounting majors take positions in a broad spectrum of industries, including banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, real estate developers, and accounting firms. Many students chose to complete their Master of Accounting (MSA) degree in as soon as two semesters after the senior year. Isenberg's Office of Career Success is dedicated to serving the career and professional development needs of Isenberg students.

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Accounting Faculty

Accounting Faculty

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Chris Agoglia
Christopher P. Agoglia
Richard Simpson Endowed Professor
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Orhan Akisik
Senior Lecturer II
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Bradley Bennett
Ronald C. Mannino Faculty Fellow & Associate Professor
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Jeremiah W. Bentley
Richard Dieter MS ‘66 & Susan C. Dieter Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor
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Kerri Bohonowicz
Clinical Lecturer
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William D. Brown Jr.
Associate Dean for Finance, Operations, & Strategic Initiatives, & Clinical Professor
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Graham Gal
Associate Professor
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Yoon Ju Kang
Associate Professor
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Andrew Kitto
Assistant Professor
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Catherine Lowry
Catherine West Lowry
Senior Lecturer II
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W. Timothy Mitchell
W. Timothy Mitchell
Associate Department Chair & Clinical Associate Professor
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David Piercey
David Piercey
Department Chair and John F. Kennedy Endowed Professor
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Jennifer Roy
Lecturer
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Lynda Schwartz
Lecturer & Forensic Accounting and Analytics Program Director
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Matthew G. Sherwood
Assistant Professor
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Pamela Trafford
Pamela Trafford
Senior Lecturer II
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Silvia Triani
Lecturer
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Sean Wandrei
Sean Wandrei
MSA Program Director & Senior Lecturer
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Elaine Wang
Elaine Wang
Professor & Dean's Research Fellow
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Yao Yu
Yao Yu
Assistant Professor
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Contact Us

Department of Accounting 
Room 232
Isenberg School of Management
121 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003 

413.545.5657