Build a strong foundation for a solid career.

Take control of your professional and financial future by becoming a CPA. At Simmons, you'll master the theoretical and practical aspects of accounting — and you'll also prepare to take on leadership roles in whichever financial field you choose. 

Accounting is a versatile major that can be applied to any industry. Our interdisciplinary curriculum means you will develop well-rounded skills in areas such as finance, business and communication. As one of the most active financial cities in the country, Boston offers a myriad of internships and career opportunities. Whether your goal is to establish a private practice, run a large firm, or something in between, our AACSB-accredited program will help you get there. 

Program Requirements

Prerequisites for Accounting Majors

  • ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics

Required Core Courses

  • MGMT 100 Foundations of Business Management
  • MGMT 110 Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 234 Organizational Communication and Behavior
  • MGMT 250 Marketing
  • MGMT 260 Finance
  • MGMT 325 Operations Management and Decision Making
  • MGMT 370 Internship

Required Courses for Accounting Major

  • MGMT 200 Intermediate Accounting I
  • MGMT 201 Intermediate Accounting II
  • MGMT 225 The Manager and the Legal Environment
  • MGMT 301 Accounting IT
  • MGMT 305 Cost Accounting
  • MGMT 307 Tax Accounting
  • MGMT 308 Audit and Assurance
  • MGMT 396 Accounting Capstone

Electives

Students may select courses in other disciplines, but they do not substitute for the required Accounting courses. One course particularly relevant to accounting majors earning credits for licensure is:

  • MGMT 310 Financial Statement Analysis

Minor Requirements

Minor in Accounting

The Minor in Accounting is an excellent complement to Majors in Business, Economics and social sciences who are interested in entry-level positions in a variety of corporate and non-profit settings.

Consists of four required courses.

  • MGMT 110
  • MGMT 200
  • MGMT 201
  • MGMT 205

and one elective selected from MGMT 260, MGMT 301, MGMT 307, or MGMT 308. 

Customize Your Program

You'll work with your advisor to tailor a program to your interests and career goals. Simmons offers many options for customizing your studies, including dual majors, accelerated programs and a wide variety of complementary minors.

Simmons also provides flexible options for students to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Simmons meets the requirements for students to sit for the CPA exam, which includes a bachelor's degree with at least 21 credits in accounting and nine credits in business. Simmons is also exploring options for students to become licensed CPA's in Massachusetts, which, along with the CPA exam, requires 150 credit hours. These options may include a post-graduate certificate or an accelerated MBA through Simmons's online program.

SOM Professor Charlene Spiceland is taking the lead on implementing the major and ensuring that the program meets the requirements for students to become a CPA.  For more information on how to become a CPA in Massachusetts, please click HERE. Please reach out to Professor Spiceland if you have any questions.

Internships and Research

Students will have access to a broad array of internships ranging from Big Four accounting firms to regional mid-sized firms as well as a variety of corporate, non-profit and health care settings. All Simmons accounting faculty teaching are professionally qualified or doctoral-prepared in the field and have wide experience and contacts in the accounting industry.

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How to Apply

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