Build your professional and financial future.

Take control of your professional and financial future with a solid career in Accounting. At Simmons, you'll master the theoretical and practical skills necessary to pass the CPA, CMA and CIA exams — and be prepared for 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

  • ACCT 110 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 120 Managerial Accounting
  • MGMT 100 Foundations of Business & Management
  • MGMT 180 Business Law
  • MGMT 234 Organizational Communication and Behavior
  • MGMT 250 Marketing
  • MGMT 260 Finance
  • MGMT 325 Operations Management & Decision Making

Required Accounting Courses

  • ACCT 200 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 205 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 270 Internships
  • ACCT 301 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 308 Audit and Assurance
  • ACCT 325 Accounting and Business Ethics
  • ACCT 370 Accounting Internship I
  • ACCT 396 Accounting Capstone


Suggested elective to strengthen students’ ability to pass the CPA exam:

  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

Minor Requirements

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.


Required Courses

  • ACCT 110 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 200 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting II

Electives (choose two) 

  • ACCT 120 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 205 Cost Accounting 
  • ACCT 301 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 307 Tax Accounting
  • ACCT 308 Auditing and Assurance
  • MGMT 260 Finance
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.

    Mindy Nitkin
    Mary Shapiro
    • Mary Shapiro
    • Professor of Practice of Business
    • Phone: 617-521-3860
    • Office: M349
    Charlene Spiceland
    Bruce Warren
    • Bruce Warren
    • Professor Emeritus & Adjunct Faculty
    • Phone: 617-521-2396
    • Office: M344
    Cynthia Ingols
    • Cynthia Ingols
    • Professor of Practice in Business
    • Phone: 617-521-3837
    • Office: M347
    Erin DeCurtis
    • Erin DeCurtis
    • Lecturer in Business
    • Phone: 617-521-2432
    • Office: M346
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    • Susan Sampson
    • Associate Professor of Business
    • Phone: 617-521-2366
    • Office: M442
How to Apply

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