Accounting

Take control of your professional and financial future with a solid career in Accounting. 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

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Ensure your professional and financial future

At Simmons University, you'll master the knowledge and skills needed to pass the CPA, CMA, or CIA exams. Our interdisciplinary curriculum means you will develop complementary skills in areas such as finance, business and communication.

As one of the most active financial cities in the country, Boston offers myriad internships and career opportunities. Simmons’ internship program offers exceptional benefits and flexibility. You choose from a variety of experience-for-pay internships ranging from a part-time 4-credit internship to a 16-credit, two-semester, full-time intense apprenticeship. 

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. Our graduates find leadership roles in a variety of exciting career paths, including:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Comptroller/Controller
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Healthcare Accountant

Prerequisites for Accounting Majors

ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics4
MATH 118 Introductory Statistics4

Required Core Courses

ACCT 110 Financial Accounting4
ACCT 120 Managerial Accounting4
BUS 100 Foundations of Business & Management4
BUS 180 Business Law4
BUS 234 Organizational Communication and Behavior4
BUS 250 Marketing4
BUS 260 Finance4
BUS 325 Operations Management & Decision Making4

Required Accounting Courses

ACCT 200 Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting II4
ACCT 205 Cost Accounting4
ACCT 301 Accounting Information Systems4
ACCT 308 Auditing and Assurance4
ACCT 325 Accounting and Business Ethics2
ACCT 370 Accounting Internship I0
ACCT 396 Accounting Capstone4
ACCT 207 Tax Accounting4

Electives

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

ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics4
ACCT 371 Accounting Internship II0

Required Courses

ACCT 110 Financial Accounting4
ACCT 200 Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting II4
ACCT 120 Managerial Accounting4

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.

School of Business 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.  Learn more on how to become a CPA in Massachusetts. Reach out to Professor Spiceland if you have any questions.

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.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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