Accounting Degrees in Massachusetts

American International College

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1000 State Street
(413) 737-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's degree in Accounting and Taxation

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

Assumption College

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500 Salisbury St
(508) 767-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Babson College

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231 Forest Street
(781) 235-1200

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Bay Path College

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588 Longmeadow Street
(413) 565-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Bay State College

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122 Commonwealth Avenue
(617) 217-9000

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Management - Finance, no accounting-specific degrees

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Becker College

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61 Sever St
(508) 791-9241

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Bentley University

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175 Forest St
(800) 523-2354

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accountancy, Bachelor's degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting, Master's in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Boston College

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140 Commonwealth Avenue
(617) 552-8000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Accounting Information Systems, Master's in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Boston University

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One Silber Way
(617) 353-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Accounting Concentration, Ph. D. in Management with Specialization in Accounting (

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

Bridgewater State University

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131 Summer Street
(508) 531-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, MBA with Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Bristol Community College

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777 Elsbree St
(508) 678-2811

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Administration - Accounting Concentration, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Bunker Hill Community College

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250 New Rutherford Ave
(617) 228-2000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Administration - Accounting Option, Accounting Information Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc

Cape Cod Community College

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2240 Iyannough Rd
(508) 362-2131

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Administration - Accounting Option, Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate, Computerized Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Dean College

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99 Main Street
(508) 541-1900

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Eastern Nazarene College

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23 E Elm Ave
(617) 745-3000 x3706

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Elms College

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291 Springfield St
(413) 594-2761

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, MBA in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Endicott College

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376 Hale Street
(978) 927-0585

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Fisher College

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118 Beacon Street
(617) 236-8800

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Management - Accounting Concentration, Associate degree in Business Administration - Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Fitchburg State University

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160 Pearl St
(978) 345-2151

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Accounting Concentration, MBA in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Gordon College

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255 Grapevine Rd
(978) 927-2300

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Greenfield Community College

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One College Dr
(413) 775-1000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Holyoke Community College

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303 Homestead Ave
(413) 552-2000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Systems Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Lasell College

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1844 Commonwealth Avenue
(617) 243-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Massachusetts Bay Community College

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50 Oakland St
(781) 239-3000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Massasoit Community College

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One Massasoit Boulevard
(508) 588-9100

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Administration - Accounting Option, Computerized Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (

Merrimack College

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315 Turnpike St
(978) 837-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business - Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Mildred Elley

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505 East Street
(413) 499-8618

Institution Type:

< 2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Millennium Training Institute

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600 West Cummings Park
(781) 933-8877 x1022

Institution Type:

< 2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Business Administration and Bookkeeping Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Mount Wachusett Community College

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444 Green St
(978) 632-6600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate, Associate degree in Business Administration - Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Newbury College-Brookline

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129 Fisher Ave
(617) 730-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and College, Inc - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Nichols College

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Center Rd
(508) 213-1560

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (

North Shore Community College

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1 Ferncroft Rd
(978) 762-4000 x4350

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.,- Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Northeastern University

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360 Huntington Ave
(617) 373-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Finance and Accounting Management, Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Northern Essex Community College

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100 Elliott Street
(978) 556-3000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Quincy College

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24 Saville Ave
(800) 698-1700

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Quinsigamond Community College

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670 West Boylston Street
(508) 853-2300

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Assistant/Finance Assistant Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Roxbury Community College

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1234 Columbus Ave
(617) 427-0060

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Salem State University

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352 Lafayette St
(978) 542-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Salter College-Chicopee

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645 Shawinigan Drive
(203) 672-2300 x2302

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Salter College-West Boylston

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184 West Boylston Suite # 1
(774) 261-1500

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Springfield Technical Community College

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1 Armory Sq
(413) 781-7822

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Stonehill College

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320 Washington Street
(508) 565-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, American Association of Schools and Colleges of Business

Suffolk University

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8 Ashburton Place
(617) 573-8000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's degree in Accounting, MBA in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB International

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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374 Whitmore Building
(413) 545-0111

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's degree in Accounting, Ph.D. in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

University of Massachusetts-Boston

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100 Morrissey Boulevard
(617) 287-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

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285 Old Westport Rd
(508) 999-8000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Graduate Certificate in Accounting, Post-baccalaureate certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

University of Phoenix-Boston Campus

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19 Granite Street
(781) 843-0844

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Business with concentration in Accounting, MBA in Accounting, Master's degree in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Western New England University

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1215 Wilbraham Rd
(413) 782-3111

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Westfield State University

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577 Western Ave
(413) 572-5300

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Management - Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Educational Requirements

Certified public accountants in Massachusetts have many requirements for licensure. The Massachusetts Board of Accountancy heads all licensing in the state, in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) and the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). Educational requirements for eligibility to take the CPA exam in Massachusetts include work toward at bachelor’s degree (at minimum), with 120 semester hours of credited coursework with a concentration in accounting. To be eligible for licensure, prospective CPAs must have completed a bachelor’s degree, including at least 150 semester hours of coursework. Accounting courses must make up at least 21 hours of coursework, including instruction in financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and cost accounting. Nine semester hours must include business law, finance, and the study of information systems. Transcripts must be available for review at the time prospective Massachusetts CPAs sit for the Uniform CPA Exam. More information can be found at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy.

Salary

Average annual salaries for CPAs in Massachusetts are higher than the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for Massachusetts accounting jobs was more than $76,430 in 2011. With more than 33,000 accountants employed in the state, job prospects and generous salaries remain likely. In fact, Massachusetts was the fifth-ranking state in 2011 for highest concentration of accountancy jobs. The lowest paid 10% of these workers in Massachusetts had an average annual salary of $44,750, while the highest 10% of earners received $115,670. Although cost of living may be higher in Massachusetts than in other states, accountants can expect to be paid extremely competitively.

CPA Licensing in Massachusetts

Licensed CPAs in Massachusetts must pass the Uniform CPA exam, meet all educational requirements, and complete one year of verified experience. In order to sit for the CPA Exam and become licensed to practice public accountancy in Massachusetts, all prospective applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree, with 150 semester hours of coursework and a concentration in accounting. Specific curriculum requirements can be found here. Always check with your state’s Board of Accountancy for updates to education requirements.
  • Complete one year of experience in the field of accounting, with at least 1,000 hours in the attest function, as defined by the Massachusetts Board of Accountancy and corresponding statutes.
  • Provide all transcripts for review upon sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam.
  • Pass all sections of the Uniform CPA Exam.
  • Complete and remit all relevant applications; these are accessible through the state’s Board of Accountancy web portal.
  • Pay all necessary application and subsequent renewal fees. A schedule of fees for Massachusetts can be found here.
  • Note: There is not a residency requirement for CPA licensure in Massachusetts.

Continuing Education Requirements

Massachusetts CPAs must renew their licenses every two years. In order to be eligible for renewal, all CPAs must complete 80 hours of mandatory continuing professional education courses biennially. At least four hours must be in the field of ethics. Official regulations are posted on the Massachusetts Board of Accountancy’s website. The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants lists credited continuing professional education courses on its website, as well.

Accounting Jobs in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is one of the top employers of accountants in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects will continue to flourish in the state. As a financial center of the U.S., Boston’s metropolitan area will have many opportunities for public accountancy, governmental occupations, or work in accounting firms both large and small. CPAs in Massachusetts typically enjoy higher salary rates than most other states, and opportunities for job growth should remain strong through 2020. The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants connects CPAs throughout the state, keeping them informed of continuing professional education credits, relevant job information, and events.