Accounting

Overview

A concentration

Bryant’s accounting program is renowned for educating professionals who play a crucial role in the success of their organizations. Our graduates are prepared to excel in this dynamic, challenging field because they possess first-rate communication skills and understand a complete range of business functions.

The Accounting concentration at Bryant offers you the depth and breadth of a nationally-acclaimed program and the flexibility to address all areas of the accounting profession – from financial reporting to taxation to auditing and more.

Small classes led by accomplished faculty provide close, personal attention and expert guidance. You will tackle complicated auditing cases and detailed financial reports knowing that one-on-one help is always available.

After graduation, you may choose to pursue the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) in the University’s Graduate School of Business. This program was developed by Bryant faculty and the region’s top accounting professionals as a fifth-year accelerated graduate degree option that allows you to finish the 150-hour education prerequisite and sit earlier for the CPA exam. Eligible Bryant seniors are allowed to take up to two MPAc courses while completing their undergraduate program.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

As a graduate, you will have the foundation to succeed at top graduate programs in business, accounting, and law. You will also be poised to enter a variety of fields, including public accounting, private or nonprofit organizations, internal auditing, and government accounting. Recent graduates hold titles such as financial analyst, financial manager, commercial lending officer, credit analyst, and certified management accountant, among others.

Accounting faculty

Among Bryant’s Accounting faculty are a retired Big Four partner, and others who have had successful careers in Big Four and regional accounting firms, major corporations, small businesses, and government. In addition to being accomplished professionals, they maintain the highest academic qualifications and regularly publish in scholarly and professional journals.

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Requirements

For an 18-credit concentration:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

 

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

 

Accounting Concentration

Financial Reporting I (ACG301)

Financial Reporting II (ACG302)

Cost Management (ACG311)

Accounting Information Systems (ACG345)

Corporate Taxation (ACG351) OR Individual Taxation (ACG352)

Auditing Concepts (ACG442)

Three (3) Accounting Electives

Business Core Requirements

Financial and Managerial Accounting (ACG203, ACG204)

Business Policy (BUS400)

Introduction to Information Technology and Analytics (CIS201)

Financial Management (FIN201)

The Legal Environment of Business (LGLS211)

Management Principles and Practice (MGT200)

Operations Management (MGT201)

Foundations of Marketing Management (MKT201)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements – Modes of Thought*

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be at the 300 or 400 level)

*3 credits from the required liberal arts minor may be applied to this distribution.

One (1) Liberal Arts Elective

Liberal Arts Minor Requirement (4 courses)

Selection is made from a variety of liberal arts disciplines.

(Some minors require more than 12 credits.)

One (1) Open Elective

A minimum 122 credits are required for graduation.

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To learn more, please contact:

Dennis Bline, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor
Department of Accounting dbline@bryant.edu

Positive impact


Bob Calabro '88
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Calabro knows firsthand the caliber of students that graduate from Bryant. That’s why he, along with other Bryant alumni at PwC, supports the PwC Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Calabro also participates in the annual, weeklong PwC Accounting Careers Leadership Institute at Bryant, which introduces African-American and Latino students to careers in business.

“I am extremely proud to have had the opportunity to be part of a program that has impacted so many students’ lives for the better,” says Calabro, a member of Bryant's Board of Trustees. 

BENEFIT FROM THE EXTRAS

Ugonna Iheme

Ugonna Iheme '14
Accounting, Business Administration student

Studying accounting at Bryant was one of the best decisions she has , says Iheme. "I enjoy my classes immensely. The professors are very helpful."

It was Professor Michael Lynch who invited her to take part in the PricewaterhouseCoopers xTAX competition that got her to be more open to extracurricular activities to boost her accounting knowledge and supplement her classes.

"As a result, the summer after my sophomore year, I interned at PwC," she says. "It’s easy to advance in a career path in accounting but you need a good start, and Bryant is providing me with that." 

The value of hard work

Mike Lynch

Michael Lynch, J.D.
Professor of Accounting

“A career in accounting prepares you for careers beyond accounting," Lynch says. "Being the language of business, accountants can speak to anyone."

During Lynch’s 30-year tenure at Bryant, he has created the Master of Science in Taxation program, coordinated the MBA program for nearly 20 years, and advised the school’s nationally qualified xTAX case competition.

His undergrad course on corporate tax – combining individual and corporate tax as well as personal financial planning – is one of Bryant's most difficult, he says, adding: “Bryant students are not afraid of hard work.”