Bryant’s accounting program, rated No. 3 in the country by College Factual/USA Today, 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. Accounting graduates often begin their career in national and regional public accounting firms and major corporations. Many Bryant graduates receive job offers as early as the summer before their senior year, after completing an internship.
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.
Bob Calabro '88
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 '14 '15 MPAc
Iheme says studying accounting at Bryant was one of her best decisions. "I enjoyed my classes immensely. The professors are very helpful."
Professor Michael Lynch's invitation to take part in the PricewaterhouseCoopers xTAX competition opened her to the idea of adding 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
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.”