Founded in 1917 as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, Bentley has a respected tradition of preparing students for accounting careers in the public and private sectors. State-of-the-art facilities and an innovative curriculum challenge students to learn how to integrate technology into current and developing accounting practices and apply it to management situations.

A core value of the university and the Department of Accountancy is to take a leading position in applying information technology across the curriculum, including the requirement that every freshman have a portable computer with appropriate software.

Mission Statement

The Accountancy Department prepares students for rewarding professional, business, and academic careers. We produce basic, applied, and instructional scholarly research to improve the classroom experience and advance accounting knowledge. We strive to have the high caliber of our education and research recognized by business professionals and fellow academics.


For the latest news and accomplishments within the Department of Accountancy, please see our departmental newsletter Accountancy Footnotes. Here you will read about a recent grant of $515,000 from Ernst & Young to our department for undergraduate curriculum development, meet our new faculty, read about recent faculty research and publications, student news and events, new academic programs, recent retirements and many other items of interest happening in our department.

Portfolio of Skills

Bentley’s strength in information technology fits perfectly with our departmental emphasis on understanding accounting information systems. The accountancy program will enhance your appreciation of the ethical aspects and global complexities of accounting and business decisions. Employers recognize that Bentley graduates are well suited for the challenges of a rapidly changing field. Since the accounting function is critical to all aspects of business, graduates often get to work with top management early in their careers.