Associate Degree

Accounting Program Overview

Private and public companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations all need qualified bookkeeping, accounting and financial professionals. Ready to take your first step towards one of these careers? Bay State College's 2-year Associate Degree in Accounting program will guide you in the right direction:

  • Learn from professors who are highly respected business professionals at some of the top companies in the area.
  • Master a well-rounded curriculum, designed so you can learn a variety of skills including corporate accounting (accounts payable, accounts receivable, managerial accounting), bookkeeping, taxation, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, auditing, and financial management.
  • Gain hands-on experience with a required Accounting internship.
  • Opt to continue your education with Bay State College's 4-year B.S. in Management - Finance Concentration program.

Be audit you can be. Request information about our 2-year Accounting program today!

Available In

Accounting Day Classes

Discover a diverse but close-knit community of students, faculty and staff at our Boston campus, located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood.

  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Semester Length: 16 weeks
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Start Dates:
    • Spring 2019: Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Accounting Evening Classes

If you're busy during the day, Bay State College's Accounting Degree Evening Program gives you the opportunity to learn on your own time. Take evening college courses at our convenient Boston Back Bay campus, or at our satellite location in Taunton, Massachusetts.

  • Duration: 8 terms
  • Term Length: 8 weeks
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Start Dates:
    • Spring 2019 Term 1: Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Sample Accounting Degree Courses

  • Introduction to Business
  • Financial Accounting I and II
  • College Algebra
  • Management
  • Intermediate Accounting I and II
  • Business Law
  • Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Finance
  • Accounting Internship

To browse our 2018-19 Course Catalog with course descriptions, click here.

Accounting Program Mission

The mission of the Accounting Program at Bay State College is to provide the highest-quality accounting education, centered on the development of critical thinking, managerial knowledge, and practical skills, to empower our graduates to pursue successful and meaningful careers.

Accounting Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate a set of ethical and legal standards into decision-making for the accounting field. 
  2. Examine and explore the increasing importance of globalization in business, including the identification and appropriate response to opportunities and threats in this global environment.
  3. Analyze and propose solutions to complex real world managerial problems.
  4. Integrate business analysis and expertise into a framework for business problem-solving and forecasting.
  5. Utilize technology and demonstrate presentation skills necessary to compete and succeed in the business world.
  6. Demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to function as a productive team member in defining management problems, determining alternatives, achieving consensus and evaluating results.

Recommended Minors

  • Economics
    Round out your Accounting degree with a minor in Economics. Learn the social side of finance, like how economic choices and decisions affect society as a whole and help guide business decisions.

Accounting Degree Accreditation

Bay State College is is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC).

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont). Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet the standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Bay State College is authorized to award the following degrees by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Science.