Accounting and Finance

Undergraduate Degree Programs:

The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics offers bachelor of science degree programs in business administration, economics and hospitality management. Students enrolled in business administration can choose to follow a recommended course sequence for concentration in Accounting or Finance. More information about the Business Administration major in general is available here. For more information about the Accounting and Finance Options, see:

Graduate Degree Programs:

The Department of Accounting and Finance prepares students for careers in this field. Programs provide a strong theoretical foundation while emphasizing practical application.

Undergraduate Option in Accounting

The undergraduate Accounting Option prepares students for a career in accounting and for certification exams, such as CPA, as well as entrance to our Master of Science in Accounting program. 

Accounting is called "the first language" of business for good reason: the fate of many products and marketing campaigns hinges on the financial officer's final analysis. For this reason, successful accounting professionals often assume leadership roles within their companies. Whether you are interested in working within an existing organization or in starting your own business, understanding financial matters is vital to your success.

The Accounting Option provides students with opportunities in a variety of fields, including internal audit, external audit, tax preparation and planning, and consulting. Demand for accountants has been consistently strong. The goal of the accounting option is to prepare students for a career in accounting and the qualifications to obtain certifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). The accounting option also prepares students to enter the Master of Science in Accounting program offered by the Peter T. Paul College. Obtaining a Masters degree is a necessary requirement for taking the CPA exam in most states, including Massachusetts and Maine.


Dr. John Hasseldine
Associate Professor of Accounting
Paul College Room 270B

Undergraduate Option in Finance

The undergraduate Finance Option exposes students to all three major branches of finance: investments, corporate, and financial institutions.  It also helps students planning to sit for the CFA exam.

Finance is the study of the ways money, markets, and people come together to create value. You’ll learn how banks, securities markets, and other financial institutions operate. You’ll study the influences of the national and international monetary pictures on financial management. You’ll learn how to make financing and organizational restructuring decisions in business firms.

The Finance Option provides students with opportunities in a variety of disciplines including commercial banking, insurance, corporate finance control, investment banking, money management, venture capital and risk management. The goal of the Finance Option is to expose students to all three major areas of finance: investments, corporate and financial institutions. This Option also helps students who plan to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I exam, the Certified Financial Manager (CFM) exam and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam.


Dr. Wenjuan Xie
Assistant Professor of Finance
Faculty Coordinator, Finance Option

Graduate Degree Programs

The department offers a Concentration in Finance in most MBA programs and a Master of Science in Accounting program. Launched in 2000, the MSA program draws from among the best students at the University and maintains a virtually perfect placement record. Obtaining a Master's degree is a necessary requirement for taking the CPA exam in most states, including Massachusetts and Maine. Check out Wild Accountants, the MSA newsletter.