Accounting Concentration

Accounting Concentration

Often referred to as the “language of business,” the study of accounting at Merrimack College helps you evaluate financial activities for individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government entities.

In this concentration, you’ll become financially fluent as you develop the skills and knowledge you need to become an accountant, financial strategist or regulatory specialist. The carefully designed curriculum also prepares you for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, enabling you to further your expertise in the areas of auditing, taxation, controllership, management advisory services and information systems.

What You’ll Learn

With an accounting concentration, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of accounting principles and real-world practices, from interpreting financial statements to creating million-dollar operating budgets.
  • Cultivate the technical skill set and reporting know-how required in today’s increasingly complicated and regulated financial marketplace.
  • Explore how resources are forecasted, budgeted, and applied to goods and services.
  • Learn fundamental taxation concepts and principles, from income recognition to deductions to capital gains and losses, and how they apply to individuals, corporations, and other taxable structures.
  • Develop the critical reasoning and investigative abilities required to provide audit and assurance services, including helping organizations identify damaging practices, uncover potential fraud, and improve their fiscal strength.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a semester-long internship or the accounting co-op program. It’s your chance to gain real-world experience, test-drive career options, and begin learning from and building a network with professionals in the field, at places like EY, Gray, Gray & Gray, and PwC. Bonus? Your diploma is the perfect launchpad for an advanced degree in accounting, law, or business.

Career Options

With a deeper knowledge of accounting concepts and applications, you’ll be prepared for a career in an accounting firm, corporation, or a range of educational, nonprofit, and government organizations. Positions may include:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • CPA
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial examiner
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Tax examiner 

Courses You’ll Take

You will complete both the business administration major curriculum requirements and the accounting concentration requirements listed below. 

Business Administration Major Curriculum

Business Administration Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major and concentration requirements, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements. To see more details about the major, please visit

Accounting Concentration Curriculum

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major and concentration requirements, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

To see more details about the concentration, please visit


CPA Examination

Students planning to take the CPA exam must complete 21 semester hours (credits) in specific coursework. The majority of these hours can be captured through the courses listed above, with the exception of nine credits required across information systems, finance, and law. These remaining credits can be satisfied by the following non-accounting courses:

BUS 2210

Management Information Systems*

BUS 2215

Managerial Finance*

MGT 3330

Legal Environment of Business

* Required courses for the business administration major.

For more information on the specific requirements of the CPA exam, please refer to references such as:

Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.