Accounting and Finance

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science (MS), Undergraduate Minor


Program Delivery

On-Campus (BS, minor), Online (online BS, MBA, MS)


Locations Available

Rindge, New Hampshire (BS)
Online (online BS, MBA, MS)

An accounting degree can let you live and work virtually anywhere. Learn core accounting and finance concepts while making business connections as a Bachelor of Science student. Pursue an accounting-focused Master of Business Administration or Master of Science degree to prep for professional certification. Or combine undergraduate/graduate study in our Business PLUS program. Whichever path you choose, build the foundation for a high-demand career.

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What Makes our Accounting-Finance Programs Different?

At the undergrad level, Franklin Pierce offers three distinct paths to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting-Finance:

  • Our On-campus BS program for first-time college students—offers tracks in Accounting, Finance, or Forensic Accounting
  • Our Online BS program designed for working adults—awards credit for experience and can be completed in as little as 18 months
  • Business PLUS programs that let you complete an on-campus BS in just three years or combine a BS and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in four years

We also offer a Minor in Finance for on-campus undergraduates in other business majors.

At the graduate level, choose from two options:

  • Master of Business Administration with an Accounting concentration, offered 100% online
  • Master of Science in Accounting for even deeper study of accounting topics, also completely online

Whichever program you choose, you’ll learn from expert faculty, network with accomplished alumni, and get the mix of knowledge, skills, and connections you’re looking for.

What Can I Do with an Accounting or Finance Degree?

Who Should Study Accounting-Finance?

Studying Accounting-Finance might be right for you if:

  • You’re interested in business (see our Business program for info about other undergraduate business majors)
  • You want to develop your math and data-analytics skills
  • You have an aptitude for technology and want to learn accounting/analytical software
  • You’ve got strong communication and people skills
  • You like work that follows procedures and routines

On-Campus Bachelor of Science in Accounting-Finance

Our on-campus BS program lets you choose from Accounting, Finance, or Forensic Accounting tracks. You’ll learn business and economic principles; communication, ethics, problem-solving; and track-specific skills you can put to use right away.

See our curriculum plan to learn how you’ll progress through the on-campus BS program (or download an on-campus BS program sheet):

  • Principles of Accounting I (AC101)
  • Principles of Accounting II (AC102)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ET101)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ET102)
  • First Year Inquiry Seminar (GLE101)
  • First Year Composition I (GLE110)
  • Statistics (MT260)
  • Plus two electives

  • Intermediate Accounting I (Accounting/Forensic Accounting tracks) (AC213)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (Accounting/Forensic Accounting tracks) (AC214)
  • Business Law (Accounting/Forensic Accounting tracks) (BA213)
  • Electronic Spreadsheets (CIT140)
  • Money and Banking (Finance track) (ET233)
  • Principles of Financial Management (Finance track) (FM224)
  • Real Estate Investments (Finance track) (ET257)
  • First Year Composition II (GLE120)
  • Principles of Marketing (MK201)
  • Principles of Management (MN201)
  • Plus four electives

  • Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination (Forensic Accounting track) (AC312)
  • Cost Accounting I (Accounting track) (AC314)
  • Auditing (Accounting/Forensic Accounting tracks) (AC323)
  • Analysis of Financial Statement I (Forensic Accounting track) (AC345)
  • Individual Income Taxes I (Accounting track) (AC354)
  • Business Law (Finance track) (BA213)
  • Criminal Investigation and Evidence (Forensic Accounting track) (CJ301)
  • Principles of Financial Management (Accounting/Forensic Accounting tracks) (FM224)
  • Managerial Finance (Finance track) (FM311)
  • International Business (IB364)
  • Organizational Behavior (MN321)
  • Ethical Reasoning (Forensic Accounting track) (PA209)
  • Plus two electives

  • Comprehensive Exam (take with BA471) (AC001)
  • Internship in Accounting/Finance (AC390) or
  • Advanced Internship in Accounting/Finance (AC395) or
  • Senior Independent Research Project (AC495)
  • Advanced Accounting I (Accounting track) (AC474)
  • Comprehensive Exam (take with BA471 for Accounting/Finance tracks) (BA001)
  • Business Strategy and Ethics (Accounting/Finance tracks) (BA471)
  • Computer Forensics and Security (Forensic Accounting track) (CIT274)
  • White Collar Crime (Forensic Accounting track) (CJ420)
  • Comprehensive Exam (take with BA471 for Finance track) (FM001)
  • Internship in Finance (Finance track) (FM390) or
  • Advanced Internship in Finance (Finance track) (FM395) or
  • Senior Independent Research Project (Finance track) (FM495)
  • Problems in Finance (Finance track) (FM454)
  • Investment Analysis (Accounting/Finance tracks) (FM423)
  • Plus six electives

Online Bachelor of Science in Accounting-Finance

Our 100% online BS program offers flexibility ideal for working adults. Study part time or full time on the schedule you set. Earn college credit for certifications, professional licenses, on-the-job training, and other life experiences. Graduate with a degree in as few as 18 months.

As an online BS student, you’ll choose a track in Accounting or Finance. See the courses you’ll take (or download an online BS program sheet for more info, including application instructions):

  • Principles of Accounting I (AC101)
  • Principles of Accounting II (AC102)
  • Business Law I (BA213)
  • Business Strategy and Ethics (BA471)
  • Electronic Spreadsheets (CIT140)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ET101)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ET102)
  • Principles of Financial Management (FM224)
  • International Business (IB364)
  • Principles of Marketing (MK201)
  • Principles of Management (MN201)
  • Organizational Behavior (MN321)
  • Statistics (MT260)

  • Intermediate Accounting I (AC213)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (AC214)
  • Cost Accounting I (AC314)
  • Auditing (AC323)
  • Individual Income Taxes (AC354)
  • Advanced Accounting I (AC474)
  • Plus two accounting electives (AC312, AC345, AC355, FM423, AC390, AC395, or AC495)

  • Money and Banking (ET223)
  • Real Estate Investment (FM257)
  • Managerial Finance (FM311)
  • Investment Analysis (FM423)
  • Problems in Finance (FM454)
  • Plus 27 semester hours of general electives

Master of Business Administration Accounting Concentration

Combine advanced study of business topics from leadership to operations with technical skills in accounting and financial analysis. Our 100% online MBA lets you study full or part time and earn your degree in as little as 18 months.

The MBA can help you advance to a general management role or become a controller or chief financial officer. It also prepares you for professional certifications including Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Financial Analyst (CFA).

Learn more about what you’ll study and how to get started (or download an MBA program sheet):

You’ll take advanced courses including:

  • Ethics and the Accounting Professional (AC565)
  • Accounting Information Systems (AIS) (AC640)
  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis  (AC660)
  • Seminar in Leadership (GM510)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Organizations (GM520)
  • Organizational Behavior (GM540)
  • Quantitative and Research Techniques for Leaders (GM542)
  • Economics for Managers (GM543)
  • Managerial Accounting (GM541)
  • Financial Management (GM561)
  • Marketing Management (GM562)
  • Operations Management for Leaders (GM564)
  • Strategic Management Seminar (GM691)

You’re eligible for admission to the MBA if you’ve:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, generally with a GPA of 2.80 or higher
  • Completed undergraduate Accounting I and Accounting II courses with grades C or higher
  • Demonstrated competency in accounting and statistics

To apply, you’ll complete an admissions portfolio including your:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from colleges or universities you’ve previously attended
  • Updated résumé
  • Outline of professional aspirations and how this MBA will help you achieve them (250-500 words)
  • Essay (250-500 words) addressing one of the following topics (focus on experiences of the last three years, including what you did and how you did it, the outcome, and the response):
    • A time you made a lasting impact on your organization
    • A major accomplishment
    • A major setback you’ve faced
    • A time when you exceeded expectations

Master of Science in Accounting

Focus on advanced accounting, finance, management, and communication skills that can take your career to the next level. Complete our online MS in Accounting in as few as 18 months.

Full- or part-time coursework prepares you for certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). You’ll be equipped for work in any sector—public accounting, business and industry, health care, or government.

Learn more about the courses you’ll take and how to apply (or download an MS in Accounting program sheet):

You’ll take advanced courses including:

  • Business Taxation (AC530)
  • Non-Profit and Governmental Accounting (AC560)
  • Ethics and the Accounting Professional (AC565)
  • Audit-Risk Management and Assurance Services (AC630)
  • Accounting Information Systems (AIS) (AC640)
  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis (AC660)
  • Contemporary and Emerging Accounting Issues (AC670)
  • Managerial Communications (GM535)
  • Managerial Accounting (GM541)
  • Financial Management (GM561)
  • Two business electives with course-number prefixes of GM, GI, or SF

You’re eligible for admission to the MS in Accounting if you’ve:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, generally with a GPA of 2.80 or higher
  • Completed undergraduate Advanced Accounting, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, and Intermediate Accounting II courses with grades C or higher
  • Demonstrated mastery of accounting competencies that may support waivers for prerequisite courses

To apply, you’ll complete an admissions portfolio including your:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from colleges or universities you’ve previously attended
  • Updated résumé
  • Outline of professional aspirations and how this MBA will help you achieve them (250-500 words)
  • Essay (250-500 words) addressing one of the following topics (focus on experiences of the last three years, including what you did and how you did it, the outcome, and the response):
    • A time you made a lasting impact on your organization
    • A major accomplishment
    • A major setback you’ve faced
    • A time when you exceeded expectations

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Undergraduate Admissions


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admissions@franklinpierce.edu
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