Bentley University

175 Forest St, Waltham, MA 02452-4705

School Details

Harry C. Bentley founded a school of accounting and finance in 1917. As the institution evolved, Bachelor’s degree programs were added and the campus was relocated from Boston to Waltham. The school adopted the title Bentley College in 1971. Bentley College continued expansion, adding a graduate program and setting the Mobile Computing program in motion by 1985. Both the physical campus and academic programs have continued to grow, with the construction of new facilities and the introduction of additional degree programs, including the addition of PhD degrees and the Bentley in Bahrain business program. In 2008, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education authorized the college to change its official title to Bentley University.

Today, the four-year, private, not-for-profit Bentley University’s 163-acre campus is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. 

Bentley University is regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, undergraduate and graduate business programs are accredited by the AACSB International and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Furthermore, Bentley University has received recognition as a top 100 school by both the Sierra Club and Kiplinger Personal Finance.

Bentley University focuses on programs in business and the liberal arts. Students can choose from 20 different major programs including Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Computer Information Systems, Corporate Finance and Accounting, Economics-Finance, Finance, Global Studies, History, Information Design and Corporate Communications, Information Systems Audit and Control, Liberal Arts, Management, Managerial Economics, Marketing, Mathematical Science, Media and Culture, Philosophy, Public Policy, Spanish Studies, and Sustainability Science. Students also have the option to pursue minor programs and complete second majors. Students can expect real-world experiences through internships via Bentley’s corporate partners. In addition, Bentley University encourages students to volunteer in service projects and study abroad programs are offered.

Graduate programs range from Master’s to Doctorate degrees, and certificate programs. The Bentley MBA program is a full-time cohort program that can be completed in eleven months. Students can also pursue Master of Science programs in Accounting, Finance, Financial Planning, Human Factors in Information Design, Information Technology, Marketing Analysis, and Taxation. Master’s degree programs are designed for student flexibility with combined on-campus and online courses. The Master of Science in Financial Planning, Human Factors in Information Design, and Taxation degrees can be completed entirely online, with equal content and the same faculty that teach counterpart on-campus programs. The Human Factors in Information Design does require a week-long residency program for out-of-state students. 

Doctorate programs include the PhD Program in Accountancy and the PhD Program in Business. Bentley University understands the need for lifelong learning in the professional environment, and provides additional learning opportunities through the Executive Education division. Students can participate in career development sessions sponsored throughout the year, or complete a graduate certificate program in conjunction with the McCallum Graduate School of Business. Students also have the option of completing the User Experience (UX) certificate either on-campus or online.

Bentley University supports financial aid programs for eligible students, including merit-based and outside scholarships, need-based grants, loans, and student employment programs. Loan programs include the Federal Stafford Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, the Federal PLUS Loan, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority loans, and private alternative resources.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


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  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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