Bryant University’s graduate program in accounting, formerly named the Master of Professional Accountancy, has been renamed to the Master of Science in Accounting. This change, along with revisions to the course catalog that elevate the curriculum’s analytical components, now qualifies the program for STEM designation and comes as a boon for international students. Graduates with F1 visas can apply for 24-month extensions to their Optional Practical Training (OPT) and extend their work experience in the U.S.
“The STEM designation makes it a lot easier for international students to get multi-year visas,” says Daniel Ames, chair of the Accounting Department. “The fact that these graduates would be eligible for more time in the U.S. makes them more attractive for potential employers, which has been difficult for international students.”
Bryant’s accounting graduate program is recognized as one of the best in the nation and ranked No. 1 in Rhode Island by College Factual. By centering the curriculum on CPA licensure preparation and continuously adapting to changes in the industry, Bryant’s program has steadily led to CPA Exam pass rates well above the national average. Students also benefit from Bryant’s vast professional network and connections to the top accounting firms in the nation.
“There aren’t many programs in the country that have better overall outcomes,” says Ames. “The combination of student-focused programming, quality peers, professional opportunities, and access to Bryant’s alumni network is a tremendous value. The jobs our graduates get are consistently among the most sought-after and highest-rated within the industry.”
With the new STEM designation, international students can benefit from Bryant’s history of success and connect with top employers after graduation. As the demand for strong accounting professionals remains high in today’s economy, the Master of Science in Accounting is a valuable opportunity for domestic and international students alike looking to pursue fulfilling careers in the field.