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An Accounting student sitting at a table outside at the Haverhill Campus.

From simple bookkeeping to complex financial assessments, accounting professionals know how to help businesses track and report their finances. Consistently ranked among the top 10 jobs by Boston Works, accounting may be ideal for you if you are detailed-oriented, have good communication skills and a strong work ethic.

Why Choose NECC?

NECC’s Associate in Science Degree in Accounting will prepare you for many career opportunities in business, industry, banking, government, or non-profit organizations. Many students choose to transfer to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a business field, and some also work and earn a bachelor’s degree at the same time, as there are many opportunities for part-time book-keeping and auditing. With this program you will:

  • Learn accounting theory and practice, cost methods, and financial reporting
  • Take core business courses
  • Gain real-world experience through internships at local companies
  • Participate in Alpha Beta Gamma, a national business honor society

Because of NECC

You will join thousands of other NECC alumni who have gone on to successful careers in the field of accounting. After completing the program you can:

  • Begin working immediately as a bookkeeper, accounting, or auditing clerk
  • Transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree, while saving thousands of dollars on your education.
  • Work in a wide variety of industries and business settings from large corporations to start ups; you may also be able work from home with occasional visits to the office or clients.

Nearly 2 Million

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 1,760,300 jobs in the field in 2014.


My internship was at Bradford & Bigelow, Inc. and I was hired for a full-time position a month after I completed my internship.”

Fausto Caba, NECC Accounting major

Career Paths & Job Market

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

See the Department of Labor Statistics for more information on Accounting and Bookkeeping opportunities.

External Online Resources

External Online Resources Accounting is consistently among the top jobs listed. Mass CPA Careers Career page on the Massachusetts CPA website.

Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for Accounting.

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes - Accounting Associate Degree

Student Learning Outcomes – Accounting Associate Degree

  • Analyze and record journal entries and prepare financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Apply quantitative reasoning skills and/or financial accounting theory/principles to analyze information to make business decisions
  • Apply quantitative reasoning skills and/or managerial accounting theories and/or various business techniques to make decisions
  • Apply basic legal terminology, as well as legal and ethics principles, to analyze practical,contemporary business situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively and professionally communicate orally and in writing in a business environment
  • Use industry-standard software to record, analyze, and report accounting information
  • Analyze and record sophisticated accounting transactions and prepare advanced financial statements in accordance with GAAP
  • Apply knowledge of federal tax laws and procedures to individuals and businesses

Courses and Requirements



Department Chair

Department Chair

Sheila Muller

Phone: 978-556-3342

Faculty Contact Information

Faculty Contact Information

Pamela Donahue, AS, BS, MEd, Faculty

Office: C-304 G
Phone: 978-556-3315

Adjunct Faculty Contact Information

Adjunct Faculty Contact Information

John Sabbagh, BA, MEd, CAES


Lori Capra, BS, MSA


Cheryl Dick, BS, MSA


Roland Masse


Kristen Quinn, BA, MSA


Michael Deldon


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