The Accounting Program at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Accounting/Bookkeeper or Associate Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration. Upon completion of either program, students are prepared for positions in many types of business settings.  During the course of study, students will develop skills and competencies in the basic economic principles of the business world using the latest computer technology.  Students will gain knowledge in management, general business, accounting and marketing.

Accounting Concentration (BACA)

A Degree in Business Administration – Career

Students enrolled will gain an understanding of the basic principles of accounting for the preparation of internal reports related to the management and decision-making processes of a firm. This business degree prepares students for a large variety of jobs. A business degree is often viewed as a vocational or job-focused degree, because it provides learners with the practical skills and knowledge most desired in the workplace. Through courses in management, general business, liberal arts, science, accounting, and marketing, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in the workplace.

Year 1
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
ENG 101College Writing I 3
CIS 121 or 128Spreadsheet Applications (or Introduction to Information Systems) 3
MKT 142Marketing 3
MAT 162Introduction to Functions Modeling (Formerly MAT 134) (or higher) 4
ACC 102Principles Of Accounting II 3
ACC 227Computerized Accounting 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
BUS 201International Business 3
Year 2
ACC 226Managerial Accounting I 3
ECO 101Macroeconomics 3
BUS 105Business Ethics 3
ACC 224Taxation 3
MGT 210Principles Of Management 3
MGT 250Strategic Management 3
BUS 211Business Law I 3
FIN 250Basic Finance 3
Social Science Elective 1 3
Science Elective 2 3
 Total Credits: 61

Social Science Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, or SSC.   ECO 102 Strongly Recommended.


Science Electives: AQS, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD or PHY

See the accounting program student learning outcomes and technical standards tab.


Helpful hints

Our MWCC business faculty members are recognized for their teaching abilities that are based upon years of experience within the private sector.  MWCC business faculty invest time in their students' success and encourage students to become active members of the business honor society, Alpha Beta Gamma.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Business Administration Degree.

Special requirements

Prior to enrolling in each course, students should ensure they meet course requirements. Many business electives are offered to meet students' career goals. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options/Earning potential

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Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate (CAA)

This program prepares students for entry-level careers in accounting, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and data entry. This program is a great option for students seeking a career change or job retraining.

Year 1
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
Career Elective (see list below)  3
CIS 121 or 127Spreadsheet Applications (or Computer Technologies) 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 3-4
ACC 102Principles Of Accounting II 3
ACC 227Computerized Accounting 3
Career Elective (see list below)  3
ACC 224Taxation 3
 Total Credits: 24-25

 Career Electives

BUS 105Business Ethics3
BUS 112Introduction To Customer Relations3
BUS 125Communication For Business And Industry3
MGT 210Principles Of Management3
MKT 142Marketing3
or MKT 241 Advertising

See Business Administration program student learning outcomes and technical standards.


Helpful hints

Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments. It is not advisable for full-time students to work full-time while completing this program. Day and evening courses are offered.

Special requirements

Students entering this program must meet the same technical standards as required for the Business Administration degrees. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Business Administration Degree.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

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Program Student Learning Outcomes for BACA and CAA

Upon graduation from these programs students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify basic principles used in the business world today.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic economic principles including skills necessary to read, create, and understand graphical information.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the “marketing concept” and its application by profit-seeking firms of this decade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how monetary and fiscal policies are used to stabilize or stimulate the US economy.
  • Use the latest computer and electronic technology in both personal lives and professional careers.
  • Analyze economic events necessary for recording accounting transactions that result in accurately-prepared financial statements.
  • Apply basic management principles skills in order to obtain employment in fields related to training such that job performance will satisfactorily provide employers in the area with skills needed to meet current labor market trends.

Technical Standards1 for BACA and CAA


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Learn to operate a computer and work at a computer for a minimum of two hours.
  • Possess manual dexterity to operate computer devices such as a keyboard and mouse.
  • Read data from a computer screen.
  • Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.

ACC Accounting Courses

ACC 101. Principles Of Accounting I. 3 Credits.

This course covers the basic accounting principles necessary for an intelligent understanding of the books and records used in business: debits and credits; opening and closing books; classification and analysis of accounts; controlling accounts; trial balance; working papers; and the preparation of financial statements. Prerequisites: FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, ENG 098 or placement.

ACC 102. Principles Of Accounting II. 3 Credits.

This course is a continuation of ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I and covers partnerships, the nature and formation of corporations, capital stock, corporation earnings, dividends, investments, and long-term obligations. Topics also considered are manufacturing operations related to control accounting procedures and statement of changes in financial position. Prerequisite: ACC 101.

ACC 224. Taxation. 3 Credits.

This course includes income tax laws and their application to individuals, partnerships, fiduciaries, and corporations. Practical problems covering concrete situations illustrate the meaning of the laws. Primary emphasis is placed on individual tax preparation. Prerequisite: ACC 101.

ACC 226. Managerial Accounting I. 3 Credits.

This course is a continuation of ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I and ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II with major emphasis on the development and application of accounting data for planning and control. Prerequisite: ACC 102 or permission of the division dean. Fall.

ACC 227. Computerized Accounting. 3 Credits.

The accounting cycle for a business, payroll, and bank statement reconciliation is entirely computerized into one coordinated, interactive system. Other problems may be introduced as appropriate. Prerequisites: ACC 101; CIS 121 or CIS 127.

ACC 236. Managerial Accounting II. 3 Credits.

This course is a continuation of ACC 226 Managerial Accounting I with major emphasis on the managerial accountant who maintains a commitment to ethical values while using his/her knowledge to manage risks and implement strategy through planning, budgeting, and forecasting. Prerequisite: ACC 226.

BUS Business Courses

BUS 105. Business Ethics. 3 Credits.

This course is designed for the student with an interest in organizational and business ethics. The focus is on how we act as individuals and how we contribute to group accountability. The class will provide each student with a framework for thinking in an ethical manner. In addition, the class will explore every-day ethical thinking. Most topics will be explored using the case study method. Although designed for the business student, this class is open to all students with an interest in exploring everyday ethical behavior on an individual and group level. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 108. Principles Of Real Estate. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to real estate. Topics include property rights, principles of land ownership, sale, financing and conveyance, contracts, liens, mortgage financing, mortgages or deeds of trust, deeds, recording, settlement concepts, condominiums and cooperatives, leasing, and other property concepts. Prerequisite: RDG 098, FYE 101 or placement.

BUS 112. Introduction To Customer Relations. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on practical information that will enable both the student and practicing customer service professional to enhance, hone, and refine their service skills. The course is designed to equip individuals with the strategic necessities to effectively interact with and deal with a multitude of customer-related service issues that are an integral part of the customer service job function. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 113. Business Etiquette And Protocol. 3 Credits.

This course prepares students to successfully enter the ever-changing workforce or to advance in their career by teaching the skills, attitudes, and behaviors demanded in today’s high performance workplace. This course is intended for the worker in career transition with discrete needs for grounding in business protocol. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 125. Communication For Business And Industry. 3 Credits.

Students are introduced to concepts relating to communicating in a diverse workplace. Emphasis is placed on nonverbal communication, the writing process, and email. Students learn how to write memos and letters and communicate with customers, research and use information, develop and use graphic and visual aids. Students prepare reports and presentations; develop skills to communicate through the application and interview process. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 201. International Business. 3 Credits.

Students will most likely work for a company that is either foreign owned, domestically owned but has some foreign operations, or domestically owned but is affected by the global economy. Thus, this class will prepare students to be successful and productive in their careers based upon an understanding of the basics of why companies conduct business across borders. Since even small businesses are becoming more active in the international business environment through activities such as buying and supplying components, students who are planning to start their own businesses should also be cognizant of international business. This class will also stress the importance of cultural literacy and will help students develop the type of cultural literacy that will enable them to be conversant within the global economy and international marketplaces. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

BUS 211. Business Law I. 3 Credits.

This course covers business transactions and issues, with particular emphasis on contract law. Major topics include the nature of law and the judicial process, the concept of contract, and the law of sales. Currently emerging legal concepts will be included. The focus will be on studying the law regulating commercial activity in order to prepare students to conduct business in a dynamic world marketplace. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 212. Business Law II. 3 Credits.

This course is a continuation of BUS 211 Business Law I and introduces the student to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a uniform set of legal principles that facilitates intrastate and interstate commercial transactions. Topics include the law of sales, leases, secured transactions, and other commercial legal topics. Particular emphasis is placed on the UCC modification of common-law contract law, with particular reference to the sale of goods and special rules governing transactions by merchants. Prerequisite: BUS 211.

BUS 220. The Business Of Social Change. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the theory of social entrepreneurism and how social entrepreneurs create systemic social change. Through case studies and readings, students will analyze how social entrepreneurs use their management skills in business planning, marketing, and leadership to work with the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors to achieve their goals. The course will also explore how successful social entrepreneurs use creative thinking, strong leadership, and business skills to create purposeful organizations that grow and thrive. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 224. Introduction To Grant Writing. 3 Credits.

This course provides beginner or intermediate-level grant writers with the skills and knowledge needed to obtain public and private grants. Working with sample proposals, students will learn to create a successful grant. This will include finding funding organizations, responding to a request for proposal, planning a program, creating a budget, learning the essential elements of a grant proposal, and understanding how to partner with agencies. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 290. Business Analytics Fundamentals. 3 Credits.

This course is a foundation for students seeking to understand the core principles of business analytics. The course develops the fundamental knowledge and skills for applying for applying statistical and other analytical models/techniques to business decision making. Key measurement concepts, terminology and analysis techniques are explored. The course covers some analytics techniques such as: Hypothesis testing, T-test, correlation, ANOVA, Linear Regression Analysis, Decision Tree, and Cluster Analysis. It also covers fundamental concepts in model comparison and evaluation, current Business Analytics tools & technology and Business Analytics related ethical issues. Prerequisite: CIS 123, MAT 143, MGT 210, and MGT 250 with a grade of B- or higher or CIS 219 with a grade of B- or higher. Fall.

BUS 291. Data Visualization. 3 Credits.

This course is a hands-on introduction to the principles and techniques for data visualization. It will explore visual representation methods and techniques that increase our understanding of complex data. It introduces design principles for creating meaningful visual displays of quantitative and qualitative data for decision-making. In addition, it investigates visual representation methods and techniques that increase the understanding of complex data (time series, categorical, etc.) and models. Topics investigated include charts, tables, graphics, effective presentations, dashboard design (i.e.: Key Performance Indicators, Performance Dashboards & Balance Scorecards) and multimedia content. Examples and cases from a variety of industries will be used. Students actively participate with application assignments and project presentations. Prerequisites: CIS 123, MAT 143, MGT 210, and MGT 250 with a grade of B- or higher or CIS 219 with a grade of B- or higher. Fall.

BUS 292. Predictive Analytics. 3 Credits.

This course explores statistical and other predictive models as they are used in predictive analytics. Predictive analytics uses technology to learn from history (data) to predict the future behavior to better drive decisions. The course focuses on applying predictive models through business-focused cases studies in areas such as: digital marketing, consumer behavior, financial risk, business forecasting, and organizational efficiency. The course investigates linear models, (including traditional, multiple regression, and logistic regression models) along with other predictive model techniques (ie: stochastic processes). It addresses issues of model selection and specification, as well as best practices in developing models for business and other industries. Prerequisites: BUS 290 with a grade of C+ or higher; BUS 291 with a grade of C+ or higher. Spring.

BUS 293. Data Warehousing & Mining. 3 Credits.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of data warehousing together with data mining techniques. The development and use of data warehouses is covered with a focus on their architecture and infrastructure planning, design, programming, deployment, and ongoing maintenance issues. The course provides an understanding of data mining techniques for data extraction from source systems, data cleansing, data transformations, data testing and information delivery. Techniques for mining large data sources from areas such as social media, web advertising, and other business areas will be investigated. An emphasis is to develop the understanding the application of methods rather than on mathematical and computational foundations. The cases and applications are business-focused. Prerequisites: BUS 290 with a grade of C+ or higher; BUS 291 with a grade C+ or higher. Spring.

BUS 299. Business Analytics Capstone. 3 Credits.

This course is the capstone for business analytics certificate. Within the course, students develop a project that draws on the skills they developed in the areas of data management, predictive modeling, statistical analysis and data visualization to support fact-based data driven decision-making processes. The course completes the understanding for implementing a complete business analytics project. The project provides deeper insight into organizational decision-making in a functional area of business. Students actively participate with application cases and complete analytics project with a capstone presentation. Prerequisites: BUS 292 with a grade of C+ or higher; BUS 293 with a grade of C+ or higher. Summer.