Accounting Group

"Accountants work with people. They are analysts, planners and problem solvers. The world of business affairs is their province. It is their role to comprehend it, analyze it, systematize it and portray it." - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

An accounting degree opens up limitless opportunities in business. You can work in assurance (audit), consulting, corporate accounting/finance, financial analysis/venture capital, financial services, financial planning, not-for-profit/government, or tax consulting services - just to mention a few possible career options.

Consider a career in accounting if you:

  • want to make a difference 
  • like being challenged by a variety of situations and technologies
  • enjoy identifying, analyzing and solving problems
  • have a goal of becoming a CPA, CMA or CEO

Teaching Excellence

The Accounting faculty are some of the most outstanding classroom instructors, with many having won prestigious University and School teaching awards. The faculty bring a wealth of professional expertise to the classroom which reinforces and extends students' co-op (undergraduate level) and corporate internships (graduate level) experiences. Our learning approach focuses on the application of accounting theory and principles so that students will have the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and succeed in the accounting profession.

Research Focus

While the Accounting Group faculty has diverse research interests covering many areas of accounting, many examine factors affecting judgment and decision making in such areas as audit, tax, corporate governance and management control. Based on the quality and quantity of published research, one survey rates the NU Accounting Group as the #1 behavioral accounting research group in the country.

Practice Orientation

Experiential learning is an integral part of our students' overall academic experience. Combining theory and practice is essential for successful accounting professionals. At the undergraduate level, our students co-op for national and international public accounting firms (BDO Seidman, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC), regional/local public accounting firms (e.g., Caturano, Feeley & Driscoll), and private firms (e.g., Gillette, Vanguard). At the graduate level, our students intern for public accounting firms including BDO Seidman, Caturano, Cbiz Tofias, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, PwC, and UHY.

Accounting Group Academic Contacts

Professor Timothy Rupert
Group Coordinator
t.rupert@neu.edu
617-373-5165

Professor Peggy O'Kelly
Concentration Coordinator
p.okelly@neu.edu
617-373-5270

Accounting Co-op Coordinators
Charlie Bognanni
c.bognanni@neu.edu
617-373-3782

Kathy Tanner
k.tanner@neu.edu
617-373-3410

Excellence in Teaching


The Accounting faculty are some of the most outstanding classroom instructors, with many having won prestigious University and School teaching awards. The faculty bring a wealth of professional expertise to the classroom which reinforces and extends students' co-op (undergraduate level) and corporate internships (graduate level) experiences. Our learning approach focuses on the application of accounting theory and principles so that students will have the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and succeed in the accounting profession.

Leadership in Accounting Research

The Accounting Group faculty has diverse research interests covering many areas of accounting, but many faculty focus their research on behavioral accounting (judgment and decision making), audit, and corporate governance. A recent analysis of research productivity of accounting faculty based on publications in the top eleven accounting journals finds that Northeastern’s Accounting Group is tied for the fourteenth most productive research faculty in the United States over the past six years. Further, many of the specialty areas of the faculty are also highly ranked. The faculty ranks third overall in research productivity in auditing and second in auditing experimental work. The faculty is tied for tenth overall in tax research and is tied for first in tax experimental research.

Practice Orientation

Experiential learning is an integral part of our students' overall academic experience. Combining theory and practice is essential for successful accounting professionals. At the undergraduate level, our students co-op for national and international public accounting firms (BDO Seidman, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC), regional/local public accounting firms (e.g., Caturano, Feeley & Driscoll), and private firms (e.g., Gillette, Vanguard). At the graduate level, our students intern for public accounting firms including BDO Seidman, Caturano, Cbiz Tofias, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, and PwC.

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