50 Best Graduate Schools for Accounting 2015

To create our top 50 list of the best accounting graduate programs in the nation, we took into account the results of four other rankings and the accounting accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB.

The four rankings come from U.S. News and World Report, Public Accounting Report, Brigham Young University (BYU), and TaxTalent. We put the most weight on the first two because of their reputation and comprehensive evaluation of schools. We put the least weight on TaxTalent’s rankings because they are new and the organization polled a narrow subset of accounting professionals (tax hiring authorities).

All the schools on the list hold business accreditation with AACSB. Most of them also earned accounting accreditation. We put a lot of weight on this achievement because AACSB is the premier accrediting organization for business programs and less than two percent of business schools worldwide are AACSB-accredited in both business and accounting.

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We believe this is the most comprehensive meta-ranking of accounting graduate schools you can find anywhere.

Interested in undergraduate accounting programs? See our ranking of the 30 Best Undergraduate Accounting Schools.

#1. University of Texas – Austin, McCombs School of Business

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McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin (UT Austin) is our top school because it is number one in all the rankings we looked at and it is accredited in accounting by AACSB. It’s rare to see a school dominate different rankings with different criteria. This tells us that McCombs is not only the clear leader but is also a well-rounded school.

Graduate Program Overview

UT Austin offers a Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) degree program. If you already have your bachelor’s degree, you can earn the MPA degree in 12-18 months.

McCombs has a dedicated staff that helps students get a job. The staff interacts with recruiters, sponsors career fairs, and creates internships to give students opportunities to advance their careers. The school works with each student to create a custom plan for succeeding in the workplace based on the student’s strengths and goals.

The 2013 MPA graduates from McCombs were polled about the program and 96% of them considered it to be a good investment.

#2. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, College of Business

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University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign has a strong graduate accounting program. The university ranked third in both U.S. News & World Report’s and Public Accounting Report’s rankings. Also, University of Illinois is leader in research. It ranked in the top five of BYU’s research rankings in the last six and 12 years. The school is accredited by AACSB in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accountancy at the University of Illinois can be completed in one year. It is designed for both students with accounting degrees and those from non-accounting backgrounds.

The program prepares you to sit for the Uniform CPA exam in the United States. Upon completion, you will have the necessary prerequisites to qualify for the exam.

The school attracts hundreds of companies who visit the campus to hire students. University of Illinois provides opportunities to improve your professional development skills including practice interviews and resume evaluation.

#3. Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management

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Marriott School of Management at BYU houses an accounting department that is a powerhouse in the industry. The school ranked seventh in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings and second in the Public Accounting Report’s and TaxTalent’s rankings. Also, Marriott School is a top 20 school in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Marriott School offers a Master of Accountancy program that boasts 100% placement nearly every year. Among graduates of the program, the average starting salary without a signing bonus is $51,900.

Students can choose between two stems, or concentrations: Professional and Tax. The Professional stem prepares you for a career in professional services. You will take courses in auditing, information systems, and managerial accounting. The Tax stem trains you to succeed in the field of individual and corporation taxation. You will learn about topics such as tax research and current tax policy.

#4. University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting

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Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California placed in the top 10 of the rankings of Public Accounting Report and U.S. News & World Report. The school is accredited by AACSB in accounting and it ranked 13th in BYU’s research rankings for the last six years.

Graduate Program Overview

Leventhal’s Master of Accounting program is a one-year program geared for a variety of students. In the class of 2013, 59% of the students had undergraduate majors outside the accounting field. The class was split evenly in gender with 52% women and 48% men. International students represented 19% of the class.

The coursework has a strong focus in lifelong learning and globalization. You will learn how to use research databases and industry literature to gain new skills. Also, you will understand global business on a deeper level by examining other cultures.

#5. The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business

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Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University has one of the top graduate accounting programs in the nation. The school is ranked 11th and 12th in the rankings of U.S News & World Report and Public Accounting Report, respectively. Also, Fisher is accredited in accounting by AACSB and holds a top five position in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program at The Ohio State University has a flexible curriculum. Electives comprise 78% of the coursework. You can choose electives from topics such as financial reporting, managerial decision making, finance, taxation, and auditing.

The school has an Office of Career Management that assists students with job searches. The Office provides career coaches for interested students and it maintains FisherConnect, an internship and job search tool. Top firms such as Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, Limited Brands, and Chase recruit MAcc graduates from the university.

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#6. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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Although Ross School of Business is not accredited in accounting by AACSB, it still makes our list as a top school because of its stellar rankings. The school placed fifth in both U.S. News & World Report’s and TaxTalent’s rankings. Also, it ranked 25th in BYU’s research rankings for the last six years and seventh in Public Accounting Report’s rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting program at Ross School of Business prepares students for the workplace. 93% of the students from the 2013 class had at least one job offer. In a survey of the 2014 class, all respondents agreed that the program prepared them for a successful career.

For students interested in passing the CPA test, the school works with you to meet the requirements of your state. CPA candidates from Ross have had much higher passing rates than the national average.

#7. University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

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The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the most prestigious business schools in the United States. The school ranked second in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings and it placed seventh, fourth, and third in BYU’s research rankings for the last six years, last 12 years, and all years, respectively.

Graduate Program Overview

The Wharton School offers an MBA program with accounting as one of its majors. The focus of the major is the user of accounting data. Students will take courses about the generation of accounting information and the reliability of that information for analysis.

If you are interested in sitting for the CPA exam, The Wharton School recommends enrolling in Tax Planning and Administration and Accounting for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Complex Financial Structures. These two courses will help you pass key portions of the test.

#8. University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

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Established in 1898, Booth School of Business has produced leaders that have transformed the business world. The school ranked fourth in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. Also, Booth is one of the top research institutions. It placed third, fifth, and seventh in BYU’s research rankings for the last six years, last 12 years, and all years, respectively.

Graduate Program Overview

The Booth MBA with an accounting concentration gives students opportunities outside the classroom to learn new skills and build relationships. For example, you can join the American Bankruptcy Institute Corporate Restructuring Competition to compete with students from other top business schools by providing solutions for a case study.

Sample courses in the program include Financial Statement Analysis, Taxes and Business Strategy, and Cost Analysis and Internal Controls.

The Booth accounting faculty is well-known in the industry for their influence in accounting practice, regulation of securities, and other important areas in the field.

#9. Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

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Stanford University has a reputation for being one of the most innovative schools in the world so it is not surprising to find the university at the top of BYU’s research rankings. The school ranked 13th in research over the last six years. Also, Stanford ranked sixth in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business offers an MBA program with a degree focus on accounting. Sample courses include Accounting-Based Valuation, Analysis and Valuation for Event-Driven Investing, and Mergers and Acquisitions: Accounting, Regulatory, and Governance Issues.

The student to faculty ratio is 6-to-1 so students can have direct access to the expertise of the faculty. Also, the class size is half of other top schools.

To help you succeed after graduation, Stanford has advisors that will sit down with you one-on-one to create a personalized career plan.

#10. University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

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Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is a favorite among accounting professors and tax hiring authorities. The school placed fourth in the rankings of Public Accounting Report and TaxTalent. In BYU’s research rankings, Mendoza ranked 69th over the last six years. The school is accredited in accounting by AACSB.

Graduate Program Overview

Mendoza’s Master of Science in Accountancy has two tracks to choose from. You can focus on Tax Services or learn about Financial Reporting and Assurance Services.

For students interested in taking the CPA exam, the program satisfies the education requirements of most states. Also, the school offers a variety of electives to prepare you for specific portions of the exam.

The placement rate of Mendoza’s accounting graduates is excellent. In the last three years, 99% of them had a job offer by graduation day.

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#11. Texas A & M University, Mays Business School

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Mays Business School is accredited by AACSB in accounting. It placed eighth in the rankings of Public Accounting Report. The school also has a strong research emphasis. In the last six years, it ranked 19th in the research rankings of BYU.

Graduate Program Overview

Mays provides a Master of Science in Accounting program that covers technical accounting skills as well as soft skills like teamwork and communication.

Students in the program can choose from two tracks: Assurance Services/Information Management and Tax Consulting/Financial Planning Track. The first track is ideal for students interested in auditing or consulting positions. The second track prepares you to work in tax departments at leading firms such as Deloitte and PwC.

Many companies visit the Texas A & M campus to conduct interviews with accounting graduate students.

#12. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Kenan-Flagler Business School makes our list as a top school because it ranked 10th in the rankings of U.S. News and World Report and Public Accounting Report. Also, the school tied for 8th place in TaxTalent’s rankings and ranked 39th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting program at Kenan-Flagler prepares students to make an impact in the business world. Graduates of the program can pursue jobs such as Assurance Associate, Controller, Financial Analyst, and Tax Consultant. The school enjoys a 98% job placement rate.

Unlike other programs, Kenan-Flagler’s program is designed for students with little or no background in accounting. To apply, you must have 12 or less accounting credits. Most students begin the program right after completing their undergraduate degree.

#13. Indiana University – Bloomington, Kelley School of Business

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Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington has a top 10 graduate accounting program according to U.S. News and World Report and TaxTalent. The school is accredited in accounting by AACSB and it placed 30th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Kelley offers a Master of Science in Accounting program that boasts an employment rate close to 100%. (The rate is based on getting a job offer within 90 days of graduation.)

The program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in the field of business. The curriculum mirrors real-world situations. For example, students participate in consulting projects sponsored by corporations.

If you are interested in earning the CPA certification, Kelley partnered with Becker, a trusted CPA review course company, to offer a six-week review course at the end of the program.

#14. University of Mississippi, Patterson School of Accountancy

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Patterson School of Accountancy is a favorite among accounting professors. The school ranked fifth in the rankings of Public Accounting Report. It placed second among schools with 16 to 21 full-time accounting faculty. Patterson is accredited by AACSB in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accountancy degree at Patterson consists of 30 semester hours. If you hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you can complete the program in one year. The following courses are required to finish the program: Cost/Managerial Accounting, Income Tax II, and Seminar in Accounting Theory.

Patterson is unique from other leading schools because it is a separate entity from the university’s School of Business. The accounting school is home to two research centers: the National Tax History Research Center and the National EDP Audit Archival Center.

#15. University of Georgia, Terry College of Business

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Terry College of Business is a strong research institution. It ranked 17th for the last six years according to BYU’s research rankings. Also, the college placed 6th and 14th in TaxTalent’s and Public Accounting Report’s rankings, respectively. Terry is accredited in accounting by AACSB.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accountancy degree from Terry prepares students for positions such as CPA or senior accounting officer. The school’s placement rate in 2013-2014 was 97%. About 94% of the 2013 graduates accepted job offers in public accounting.

Terry faculty have been recognized with awards including AAA Auditing Section Outstanding Educator Award and American Tax Association Outstanding Manuscript Award. Last year, the average rating for instructors was 4.59 out of 5. Five of the faculty members are among the most productive researchers (top 5%) over the last 50 years.

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#16. Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business

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According to TaxTalent’s rankings, Eli Broad College of Business is a top 10 school for graduate accounting students. The college also ranked in the top 10 in BYU’s research rankings. Eli Broad is accredited in accounting by AACSB and it placed 15th in Public Accounting Report’s rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Eli Broad’s Master of Science in Accounting program readies students to become leaders in the accounting industry. The school houses the Ernst & Young Communication Center, a resource for building career development skills. The Center offers services such as mock interviews, resume critiques, and one-on-one consultations.

Students in the program can choose from three concentrations: Information Systems, Public and Corporate Accounting, and Taxation. Also, the program fulfills the educational requirements needed to take the CPA test in Michigan and other states.

#17. University of Missouri, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business

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Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business gets high marks with accounting professors. The school ranked 11th in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. In the category of schools with 16-21 full-time faculty, Trulaske ranked fifth. The school is accredited in accounting by AACSB and it placed 36th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Trulaske offers a Master’s of Accountancy for students who hold a bachelor’s accounting degree or equivalent coursework. The 30 hour program has three required courses: Governmental Accounting and Budgeting, Auditing Theory and Practice I, and Accounting and Business Strategic Analysis. The rest of the degree consists of your choice of business and accounting electives.

For students with CPA aspirations, Becker provides a review course on campus. The course is taught by Becker instructors and Trulaske professors. Space is limited but the course is also available online.

#18. University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration

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Warrington College of Business Administration ranked 13th in the rankings of Public Accounting Report. The school placed eighth in its category (22 or more full-time faculty). Also, Warrington is accredited by AACSB in accounting and it ranked 27th in the research rankings of BYU.

Graduate Program Overview

Warrington offers a Master of Accounting program with three tracks to choose from: Auditing, Generalist, and Taxation. Core courses include Advanced Accounting, Commercial Law for Accountants, Professional Communication for Accountants, and Tax Professional Research.

The degree is designed to prepare you for a professional career in accounting. Upon completion, you will satisfy the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Florida. In 2013, Warrington students ranked 12th in CPA pass rate among 262 schools with at least 60 candidates.

#19. Northern Illinois University, College of Business

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The College of Business at Northern Illinois University is home to a graduate accounting program that placed 16th in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. The school also ranked in the top 10 of TaxTalent rankings and it is accredited in accounting by AACSB.

Graduate Program Overview

Northern Illinois University offers a Master of Accounting Science in Leadership. The program equips students with skills to lead and manage a team of employees. Students learn about management concepts and analytical techniques to make effective business decisions.

The program has three tracks: Financial Reporting and Assurance, Taxation, and Managerial Accounting. Also, you can work with an adviser to create a custom track that meets your goals.

Internships are encouraged at Northern Illinois University. For those who qualify, internships are available with reputable companies in the spring and summer semesters.

#20. Baruch College – The City University of New York, Zicklin School of Business

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Founded in 1919, Zicklin School of Business is one of the oldest business schools. It is accredited in accounting by AACSB and it placed 44th in the research rankings of BYU. Accounting professors also like the school, as evidenced by its top 20 ranking in Public Accounting Report’s list of top accounting schools.

Graduate Program Overview
Zicklin has two master’s programs in accounting, a Master of Science in Accounting and an MBA with a major in accounting. The MS degree is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a business field while the MBA fits students without a business degree.

Both programs meet the requirements to take the CPA exam in the state of New York. Students take courses such as Taxation of Business Entities, Advanced Financial Accounting, and Accounting and Auditing Information Systems to prepare for the test.

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#21. University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business

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Michael G. Foster School of Business ranked 39th in the research rankings of BYU. The school placed 21st in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. In its category of institutions with 16-21 full-time accounting faculty, Foster ranked seventh. The school’s accounting programs are AACSB-accredited in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

Foster offers a Master of Professional Accounting program with two tracks. Students can choose an emphasis in Auditing and Assurance or focus on the topic of Taxation. The first track consists of classes about financial analysis, assurance services, and business law while the second track covers subjects including corporate operations, estate taxes, timing issues, and federal tax planning.

The program is full-time and lasts three quarters. Also, students have the opportunity to earn enough credits to qualify for the CPA exam in Washington.

#22. Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business

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W. P. Carey School of Business is a leading research institution in the field of accounting. The school ranked 11th in BYU’s research rankings over the last six years. Also, W. P. Carey placed 25th in Public Accounting Report’s rankings and it is accredited in accounting by AACSB.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accountancy program from W. P. Carey boasts a nearly 100% placement rate for domestic graduates within 90 days of graduation. The school has a Career Center that works with students to develop custom career plans and provide coaching for job searches.

Coursework includes classes in auditing, forensic accounting, non-profit accounting, financial statement analysis, the relationship between taxes and business strategy, and accounting research.

The program meets the education requirements to sit for the CPA test in California and Arizona.

#23. University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin School of Business

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Wisconsin School of Business ranked 20th overall and first in its category (15 or less full-time accounting faculty) in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. The school placed 38th in BYU’s research rankings and it is AACSB-accredited in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

Wisconsin School of Business offers a Graduate Master of Accountancy to students with little or no previous accounting education. This two year program prepares students for jobs in various fields including CPA.

Also, there is an option to major in taxation. This major covers important areas of the tax code including estate tax, individual tax planning, and business tax.

The accounting faculty are experts in many different industries including governance of corporations, health care accounting, international reporting, and regulation of securities.

#24. Miami University (Ohio), Farmer School of Business

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Farmer School of Business’s graduate accounting program is ranked in the top 20 of Public Accounting Report’s list of top programs. The school is accredited in accounting by AACSB. In BYU’s research rankings, Farmer placed just outside the top 100 over the last six years.

Graduate Program Overview

Farmer helps students learn real-world skills by providing experiential learning opportunities. Its Master of Accountancy prepares you for careers is a variety of industries including systems assurance, investment banking, risk services, and fraud examination.

The school only accepts 20-25 students to foster strong interaction with each other and the accounting faculty.

Farmer’s employment rate is over 95% and graduates have found jobs in major markets including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston. The Big Four accounting firms and other national companies are active in recruiting Farmer students.

#25. Wake Forest University, School of Business

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Wake Forest University’s School of Business placed 17th in the rankings of Public Accounting Report. The school ranked sixth in its category (16-21 full-time accounting faculty). Wake Forest is AACSB-accredited in accounting and it placed 166th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Wake Forest’s Master of Science in Accountancy has many useful features for the graduate student. You can work in a paid internship during the busy work season to gain valuable experience. Top companies send their recruiters to meet with Wake Forest students.

Also, the school prepares students to pass the CPA exam. Wake Forest had the number one CPA pass rate in 2013. The program has small class sizes and students can choose from three tracks: Assurance Services, Tax Consulting, and Financial Transaction Services.

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#26. University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business

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According to Public Accounting Report’s rankings, David Eccles School of Business has a top 10 graduate accounting program within the category of schools with 16-21 full-time accounting faculty. Overall, the school ranked 22nd. Eccles is accredited in accounting by AACSB and it placed 69th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Eccles offers a flexible Master of Accounting degree program. Students can choose from three concentrations: Accounting Information Systems, Audit, and Tax. Close to half the credits required to graduate are electives. You can choose from a variety of non-accounting classes to broaden your business education or you can continue with more accounting courses to prepare for the CPA test.

Most students finish the degree in two semesters, but you have the option of taking the coursework part-time and completing the program in four semesters instead.

#27. University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce

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McIntire School of Commerce is a favorite among tax hiring authorities. The school tied for sixth place in TaxTalent’s rankings. Also, McIntire ranked 23rd in Public Accounting Report’s rankings and it is accredited in accounting by AACSB. In the last six years, McIntire placed 166th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Virginia is designed to train students to become leaders in the business world. The program consists of 30 credits and lasts one year.

Students can choose between the Tax Consulting and Financial Report & Assurance tracks. The first track teaches skills in tax planning and tax problem solving. The second track covers topics such as financial statements, derivatives, and auditing. Students in both tracks are required to take the following two courses: Accounting Policy and Leading for Success in the Accounting Profession.

#28. University of Alabama, Culverhouse School of Accountancy

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You can find Culverhouse School of Accountancy in the top 10 of TaxTalent’s rankings. The school also ranked 26th overall and ninth in its category (16-21 full-time accounting faculty) in Public Accounting Report’s rankings and 50th in BYU’s research rankings. Culverhouse is accredited in accounting by AACSB.

Graduate Program Overview

Culverhouse offers a Master of Accountancy program. Required courses include Accounting for Business Management, Financial Statement Analysis, and Fraud Risk Management. Also, students learn how to solve accounting problems by researching databases.

The program is 30 hours long. Nine hours may be taken as electives in subjects such as finance, analytics, and real estate.

The school has a mentoring program which connects executive mentors with students. Mentors advise mentees on career building tasks such as creating a resume and interviewing. Also, they provide networking opportunities that can lead to internships and job offers.

#29. University of Tennessee at Knoxville, College of Business Administration

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The College of Business Administration at University of Tennessee at Knoxville has a good reputation among accounting professors. The school ranked 24th in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. Also, University of Tennessee placed 109th in BYU’s research rankings and it is AACSB-accredited in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accountancy program at University of Tennessee offers two concentrations: Audit and Controls and Taxation. Graduates of the first concentration have accepted offers in Big Four accounting firms and other leading companies. The Taxation concentration teaches practical job skills including using online research services and presenting research findings.

University of Tennessee has seen a 90% placement rate for its graduate accounting students. Also, the coursework meets the CPA requirements in most states. The master’s program takes 10 months to complete.

#30. University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business

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In Public Accounting Report’s rankings, Tippie College of Business placed 28th overall and 11th among schools with 16-21 full-time accounting faculty. The school is accredited in accounting by AACSB and it ranked 38th in BYU’s research rankings over the last six years.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accountancy degree program from Tippie gives students four specializations to choose from. Students can focus on Financial/Auditing, Management Information Systems, Managerial Accounting, or Tax.

Upon completion, you fulfill the 150 credit hours required to take the CPA exam in Iowa. Tippie students who took the exam for the first time had an excellent CPA pass rate of around 75%.

Financial aid may be available to select students. Tippie awards scholarships based on merit. Also, you can apply for teaching assistant, research assistant, and grader positions.

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#31. University of Connecticut, School of Business

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University of Connecticut’s School of Business placed 27th overall and 10th among mid-sized schools (16-21 full-time accounting faculty) in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. The school is accredited by AACSB in accounting and it ranked 88th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accounting from University of Connecticut consists of two required courses and eight elective courses. With 80% of the program being electives, you can create an education plan that fits your interests and goals. You can choose courses in a variety of topics including financial planning, internal controls, and assurance services.

The school emphasizes information literacy as the foundation for lifetime learning. The faculty develops classes with activities designed to help students process information in an effective manner.

#32. Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business Administration

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Rawls College of Business Administration tied for fifth in TaxTalent’s rankings. The college is accredited by AACSB in accounting and it one of the top 30 schools according to Public Accounting Report’s list of top schools. Rawls placed 124th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accounting from Texas Tech is designed for students who want to pass the CPA exam. The school’s CPA pass rate is much higher than the national average. Also, Texas Tech graduates have enjoyed employment rates at or close to 100% in the last 25 years.

The program has two tracks to choose from: Audit/Financial Reports and Taxation. Graduates from either track usually get their first job in public accounting. To enroll in the program, you must have a Bachelor of Business Administration.

#33. Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business

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Hankamer School of Business is a top five school in TaxTalent’s rankings. The institution is also a top 30 school in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. Hankamer is accredited in accounting by AACSB and it placed 148th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Baylor University offers a Master of Accountancy degree that satisfies the 150 hour requirement to take the CPA exam in most states. The program is 33 hours total. 18 hours are accounting courses and 15 hours are business electives.

Students can specialize in taxation, auditing, managerial accounting, financial accounting, or accounting information systems.

Top companies recruit graduate accounting students from Baylor. Here is a sample of firms that have hired Baylor students: Ernst & Young, KPMG, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, and Southwest Airlines.

#34. Bentley University, Graduate School of Business

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Bentley University’s Graduate School of Business houses a graduate accounting program that tied for ninth in TaxTalent’s rankings. The school placed 32nd and 23rd in the rankings of Public Accounting Report and BYU, respectively. Bentley holds AACSB accreditation for its accounting programs.

Graduate Program Overview

Originally founded in 1917 as an accounting and finance school, Bentley University continues to train students nearly 100 years later.

The school’s Master of Science in Accounting covers important topics such as business processes, auditing of financial statements, federal income tax, and research and policy. Students may work towards a graduate certificate in business ethics, financial accounting, fraud and forensic accounting, or taxation.

Upon graduation, the program satisfies the education requirements for the CPA examination in Massachusetts and other states. The school has recruiting relationships with the Big Four, national, and regional CPA firms.

#35. Florida State University, College of Business

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The College of Business at Florida State University is ranked 34th and 13th in Public Accounting Report’s overall and mid-sized school rankings, respectively. The college placed 69th in BYU’s research rankings. Florida State is accredited by AACSB in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

Florida State’s Master of Accounting program offers four majors: Accounting Information Systems, Assurance Services, Corporate Accounting, and Taxation. All majors must take these two courses: Business Conditions Analysis and Financial Statement Analysis.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting can finish the program in one year. Students without the degree need two years to graduate.

The program satisfies the requirements to take the CPA exam in Florida. The university’s students ranked fourth and sixth in CPA pass rates for the Financial Accounting and Reporting and Auditing sections, respectively.

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#36. North Carolina State University, Poole College of Management

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Poole College of Management ranked 34th in Public Accounting Report’s overall rankings. Among schools with 22 or more full-time accounting faculty, Poole placed 19th. The college is accredited by AACSB and it ranked 101st in BYU’s research rankings for the last six years.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting program from Poole prepares students for successful careers in accounting. Poole’s class of 2013 had a great employment rate of 98%.

Faculty members have received awards, written textbooks, and occupied positions in national committees. The school has a low student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1 so it is easy to interact directly with the professors.

The program has three concentrations: Enterprise Risk Management, Information Technology, and Tax Strategy. These areas of focus are optional. Students do not have to choose a concentration.

#37. University of Arizona, Eller College of Management

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Eller College of Management is a favorite among tax hiring authorities. The school ranked in the top 10 of TaxTalent’s rankings. Eller placed 39th and 19th in Public Accounting Report’s and BYU’s rankings, respectively. Also, the school holds AACSB accreditation in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

Eller offers a Master of Accounting degree with two tracks, Audit and Tax. The Audit track includes courses on federal taxation, communication skills, business law, and audit simulation. The Tax track covers topics including tax research, tax provision, real estate transactions, and international taxation.

The accounting department hosts a career event called Meet the Firms to introduce students to representatives from leading firms such as Deloitte, KPMG, Honeywell, and Clifton Larson Allen. Also, internships at the firms may be available in the summer.

#38. Utah State University, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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Jon M. Huntsman School of Business placed 37th in the rankings of Public Accounting Report. Among schools in its category of 16-21 full-time accounting faculty, Huntsman placed 15th. The school is accredited by AACSB and it ranked 124th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting program at Utah State University attracts students who want to pass the CPA examination. The campus is located in Logan, which earned a top college town distinction in 2012.

The program has three specializations: Professional Accountancy, Taxation, and Personal Financial Planning. Core courses include Accounting for Complex and Multinational Companies, Cost Management Systems, and Financial Auditing.

Utah State has recruiting relationships with top companies such as Big Four firms, regional firms, and government organizations. In the last three years, the graduates from the program enjoyed at 93% placement rate by graduation.

#39. Texas Christian University, Neeley School of Business

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Neeley School of Business holds accounting accreditation with AACSB. The school ranked 36th in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. In its category of mid-sized schools, Neeley placed 14th. The school ranked just inside the top 150 schools in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting degree from Texas Christian University (TCU) is a strong program for students that aspire to become CPAs. TCU students often rank in the top five CPA passing rates in Texas.

Students in the program have enjoyed a high employment rate of 93%. Also, some students have accept job offers with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

The 30 hour program includes three concentration options: Assurance Services, Financial Reporting and Valuation, and Taxation.

#40. College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business

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Mason School of Business is a top 40 school according to the rankings of Public Accounting Report. The school is accredited by AACSB in accounting. Also, Mason tied for eighth place in TaxTalent’s rankings and it ranked 166th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) from College of William & Mary is a full-time program that lasts two semesters. Upon completion, students will have the credits required to sit for the CPA exam. Recent MAcc graduates in the United States earned an average salary of $55,000.

The program offers three areas of specialization: Auditing & Assurance, Taxation, and Valuation & Advisory.

For students without an accounting undergraduate degree, William & Mary provides a summer bootcamp with intensive courses that fulfills the prerequisite education requirements.

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#41. New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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Leonard N. Stern School of Business is a top 10 school according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings. The school ranked 39th in BYU’s research rankings. Stern would have placed 38th in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. However, the school asked to be excluded because it offers a combined degree, not a stand-alone master’s degree in accounting.

Graduate Program Overview

New York University offers an MBA program with a specialization in accounting. The degree covers important subjects such as financial reports, information systems, taxation, and legal issues for managers.

Sample courses include An Integrated Approach to Financial Statement Analysis, E-Commerce: Accounting, Control and Valuation, and Accounting for Mergers, Acquisitions and Related Matters.

The school has an Office of Student Engagement that oversees programs designed to take students out of the classroom and apply what they learned in real-world business situations. Companies such as Carnegie Hall and City Harvest have partnered with the Office in the past.

#42. Boston College, Wallace E. Carroll School of Management

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Wallace E. Carroll School of Management finished just outside the top 40 schools in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. The school ranked 17th among schools with 16-21 full-time accounting faculty. Carroll placed 6th and 30th in Tax Talent’s and BYU’s rankings, respectively.

Graduate Program Overview

Boston College is a recommended school for students interested in pursuing the CPA license. The college regularly places in the top 15 CPA passing rates among institutions of similar size.

Through Carroll School of Management, Boston College offers a Master of Science in Accounting. The curriculum is tailored to fit your undergraduate background. Students who majored in accounting have different coursework than those who majored in another subject.

After graduation, Carroll students often work in public accounting firms. Recent graduates accepted job offers at the Big Four firms.

#43. University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business

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Named after a leader in the banking industry, Darla Moore School of Business ranked 45th in the rankings of Public Accounting Report. The school has a solid research focus as evidenced by its 36th place in BYU’s rankings. Moore is accredited in accounting by AACSB.

Graduate Program Overview

If you have an undergraduate degree in accounting, you can earn a Master of Accountancy from Moore in one year and enhance your career prospects in the industry.

Students of the program choose from two tracks of emphasis, Business Measurement and Assurance or Taxation.

Moore graduates have a great reputation among leading corporations and firms. The faculty maintains relationships with companies so they are able to recommend students in an effective manner to hiring authorities. Employment rates for domestic students are close to 100%.

#44. University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management

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Naveen Jindal School of Management is a leader in accounting research. In BYU’s rankings, the school placed ninth over the last six years. Also, Jindal earned AACSB accounting accreditation. The school did not make the top 50 in Public Accounting Report’s overall rankings but it did tie for 25th place among schools with 22 or more full-time accounting faculty.

Graduate Program Overview

Jindal’s Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) equips students with skills needed to succeed in today’s international business environment. To lower the cost of the degree, many scholarships are available to qualified students.

As one of the biggest MSA programs in Texas, Jindal has many courses to choose from. Students can select one of the four concentrations (Assurance Services, Corporate, Internal Audit, and Taxation) or create their own education plan that meets their goals.

Required courses include Accounting Communications, Advanced Financial Reporting, and Ethics for Professional Accountants.

#45. University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business

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The accounting programs of Sam M. Walton College of Business are accredited by AACSB. The school placed 30th in BYU’s research rankings. It did not crack the top 50 overall rankings of Public Accounting Report but it did rank 13th among schools with less than 15 full-time accounting faculty.

Graduate Program Overview

Walton offers a Master of Accountancy with a strong curriculum, an excellent placement rate, and expert professors. Upon graduation, you will meet the education requirements to take the CPA examination in Arkansas. Required courses include Fraud Prevention and Detection, Auditing Standards, and Advanced Taxation.

The school has a Career Development Center that helps students with job searches, resume creation, interviews, and social and dining etiquette. Leading companies such as Amazon, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, and Target have recruited Walton students.

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#46. University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business

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C.T. Bauer College of Business is a solid research institution with its 30th place in BYU’s rankings. While it was not found in the top 50 of Public Accounting Report’s overall rankings, the school tied for 23rd place among schools with 22 or more full-time accounting faculty. Bauer is accredited in accounting by AACSB.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accountancy from Bauer is a flexible one year program with four tracks. Students can choose to focus on Advanced Internal Auditing, Assurance/Financial Reporting, IT Systems Risk Management, or Taxation. The coursework consists of 36 credit hours including 18 hours in accounting. The other 18 hours are electives.

The school offers flexible schedules to accommodate students with jobs. For those who aspire to become CPAs, Bauer covers content needed to pass the CPA exam.

Currently, there are around 300 students in the program. The average GMAT score is 550.

#47. DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

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Kellstadt Graduate School of Business has a great reputation among tax hiring authorities. It placed third in TaxTalent’s rankings. Only University of Texas at Austin and BYU had higher scores. Kellstadt holds accounting accreditation with AACSB and it ranked 148th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accountancy program from DePaul University has many strong features for preparing students to have successful careers.

The curriculum covers topics that have been deemed important by leading members of the accounting industry. Students have the opportunity to use the same auditing systems in businesses and firms.

The school has many alumni in Chicago that work in the accounting field. Students can access this network of alumni and connect with previous DePaul students. 90% of recent graduates found a job within six months of graduation.

#48. Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business

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The accounting programs of Chapman Graduate School of Business are accredited by AACSB. The school has a strong research focus. It ranked 30th in BYU’s research rankings. Also, Chapman’s programs provide a global business perspective. Students will learn about other countries and how they affect the marketplace.

Graduate Program Overview

The Master of Accounting from Chapman is an accelerated degree that can be completed in 10 months. The program uses the cohort model, which makes it easier to build strong relationships with fellow students.

Students can specialize in Assurance or Tax. The following courses are required: Accounting Practices, Accounting Research & Reporting, and Managerial Control and Controllership.

Every semester the school presents an expo where students can meet local employers. The expo is a great place to network and learn about internship opportunities and job openings.

#49. Southern Methodist University, Edwin L. Cox School of Business

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Edwin L. Cox School of Business is one of the best small schools (less than 15 full-time accounting faculty) for a master’s degree in accounting. It ranked 3rd in that category and 31st overall in Public Accounting Report’s rankings. The school also placed 69th in BYU’s research rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Southern Methodist University (SMU) offers a Master of Science in Accounting that trains students in the technical, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the professional accounting industry.

Also, the 32 hour program prepares you for the CPA exam. Students can complete the degree in nine months with full-time coursework or they can study part-time and finish in four semesters.

SMU students are known for their accounting skills. In 2012, a team from SMU won a national case competition run by Rothstein, a public accounting firm.

#50. Penn State University, Smeal College of Business

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Smeal College of Business placed 36th in the rankings of Public Accounting Report. In the category of schools with 22 or more full-time accounting faculty, Smeal ranked 19th. The school is a top 50 research institution according to BYU’s rankings.

Graduate Program Overview

Penn State’s one year Master of Accounting program starts in the fall semester. Students complete 15 hours in the semester before moving on to an internship in the spring semester. The program concludes in the summer with 12 more hours.

Classes include Leadership Communications, Advanced UCC and Commercial Transactions, Taxes and Business Planning, and Financial Management.

The courses were developed with the CPA examination in mind. Penn State’s professors teach students skills and technical knowledge needed to pass the certification test.

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