Top 50 Graduate Accounting Programs of 2017

TOP 50 GRADUATE ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS OF 2017Accounting is one of the most in demand careers today. Employers need well informed people who will help there company meet regulations, analyze and problem solve as well as audit financials and much more. There is not one industry that does not use accounting.  Students will cover in-depth topics in auditing, tax, regulations, and much more. Whether you choose an MBA program with an emphasis in accounting or a Master of Accountancy degree, the top 50 schools will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the CPA exam.

We have combined the latest results from the three most respected accounting rankings to come up with our own composite list.  The rankings are from U.S. News and World ReportPublic Accounting Report and Brigham Young University (BYU).  We also took into account the AACSB accreditation ( Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which is a benchmark for quality and is highly desired by business schools.

University of Texas at Austin is a four year, public institution established in 1883. It is the flagship school of the University of Texas system. Their single campus enrollments is the seventh largest in the nation. They have over 51,000 students an 3,000 faculty at their Austin campus. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them one of the top 20 public universities. The UT Austin campus has 17 libraries and seven museums on their 431 acre campus. They offer over 100 undergraduate degree and 223 graduate degree programs.

The McCombs School of Business at UT Austin is one of the largest business programs in the nation.  They offer undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs.  Their undergraduate and graduate accounting program is consistently ranked one of the top ten in the nation.

The McCombs School of Business offers a traditional Master’s in Professional Accounting Program (MPA), an integrated MPA, and an ECON-MPA program.  The traditional program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree is any major.  Depending on their undergraduate background students will take between 31-43 credits.  Students with an undergraduate in accounting will only need 31 credit hours and will take one year to finish the program.  Students without an accounting degree will need 43 credits and will take a little over a year to graduate.  Students have the option to choose between four tracks in the MPA program depending on their career goals. They can choose Financial Reporting and Assurance, Managerial Accounting and Control, Taxation and Generalist.  Students who finish the MPA program at UT will be able to sit for the CPA exam.  UT has an overall higher pass rate than the national average. They are accredited by the AACSB.

Non-Resident Tuition: $41,061

Located in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is a sea and land grant university. It was founded in 1817 and is the state’s oldest university. Originally located in Detroit, the school moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. A highly respected research university, they have a comprehensive graduate program offering doctoral degrees in STEM fields, social sciences and humanities. Today they have 19 schools and colleges with over 43,000 students enrolled.

The Ross School of Business offers a Master of Accounting program, which allows students to gain a broad knowledge of accounting and business.  The MAcc program integrates their MBA program into the curriculum so students get a dynamic, comprehensive education.  Students can finish the program in eight months.  Students will take core accounting courses, core electives and electives.  Students will have access to MBA electives along with select courses in  public policy, foreign language, law and other areas of study.  Since students are allowed to customize their electives, they will have an advantage in taking the CPA exam.  Students in the MAcc program at Ross have one of the highest CPA pass rates in the nation. They are accredited by the AACSB.

Non-Resident Tuition: $49,800

The University of Illinois is a public, land-grant, sea-grant, and space grant university.  Founded in 1867, they are the flagship school under the University of Illinois system.  Under the Carnegie Foundation, they are classified as a RH/RU research university.  They offer over 150 programs under their 17 colleges.  They are ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world by U.S. News and World Report.  Their engineering school is one of the top five in the world. Their business program is accredited by the AACSB.

The UIUC campus is recognized for their landmarks, architecture, and landscape. They have 647 buildings on the 4,552 acre campus.  Students will have access to the second largest university library in the nation after Harvard.

UIUC offers a one year Master of Science in Accountancy program.  The program is for students with and without an accounting background.  The MSA’s core curriculum is for all students but if they have taken equivalent courses, the school will try to find replacement courses to acknowledge their prior accounting education.  This program will prepare students to advance their accounting career and to sit for the CPA exam.  The MSA program not only focuses on the technical skills but also the non-technical skills to help students become a well rounded accounting professional.

The 32 credit hour program consists of courses such as Auditing, Federal Taxation, and Accounting Analysis I and II.  Students in the program can enroll in the CPA preparation class in the spring semester at no charge.  The course also provides an online review.

Non-Resident Tuition: $44,250

 

Located in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is a private, ivy league university.  One of the original nine colonial colleges, UPenn was established in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin.  They are considered the nation’s first university and started the first medical school, first business school and first student union building.  They have 28,476 students enrolled and 4,645 faculty.

The Wharton school of business was established in 1881 and are accredited by the AACSB.  They have 10 academic departments and 20 research centers and initiatives.  They offer an Master of Business Administration.  The 20 month long program offers 19 different majors with accounting as one of them.  Students will take 10 core curriculum courses, 5 major courses, and 4 electives. Around 30% of the students  graduate with a dual major.  Students majoring in accounting will need to take a course in financial accounting.  Those who are pursuing the CPA examination should take the course Accounting for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Complex Financial Structures because it covers 20% of the Financial Accounting and Reporting portion of the exam.

Annual Tuition: $73,634

Located in Provo, Utah, Brigham and Young University is a non-profit, private research university.  Founded in 1875, they are the third largest private university in  and largest religious university in the nation.  They are owned by the Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Students at BYU are required to follow the honor code, which is follows the LDS teachings.  Their Provo campus has 11 colleges and schools.  Situated at the edge of the Wasatch Mountains, the Provo campus is 560 acres.  They have several museums on campus and is home to one of the largest art museums in the Mountain West.

The Marriott School offers a Master of Accountancy program.  Students will choose between two stems, Professional or Tax.  The professional stem focuses on professional services for corporations and firms.  Students will take courses such as auditing, accounting information systems, and managerial accounting.  The tax stem focuses on corporate and individual tax laws and theories.  Some of the courses students will take are tax research, tax policy and corporate taxation.  Students also have the option to obtain additional academic tracks through their Phd track, JD/MAcc joint degree, Accounting information systems.

Students who are in the MAcc program are allowed to take Accounting Information Systems coursework along with their regular coursework.  The AIS courses are counted towards their MAcc electives so students will not need additional hours.  The Phd track prepares students who desire to pursue further graduate studies.  The JD/MAcc joint degree are for students who wish to earn a Juris Doctor and Master of Accountancy degree.  This program will take students four years to complete.

Annual Tuition: $24,620

Stanford University was founded in 1885 but they opened their doors in 1891. They are a private research university located in between San Francisco and San Jose. Their 8,180 acre campus is one of the largest in the nation. They have seven academic schools. They are one of the most respected schools and have over 14,000 students enrolled.

Stanford offers an MBA program with an emphasis in accounting. The program will take students two years to finish. The first year students will study general management foundations.  They will get a broad view of management and a deeper understanding of senior management and leaders.  The second year students can focus on accounting.  Students are able to take up to 18 credit hours.  Here are a few of the accounting electives students are able to take, Accounting based valuation, Mergers and Acquisitions and Board Governance.  They are accredited by the AACSB.

Annual Tuition: $66,650

A Catholic research university, the University of Notre Dame was established 1842. Notre Dame was recognized for their Fighting Irish football team in the 1900’s. Besides being recognized for their sports they became one of the top twenty universities in the nation. They are a residential university with four out five students living on campus. Their campus is located near South Bend, Indiana on a 1,250 acre campus. Travel & Leisure named them as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

The Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame offers a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA). They have a 99% placement rate for their graduates and 80% of them go on to work for the Big 4 accounting firms. The program allows students to study abroad in China and South America for two weeks during interterm.

The MSA program takes one year (two semesters), and is 30 credit hours. Students can choose from two tracks, the Assurance and Advisory track and the Tax Services track. The Assurance and Advisory track is designed for students who wish to work in public accounting, especially in the audit area, financial institutions, or finance. The Tax Services track is designed for students desiring to work at public accounting firms, governmental agencies, and business enterprises.

Program Tuition: $50,326

California Southern University was founded in 1880 and is a sea grant and land grant university. They are a private research institution located in Los Angeles. They have over 42,000 students enrolled in the undergraduate, graduate and professional studies programs. Their 308 acres campus is is walking distance from landmarks such as the Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and Shrine Auditorium. Most of the campus building are in the Romanesque Revival style with some in the Modernist style.

The Levanthal School of Accounting offers a Master of Accounting program that can be finished in one year. The program has five learning outcomes for students, Technical, Conceptual Problem-Solving requirement, Professional Development requirement, Research and Lifelong Learning requirement, Ethical Principles and Professional Standards requirement, and Globalization requirement.  Students will take 5 core accounting courses, 1 communication course, and 4 accounting electives and 1 floating elective.  After finishing the program students will have a deeper understanding and relevant skills needed to succeed in their accounting careers.  Students without an accounting background will need to take prerequisite courses.  The prerequisite course must be finished or in progress at the time of application.

Program Tuition: $51,648

Ohio State University is a public research university.  They were founded as a land grant institution in 1870.  Located in the city of Columbus, they were originally named the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.  The school focused on agriculture and mechanical disciplines, but later became a comprehensive university under the guidance of Governor Rutherford B. Hayes. Ohio State’s 1,764 acre campus has buildings with a mix of modern, post modern, and traditional architectural styles.  The school operated the 18th largest library in the nation.  U.S. News and World Report has ranked Ohio State one of the top public universities in the nation.  They currently have 63,964 students enrolled.

The Fisher School of Business Master of Accounting program can be finished in nine months.  Students with receive an accounting focused curriculum unlike traditional master’s programs.  The program prepares students with the technical knowledge and skills need to apply these concepts in real world situations.  Students without sufficient accounting courses are able to enroll in a summer Pre-MAcc seminar.  This 2.5 week program helps students meet the program requirements.  Along with this course students will have a three day orientation at the start of the program to help students become more familiar with Ohio and the MAcc program as well as meet classmates.

The first semester students will focus on financial accounting, management, and professional research, the second semester they will focus on electives.  Students will typically take 12-15 credit hours per semester.  There are two course format options students can choose.  They can choose a 14-week semester course which is typically a 3 credit hour class or they can choose a 7-week session which is typically a 1.5-2.5 credit hour course.  They offer two 7-week sessions per 14-week semester.  They are accredited by the AACSB.

Program Tuition: $53,290

Established in 1890, the University of Chicago is a private research university.  The university was founded by the American Baptist Education Society with a donation from John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest man in history.  Their main campus is located in the Chicago neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Woodlawn, which is seven miles south of downtown.  Travel & Leisure listed their 217 acre campus as one of the most beautiful college campuses in 2011.  They are the seconds largest private employer in Chicago.  They currently have around 15,000 students enrolled.

The Booth School of Business offers a flexible MBA with 13 concentrations to choose from.  The program is two years long with a total of 21 courses.  Students will take foundation courses to lay the groundwork for the rest of the program and also take business functions, business environment and management courses to build upon.  After taking these courses, students will choose from 13 concentrations.  The accounting concentration includes courses such as Cost Analysis and Internal Controls, Accounting and Financial Analysis, and Financial Statement Analysis.  Students will also need to take a Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) course.  This class will help students develop their leadership skills.  Aside from classroom learning, students will be able to participate in activities that develop new skills, networks and relationships through groups such a Corporate Finance Group and Distressed Investing and Restructuring Group. They are accredited by the AACSB.

Annual Tuition: $66,650

Indiana University Bloomington is a public, four year research university founded in 1820. They are the flagship campus under the Indiana University system. IU Bloomington is the largest campus in the state and has over 42,000 students enrolled. They offer over 550 individual degree programs under their 16 schools.

The Kelley School of Business was founded in 1920.  Their business school is accredited by the AACSB.  A prestigious accreditation highly sought after by many business schools. They offer a vigorous one year Master of Science in Accounting program. The MSA program is 30 credit hours and students have the option of choosing a concentrated study. They can choose courses in taxation and/or assurance/risk management.  The fall semester students will participate in a field consulting project for an area business.  Students will be able to implement classroom knowledge with real world issues.  The project is a team effort.  Students who finish the MSA program will be able to take a six week FastPass CPA review course by Becker.  This program meets the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in most states.

Program Tuition: $36,450

New York University is a private research university founded in 1831. They are one of the largest private non-profit institutions in the nation. NYU’s main campus is located at Greenwich Village in New York City. They have more than 20 colleges, institutes, and schools. NYU is accredited by the AACSB.

The Stern School of the Business offers a Master of Science in Accounting and a MBA with a concentration in accounting. Depending on the student’s needs they can choose either route. The MS in Accounting program will take students one year to finish. The 30 credit hour program will be prepare students to sit for the CPA exam. Some sample courses offered in this program are Auditing, Foundations of Corporate Finance, Modeling Financial Statements, and Advanced Managerial Accounting.  The MBA program is two year long and students are able to choose three specializations.  The accounting specialization allows students to gain a deeper knowledge of accounting reports.

Program Tuition: $51,500

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is a public research university founded in 1789. They are one of the oldest public universities in the nation and the oldest public higher education institution in North Carolina. They have fourteen colleges that offer 71 bachelor’s, 107 master’s and 74 doctoral programs.  Their campus is 729 acres located near the Chapel Hill downtown area.

The UNC Master of Accounting is a one year program. This program is designed for students without an accounting background.  They will learn the necessary knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their accounting career.  The program builds upon itself so students will gain a deep understanding of accounting principles.  Students will take core courses and then choose a tax or audit concentration.  The electives are an introduction to specialized topics associated with accounting, law and business.  Students can also build soft skills needed in negotiating and presentation through elective courses.

Program Tuition: $39,333

Columbia University is a private institution located in upper Manhattan. They are considered an ivy league research university, they were founded in 1754. They are considered the oldest university in New York. They are one of the original members of the Association of American Universities. The AAU is an organization started in the 1900’s by fourteen Phd – granting universities to strengthen and standardize doctoral programs in the nation. The have 60 schools both private and public and two Canadian universities as members. Their prestige is their biggest attraction for many schools.

Columbia offers a two year MBA program that requires 60 credits of graduate level courses.  Students will need to take 18 credits in core courses and 42 credits in electives.  The electives give students the flexibility to gain a deep understanding in a particular discipline such as accounting.  The core curriculum taken through their MBA program gives students the accounting foundations to build up.  They can continue to gain a deeper knowledge of accounting concepts and skills through their career focused discipline.  The program builds community right from the beginning by assigning students to a cluster of 65-70 classmates who will take the first year core courses together. Students will not be able to transfer credits from another institution to the MBA program.

Program Tuition: $137,584

Fairfield University is a Jesuit, Catholic, nonprofit, private university founded in 1942. They are located in Fairfield, Connecticut and offer undergraduate and graduate level degrees. Their primary goal is to educate students while fostering ethical and religious values. They around 4,700 students enrolled in their five schools and colleges. They are nationally recognized for their accounting and nursing programs.

The Dolan business school offers a Master of Accounting program students can finish in a year (summer, fall, spring semesters). The program is 30 credit hours and students will gain an understanding for accounting regulations, legal matters, ethical issues, and the role technology plays in accounting. Depending on where the careers goals are students with meet with an advisor to choose courses they should take. Students can focus on tax, assurance or accounting information systems.  If students decide on the tax track, they should take at least six tax courses, but seven is recommended. This program will meet the CPA exam requirements and students will have the option to take some time off to take a portion of the exam.  If they do not choose this option they can take a paid internship with an accounting firm.

Program Tuition: $26,250

A public research university located in Madison, the University of Wisconsin is the flagship school for the University of Wisconsin system. Established in 1848 they are the oldest and largest public university in Wisconsin. Their main campus has four historical landmarks on the 933 acres. They are organized into 20 colleges and schools which have around 43,193 students enrolled. They are considered a public ivy school. A term used to refer to an ivy league education with a public school price tag.

UW-Madison offers a Master of Accountancy program for students with little to know accounting background.  The program takes two years and students will gain deep technical and accounting skills need to flourish in their career. This program  qualifies them to sit for the CPA. The first year students will take course like Accounting Systems, Fundamentals of Taxation, and Auditing and Assurance Systems. They encourage students to take a paid internship during the summer between their first and second year.  The second year students students will build on their internship and study in-depth accounting issues. UW also offers a GMAcc Taxation.  This program is for students who wish to pursue a career in tax.  Students will study in-depth tax laws in many different areas such as estate tax, individual tax, corporate tax and much more. The courses taken are integrated with law school tax courses and many courses are cross listed.

Program Tuition: $60,868

The University of Georgia is a public sea grant, land grant and regional sun grant institution. Established in 1785, they are the flagship school in the University of Georgia system. Located in Athens, Georgia, their north campus is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Their campus offers extensive great space and rolling hills as well as nature paths and fields.  With their thirteen libraries spread across their campus and over 140 degree programs students with receive a quality educational experience.

Ranked #2 on the 2015 Certified Public Accountants exam for first time pass rates, the Terry School of Business offers a Master of Accountancy program. Students will need to complete their foundation coursework before starting the MAcc coursework. The program allows students to choose a specialization in Audit, Taxation or Audit Systems. The program is around 30 credit hours and varies with how many foundation courses students will need to take and which specialization they choose.

Program Tuition: $33,660

Washington University is a public flagship school located in Seattle. Commonly referred to as U-Dub, they were founded in 1861. They are one of the oldest universities on the west coast. With break taking views of the Cascade Range on the east and the Olympic Mountains on the west, their campus is located near Union Bay and Portage Bay. UW is the largest recipient of federal research funding for public schools and the second largest for public and private schools.

The Foster School of Business offers a Master of Professional Accounting program. This program is three quarters long from September to June. Students will not only learn in-depth knowledge of accounting but also gain oral and written communication skills. Students can choose from two track in the MPAcc program, the Auditing and Assurance track or the Tax track. This program satisfies the requirements to sit for the CPA exam. The Auditing track has 10 courses and emphasizes skills in risk management, teamwork, problem solving, and interpersonal and communication skills in business.  The Tax track has 15 courses needed to be taken and emphasizes tax theory and policies.  Students will come out of the program with a strong technical understanding and the complexities of personal and corporate taxation.

Program Tuition: $24,600

Michigan State University is a public research university located in East Lansing, Michigan.  They were the nation’s first land grant university and was used as a model for future land grant institutions. Founded in 1855 MSU and were the first to develop studies in hospitality business, packaging, music therapy, supply chain management, and communication sciences.

MSU’s 5,200 acre campus is situated on the edge of the Red Cedar River and the north campus has Collegiate Gothic architecture, curvy roads and plenty of trees.  The south campus has post world war II International style architecture with straight lines and less plants.

MSU offers a Master in Accounting, 30 credit hour comprehensive program. Not only will the program prepare students for the CPA exam, students will receive a challenging curriculum. Students will have an option to choose from three specialized concentrations in Taxation, Information Systems, and Public & Corporate Accounting. They will take 12-15 credits in a concentration and then 15 credits in electives, nine of which need to be course outside of accounting. Students will need to receive a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Program Tuition: $41,175

The University of Florida is a public, sea-grant, space-grant, and land-grant research institution. Located in Gainesville, Florida, they were established in 1853. They are classified by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching as a high research university. They are the third largest university in Florida and the eighth largest single-campus university in the nation.

Under the Warrington School of Business Administration, they have the Fisher School of Accounting.  Students can earn a Master of Accounting degree and offers three options.  Students can choose a concentration in Auditing, Taxation, or no concentration. Whichever students choose they take 34 credit hours. They have a list of preparatory courses students will need to take if they haven’t at another institution.  These courses are typically taken before admission into the program. If students need to complete some preparatory courses, graduation will take little longer for them. Competition of the program will meet the requirements to sit for the CPA in Florida. Students will need to consult the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy to see what the requirements are for their state.

Program Tuition: $40,174

Located in Columbia, Missouri, the University of Missouri is a public, land-grant, research institution. Established in 1839, they are the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River and the largest university in the state of Missouri. They offer over 300 programs in 19 academic colleges. Their campus grounds are designated a botanical garden by the state of Missouri. Their campus is classified into two groups, the Red campus and White campus. The White campus has Neo-Gothic style buildings that are new and the Red campus has mostly academic building around the Francis Quadrangle, which are landmark columns.

The University of Missouri has a Master of Accountancy program that is 30 credit hours.  Students without an undergraduate accounting background will need to take the required prerequisite courses. They will take 9 credit hours in core business electives, a course in auditing theory and practices, a course in Accounting and Business Strategic Analysis, and 15 accounting electives. Students will have an opportunity to use their business and accounting electives to complete an emphasis in taxation.  Upon completing 15 courses in tax, students will receive a Tax Certificate. They are accredited by the AACSB.

Program Tuition: $27,855

 

A public, research university, Texas A&M is located in College Station, Texas. They are a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution founded in 1876. They are the fourth largest university in the nation and the largest university in Texas. Their 5,200 acre campus is one of the largest in the United States. They have over 56,000 students enrolled in their 10 academic colleges.

The Mays School of Business offers a Master of Science in Accounting program that is accredited by the AACSB.  This program is designed for students with an undergraduate accounting background. Students will receive a competency based curriculum with a focus on developing personal skills and preparing for the CPA exam. Students will choose from two tracks, Assurance Services/Information Management track or the Tax Consulting/Financial Planning track. The Assurance Services track focuses on technical skills students will need to make common sense decisions in various accounting situations. The Tax Consulting track focuses on recognizing tax problems, researching and explaining tax code. Their MS in accounting program has a high pass rate and surpasses the national average.

Program Tuition: $33,622

Located in the city of Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University was founded in 1851. They are a private research institution which offers 124 undergraduate degrees and 145 graduate and professional degrees. Their Evanston campus is situated on Lake Michigan and house their undergraduate, graduate, and Kellogg School of Business. Their medical school, affiliated hospitals and law school are located in downtown Chicago.

Kellogg School of Management offers a one year MBA program. In the MBA program students will be able to choose from seven majors, one of which is accounting.  Northwestern’s program is different from other one year programs, which condense two year so work into one year. They build on students prior business experience and allows students to bypass core coursework so they can focus on electives relevant to their career path. Students will need to take fundamental business courses before starting the program. This program is 15.5 credit courses with a minimum of four credit courses in the major you choose. Some courses students can choose from are Managerial Accounting, Financial Reporting & Analysis, Securities Analysis, and Sustainability Reporting & Analysis.

Program Tuition: $91,716

Founded in 1868, the University of California is a land-grant, public research institution. Berkeley is primarily a residential university, with the majority of their enrollment students in undergraduate programs.  They offer 106 bachelor’s degrees, 88 master’s degrees, 97 research doctoral degrees, and 31 professionally focused degrees.

Haas offers a full-time Master of Accounting program with a concentration in accounting.  This program is accredited by the AACSB.  They are the leading accrediting agency for business schools. The MBA program is two years long, Students will take 12 core courses, an applied innovation requirement, and electives. This program is 51 credit hours and helps students build on their foundational business skills.  Students are able to customize this program to their career goals. They will be able to take a wide variety of courses in accounting such as tax, managerial accounting, and auditing.

Program Tuition: $61,713

Northern Illinois University is located in Dekalb, Illinois and is a public research institution. NIU was established in 1895 by Governor John P. Altgeld. They are organized in seven colleges with around 20,000 students enrolled. They have satellite centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Chicago. U.S. News and World Report ranked them in the top 125 for public schools.

NIU’s Master of Science in Accounting degree is a one year, 30 credit hour program. Students will need to take Phase I business and accounting courses before taking Phase II courses. The program allows students to take an exemption exam to waive any or all Phase I courses. They will only be given one chance to take this exam. During Phase II, students will choose the Financial Reporting and Assurance Track or the Taxation Track. They will take 6 courses in their specific track and then 9 credit hours in electives, three of which will need to be outside the department of accounting.

Program Tuition: $24,573

Located into Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the University of Alabama was founded in 1820. They are a sea-grant, space-grant, public research university. They are the flagship school for the University Alabama system. UA is the largest and oldest public institution in Alabama. The university has 13 academic colleges on their 1,970 acre campus. They are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

UA’s Culverhouse College of commerce offers a Master of Accountancy program that builds an in-depth understanding  of business and accounting. The 30 credit hour program is accredited by the AACSB and prepares students to research accounting problems and make decisions on complex accounting related issues by using the knowledge they learn. Students without an accounting background will need to take prerequisite courses.  Courses in the Master of Accounting program include: Systems Analysis Control, Fraud Risk Management, and Advanced Financial Reporting & Analysis.

Students are able to apply for the program online. They will need to submit a GMAT score along with a statement of purpose and official undergraduate transcripts.

Program Tuition: $26,950

The University of Mississippi is a sea-grant, space-grant, public research university, founded in 1848 and is the flagship school. Currently they have 2,200 faculty and around 24,000 students enrolled. The university is comprised of 16 academic schools and colleges, with over 100 programs of study.

The Patterson School of Accounting offers a 30 credit hour Master of Accountancy program. Accredited by the AACSB, the premier accreditation agency for business schools worldwide, students receive a top rate education. Students will need to prove completion of prerequisite courses before starting their graduate courses. Program courses include: Income Tax II, Cost/Managerial Accounting, Auditing Seminar, and Seminar in Accounting Theory. In addition to these courses, students will need to take accounting electives and non accounting electives. Patterson also offers a CPA review class that is conducive to studying for the exam their last semester in the graduate program.

Program Tuition: $23,608 

Loyola Marymount University is a private, Jesuit, Catholic institution founded in 1911 and located in Los Angeles. Today, Loyola Marymount has six colleges and schools 116 undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and credential programs. With around 9,200 students enrolled, they have a student to faculty ratio of 11:1.

Loyola’s Master of Accounting program has both full-time and part-time students. U.S. News and World Report ranked them #15 for Best Graduate Schools. Their 30 unit program can be finished in as little as one year (two semesters) or part-time which will take between 18-24 months. This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate accounting background or have finished the prerequisite business and accounting courses. Students are will take 15 credit hours of required core courses, 9 credit hours of accounting and taxation electives, and 6 credit hours of business electives. Many of the top accounting firms recruit accounting students for internships and full-time positions from Loyola Marymount.

Program Tuition: $29,700

Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio and is a public research university. Established in 1809, they are the 10th oldest public university in the United States and the second oldest university in Ohio.  Miami is known for their beautiful campus and Robert Frost once called them “The most beautiful campus there ever was”.  Primarily a residential university, they have seven academic colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 120 areas of study, over 60 master’s degree, and 13 doctoral degree programs.

Farmer School of Business offers a Master of Accountancy program that prepares students beyond tax and assurance services. They limit enrollment to 20-25 applicants so they can have build a close knit community of professors and scholars. Students will also have an opportunity to teach the discussion sections of their introductory accounting courses. The 30 credit hour program is divided into two 15 credit hour semesters. This program is designed for student with an undergraduate accounting degree, but non accounting majors can apply if they take prerequisite courses. They are accredited by the AACSB, a prestigious accrediting agency sought after by business schools.

Program Tuition: $37,799

University of Virginia is a public-private research university located in Charlottesville. UVA was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. They have eight undergraduate and three professional schools offering 121 majors. UVA’s 1,682 acre campus has been highly praised for it’s unique Jeffersonian architecture. They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

McIntire School of Commerce offers a nine month Master of Accounting program. Students can choose between the Financial Reporting & Assurance track or the Tax Consulting track. Students in the Financial Reporting and Assurance track will study various topics such as auditing, financial statement analysis and derivatives. The Tax Consulting track focuses 0n tax compliance and theory and graduates will have the knowledge to maneuver tax issues in a professional setting. Students will also have the opportunity to spend spring break in London to learn about the differences between the United States and Europe and how they conduct business. Students will visit the Big Four accounting firms, the London Stock Exchange and much more. They are accredited by the AACSB, a prestigious accrediting agency for business schools worldwide.

Program Tuition: $37,796

Wake Forest University is a private, nonprofit research university founded in 1834. They were originally located just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, the state capital. Today they are located in Winston-Salem. They have around 7,500 students enrolled in their six academic colleges and schools.

The Master of Accounting program at Wake Forest is accredited by the AACSB. Students who have a job offer after completing the program can finish in two semesters and those without a job offer can finish in three semester, which includes an internship. The MSA program offers three tracks to choose from depending on their career goals. The can choose the Assurance Services, Tax Consulting, or the Financial Transaction Services. Students who have not taken the five prerequisite courses will need to complete them in the summer before they start. Students in the three semester program will do a nine week internship in the spring during busy season. The majority of students receive a job offer after their internship.

Program Tuition: $74,373

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a sun-grant, land-grant, public research university. They were founded in 1794 and is the flagship school of the University of Tennessee system. They have over 27,000 students enrolled in their 11 colleges. They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Haslam School of Business offers a full-time, weekday, Master of Accounting program. They are fully accredited by the AACSB International, a prestigious accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. The 30 credit hour program offers three concentrations to choose from, Audit and Controls, Information Management, and Taxation. This program will prepare students with in-depth understanding of accounting concepts, but also written skills, oral skills and research skills.

Program Tuition: $46,500

Arizona State University is a public research university founded in 1885. They have over 85,000 students enrolled and are the largest public university by enrollment in the nation. They describe themselves as “one campus in many locations” and have seven campuses. They offer more than 250 undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate programs in their 16 colleges and schools.

The W.P. Carey School of Business is accredited by the AACSB, the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. Their business programs can been seen in rankings such as U.S. News and World Report, Public Accounting Report, and the Princeton Review.

The W.P. Carey School of Business offers a nine month Master of Accountancy program. Almost 100% of the students who graduate from the MAcc program are employed within 90 days after graduation. Students will build a close knit community with small classes and team based learning. This program meets the requirements to sit for the CPA in Arizona and California. Students will take courses such Ethics for Professional Accountants, Financial Forensics and Fraud Detection and Advanced Auditing.

Program Tuition: $41,900

Established in 1881, the University of Connecticut is a public, land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant research university. They are located in Storrs, Connecticut on a 4,400 acre campus. The University of Connecticut has 14 colleges and schools that offer seven undergraduate, 17 graduate and six professional degrees. They are ranked among the top 25 public schools by U.S. News and World Report.

UConn offers a Master of Accounting program that can be finished in as little as two semesters. Students will meet the CPA exam requirements after they finish this program. They hold a dual AACSB in both their business school and accounting program. This program starts once a year in May and is only offered in an online format, with the exception of a four-day week in residence course. Students are able to take 10 course over two to three semesters. Each course will give students a broad understanding of accounting. Students will only need to take two required course and the remaining eight can be accounting electives.

Program Tuition: $24,750

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is a public research university is the state’s flagship school. They were founded in 1850 as the University of Deseret originally. The state’s oldest institution for higher learning they have over 31,000 students enrolled. The school offers around 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs.

The David Eccles School of Business offers a Master of Accountancy program. They have a 18% higher CPA exam pass rate than the national average and a 95% placement rate. The program’s flexibility allows students to attend full-time and finish in two semesters or go part-time and finish over four semesters. The MAcc program is 32 credit hours with three tracks to choose from.  The tracks offered are Tax, Accounting Information systems, Financial/Audit. Students must choose at least one of the tracks. Both the part-time and full-time programs start in August and January.

Program Tuition: $51,500

Baylor University is a private Baptist university founded in 1845. They are located in Waco, Texas and is one of the largest Baptist universities in the world. Their 1,000 acre campus is on the edge of the Brazos River. Baylor offers around 142 undergraduate, 75 master’s, and 41 doctoral degrees.  Their faculty to student ratio is only 15:1.

The Hankamer School of business offers a Master of Accountancy program. They are accredited by the AACSB, a prestigious accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. Their MAcc program is nationally recognized and their students rank among the top scorers for the CPA exam. Their program is one of the most selective business programs to get into. Their graduate programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News for 2016 “America’s Best Graduate Schools”.

The MAcc program is 33 credit hours, with 18 credits in graduate accounting courses, 12 graduate non-accounting business courses and one finance course. Students without an accounting bachelor’s will need to take 8 prerequisite undergraduate courses. Students will need to submit a GMAT score unless they received their accounting bachelor’s at Baylor. This program meets the CPA exam requirements.

Program Tuition: $48,450

The University of Arizona in Tucson is a public research university and their flagship school. Founded in 1885, they are the first institution in the Arizona Territory. They have around 42,000 students enrolled in their 334 fields of study. They are the only MD granting medical school in Arizona. The University of Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Eller College of Management Master of Accounting program is a 30 credit hour for students with and without an accounting degree. The curriculum accommodates various student backgrounds and interests. Students will choose between two tracks of study, tax or audit. There are overlapping courses students will take in both tracks along with differing courses that emphasize their specialization. Students will receive in-depth technical skills and knowledge to sit for the CPA exam. Students will have summer internship opportunities at top accounting firms during this program. Students will receive post graduate career assistance and even job placement with top firms.  Their program is accredited by the AACSB, the highest accrediting agency for business schools everywhere.

Program Tuition: $41,884

The University of Arkansas is a public, space-grant, land-grant university, founded in 1871. Located in Fayetteville they are the flagship school under the University of Arkansas System, which has six campuses within the state. They are classified as a high research university by the Carnegie Foundation. They have over 188 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs offered tumor than 26,000 enrolled students.

Walton College of Business offers Master of Accounting program that is 30 credit hours and can be finished in a year. They are accredited by the AACSB, the highest standard for business schools worldwide. Students will typically begin the program in the fall and finish in the spring but students who need to finish prerequisites may choose to finish in 3-4 semesters. They also offer students to option to specialize in tax, audit and Industry concentration. There are four required courses and then the rest are accounting and business electives. If the students chooses to specialize in a specific concentration they will use those electives to take the specialized coursework. Students will meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Arkansas.  Students who wish to take the CPA exam in another state should contact their state licensing board.

Program Tuition: $43,560

Seattle University is a private, nonprofit, Jesuit Catholic university founded in 1891. They are the largest independent institution in the Northwest. They are located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. They were ranked #5 by U.S. News and World Report for best Regional University in the West. Their 50 acre campus is close to downtown Seattle. Their campus has been recognized by the EPA and the city of Seattle for their pesticide free grounds, compost facility, recycling and energy conservation program. Their eight colleges offers 64 undergraduate, around 31 graduate, and 28 certificate programs.

Albers School of Business and Economics offers a Master of Professional Accounting program which can be completed in 1-2 years. Albers takes a two part approach to their program, focusing on a rigorous curriculum with strong computer applications and voluntary activities outside the classroom to develop teamwork, organization and communication skills. They are accredited by the AACSB, a leading accrediting agency for business schools. Students have the option to go full-time or part-time, which will take students 2-4 years. The program is 46 credit hours but students may need to take up to 88 credits if they don’t have an undergraduate accounting degree. Students will take 13 credits in management and technical core coursework, 18 credits in other accounting core coursework, and 15 general electives.

Program Tuition: $39,095

Auburn University was established in 1856 as a private liberal arts school named the East Alabama Male College. They became the Alabama’s first public land-grant university  in 1872 and then is 1892 they became a coeducational four year college. Their name was not changed to Auburn University until 1960. Their campus is mostly arranged in a grid-like pattern with buildings in subject clusters. Auburn has 13 academic colleges and schools with more than 140 majors to choose from. Their enrollment has 27,787 students.

The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business is accredited by the AACSB, the highest accrediting agency for business schools worldwide for both their business and accounting program. Their Master of Accountancy program focuses on technical, research and communication skills while preparing students for the CPA exam. The program also offers study abroad opportunity as a class. This program is a 30 credit hours and can be finished in three semesters. The program is broken down into five required courses and six electives courses. Students are required to participate in a two day campus residency during their final spring semester.

Their study abroad program is a one week trip in December to South and Central America. Students will visit companies, volunteer and do sightseeing tours. The program has gone to Colombia, Panama, Chile, and Argentina in the past. This program cost is included in the graduate professional fees.

They also offer a Graduate Research Assistantship for students with top academic credentials. Students will receive a stipend and tuition benefit depending on the weekly workload.

Program Tuition: $46,674

Established in 1872, Virginia Tech is a public research university. The are located in Blacksburg, Virginia and have six educational facilities in the state and a study abroad site in Switzerland. Virginia Tech offers 116 undergraduate programs and 160 master’s and doctoral degrees. They are ranked #26 for best public colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

Pamplin College of Business offers a Master of Accounting and Information Systems program that is 30 credit hours if you have taken all the prerequisite courses. Students will choose a specialization in Information Systems, Audit, Financial Services, or Tax. They choose upon entering the program. The Audit, Financial Services and Tax specialization qualifies students to sit for the CPA exam. The information systems option prepares students more for application systems development. This program is open to students of all backgrounds. This program can be completed in 12-18 months if students have an accounting background, those without will take around two years. They are accredited by the AACSB.

Program Tuition:

North Carolina State University is a public research university established in 1887. The largest university in the Carolina’s they have over 34,000 students enrolled. They offer 106 bachelor’s, 104 master’s and 61 doctoral degrees. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina they have three sub campuses on their main campus. They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Poole College of Management offers the Jenkins Master of Accounting program that is 31 credit hours. Students will receive real world teaching with accounting knowledge and soft skills like oral and written communication skills. Full-time students can finish the program in one year and part-time students will take two years. Students can choose a concentration in Information Technology, Enterprise Risk Management, or Tax Strategy. Students are not required to choose a concentration. Students will also have an opportunity to study abroad for almost four weeks during their summer session I. Students will receive three credit hours for this program. The MAC program also gives an allowance towards a review course at Becker CPA Review or Roger CPA for students who don’t have a job offer or a firm that will pay for the course.

Program Tuition: $55,641

University of Iowa is a public research university founded in 1847 and is located in Iowa City. They are the flagship school and have eleven colleges and schools offering more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. Their 1,700 acre campus has the Iowa River running through, dividing the campus into the east and west side. U.S. News and World Report have ranked 24 of their graduate programs among the top 25 in the nation.

The Tippie College of Business offers a Master of Accounting program with four specializations to choose from: Financial Accounting/Auditing, Business Analytics, Managerial Accounting, and Tax. Students will receive a deeper understanding in these specializations. The program is 30 credit hours with three common course that are required for all students. Students also have the option to choose no specialization. The MAC program prepares students to navigate through the information to find the problem. Students will learn to solve these problems and discuss with classmates. They are #1 for CPA pass rates in Iowa.

Program Details: $31,435

Established in 1855, Pennsylvania State University is a public research university. Their University Park campus is their flagship school and they have 23 other campuses throughout the state as well as an online campus. Penn State has over 46,000 students enrolled at their main campus. They are ranked 14th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Smeal College of Business offers a one year Master of Accounting program. Students will need to take six prerequisite courses if they don’t have a bachelor’s in accounting at Penn State or another college. The courses in the program prepare students for the CPA exam by teaching accounting issues so they gain a deeper understanding and technical skills as well. Students will take 15 credit hours in the fall, in the spring they will do an internship and then in the summer they will take 12 credit hours. The internship must be related to accounting in order for it to qualify and is a crucial part of the program. Students will need to submit a resume, two references, response to essay questions, a transcript, and GMAT scores.

Program Tuition: $35,650

Southern Methodist University is a private research institution, founded in 1911. They have three locations in Texas: Dallas, Highland Park, and University Park. They also have satellite campuses in Plano, Texas and Taos, New Mexico. They are affiliated with the United Methodist Church. They have 11,643 students enrolled in their seven schools. Their 234 acre, main campus is located five miles from downtown Dallas. Cox School of Business is ranked among the top business schools nationally by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and The Economist.

Cox School of Business offers a Master of Science in Accounting degree that is 32 credit hours. Students can finish the program in as little as nine months. The program gives students the technical knowledge and soft skills need to succeed in their career. Cox is accredited by the AACSB. Students can choose from two tracks, the Assurance and Advisory track or the Tax track. The core courses are overlap so students will receive the base accounting knowledge to take the CPA exam. Students who choose the Assurance and Advisory track find positions in audit or consulting while students who take the tax track usually find positions in transaction services or taxation. Full-time students will take four course each semester and part-time students will take two courses each semester.

Program Tuition: $46,900

Florida State University is the oldest continuous site for higher education in the state and was founded in 1851. They are a public research university located in the state capital of Tallahassee. FSU’s many graduate programs have been ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News and World Report. They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Master of Accountancy program at FSU offers a rigorous curriculum, preparing students with critical thinking skills, technical knowledge and research skills needed to succeed in their career. Students will need to choose one in three majors or the MAcc program. They offer Assurance and Advisory Services, Generalist, and Tax. The MAcc program is 33 credit hours and students will need to take core undergraduate foundation courses before beginning the program. Normally students will take four course in the fall and spring, and three courses in the summer.

Program Tuition: $36,653

The College of William and Mary is the second oldest college in the U.S. and are known as a “Public Ivy” school. Only eight schools in the nation are considered a Public Ivy, which means they have the same academic rigor but with a public school price tag. The were founded in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. They severed their ties with Great Britain in 1776. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler, three U.S. Presidents graduated from William and Mary.

Their main campus is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. They offer more than 40 undergraduate programs and around 20 graduate programs. Their historic campus was restored to 18th century appearance.

Mason’s Master of Accountancy program takes one year and prepares students for success  in this in-demand career. Students without an accounting undergraduate degree can take a summer boot camp to fulfill their prerequisite courses. Within the program students can specialize in Accounting Research, Auditing, Information Technology, Integrated Winter Field Experience, Taxation, or Valuation. Students will need to take three courses in the financial markets module, one course in the Professional Developments Module, and one core course in the Professional Accounting Module during the fall semester. During the spring semester students will take electives with an optional Winter Field Experience. This internship will count as three credit hours is done during January through spring break. After completing this internship students will come back to complete the remaining spring semester. Students will also do a D.C. Trek. A faculty led trip to Washington D.C. to explore accounting relationships between public and private sectors.

Program Tuition: $42,548

Bentley University is a private institution founded in 1917 as a accounting and finance school.  They are located in Waltham, Massachusetts, about nine miles from Boston. Bentley offers 24 majors and 23 minors to their 5,600 students annually. Students will receive an education that matches a large university but with the values of a small college.

Bentley has been educating students with their Master of Accounting degree. They give students the technical skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and communication skills needed to succeed in their accounting career. Students will have the flexibility to schedule classes on campus and online. Students will need to finish nine credit hours of prerequisite coursework before starting their graduate work. Their program is 30 credit hours, 12 credits in core coursework, nine credits of accounting foundations, and nine credits in electives. Students will have access to the ACELAB (Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Measurement). They have accounting tutorials and state of the art accounting programs such as SAP and ACL. They are accredited by the AACSB.

Program Tuition: $53,100

Oklahoma State University is a land-grant, sun-grant, public research university. They were founded in 1890 as the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in Stillwater, Oklahoma. They are the flagship school under the Oklahoma State University system. OSU Stillwater has over 23,000 students enrolled in their six colleges. They offer nearly 200 undergraduate majors.

Spears School of Business offers 18 majors and six master’s degrees and Phd’s in Business Administration and Economics . They have around 5,200 students in their business school. They are accredited by the AACSB, the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. Spears has a Master of Science in Accounting degree for students with and without an accounting background. Students will need to finish 33 credit hours with 21 hours being in accounting and 12 credits in electives. Students are able to choose a range of paths.  The two most popular paths are external reporting and tax. They can also develop their track with an emphasis in Finance, MSIS, or Entrepreneurship. One of their most popular electives is the CPA Review Course and is taken the last semester. They use Becker CPA Review materials and students will take the four parts of the actual CPA exam during the semester. They must be exam ready in order to enroll in the class.

Program Tuition: $27,226

The University of Central Florida is a public research institution that was founded in 1963 and is the largest college in Florida. They are located in Orlando, Florida and have 13 colleges offering over 200 degree programs. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them as one of the nation’s most innovative universities. Their main campus is 1,415 acres with 800 acres of natural ecosystems. They have over 45 animal species habitats.

UCF offers a Master of Science in Accounting that is 30 credit hours. Students will need to take 21 credits in accounting/tax courses and the remaining nine credits in electives. Students will be required to take a final written exit exam. The program will give cases and projects to students individually and with teams.  Students will need to do independent research for case analysis, written reports and presentations. The MSA program will prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in diverse accounting fields. They are accredited by the AACSB, the highest accrediting agency for business schools worldwide. This program meets the requirements to sit for the CPA in Florida.

Program Tuition: $35,821