Top 25 Online Masters in Accounting Degree Programs

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If you’re considering a Masters in Accounting but can’t afford to sacrifice your professional and/or family obligations to earn one, an online accounting degree from an accredited university or business school may be ideal. Earning your accredited Masters in Accountancy (MAcc) degree online gives you the flexibility to schedule courses and projects around your other responsibilities.

Featured Online Masters in Accounting Programs

To help you find the Masters in Accounting program that is right for you, we put together an annual list of the 25 best online accounting schools offering online Masters in Accounting (MAcc) degrees. For our 2014 online accounting school ranking, programs were selected and ranked based on publicly available information regarding reputation and prestige, student satisfaction, accreditation, and cost. If you’re looking for Master’s level online accounting courses, this ranking of online accounting schools is a great place to start your search.

All of the online accounting degree programs in our ranking are from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Most of the top online accounting schools are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as well.

#1. The University of Connecticut School of Business

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a public research university which was founded in 1881 in Storrs, Connecticut. Over 30,000 students are enrolled in the university out of six campuses, and over 8,000 students accredit the university’s extensive graduate programs. According to U.S. News and World Report, UConn is currently ranked in the top 20 public universities throughout the United States.

Online Program Overview
The University of Connecticut offers an online Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) to its students though its School of Business. This degree was the first online graduate degree offered by UConn. After taking ten courses which add up to 150 hours of education, the graduate student is fully ready to take the CPA exam issued in many states. The curriculum aims to remove the mundane memorization of textbooks and instead focus on issues relevant to the modern accounting professional.

Accreditation
UConn’s MSA program was the first in New England to be accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for degrees in business administration and accounting.

#2. Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Northeastern University is an internationally distinguished private research university in Boston, MA. Northeastern’s AACSB-accredited School of Business was founded in 1922 and has garnered top rankings from several major publications for its business and accounting degree programs.

Online Program Overview
Northeastern University offers an online Master of Science in Taxation for tax professionals. The program requires 11 online accounting courses to complete and can be finished in about a year and a half. Students will learn industry best practices, develop research and analytical skills, and build an effective approach to navigating tax legislation. All courses are taught by business scholars at the Northeastern College of Business Administration and professional accountants in the Northeastern alumni network with positions at top accounting and law firms around the country.

Accreditation
The Northeastern College of Business Administration is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

#3. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Collat School of Business

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a public research university in Birmingham, AL and one of three schools in the University of Alabama system. The AACSB-accredited UAB School of Business has earned top rankings from several national publications and produces accounting program graduates with a first-time CPA exam pass rate 30% higher than the national average.

Online Program Overview
The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a Master of Accounting degree online designed for experienced accounting and business professionals with a desire to broaden their skills in communication, interpersonal relations, technology, and applied research in relation to accounting. UAB accounting degree students will learn advanced accounting concepts including business, law, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, forensic accounting, advanced auditing and attestation, corporate governance, fraud and more. Online Masters in Accounting graduates will be well-prepared for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exams.

Accreditation
The UAB School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

#4. Rutgers University Business School

Rutgers University Business School is a highly regarded business school with locations in Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition to earning top national rankings for its business and accounting programs, the school has been identified as one of the most racially and culturally diverse.

Online Program Overview
Rutgers University offers a Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting that is 100% online and doesn’t require a GMAT. The programs is designed to prepare students for careers in government accounting, financial management and auditing. Rutgers places eighty percent of their graduates in careers relating to their field of study. Like all accounting programs at RBS, the online program meets the minimum requirements for the Uniform Certified Public Accountants exam.

Accreditation
Rutgers University Business School is accredited by the AACSB.

#5. Auburn University, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business

Auburn University is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama. The university’s College of Business was founded in 1967 with its own School of Accountancy. U.S. News and World Report and other prestigious sources consistently recognize Auburn as one of the top universities for earning an online graduate degree.

Online Program Overview
The Master of Accountancy online program uses the same curriculum as the on-campus program. Students can work full-time while they complete the two-year degree from the comfort of their own homes. All courses are specially designed to prepare students for their professional aspirations in the field of accounting and to help them pass the Certified Public Accountants exam. Online students are required to complete an on-campus resident training program that lasts about five days during their final semester.

Accreditation
Auburn University’s School of Accountancy is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

#6. Florida Atlantic University College of Business

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) opened in 1964 as southeast Florida’s first public university and the first upper-division university in America. The FAU presently serves over 30,000 students, with 49 percent classified as minority or international status, and offering more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Among its many honors, it has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a world-class High Research Activity university.

Online Program Overview
The School of Accounting Executive Programs at Florida Atlantic University offers a Master of Accounting with a Concentration in Forensic Accounting that is delivered in a totally online format. The degree is earned in two years with flexibility offered for working professionals. The curriculum focuses on preparing students with a strong communication and critical thinking foundation and gain expert knowledge for fraud prevention, resolving disputes, criminal investigation, financial valuation techniques and providing expert testimony at criminal court proceedings.

Accreditation
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

#7. St. John’s University, Peter J. Tobin College of Business

St. John’s University (SJU) is a private Roman Catholic university founded by the Congregation of the Mission in 1870 in New York City. Additional St. John’s campuses are located in Staten Island and Manhattan, as well as two European campuses in Paris and Rome. St. John’s has been ranked by U.S. World News as a Tier One university.

Online Program Overview
St. John’s University offers an Online Masters (M.S.) program through The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, with a concentration in Accounting. The program takes about one year to complete, and offers full-time and part-time options for students, as well as competitive scholarships. Applicants to the Accounting studies concentration will be able to participate in a licensure-qualifying program to prepare them for the uniform CPA examination.

Accreditation
St. John’s University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

#8. Rider University College of Business Administration

Founded in 1865 in Mercer County, Rider University is one of the oldest private universities in the state of New Jersey. The main suburban campus in Lawrenceville enrolls more than 5,500 students. Rider University has been ranked in the top 20 list published by the U.S. News & World Report on best Regional Universities North rankings.

Online Program Overview
The online master of accountancy at Rider University gives students real life skills that are designed for application in the business, financial and corporate world. The program is best suitable for students with a background in accounting such as an associate’s degree or certificate. The master of accountancy consist of 12 core credits that include Analysis of Accounting Data and Seminar in Taxation. The remaining 18 credits are part of elective courses such as Fraud & Forensic Accounting and Business Law.

Accreditation
The Rider University College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

#9. Texas A&M Commerce College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Texas A&M has been providing quality educational opportunities since 1889. Online Master’s courses have been available since 1995 at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Graduate Service Coordinators are available to provide support and information to assist online students in being successful.

Online Program Overview
The Master of Science in Accounting program is a great choice for those students who want to continue their education in accounting after receiving their Bachelor’s degree and is also suitable (with some required prerequisites) for those without an accounting degree. Students who are seeking a higher level career in public or private accounting fields will benefit greatly from this program. Courses offered include Advanced Accounting, Auditing, and Business Law for Accountants.

Accreditation
Texas A&M University – Commerce College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

#10. University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business

Established in 1862, University of South Dakota is the oldest university in the state of South Dakota. The coeducational private higher education institution has more than 10,000 students enrolled at the main campus in the town of Vermillion. In addition to having the only medical and law schools in the state, University of South Dakota also offers more online degree programs than any other university statewide.

Online Program Overview
The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota offers a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree online. The distant learning degree program prepares students to satisfy the 150 hour course requirement to take the Certified Public Accountant exam. The degree at USD focuses on a graduate level training in accounting specialties that are applied to financial sectors.

Accreditation
The Beacom School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

#11. Stetson University School of Business Administration

Stetson University is a private university with multiple colleges and schools in Central Florida. Established in 1883, Stetson has earned top rankings from several national publications and is one of a few universities where both the business school and Master of Accountancy degree are AACSB accredited.

Online Program Overview
Stetson’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is designed to meet the growing need for qualified professional accountants. Stetson’s MAcc program will enhance students’ technical knowledge and skills, while also helping to develop the range of knowledge and skills needed by the professional accountant. MAcc students will benefit from a rigorous and demanding curriculum, designed to provide them with an advanced, graduate level education in accounting and the related areas of information systems and business law. The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is administered and delivered by the M. E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy.

Accreditation
The Stetson University School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

#12. SUNY Institute of Technology

Located in the small town of Marcy, SUNY Institute of Technology is one of the top public higher education institutions in upstate New York. Having a suburban campus, this college also offers some of the most rigorous online degrees among all other colleges in the State University of New York system that consists of dozens of institutions.

Online Program Overview
SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome offers a Master of Science in Accountancy through the acclaimed SUNY online learning program ANGEL. This program in accounting consists of 11 different courses that prepare students for the real world of accounting and finances. The online masters program prepares students to take certification tests for Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Accreditation
Accounting programs at the SUNY Institute of Technology is accredited by the AACSB.

#13. Nova Southeastern University, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business

Nova Southeastern University is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The university’s Huizenga Business School of Business and entrepreneurship is among the top business schools in the state, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

Online Program Overview
Huizenga Business School offers the online master’s degree in accounting for Nova Southeastern University. The courses offered at the business school encourage modern and forward thinking and encourage students to become entrepreneurs. The master’s in accounting degree is offered online, as well as on campus, making it especially convenient for virtual students to receive their degrees. The program can be completed in 18 months and requires 40 credit hours. The school’s Hudson Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education even provides an online template for the CPA exam students will be required to take at the end of their studies in order to achieve certification.

Accreditation
The accreditation for the Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship is through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACB) and meets the Florida State Board of Accountancy requirements.

#14. Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private university in Hooksett and Manchester, NH. Established in 1932, SNHU is a top-tier university with numerous local and national accolades for the quality and value of its online business and accounting degree programs.

Online Program Overview
Southern New Hampshire University offers an Master of Science (MS) in Accounting degree online with concentrations available in Auditing, Forensic Accounting, and Taxation. This Masters in Accounting program will prepare students to move into a number of different positions, including a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), corporate accountant, auditor or financial analyst. Because this is an accelerated accounting degree with no GMAT or GRE required for admission, the program can be enrolled in and completed in as little as 18 months, depending on the total number of online accounting courses required (a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 17).

Accreditation
Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#15. University of Maryland University College

The University of Maryland University College is one of the state’s 11 degree-granting facilities in the University system University System of Maryland. The university was founded in 1947 and has since distinguished itself among the nation’s leaders in business and accounting education.

Online Program Overview
The University of Maryland University College offers online master’s degrees in accounting to teach students the fundamentals of business and prepare them to take on clients upon graduation. The courses offered in the degree plan also prepare these students for the accounting certification course that they must pass in order to be considered professionals. The classes are taught by financial experts who are up to date on current financial trends and can offer sound advice for managing a financial company.

Accreditation
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits the University of Maryland University College.

#16. Regis University College for Professional Studies

Regis University is a private Catholic university in Denver, CO with an outstanding academic reputation and a long history of values based education rooted in the Jesuit tradition. Regis’s College of Professional Studies was an early adopter of online education and has earned numerous accolades for its online master’s degree programs.

Online Program Overview
Regis University offers an online Master of Science in Accounting degree for working professionals. Students in the program will expand their understanding of several different accounting specialties, including forensic accounting and international accounting and will learn to approach their practice in an ethically informed way. The program’s 8-week online accounting courses program can contribute to both CPA and CMA requirements and students have the option of preparing to sit for the CPA exam to become certified public accountants. A total of 30 credit hours are required to complete this accelerated accounting degree program.

Accreditation
Regis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#17. New England College School of Graduate & Professional Studies

New England College is a private, top-tier liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire. Founded in 1946 to educate returning WWII veterans using the GI Bill, the school has a history of innovation in providing distance and online learning for working adults through its School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Online Program Overview
New England College offers an online Master of Science in Accounting program for working professionals. This online accounting degree is perfect for bookkeepers, financial managers and those ready to move into accounting. A concentration in Forensic Accounting is available for those interested in specializing in that field. Students will be prepared to sit for the CPA exam and the online accounting courses in the program will count toward the 150 hours required by most states. The 40 credit hours required by the online MS in Accounting can be completed in under two years.

Accreditation
New England College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#18. Saint Joseph’s College Online

The Sisters of Mercy founded Saint Joseph’s College in 1912. The institution is a Catholic liberal arts college, providing a number of degree programs for men and women who want to pursue a number of careers, such as accounting. Since the college introduced its distance learning program in 1976, more than 9,400 students have earned their degrees from St. Joseph’s.

Online Program Overview
The online master’s of accounting degree is for students who already have an undergraduate business degree and want to pursue a career in accounting. Students are required to complete 36 credit hours in order to obtain their master’s. The degree program assists future accountants in gaining effective interpersonal skills to communicate with clients effectively. Professors also emphasize the importance of critical thinking to come up with creative and professional solutions when meeting challenges.

Accreditation
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredits St. Joseph’s College.

#19. Saint Leo University, Donald R. Tapia School of Business

St. Leo University is a private Catholic university founded in 1889. It enrolls over 16,000 students a year on campus, in its satellite schools, and in its online programs. The U.S. News and World Report named St. Leo as one of the best regional universities in the South for 2014.

Online Program Overview
The Master of Accounting online program has been developed and refined using the CPA and CMA examination requirements. Students enrolled in the MBA program will receive a general business foundation while the MAcc provides an in depth education program focusing on advanced accounting principles. Students gain knowledge of tax laws, recognize potential legal concerns in the business world, and learn to identify ethical concerns in relation to professional conduct.

Accreditation
The School of Business itself is accredited with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

#20. Liberty University Online

Liberty University was founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell in 1971, and is a church-affiliated institution. The university offers degrees through its Schools of Business and Government, College of Arts and Sciences and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Degrees in Education and Communication are also provided through Liberty University. Many individuals who want to earn their degrees online enroll in the university, as the facility offers a quality online master’s degree program in accounting as well.

Online Program Overview
The online accounting degree program from Liberty University is ideal for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and want to enhance their skills and qualifications. The courses are designed to help students excel in both oral and written aspects of accounting, in order to successfully manage accounting businesses and assist clients. The university staff also stress the extreme importance of using ethical practices in business. A total of 30 credit hours is necessary for degree completion; 6 of those hours ca be transferred in from another educational institution. Accounting professionals are also prepared to take the CPA exam required for their state of residence after completing the degree program.

Accreditation
Liberty University receives its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

#21. Walden University

Walden University is a private online university headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Founded by two teachers in 1970, Walden has a reputation for socially progressive policies and quality academics, recently earning accreditation for its business and accounting degrees from the Accrediting Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Online Program Overview
Walden University offers a number of online accounting degrees at the master’s level, including a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting & Management. Both of these masters in accounting programs offers Professional, CPA, and Self-Designed specialization options allowing students to choose a degree program best suited for their career objectives. The online accounting courses cover emerging topics and trends in accounting, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and recent regulatory decisions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All of the online accounting degrees utilize Walden’s unique MobileLearn technology, which allows students to not only choose when and where to learn, but how.

Accreditation
All Walden business degrees are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

#22. Our Lady of the Lake University

Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1895, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is a private institution which holds tight to its foundation in Catholicism and a proficiency in Hispanic American culture. In addition to a number of on-campus degree programs, the university’s School of Business and Leadership, known for its personal and practical approach to business education, offers nationally certified, high-quality online programs.

Online Program Overview
A Master’s in Accounting degree from OLLU can be earned online. This program focuses intensively on organizational and critical decision making skills, combining in its thirty-credit-hour course load the professional expertise and training necessary for working with nonprofit, government, and commercial agencies alike.

Accreditation
OLLU’s accounting program is backed by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

#23. Golden Gate University School of Accounting

Golden Gate University is a private, non-sectarian university in downtown San Francisco, CA founded in 1901. The university specializes in law, business, accounting, and taxation, and was the first university to offer a graduate degree in financial planning.

Online Program Overview
Golden Gate University offers an online Master of Accountancy and an online Master of Science (MS) in Taxation. Both programs are full-time and cohort based, meaning incoming students take the same classes throughout the duration of their program. The online Master of Accountancy can be completed in a year and the MS in Taxation in nine months. Both programs offer the option of on-campus or online accounting courses.

Accreditation

Golden Gate University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

#24. Franklin University

Franklin University is a private higher education institution founded in 1902, with multiple campuses throughout the state of Ohio. Military Advanced Education Magazine has named Franklin University as one of the most military friendly universities in the United States.

Online Program Overview
Franklin University offers an online masters in accounting degree designed to prepare students for the modern world of advanced accounting in financial sectors and business operations. The accounting program consists of 30 total semester hours. Students can also combine this degree with other specialties such as Financial Operations track or Accounting Taxation track. The core courses in the masters in accounting online degree include introduction to research in accounting, financial accounting theory and management control processes. Franklin University is one of the first universities to be part of a pilot program that offers unlimited online education as approved by the United States Department of Education.

Accreditation
Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#25. Post University

Established in 1890, Post University is a small, private university of about 6,500 students. The New England campus offers a comprehensive facility that offers career-oriented degree programs during evenings and weekends, in addition to online degrees.

Online Program Overview
Post University offers an online Master of Science in Accounting program that applies accounting principles and auditing techniques to audits, financial accounting and reporting, regulation and environment and concepts. The curriculum provides grad students with the instruction needed to obtain and meet the 150 credit-hour requirements for licensure. Upon program completion, graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of real-world scenarios that include owning and operating a small business as a tax consultant or gaining employment at a large accounting firm.

Accreditation
Post University is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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