Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in Massachusetts

The creation of our top 10 list of best undergraduate accounting programs in Massachusetts was formulated by reviewing how each school ranked in websites and publications like BYU, Bloomberg Business, US News and World Report, LinkedIn, Forbes, Princeton Review, TaxTalent, Public Accounting Report (PAR),and College Factual.

Another factor that is part of our criteria is the programmatic accreditation of the schools. The top business schools in the world are accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business, (AACSB). All schools on our list are regionally accredited as well.

 

#1. Bentley University

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Bentley University ranked 3rd in the U.S. News and World Reports, Regional University’s North rankings. Also, The Princeton Review ranked Bentley University on two of its lists: The Best 380 Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back. College Factual and Bloomberg Business have ranked Bentley’s business program the 1st and 20th best accounting program and business school in the country, respectively. 

Accounting Program Overview
Bentley offers a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy where student will acquire 122 credit hours to graduate. Students that wish to sit for the CPA exam can meet the 150 hour threshold by either incorporating the remaining credit hours into their undergraduate program or by entering into Bentley’s Master’s of Accounting, graduate program. According to BYU’s Accounting Rankings, Bentley University ranked 9th among colleges and universities that have published research articles. Bentley has also been ranked 10th by TaxTalent and 27th by PAR for the best undergraduate accounting programs. Bentley University holds an AACSB accreditation.

#2.Boston College

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Boston College (BC) is a private Jesuit Catholic Research University with the motto of ‘Ever to Excel’ which is evident in the university’s educational philosophy “to ask the question that lead to learning, and so, to excellence, and to challenge students to discover who they are, what they are capable of knowing and doing, and how they want to live”. BC also ranked tied for 30th among National Universities according to the U.S News and World report.

Accounting Program Overview
Boston College’s Carrol School of Management holds an AACSB business accreditation.  BC placed 5th and 6th in Forbes, America’s Top Colleges and College Factual’s, Top Colleges for Accounting ranking, respectively. The Carrol School of Management’s research focus is in Auditing where they have been ranked tied for 23rd by BYU. PAR has also ranked BC 35th in its Top 50 Undergraduate rankings.  Students will take 120 credit hours to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting concentration.  The accounting concentrations “objectives are to give the student a significant insight into all financial information—how it is generated, how it is processed and what it means”.

#3.College of the Holy Cross

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The College of the Holy Cross (Holy Cross) is a Jesuit liberal arts college that tasks its students “to be open to new ideas, to be patient with ambiguity and uncertainty, to combine a passion for truth with respect for the views of others”. The U.S. News and World Report has rated the College of the Holy Cross 32nd among the National Liberal Arts Colleges.  The Princeton Review has listed Holy Cross on its Best 380 Colleges ranking and College Factual has ranked Holy Cross as the 4th best college in Massachusetts.

Accounting Program Overview
Holy Cross accounting majors are required to earn 128 semester hour to graduate. Students will take three courses on financial accounting, learn auditing procedures, federal taxation rules, and cost accounting concepts to complete the core accounting requirements. According to BYU’s Accounting Rankings, Holy Cross’s accounting research is focused in the area of Auditing. Forbes ranked The College of the Holy Cross 55th on its America’s Top Colleges ranking. LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 10:1 and on average 93% of its students graduate within four years.

#4.Boston University

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Boston University (BU) is a private research university that is “committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world”. The U.S. News and World Report has rated BU 41st among the National Universities. Forbes has ranked Boston University 91st in its America’s Top Colleges ranking.

Accounting Program Overview
Boston University’s Questrom School of Business is accredited by AACSB. BU offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration where student can choose the accounting concentration. In total students will need to take 129 credit hour to graduate. BYU’s Accounting Rankings for Financial Accounting research articles published ranked BU 65th.  Bloomberg Business has rated the Questrom School of Business as being the 23rd best undergraduate business school nation wide.  LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 13:1 and on average 84% of its students graduate within four years.

#5.Northeastern University

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Northeastern University is a private research university that “educates students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment”. The U.S. News and World Report has rated Northeastern 47th among the National Universities rankings.  The Princeton Review has listed Northeastern on its Best 380 Colleges list and Colleges That Pay You Back list. College Factual has ranked Northeastern as the 16th best college in the state.

Accounting Program Overview
Northeaster’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business is accredited by AACSB International. Accounting students at Northeastern can earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an accounting concentration. According to BYU’s Accounting Rankings, Northeaster’s faculty ranked tied for 11th among university that published research articles. Bloomberg Business has rated the D’Amore-McKim School of Business 19th in the country for top undergraduate business programs. LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 13:1 and on average 79% of its students graduate within four years.

#6.University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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The University of Massachusetts—Amherst (UMass) is a public research university that is ranked on two of  The Princeton Review’s lists: The Best 380 Colleges and The Best Colleges That Pay You Back. Also UMass was ranked 25th and 38th by LinkedIn and College Factual for best accounting programs, respectively.  U.S. World News and Report ranked UMass as being tied for 76th among Nation Universities. ”.    

Accounting Program Overview
Bloomberg Business has ranked the university’s business school, Isenberg School of Management as the 36
th best undergraduate business program in the country. Also, Umass was found to be ranked 13th for Auditing research done by its faculty according to BYU. UMass also holds and AACSB Business and Accounting accreditation. Accounting students at UMass will earn a BBA in Accounting after they have completed 120 credit hours. Accounting students that wish to obtain the 150 hours necessary to sit for the CPA exam have the opportunity to earn both a BBA and a MSA through UMass’s “Four Year Plus a Summer Program”.  Isenberg’s accounting students learn through experiential learning with simulated real-world on the job challenges. UMass graduates have the opportunity to find employment positions within both the public and private sectors. Some of these opportunities are with Big Four accounting firms and companies like Aetna, General Electric, IBM, and Pratt & Whitney.

#7.Assumption College

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Assumption College is a private, Roman Catholic, Liberal Arts College located in Worcester, Massachusetts. According to College Factual an education at Assumption College is a good investment for your money and is ranked as the 24th best college in the state.  Also, the U.S. News and World Report has ranked Assumption College as being tied for 31st among the Regional Universities in the North.

Accounting Program Overview
Assumption’s Accounting program provides distinct advantages for accounting students. The breadth of the accounting and business coursework coupled with a strong foundation in the liberal arts instills the critical thinking and communication skills employers’ desire from graduates.Accounting majors must acquire 120 credit hours to graduate with a Bachelor of Accounting. Students that wish to sit for the CPA exam can meet the 150 hour educational requirement by entering into the BA/MBA program otherwise known as the 6 in 5 program where students can earn a Bachelors and MBA in 5 years instead of the traditional 6 years.  LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 16:1 and on average 75% of its students graduate within four years.

#8.Suffolk University

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Suffolk University is a private, nonsectarian university that views itself “as the catalyst that recognizes and develops student potential”. Also, the U.S. News and World Report has listed Suffolk University as being tied for 60th among the Regional Universities of the North. Suffolk University was also listed on two of The Princeton Review’s lists the Best 380 Colleges ranking and Colleges That Pay You Back.

Accounting Program Overview
The accounting department at Suffolk University is accredited by AACSB International. Also, the Sawyer Business School of Suffolk University provides its students an education in contemporary accounting subject matter. Furthermore, the Sawyer Business School equips accounting students for the challenges of a global business environment and to value ethical behavior. All accounting majors must take courses in Federal Taxation, Cost Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Auditing and Assurance, Accounting Theory and Practice, and two classes in Intermediate Accounting. Suffolk University was found by BYU to rank tied for 28
th for Tax research publications authored by its faculty. College Factual has found that Suffolk University has a 12:1 student to faculty ratio.

#9.Endicott College

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Endicott College is a private institution that “fosters a spirit of excellence by creating a challenging yet supportive and inclusive environment in which students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, purse scholarly and creative interests, contribute to the community, and explore diverse career paths”. College Factual has rated Endicott College as the 35th best college in the state.

Accounting Program Overview
Endicott offers a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy where student are required to earn between 125 and 126 credit hours to graduate. The U.S. News and World Report has ranked Endicott 66th among the Regional Universities (North) rankings for accounting. Upon graduating students will be able to demonstrate accounting knowledge and skills necessary for passing the CPA exam, communicate effectively in oral and written, and exhibit critical thinking and analysis skills. 

#10.University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

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The University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth (UMD) is ranked by U.S. World News and Report as tied for 87th among the Regional Universities for the North.  UMD has been ranked the 40th best college in Massachusetts and a good value for your money by College Factual.

Accounting Program Overview
The university’s Charlton College of Business is accredited by AACSB. Accounting student can earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting after completing 120 credit hours which consist of University Studies courses, business foundation courses, and accounting courses. Graduates of Charlton College of Business are taught the essential financial knowledge and skills to become problem solvers and decision makers. BYU’s Accounting Research Rankings lists UMD as tied for 82
nd for accounting information systems research publications produced by UMD’s faculty.