To create our top 10 list of the best undergraduate accounting programs in Texas, we looked at the school rankings of Public Accounting Report (PAR), TaxTalent, BYU, Bloomberg Business, US News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and LinkedIn.
Also, we researched the programmatic accreditation of the schools. The top business schools in the world are accredited in business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB. Some institutions also take the extra step of earning accounting accreditation from the prestigious accrediting organization.
University of Texas at Austin, or UT Austin, is not only the top school in Texas, it is also the top school in the nation. The university ranked first in US News’s rankings of undergraduate accounting programs. Also, UT Austin placed first in PAR’s rankings.
UT Austin holds the top spot in the rankings of TaxTalent and BYU. The school is also accredited in business and accounting by AACSB and it finished first in Bloomberg’s rankings.
For undergraduates interested in the accounting field, UT Austin offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. To graduate, students must complete 21 credit hours of accounting courses.
The suggested degree plan includes classes on financial statement analysis, cost accounting, auditing and control, and fundamentals on tax.
Located in College Station, Texas A&M University has all the marks of a top accounting school. The university placed seventh in PAR’s rankings and holds AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting. Also, Texas A&M tied for 10th in TaxTalent’s rankings.
Texas A&M’s accounting faculty has a strong research focus as evidenced by their 18th place finish in BYU’s rankings. The business department as a whole enjoys a good reputation. It ranked 29th in Bloomberg’s rankings.
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M prepares students for a variety of roles including public accountant, government accountant, and accounting educator.
Texas A&M’s Accounting Department Advisory Board includes individuals from Ernst & Young, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, and JPMorgan Private Bank.
Baylor University is a private Baptist school located in Waco. The school is accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB. Baylor also placed 31st and 14th in PAR’s and TaxTalent’s rankings, respectively. Bloomberg ranked the school 68th in its rankings.
In US News’s rankings of National Universities, Baylor tied for 71st. In the same category, Baylor tied for 45th in US News’s High School Counselor Rankings. The school also tied for 155th in BYU’s rankings.
Baylor offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting that teaches students skills in technical accounting, leadership, and communication.
Accounting undergraduate students must take eight upper level accounting classes to graduate. Required courses include Accounting Information Systems, Federal Income Tax, Advanced Managerial Accounting, and Business & Professional Ethics for Accountants.
Texas Tech University is one of the top undergraduate schools for accounting according to PAR. The organization ranked the school 33rd in its rankings. Texas Tech is accredited by AACSB in business and accounting. The university is located in Lubbock.
Texas Tech tied for 15th and 98th in the rankings of TaxTalent and BYU, respectively. Bloomberg gave the school a top 100 placement (83rd) in its rankings. In US News’s rankings, Texas Tech tied for 156th in the category, National Universities.
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech prepares students for entry level positions in the public and private industries. Major courses include Seminar in Professional Practice, Accounting Systems, Principles of Auditing, and Principles of Cost and Managerial Accounting.
University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is a public research university that ranked 42nd in PAR’s rankings. AACSB accredits UT Dallas in the areas of business and accounting. With a 5th place ranking in BYU’s rankings, the school is a leader in accounting research.
UT Dallas’s business school, Naveen Jindal School of Management, has a strong reputation. It ranked 56th in Bloomberg’s rankings and tied for 18th in TaxTalent’s rankings.
The 120 hour Bachelor of Science in Accounting at UT Dallas provides students with business and accounting skills to make a positive impact in businesses and organizations. The sample degree plan includes courses such as Professional Development, Cost Management Systems, and Operations Management.
In Fall 2014, UT Dallas enrolled 1,058 students into the program. The average age was 25 years and the average GPA was 2.80.
Texas Christian University, or TCU, tied for 43rd in PAR’s rankings. The school is also accredited in business and accounting by AACSB and it tied for 76th in US News’s rankings of National Universities. TCU is located in Fort Worth.
TCU has a reputable business school according to Bloomberg. The company ranked the school 27th in its rankings. Also, TCU tied for 19th and 133rd in TaxTalent’s and BYU’s rankings, respectively.
The accounting major from TCU requires 21 hours in upper level accounting courses and one three-credit elective course. Accounting classes include Financial Reporting I, Cost Analysis and Control, and Audit and Assurance.
TCU’s Accounting Advisory Board consists of executives and partners from organizations such as Cook Children’s, Ernst & Young, and North Texas Transit Authority.
University of Houston, or UH, ranked 99th in Bloomberg’s rankings and tied for 18th in TaxTalent’s rankings. UH also rated highly in accounting research with a 30th place ranking in BYU’s rankings. The university is AACSB accredited in both business and accounting.
UH tied for 189th in the category, National Universities, according to US News. Among public schools in the category, UH tied for 106th.
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting of UH teaches students how to measure and analyze financial data according to generally accepted principles. Courses include Management Accounting, Financial Reporting Frameworks, and Federal Income Tax 1 – Individual.
Students may also specialize in Internal Audit or Oil & Gas. These concentrations culminate with an Internal Audit Certificate or an Oil & Gas Certificate.
University of North Texas, or UNT, has one of the top 50 accounting programs for undergraduates according to PAR. The organization ranked UNT 46th in its rankings. The university also holds accreditation from AACSB in business and accounting. UNT is located in Denton.
UNT tied for 104th in BYU’s rankings. The school’s ranking in US News is Tier 2 National University.
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from UNT prepares students for professions such as certified public accountant, forensic accounting, and tax planner. Students are required to take Cost Accounting, Taxation, and Accounting Systems to graduate.
UNT has chapters in the following student organizations: Beta Alpha Psi honor society, National Association of Black Accountants, and Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA).
Located in Dallas, Southern Methodist University (SMU) has one of the best undergraduate business schools in the nation according to Bloomberg. The publication ranked SMU 21st in its rankings. Also, SMU is accredited by AACSB in business and it tied for 18th in TaxTalent’s rankings.
In US News’s rankings of National Universities, SMU tied for 58th. The school tied for 80th in BYU’s rankings.
The accounting major of SMU’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting consists of five required courses and two electives. Students may choose from the following elective courses: Business Modeling with Spreadsheets, Studies in Accounting Theory, and Ethics for Accounting.
SMU students are encouraged to pursue internships and Dallas is an ideal city for internship opportunities. The city is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and numerous other successful companies so students have access to a wide variety of internships.
University of Texas at Arlington, or UTA, holds accreditation from AACSB in business and accounting. The school tied for 76th in BYU’s rankings. US News classifies UTA as a Tier 2 National University. UTA is located in Arlington, a suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
UTA’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a 122 credit hour program that allows students to focus on a related discipline such as economics or information systems.
The recommended degree plan includes classes on financial accounting, federal income tax, accounting information systems, and governmental accounting. 21 upper level hours in accounting are required to graduate.
UTA has two student accounting organizations: Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi. Both organizations sponsor events during the Fall and Spring semesters including socials, field trips, and meetings with guest speakers.