Many students who graduate with an accounting degree enter the working world for a few years and then decide they may want to pursue a graduate program. The master of accounting degree allows students to advance their career while also meeting the requirement needed to sit for the CPA exam. The potential for career growth, a boost in salary, job security, and job satisfaction are much higher with this degree. Most graduate accounting programs are one to two years long. Depending on their personal situation, students will have the option for part-time or full-time programs.
An advance degree in accounting is not only for those with an accounting undergraduate degree but it is open to all students. Although it may take longer for those without an accounting or business background, the benefits outweigh the time and cost. The job opportunities for accounting are endless.
To create the top 5 graduate accounting programs in Georgia, we gathered information from Public Accounting Report, Tax Talent and U.S. News and World Report. All the schools listed are accredited by the prestigious AACSB. We have included in state tuition rates, but this only an estimate. Please contact the school for more information about their rates and program details.
Emory University is a private research university founded in 1836. They are located in Atlanta, Georgia in the Druid Hills neighborhood. They are among the 50 oldest private institutions in the nation and the second oldest private university in the state of Georgia. They are organized into nine academic colleges that offer over 70 undergraduate and dozens of graduate and professional specialties. Emory Healthcare consists of seven major hospitals and is the largest healthcare system in Georgia. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them #20 among national universities. Their full-time MBA program was ranked #15 by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2015.
The Goizueta Business School offers an one year and two year MBA program with a concentration in accounting. Their program is structured with front loaded core course and fully loaded elective options. The first semester students will study core classes that develop business knowledge. The second semester students will be ready to choose electives to balance out their studies. There are more than 90 electives to balance out their education. Students have complete control over which area they wish to focus on. The first year will prepare students to excel in their summer internship. Students will have the confidence they need to succeed in the workforce by the end of their second year. Goizueta Business School is accredited by the AACSB.
Established in 1785, the University of Georgia is a public research university. They are the flagship school for the University of Georgia system. The main campus is located in Athens, Georgia, about one hour away from Atlanta. Designated as a historic district, their north campus is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. They offer over 140 degree program from the seventeen colleges and schools. They are ranked 18th overall among top public schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2017.
The Terry School of Business was ranked #2 on the 2015 Certified Public Accountants exam for first time pass rates. Their Master of Accountancy program is around 30 credit hours depending on which specialization is chosen. Students who do not have an undergraduate accounting degree will need to complete foundational coursework before starting the MAcc program. Students can choose from Taxation, Audit or Audit Systems as their specialization. Terry School of Business is accredited by the AACSB, the leading business school accreditation.
Founded in 1885, Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research institution. Their campus is located in Atlanta, Georgia. They also have satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia, France, Ireland, China and Singapore. Georgia Tech is comprised of six colleges and around 31 departments. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them #7 for top public school in the nation.
The Scheller College of Business offers an evening MBA program and a full-time MBA program. Both programs offer concentration in accounting. The evening MBA program can be finished in two to three years, whereas the full-time MBA program is 22 months. Both programs give students the flexibility to design their education around the career goals. The program is 54 credit hours with 21 credits in core courses and 33 credits in electives. Students will need to choose three accounting electives to pursue the accounting concentration. Students should keep in mind that 30 credit hours in accounting are required to sit for the CPA exam in Georgia. Scheller is accredited by the AACSB.
Founded in 1913, Georgia State University is a public research university. Located in the heart of Atlanta, their university has welcomed the slogan “a part of the city, not apart from the city”. They offers over 250 undergraduate and graduate program from their eight colleges. Students are able choose from day and evening courses and attend part-time and full-time. They currently have over 32,000 students enrolled in their downtown campus.
The J. Mack Robinson College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 46th by U.S. News and World Report. Their business program offers a Cohort Master of Professional Accountancy, Flexible Master of Professional Accountancy and a Master of Taxation. The Cohort program is designed for students without an accounting background whereas the flexible program is designed for accounting majors. Both programs will prepare students with the academic knowledge needed to pass the CPA exam. The Robinson College of Business has an annual Accounting Career Showcase where students can connect with more than 40 accounting firms. They are accredited by the AACSB.
Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a public research institution founded in 1963. They are located in Kennesaw, Georgia but they also have two campuses in Atlanta. KSU is a part of the University System in Georgia. They are the third largest institution in the state. They were elevated to a national university by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. Their part-time MBA programs were ranked#86 among national top programs by U.S. News and World Report. They offer almost 150 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Coles College of Business offers a one year Master of Accounting program. Students can choose between their day program and evening program. Their day program is designed for students who are recent graduate or those who wanting to take a year off to pursue their degree. Their evening program is geared towards professionals working full-time. Within their program students can choose a specialization in financial reporting & auditing, advisory services or taxation. This program will prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills needed to succeed. Coles is accredited by the AACSB, the leading accrediting agency for business schools.