Top 5 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in California

Are you considering earning an accounting degree in California? Students with an accounting degree can find jobs in auditing, cost accounting, forensic accounting, corporate compliance and much more.

To create the top 5 undergraduate accounting programs in California, we gathered information from Tax Talent, Public Accounting Report and U.S. News and World report. All the schools listed are accredited by the AACSB, the leading accreditation agency for business schools worldwide. We have included tuition rates, but this only an estimate. Please contact the school for more information about their tuition rates.

The University of Southern California is a private research university located in Los Angeles. With just 53 students and 10 teachers they opened their doors in 1880, today they have 4,000 full-time faculty and 44,000 students enrolled. They are ranked 15th by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.

The Leventhal School of Accounting offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The school has been an essential part of the business since 1920. Their undergraduate accounting program offers a flexible curriculum that develops students critical thinking and analytical skills, oral and written communications and technical skills. Students will be exposed to global business ideas along with opportunities to study abroad. This program not only prepares students with accounting theories and concepts, they will learn how to network, develop teamwork skills and leadership skills.

Annual Tuition: $51,442

The University of California was founded in 1868 and is the flagship school under the University of California system. They are a public research institution that has 170n academic departments and programs. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them #1 for national public universities.

Haas School of Business offers three ways to pursue everything accounting Berkeley has to offer. Students are able to enroll in their Berkeley Charter of Professional Accountancy summer program, join the Haas undergraduate business program or enroll in selected accounting courses while pursuing a major in another field such as english or economics.

The Berkeley Charter of Professional Accountancy summer program develops students technical skills while applying real world problems in the classroom. Students will take these courses during the weekday evenings a the Berkeley campus. Their undergraduate business program allows students to emphasize accounting courses. Students will receive a well rounded understanding of business.

Annual Tuition: $43,168

A private Roman Catholic university, the University of San Diego was founded in 1949. They welcome students from all backgrounds even though they do teach in the Catholic faith. The school is concerned with the whole person and educated their students physically, intellectually, spiritually, socially, emotionally and culturally.

They currently have around 8,500 students enrolled in their 2,293 programs. They are ranked one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them #86 for National Universities.

The University of San Diego School of Business offers a Bachelor of Accountancy. They have four specialized tracks students can choose from.  Depending on your career goals, students can Accountancy, Accountancy and Supply Chain Management, Accountancy and Finance/Real Estate, or Accountancy and Information Systems/Technology. Those who want to pursue a career in public accounting should choose the accountancy program. USD's program focuses on two major building blocks, they allow students to gain a broad business background and then allow students to focus on their accounting field.

Annual Tuition: $45,450

Founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount University is a Roman Catholic institution. They are members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Their campus is located in Los Angeles, with views of the Pacific coast. They grant over 100 degrees from their undergraduate and graduate programs. Currently they have over 9,000 students enrolled in their undergraduate, graduate and law school.

LMU's College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Their program trains students with the technical and theoretical knowledge of accounting. They prepare students to become ethical leaders in the business world. The program allows students to find careers in corporate, public, government accounting. Their graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in entry level accounting or graduate studies.

Annual Tuition: $44,230

California State University Fullerton  is a public research university founded in 1957. They are the second largest campus in the California State University system. Cal State Fullerton has over   40,000 students enrolled with a diverse student body. They have over 240 degrees  to choose from.

The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Students will develop critical thinking skills, technical skills, and a global perspective in their BABA program. All BABA students will need to finish common core requirements, a capstone course, and a Global Business course. Students may be able to participate in a study abroad program that will meet their Global Business Course requirement. Students will need to take lower level and upper level courses in accounting. The program is 120 credit hours to graduate.

Annual Tuition:  $11,160