Top 5 Accounting Degree Programs in Texas (Graduate)

For students who have an undergraduate accounting degree, the next logical step would be to pursue a master's degree. Especially if they want to pursue a CPA certification. An advance degree in accounting is not only for those with an accounting background but it is open to all students who wish to hone in on an specific area of business. Accounting is everywhere.

An advanced accounting degree will help meet the CPA exam requirements, but also help attain their specific professional career goals. The return on investment for a Master of Accounting degree is high. Those who graduate with an MAcc degree will have better career growth potential, salary boost, job security, and job satisfaction. Most programs are one to two years long and many of them have flexible programs.

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To create this ranking of the best graduate accounting programs in Texas 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. 

Located in the state capitol of Austin, the University of Texas is a four year public university. They were founded in 1881 and currently is the seventh largest single campus enrollment in the nation. They are ranked one of the best and biggest research institutions in the nation. U.S. News and World Report ranked them #1 in accounting and is one of the top 20 public universities. Students will experience a rigorous education and college life steeped in tradition.

The McCombs School of Business offers students world class faculty and curriculum designed thoughtfully. Students will have opportunities to study abroad, pursue internships, and have access to academic and career services. They offer a traditional MPA, integrated MPA and a ECON-MPA program. Students at UT who are in the undergraduate accounting program can apply for the integrated MPA program. This program is five years and students will graduate with a bachelor and master degree in accounting. The traditional MPA program is for students who have a bachelor's degree in any major. Students who do not have a bachelor in accounting will most likely need to take prerequisite courses before applying for the MPA program. The ECON-MPA program is designed for students who are studying economics. Students in this program will graduate with a B.S. in Economics and a Master of Professional Accounting degree. Regardless of which path students choose, they will graduate with the confidence needed to succeed in their career. The McCombs School of Business is accredited by the AACSB, the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide.

Tuition: $23,658

Baylor University is a private Christian institution located in Waco, Texas. They were founded in 1845 and is one of the largest Baptist universities in the U.S. Their campus is located near the Brazos River in-between Dallas and Austin. Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Hankamer School of Business offers a Master of Accounting and a Master of Taxation program. Both the Master of Accounting and the Master of Taxation are 33 credit hour programs. Students who wish to sit for the CPA exam should consider the master of accounting program. The CPA exam requirements are 30 credit hours of upper level accounting work. Students will need to fulfill this by taking undergraduate and graduate courses. The Hankamer School of Business is accredited by the AACSB, the leading accrediting agency for business schools.

Tuition: $52,239

Texas A&M is a four year public university located in College Station, Texas, about 90 miles from Houston. Their campus is one of the largest in the nation, with 5200 acres. They first opened their doors in 1876 and are considered the first public institution in Texas. The George Bush Presidential Library is located on their campus. They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Their business school is accredited by the AACSB, the leading agency for accreditation of business schools around the world.

The Mays School of Business Master in Accounting program offers two tracks. Students can choose from Assurance Services/Information Management track and Tax Consulting/ Financial Planning track. The Assurance Services/Information Management track develops technical skills needed to respond to various situations in accounting. Students will build skills for careers in auditing and consulting in financial institutions and corporations. The Tax Consulting/Financial Planning track builds a foundation in tax knowledge and how they are applied to the business decision process.

Tuition: $15,071

A public research university, Texas Tech was founded in 1923. Their main campus is located in Lubbock, Texas. They have 10 colleges and offer more than 100 degrees. Texas Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Rawls College of Business offers a Master of Science in Accounting program and an Integrated 150 hour accounting program. The Integrated programs allows students to graduate with their undergraduate and graduate degree in accounting. Students who wish to enter the Master's program will need to have completed at least nine credit hours of upper level accounting courses. Students also have access to the career management center, which provides information about job fairs, job opportunities, and internships. They also provide students with salary information and statistics. Rawls is accredited by the AACSB, the globally recognized accrediting agency for business schools.

Tuition: $25,458

The University of Houston was founded in 1927 and is the third largest institution in Texas. They are ranked 103 for public universities by U.S. News and World Report. They offer more than 200 degrees from their 14 academic colleges. They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Bauer College of Business offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Both their business school and their Accounting department are accredited by the AACSB, the leading accrediting agency for business school all around the world. Their Master of Accountancy program can be finished in one year and gives students flexible class schedule. They offer five certificate specializations in Assurance/Financial Reporting, Oil & Gas, IT Systems Risk Management, Taxation and Advance Internal Audit. Their program is designed to build a solid graduate foundation in accounting so students can move forward in whichever career path they choose. The program includes data analytics courses that is needed for the business world.

Tuition: $30,776