Best-Masters-in-Accounting-Degrees,-2016Business is taking the spot as the most sought-after degree or area of study for many students at the college level. But because business is such a broad area of interest, it can be difficult to discern what subjects could be placed under business, and which ones are of the most benefit to students today.

Accounting is definitely at the top of the list. Accountants are visible in every business, every major corporation, and even in government agencies. Some go into private practice for themselves, helping people do their taxes, while others work in law firms, helping to discern off-shore practices and other related services that pertain to the accounting practices of their businesses.

But aside from the benefits of being one of the most sought-after employees, what is the forecast and salary for a student with a graduate degree in accounting? Right now, accountants rank as number three in the best jobs to have in the current market. The median salary is around $66,000, not including bonuses, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a growth of close to 150,000 jobs in this sector alone by 2024.

What are the best master’s degrees in accounting?

For many students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting, obtaining a master’s degree is the logical next step. Spending one extra year in college is enough to make a salary jump by $10,000 per year just starting out, so it’s definitely worth a look to see if any of these 50 schools on our ranking of the best Master’s in Accounting Degrees could be a good match to help you find the graduate program that fits your needs. (BTW: If you’re already in the workforce and interested in degrees from online colleges, then you might be interested in either an online MBA or an online master’s in accounting degree.)

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University of Virginia

University of Virginia

A research university that was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, the University of Virginia is a unique school that has the distinction of being America’s only college to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also a school known for having three U.S. presidents on the original governing board. It is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

UVA is more than just a historic site, however, and it has earned the reputation of being a “Public Ivy” school. It is recognized for its research efforts, with UVA faculty being credited with the discovery of two of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs in 2015 in the fields of medicine and psychology.

The University of Virginia offers a wide array of fields of studies, but none so popular as the Master’s in Accounting. The full-time M.S. in Accounting from UVA takes approximately one academic year to complete and offers concentrations in Financial Reporting and Assurance or Tax Consulting.

The biggest draw to the school? The fact that over 300 companies actively recruit on the UVA campus each year, with 98% of graduates finding a job in less than six months after they complete the degree.

College Choice Score: 100

Tuition (annual): $35,630

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University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin is a space-grant research university that was established in 1883 in Austin, Texas. It is the flagship university of The University of Texas System. It has the fifth-largest enrollment for a single campus in the nation and has been labeled a “Public Ivy” school for a high standard of education that compares to the Ivy League schools.

UT Austin is a rich learning environment, housing 17 libraries, seven museums, an observatory, and a separate research campus all within the school’s grounds. The school is also known for the high caliber of faculty that teach there, including recipients of both the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.

For students who are interested in the Master’s in Accounting program, the McCombs School of Business is the perfect place to obtain this degree. UT Austin is the home of the number one ranked graduate accounting program in the nation, a recognition it has held for nearly a decade.

The Texas MPA Program offers students the ability to take study abroad trips and internship opportunities in order to meet the requirements for graduation. Also available to accounting students is the first-class faculty with real-world experience who can provide specialized academic services when needed.

College Choice Score: 99

Tuition (annual): $44,000

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University of Notre Dame

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The University of Notre Dame, simply known as Notre Dame, was founded in 1842. It is a private Catholic research university that is located in Notre Dame, Indiana. It is best known for its particular strengths in athletics, with the Fighting Irish football team being the most famous college football team in history.

Apart from its prominence in the athletic arenas, Notre Dame is considered one of the top-ranked universities in the U.S., and also enjoys a global ranking that sees the school in the top 50 colleges from around the world. The school offers a broad range of majors in a variety of fields, but it is best known for its graduate programs, most of which are ranked among the top 50 in their areas of study.

Notre Dame continues to dominate rankings when it comes to finance and accounting degrees, specifically the Master of Accounting program. The school provides study abroad programs in China and South America for their students to apply their skills in real-world scenarios. The school also has a high placement rate for graduates of this program — all graduates find placement within six months of graduation, with over 80% of students finding employment at a Big 4 accounting firm.

College Choice Score: 99

Tuition (annual): $48,530

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University of Michigan

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Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan is a public sea-grant and space-grant research university that is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is considered to be a high research activity research university that combines a world-class faculty with a comprehensive graduate program in a range of fields to create one of the best universities for students who are looking to obtain a Master’s in Accounting.

The University of Michigan is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and focuses academic emphasis on the arts and sciences, as well as their professional programs. The school offers close to 300 degrees in programs at all levels of education, including 90 master’s programs.

For graduate students of finance, the University of Michigan points students to the Ross School of Business, a college within the university that focuses on accounting classes. The MAcc program at this school is so well received that it is ranked the fifth best graduate accounting program by the Public Accounting Report.

Employers continue to come to the University of Michigan to find exceptional graduates, and over 93% of all graduates find employment before they even graduate from the program. Students find their degree helps them in accounting fields ranging from public accounting to investment banking, and everything in between.

College Choice Score: 98

Tuition (annual): $49,800

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New York University

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New York University, more commonly known as NYU, is a private research university that is headquartered in New York City, NY. It was founded in 1831 and remains one of the largest non-profit collegiate institutions in the nation. It has been ranked in the top 50 most reputable colleges and universities in the world for over 15 years.

The school is a mecca for the academically minded, with the school having graduated over 30 Nobel Prize Winners, 30 Pulitzer Prize Winners, and three Turing Award winners. Although it is based in New York City, the school also enjoys campuses in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

For students looking to take accounting classes for a Master’s, New York University’s Stern School of Business is a great place to begin. The school itself is a founding member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of business and is one of the oldest and most respected business schools in the world. It was established in 1900 to create a separate college that students interested in finance could go to learn their trade from professionals in the industry.

College Choice Score: 97

Tuition (annual): $60,744

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University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making it one of the oldest colleges — and perhaps the oldest college — on this list. It is a private, Ivy League, research institution that is a founding member of the Association of American Universities and claims Benjamin Franklin as its founder.

UPenn is the home of the nation’s first school of medicine, as well as the first collegiate business school, and is well known for its professional schools as well as it biomedical teaching program. The school is also known for pioneering the interdisciplinary education approach in the U.S., popularizing this European method from the time of the school’s establishment.

The University of Pennsylvania is home to Wharton School of Business, which was founded in 1881 and is the most prestigious business school in the country. Students who major in accounting in one of the Master’s degrees at Wharton can be certain that they will find placement with a Big 4 accounting firm or another top employer within three months of graduation.

Wharton is known for a flexible curriculum that allows working graduates to build their schedule around their needs. Students are also given access to Wharton’s Career Services and faculty to make the most of their time at this well-respected institution.

College Choice Score: 97

Tuition (annual): $68,210

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Miami University Ohio

University of Miami Ohio

The tenth oldest public university in the United States, Miami University Ohio was founded in 1809 and is located in Oxford, Ohio. It is considered to be one of the original eight “Public Ivy” schools, a term that is given to colleges who meet the standards of private ivy league universities in terms of academic excellence.

Miami University Ohio also holds the distinction of being ranked in the top 50 public universities in the country as well being ranked first for best undergraduate teaching at national universities.

While the school is known for its excellence in undergraduate schooling, it is also known for having a nationally recognized Master’s of Accountancy degree program. The program, which resides at the Farmer School of Business, qualifies the graduates to sit for the CPA exam in Ohio and most other states.

The accounting classes provided at Miami University Ohio are among the best in the state and provide in-depth knowledge and on-hands experience of accounting and finance. Students are given the opportunity to take an optional term at the International Summer School at the University of Seoul, where two finance courses are taught in English and field trips are prepared for students so they can get a sense of the international field of accounting in business settings.

College Choice Score: 92

Tuition (annual): $12,888

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Texas A&M University

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Texas A&M, which was founded in 1876, is the flagship university of the Texas A&M University System and is the fourth-largest university in the United States. It is a public land, sea, and space-grant research facility that has ongoing projects with NASA, the National Institutes of health, and the Office of Naval Research. It is one of the top 20 research universities in America. It is located in College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M University is also noted as its designation as a senior military college, just one of six universities in America to have a full-time Corps of Cadets who study alongside the civilian student body.

This school is known for being a nationally ranked graduate accounting program, which is housed in the Mays Business School. Texas A&M University is the fifth best graduate university and has been ranked as 7th best public graduate program by the Public Accounting Report.

Texas A&M University provides two concentrations for those looking for a Master’s in Accounting — Assurance Services and Information Management as well as Tax Consulting and Financial Planning.

College Choice Score: 92

Tuition (annual): $14,000

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Baylor University

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Originally founded in 1845 by the last standing Congress of an independent Republic of Texas, Baylor University is located in Waco, Texas, and is oldest operating university in the state, and one of the first universities to be established west of the Mississippi River. It is best known for its professional programs and its undergraduate music and English programs.

Baylor University has consistently been ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the U.S., with its law and business schools each being ranked nationally for their commitment to academic excellence and the placement of their graduates upon receiving their degrees.

The Hankamer School of Business is the home of the Master of Accountancy and is one of the most selective business schools in the nation. It is a flexible degree, which requires interdisciplinary work to help students tailor their degree to their needs and to help them find placement with a Big 4 accounting firm after graduation.

Acceptance into the MAcc degree program at Baylor University is notoriously tough, but it is one of the top 20 business schools from which to receive this degree. A lot of the accounting courses found at Baylor cannot be found anywhere else, and that is why it remains one of the best colleges to receive an accounting degree from as a graduate student.

College Choice Score: 92

Tuition (annual): $17,240

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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University, known as MSU, is a public research university that was founded in 1855. It is the flagship university of the Michigan State University system. It is a land grant and a sea grant institution that is based in East Lansing, Michigan.

MSU has been ranked as one of the top 30 public universities in the nation for the last 20 years. It also holds the distinction of being named one of the top 100 research universities in the world. Even the graduate programs are nationally ranked according to their field of study.

Michigan State University’s graduate school, the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, provides a Master of Science in Accounting. This program is a top 10 program across the nation in accounting and is a comprehensive year of study that can be concentrated in three different disciplines — Taxations, Information Systems, and Public and Corporate Accounting.

Because Michigan State University puts such high regard in all of its programs, graduate accounting students can expect the same level of attention and support from the staff and faculty as in any other field of study. Faculty members are both national and international business professionals who have experience in the field and provide their students with a sense of the changing landscape of accounting within the real job marketplace.

College Choice Score: 92

Tuition (annual): $19,380

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Indiana University Bloomington

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Indiana University Bloomington is a public research university that was established in 1820 in Bloomington, Indiana. It is also the flagship university of the Indiana University system. IU is the largest university in the state and has a student body that is comprised of students from all 50 states and 165 countries. The university is also home to a large student life program, complete with Greek system and a robust athletics program.

IU Bloomington is home to several professional programs, including a school of education, a law school, and a business school. It is ranked as one the 50 best public universities in the country and ranks in the top 100 universities in the nation.

Students who join the Kelley School of Business are in for a rigorous education that will lead to graduating with a Master’s of Accountancy. And by combining a top-tier faculty with comprehensive courses and mentoring by some real-world professionals, 95% of Kelley School of Business graduates find employment within three months of graduating, with many of them finding placement even before obtaining their degree.

College Choice Score: 92

Tuition (annual): $19,500

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North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University

Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University is a public research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is one of the universities that make up the Research Triangle in North Carolina, the two other being Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is a land, sea, and space-grant institution and is the largest university in the Carolinas.

Of particular note, North Carolina State University offers the best variety of degrees and programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with the graduate school providing 104 master’s degrees and over 60 doctoral degrees. The school is noted for it strengths in engineering and life sciences.

North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management offers the Jenkins Master of Accounting program, a nationally recognized program for all students who are interested in pursuing accounting classes at the graduate level. With a dedicated faculty and CPA pass rates that far exceed the national average, this program is perfect for students who are looking for placement within six months after graduation.

The Jenkins Master of Accounting is ranked 33rd in the nation from the 2015 Public Accounting Report, and has also consistently been named in the top 10 most affordable programs for pursuing a graduate accounting degree.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $19,914

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University of Iowa

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The University of Iowa was founded in 1847 and is the oldest university in the state of Iowa. Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the University of Iowa is the flag ship university for the state of Iowa and provides more than 200 concentrated areas of studies and with seven professional degrees available through eleven colleges.

The University of Iowa is renown for its University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which has been named one of the nations top hospitals for over 25 years. It is known for being the birthplace of the Masters of Fine Arts Degree and is also the site of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, which is well known to both poetry and prose writers.

One of the colleges that make up the University of Iowa is the Tippie College of Business, where the Master of Accountancy (M.A.C.) Program can be found. UI’s graduate accounting program is one of the few programs on this list that continues to be internationally ranked as a top-tier program.

The M.A.C. program allows for four areas of specialization which includes tax, business analytics, auditing, and managerial accounting. These specializations will help students further their career goals while also getting them the credit hours needed to sit for the CPA exam in the state of Iowa.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $19,950

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University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi

Headquartered in Oxford, Mississippi, with campuses found all over the state, the University of Mississippi was founded in 1848 and is a public research university. It is a sea-grant and space-grant institution and is the largest university within the state. The school, known locally as Ole Miss, welcomes students from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, making for a diverse student body.

Ole Miss is known for their focus on international, intelligence, and security studies. It is the home of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, as well as the Croft Institute for International Studies, both of which are nationally recognized programs that help further high-quality education programs related to intelligence and security both at home and abroad.

At the graduate level, the University of Mississippi offers accounting and finance studies to pursue a Master’s of Accountancy or Taxation through the Patterson School of Accountancy. These degrees are both one year of full-time study. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and is ranked in the top ten best accounting programs in the country by Public Accounting Report.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $20,600

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Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University is one of the most well-known and well-respected universities in the world. It was founded in 1885 as a private research university, and it is located in Stanford, California. It is a top fundraising university as well as one of the largest within the United States.

Stanford has a reputation for excellence in academics, and boasts over 40 departments in three undergraduate schools and four professional schools. It is also known for its prestigious alumni, many who have gone on to found companies like Google, Nike, Instagram, and Snapchat. The school also counts more than a dozen astronauts and over 30 living billionaires as part of the alumni group.

The university’s business school, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is one of the preeminent schools for anyone who is looking to receive a Master’s in Accounting. The program’s quality is bolstered by the faculty’s involvement in not only the professional and business worlds their students are working to enter but for their contributions to research in economics and statistics.

Much of the faculty continue their own work while teaching courses, helping to inform new practices and methodologies that are being put into place in accounting firms worldwide. Because of this, students who are interested in the research aspect of accounting will want to do further research into Stanford’s opportunities.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $121,040

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Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University is a private, not-for-profit, space-grant research university. It was established in 1875 and is located in Provo, Utah. The school is closely affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it is the largest religious university in the country, as well as being the third-largest private university. Most students at BYU are LDS Church members, with over 35 percent of students coming from within the state of Utah.

Brigham Young University is renown for the honor code students are required to follow, with the mandatory guidelines on nearly all aspects of campus life, such as abstinence from drugs and alcohol and a dress code which is fully enforced. It is also known for the large portion of students that defer enrollment or take a hiatus in order to serve as Mormon missionaries internationally.

The BYU Marriott School offers the MAcc program for prospective accounting graduate students. It has been ranked as first in the nation by Public Accounting Report, boasts a nearly 100 percent placement rate for their graduates, and career services that see over 70 of the top accounting firms recruiting accounting students straight from the school annually.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $23,940

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University of Alabama

University of Alabama

The University of Alabama was founded in 1831, making it one of the largest and oldest universities in the state. It is a public research university that is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The school is home to the 13 academic fields of study at all levels of education and is also the site of the only public law school in Alabama.

The university has historical and cultural significance. It was one of just a handful of universities that were founded in the earlier half of the 19th century and was a place of activity during the American Civil War as well as the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

There are 13 academic divisions available at the University of Alabama, all of which serve the undergraduate student. For graduate students, specifically, those looking for accounting courses and degrees, the Culverhouse College of Commerce will be their college within the university.

The Culverhouse College of Commerce currently offers the Master of Accountancy, a degree which further prepares accounting students for the professional world, whether that be working as a CAP for an accounting firm, or within a research context at a financial institution.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $23,950

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Arizona State University

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Established in 1885, Arizona State University is the largest university by enrollment in the U.S., with the student body totaling closes to 100,000 students in 2014. It is a public research university that covers five campuses across the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area along with other learning centers across the state.

The 2016 university ratings put ASU in the top spot as the most innovative school in America. It is also classified as a high research university and has been granted top rankings in this department for over a decade. It is currently ranked as the 31st best public research university in the United States.

Arizona State University offers more than 100 graduate degrees and programs to its students, including doctoral degrees, in a variety of fields. Accounting students looking to receive a Master’s in Accounting will be directed to the W. P. Carey School of Business to undertake the MAcc program.

The MAcc program at Arizona State University is highly ranked by the Public Accounting Report and is a nine-month program designed to give students the most accurate and up-to-date education in accounting. The curriculum, which is considered the most innovative on this list, is reviewed every year by working accounting professionals and alumni to ensure that valuable information is always included in coursework and that industry experience is emphasized.

Students who graduate from the MAcc program at ASU can also rest easy, knowing they chose this school — the program has a track record of employing over 90 percent of their graduates in less than three months after graduation.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $24,300

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University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut, also known as UConn to the locals, was founded in 1881 in Storrs, Connecticut. It is a public land, sea, and space grant research university as well as the flagship university for the University of Connecticut system. It has six campuses all across the state.

UConn is a founding member of the regional economic and cultural alliance known as New England’s Knowledge Corridor. It is also a member of Universitas 21, a prestigious group of research universities who work together on ideas such as global citizenship. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Incoming students to UConn have a wide variety of subjects to choose from, ranging from over 100 majors in eight undergraduate degrees and over 20 graduate and professional programs. Graduate students looking to graduate with a Master of Science in Accounting are placed in the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, where this degree is located.

The Master of Science in Accounting program that is available at UConn has been nationally recognized as one of the best accounting degree programs that can be found on campus or online. The program is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $24,750

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University of Georgia

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is the flagship institution of the University System of Georgia It was founded in 1785 in Athens, Georgia, and is a public land and sea-grant research university. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is classified as a high research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UGA holds the distinction of being the first university ever to be chartered by a state and lays claim to the title of the oldest public university in the nation. It is currently ranked in the top 25 best public universities in America and 101st in international school rankings.

The University of Georgia is home to the Terry College of Business, which houses the Master of Accountancy. The school offers three specializations for this degree, including Audit, Taxation, and Audit Systems. These specializations will prove to be a boon for students looking to gain employment at one of the Big 4 accounting firms, or for those who have designs on going into public practice.

The program is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 public graduate accounting programs in the nation and will help students achieve the requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam in the state. Also of note is that 98 percent of all students accepted employment as accountants within a year of graduation.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $26,218

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University of Wisconsin

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The University of Wisconsin was established in 1848 in Madison, Wisconsin. It is the flagship institution of the University of Wisconsin System, was the first public university founded in the state, and remains the oldest public institution in Wisconsin. UW is a public land-grant and sea-grant research university and is considered one of the original “Public Ivy” universities.

The school has 20 colleges, under which it offers 136 undergraduate majors, nearly 150 master’s degrees, and 120 doctoral problems. Apart from its excellence in academia, UW is known for their athlete’s prowess, with the Wisconsin Badgers having won 28 national basketball championships.

Accounting students, or those who are interested in pursuing a graduate accounting degree, will be directed towards the Wisconsin School of Business, where a Master of Accountancy is available. Unlike many of the schools on this list, however, the school offers two roads to receiving this degree — one for students who hold an undergraduate accounting degree, and another for those who don’t have a degree in accounting.

This distinction is important, as the school recognizes that some students may be interested in accounting, but did not pursue an undergraduate degree to that effect. For these students, the Graduate Master of Accountancy is a perfect fit. The two-year full-time degree is designed to bring students up to speed on accounting and provides the perfect foundation for anyone trying to take the CPA test in Wisconsin.

For University of Wisconsin students who are pursuing accounting at the undergraduate level and would like to move directly into graduate work, the Integrated Master of Accountancy provides the perfect road to receiving both an undergraduate and graduate degree. This program, which includes both degrees, is the fifth and final year of schooling and provides the ability for students to sit for the CPA exam.

College Choice Score: 91

Tuition (annual): $26,678

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University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina was established in 1801 in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a public sea-grant research university. It is also the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System. The school is renown for being the home of the largest Scottish literature materials outside of Scotland and also for having the largest Ernest Hemingway collection in the world.

USC enjoys recognition for its undergraduate and graduate international business programs, both of which have each been ranked in the top 3 in their fields. The school, however, offers more than international business degrees — there are 350 programs of study at levels of education within the 14 schools that make up the University of South Carolina.

The Darla Moore School of Business, a college within the University of South Carolina, is the school where the Master of Accountancy is housed. A unique aspect of this accounting program is that the faculty is ranked fourth nationally in experimental research by BYU Accounting Research Rankings. Along with being nationally ranked, the MAcc program faculty is praised by students for the support they give their students all throughout coursework and even after graduation.

College Choice Score: 90

Tuition (annual): $30,930

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Ohio State University

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Ohio State University is a public research university that is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio with regional campuses found all around the state. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university, this institution has expanded its horizons to also become a sea-grant and space-grant institution. It is the third largest university in terms of campus size within the United States.

OSU has one of the most active and diverse student life programs in the nation. Over 1,000 student organizations have a home on campus, including three separate student governments, media and publications, sports programs, and more. It is also known for its marching band, which is a long-standing tradition at the university.

For graduate students, OSU is home to some of the best programs in the state. Of particular note is the Fisher College of Business, which is the home of the Master’s in Accounting. The degree is open to all university graduates, regardless if they have a degree in accounting at the undergraduate level. And with the small class sizes, taught by a highly respected faculty, students can be assured of individualized attention that will help them succeed in finishing the program.

College Choice Score: 90

Tuition (annual): $31,208

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University of Illinois Chicago

University of Illinois Chicago

Established in 1858, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a state-funded public research university. It is located in Chicago, Illinois. UIC is the home to the largest medical school in the nation, and is the most well-respected educator of all medical professionals within the state.

The University of Illinois-Chicago is currently listed as 128th best national university and placed at 78th for the best national public university. It is continuously ranked in the top 15th percentile of all programs that are currently accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

UIC teaches on a variety of subjects, offering a total of over 200 degrees within its 15 colleges. The university is best known for its graduate offerings, which total over 150 degrees available at both the master’s and doctoral levels.

Prospective accounting students will be interested in learning that the Liautaud Master of Science in Accounting program has been specially designed to give flexibility, both in curriculum and in the schedule, to graduates. The program was created to help all students formulate a strong foundation in accounting while preparing them for other areas of business in which accounting would be a strong skill to master.

College Choice Score: 90

Tuition (annual): $31,952

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Pennsylvania State University

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Pennsylvania State University was established in 1855 with a commitment to teaching, researching, and public service. It is located in University Park, Pennsylvania, and is a public flagship research university with facilities in various parts of the state. It is home to two law schools and a college of medicine and is labeled as a “Public Ivy” candidate.

Penn State offers more than 150 majors at all levels of education. It currently is ranked at 54 on the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is ranked 37th in the nation. Penn State is also ranked 9th in The Princeton Review’s list of top party schools.

Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and its various programs have all been consistently ranked by leading institutions for the past 15 years. Smeal is always ranked within the top 10 for its accounting programs, with special recognition for the Integrated MAcc program that is currently on offer.

The Master’s in Accounting Programs available at Penn State has been designed to help students achieve the requirements in order to become a certified public accountant within Pennsylvania. Smeal offers two tracks to achieve that goal for students who have an accounting undergraduate degree and for students who hold a non-business degree.

College Choice Score: 90

Tuition (annual): $32,500

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Florida State University

Florida State University

Florida State University is a public sea-grant and space-grant research university. It is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, where it was founded in 1851, and has since expanded to satellite campuses all over the states. The university holds a “research university with very high research” classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Campus life at Florida State University is diverse and culturally rich. Along with 700 student organizations and clubs, students can also partake in community service and volunteering opportunities as well as join a fraternity or sorority, or even participate in intramural sports. There is also an active Reserve Officer Training Corps available on campus for the military-minded student.

The Florida State University is home to the College of Business, where the Master’s in Accounting program is based. This program can be done in one or two years, and comes with four different specializations, including taxation, corporate accounting, assurance services, and accounting information systems. The program also fulfills the requirements for a student to sit for the CPA exam in Florida.

College Choice Score: 90

Tuition (annual): $33,300

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University of Missouri

University of Missouri

The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou by students, is a public research university that was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri. It also has campuses in Rolla, Kansas City, and St. Louis, Missouri. Mizzou is the flagship institution of the University of Missouri system.

This school is an American top-tier R1 institution and is a member of the Association of American University. It is currently ranked at 103rd among national universities. It is only one of six universities in the nation to have professional schools for medicine, law, engineering, agriculture, and veterinary medicine all located on one campus. The school also owns the University of Missouri Health Care system, which owns and operates four hospitals in Central Missouri.

The University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business is home to the Master’s of Accountancy degree. Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting are eligible for this program, which completes the prerequisites for anyone who wishes to sit for the CPA exam. Students who do not have the required coursework at the undergraduate level must take additional courses in order to be considered for entrance to the MAcc program.

College Choice Score: 90

Tuition (annual): $35,235

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University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public flagship research-intensive university that was founded in 1867 in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, Illinois. It is the second oldest public university in the state and is a member of the Association of American Universities with a high research activity classification by the Carnegie system.

UIUC is home to 17 colleges that provide more than 150 programs of study at various levels of education. It is also home to the second-largest university library in the United States. The school is consistently ranked as a top-tier school in both national and international rankings, with various programs taking the top ranking in their specific field of study.

For graduate students that are looking to obtain a Master’s in Accounting Science, the College of Business at UIUC is a great choice. The school has partnered with more of the Big 4 CPA firms than any other university in the country and has been one of the most consistent schools to graduate leading accounting professionals. The program is constantly in the top 15 of accounting program rankings by the Public Accounting Report.

College Choice Score: 90

Tuition (annual): $36,465

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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona was chartered in 1885 as a public research university. It is located in Tucson, Arizona, with a medical school that is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents, is an elected member of the Association of American Universities, and is the only university from Arizona to be included in the group. The University of Arizona provides students with over 300 areas of study in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degrees.

The University of Arizona has a vibrant student life, with clubs and organizations running the gamut from Greek life to political and literary student groups, to even intramural sports clubs. The school is also home to a sketch and improv comedy group and a marching band, both of which are nationally recognized for their respective talents.

The Eller College of Management, one of the schools housed within the University of Arizona, was founded in 1913 and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is home to the nationally ranked Master’s in Accounting program.

Students who study at Eller for their accounting degree are given a special opportunity — a summer internship with a top firm, provided they meet the requirements. This internship placement is perfect for students who want actual experience while working on their degree, and more often than not, these placements become permanent after graduation.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $37,898

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University of Tennessee Knoxville

University of Tennessee Knoxville

The University of Tennessee is a flagship public university in the University of Tennessee system. It consists of 20 colleges and schools, hosts nearly 30,000 students a year, and counts students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries within its student body. It was founded in 1794, before the state entered the Union, and is located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee holds affiliations with several research facilities and institutions, such as the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility and the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. It is a direct partner of the University of Tennessee Medical Center. It has the distinction of being a nationally recognized teaching hospital with an emphasis on aggressive medical research programs.

The Haslam College of Business, located on the University of Tennessee campus, is home to the Master of Accountancy program, which has three concentrations — Audit and Controls, Information Management, and Taxation. It is known to be a rigorous and challenging program, designed to ensure that all students who complete the MAcc program are well prepared for the business world.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $38,250

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University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina, known locally as UNC, is a public research university that is headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It was established in 1789 and shares the claim of the oldest public university in America with two other schools. It is one of the original eight “Public Ivy” schools that match the academic excellence found at Ivy League schools, but for a public school tuition.

UNC was the first university in North Carolina, and it offers over 70 fields of study throughout 15 colleges. It is publicly recognized for its hospital, the UNC Health Care Center, which has been a beacon of cancer research since it was established in 1952.

The Kenan-Flagler Business School is the home of the Master’s in Accounting program for the University of North Carolina. It is ranked in the top five for the best accounting graduate program with the top-rated business network featuring alumni and Big 4 accounting firms.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of obtaining a Master’s in Accounting at UNC is the inclusive nature of the program. Open to all undergraduate students, this graduate program was designed to give everyone a world-class accounting education, regardless of their undergraduate field of study. And with the flexibility of being able to complete coursework online or on campus, this program is one of the easiest programs to fit into a busy schedule.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $39,330

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University of Florida

University_of_Florida

The University of Florida, called UF by students, is a public land, sea, and space grant research university that is located in Gainesville, Florida. It was established in 1853 and is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. UF is an elected member of the Association of American Universities and has a very high research classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The school is ranked in the top 15 best public universities in the United States.

The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is the eighth-largest single-campus school in the U.S. with nearly 50,000 students enrolled. UF is home to sixteen academic colleges and over 150 research facilities. The graduate offerings include 123 master’s degrees and over 75 different doctoral degrees, not including professional programs offered at various schools.

The graduate accounting program has its own school within the Warrington College of Business — it is housed in the Fisher School of Accounting. The Master’s in Accounting, which is offered by the school, is primarily suited for students who received their undergraduate degree at another institution and are coming to Fisher for their graduate degree.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $40,000

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University of Washington

University_of_Washington

The University of Washington was founded in 1861 and is a public flagship research university that is located in Seattle, Washington, with campuses in both Tacoma and Bothell, Washington. It is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast and is home to an internationally recognized medical school. The University of Washington is a member of the Association of American Universities.

This university is known for the high standard of excellence among its faculty. Professors include Pulitzer Prize Winners, Nobel Prize laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and many other distinguished professionals in a variety of fields. It is one of the most respected faculties in the country, and the faculty is one of the biggest factors in bringing new students into the school.

The Foster School of Business, a college within the University of Washington, is the center for graduate accounting classes and degrees. Here, students obtain a master of Professional Accounting, which combines internships with unique opportunities to do accounting research to create graduates who are well prepared and adaptable to the changing climate of the accounting field.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $44,175

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Boston College

Boston_College

Boston College is a private, nonprofit, research university that founded by and currently affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and is the site of early collegiate gothic architecture.

This school is classified as having the highest research activity as a university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It has nine schools, including a law school and a seminary, and is highly ranked in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Prospective students looking for an accounting program need look no further than the Carroll School of Management, where a Master of Science in Accounting can be obtained. The MSA Program at Boston College is ranked 19th among national graduate accounting programs, and graduates from this program pass the CPA exam at far above the national average.

The MSA program at the college differs than other graduate accounting programs in that the degree is open to everyone, but requirements are put into place to ensure that all students graduate with a high level of understanding in accounting. For students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting, the fall program is the best fit, allowing graduates to move directly into the master’s program on the traditional academic calendar.

For those who wish to pursue this degree but do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting, Boston College offers the MSA Summer Program. It is designed to give students a strong foundational understanding of accounting prior to joining the Fall Program.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $44,700

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Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

Established in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private, nonprofit, independent research university that makes its home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is ranked 27th among national universities and is ranked 10th in best undergraduate teaching.

This school has produced Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, Truman Scholars, and Fulbright recipients. Wake Forest University counts athletes Arnold Palmer and Tim Duncan, Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr and esteemed author Maya Angelou among their alumni.

Wake Forest University is known for its study abroad programs and is ranked third in the country for undergraduate participation in this program. There is more than 400 study abroad programs for students to choose from, ranging in any field of study, country, and length of stay.

Wake Forest University’s School of Business is the home of the Master’s of Science in Accounting. There are three tracks to follow, including a unique track found only at Wake Forest, which is the Financial Transaction Services. Other tracks include Assurance Services and Tax Consulting.

It is one of the top accounting programs in the country and has an unmatched record when it comes to CPA pass rates. The school also boasts a 100 percent of all graduates are placed within a year of completing their degree.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $47,120

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University of Southern California

University_of_Southern_California

The University of Southern California is a private, nonprofit, sea and space-grant research university that is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1880, and has a historic track record of educating Southern California’s top leaders and professionals. It is currently partnered with research and cultural institutions in Asia and along the Pacific Rim.

The school is consistently ranked as one of the top 25 universities in the countries, and has a high research classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USC is known for having an alumni that has followed the tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship, with many graduates having gone on to found companies like LucasFilm, Intuit, Tinder, and Riot Games. It is also recognized as being the university with the most Olympic medals awarded to alumni; at last count, the total number of medals stood at 288, more than any other university in the country.

Nestled under the USC Marshall School of Business is the Leventhal School of Accounting, which houses the Master of Accounting. Students of this program are invited to partake in a study abroad program in China to help them further understand how accounting works in the business world.

College Choice Score: 89

Tuition (annual): $48,762

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Texas Tech University

Texas ech University

Texas Tech University, known simply as Texas Tech, is a public research university that was founded in 1923 in Lubbock, Texas. It is the flagship institution of the Texas Tech University System, which is a separate entity from the University of Texas System.

The school is the only one in Texas to house an undergraduate, a law, and a medical school all at the same campus. Texas Tech offers degrees at all levels of education in 150 areas of studies through 13 colleges. The Carnegie Foundation has labeled it as a high research activity institution and has an emphasis on applied engineering and science.

Student life at Texas Tech is diverse and never boring. There are over 500 organizations and clubs to join, as well as a Student Union building that serves as a hub for all student activity. Most students will live on campus at least for a portion of their academic life, which makes for an always interesting campus.

Graduate accounting students will find the Master of Science in Accounting within the Rawls College of Business. This master degree program is open to students who have a degree in finance or accounting.

College Choice Score: 82

Tuition (annual): $15,224

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Baruch College

Baruch College

Baruch College is a constituent college founded in 1968 as part of the City University of New York system. It is located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is made up of three schools that offer undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs to students.

The school is known for a number of partnerships, most notably the American Graduate School in Paris and JP Morgan Chase. These partnerships help strengthen the school’s ability to provide their students with study abroad and real-world internship opportunities within the confines of academic scholarship.

The Zicklin School of Business houses Baruch College’s Master of Science in Accountancy. It is also known as the CPA program, because when a student successfully completes the program, they will be eligible to sit for the CPA exam in the state of New York.

The MSA program at Baruch College is uniquely suited for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or finance. Having a foundation in accounting before obtaining this degree will allow this program to be finished in as little as one academic year.

College Choice Score: 81

Tuition (annual): $22,350

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Utah State University

Utah State University

Utah State University was founded in 1888 as an agricultural college, but is now a public research university that is headquartered in Logan, Utah. It is the home of top-tier nationally ranked elementary and secondary education programs. The school offers over 200 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Utah State University is home to more Carnegie Professors of the Year, an award given to exceptional teachers who provide the highest standard of learning available. This is the cornerstone of the school, which is best known for having strong student-teacher ties, regardless of the program or department.

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business houses the Master of Accounting, which is designed for students who wish to meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exams in Utah. The program is ranked 36th in the nation.

Utah State University also has recruiting relationships with accounting firms which recruit right on campus. Over 90 percent of graduates find placement by the time they graduate, a feat few other universities can claim.

College Choice Score: 81

Tuition (annual): $23,452

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Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University was founded in 1895 and is located in DeKalb, Illinois, with satellite campuses across the northern part of the state. It is a public research university that has seven colleges that offer 200 programs at all levels of education, from undergraduate to doctoral programs. Most of the academic programs offered by NIU are nationally accredited, providing students with assurances that they are getting the best education possible.

The NIU has a College of Business, where a Master of Accounting Science can be obtained. It has been ranked as one of the 30 most affordable graduate accounting programs available in the nation. it is also one of the accounting programs that meets the requirements for graduating students to be able to sit for the CPA exam.

Students who take on this program are invited to take part in the Accountancy Academic Internship Program, which consists of over two months of full-time work. This internship allows students to not only get hands-on training in a real business, but it also serves as a way for companies to recruit straight from the NIU student body, which often results in placement for students before they even graduate.

College Choice Score: 81

Tuition (annual): $24,557

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University of Texas at Dallas

University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas is a public research university that is located in the Richardson neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. It was founded in 1969 as a graduate center, but has integrated undergraduate studies with doctoral work and its research programs. It has a highest research activity classification from the Carnegie Foundation, with projects ranging from space science to cybersecurity.

UT Dallas has a broad program, spanning 138 disciplines across eight schools and over 50 research institutes. The school has an interdisciplinary focus, allowing students to design curriculums that match their interests and goals, and offering the chance for collaborative research projects across disciplines.

Accounting students will find that the Naveen Jindal School of Management houses the Master of Science in Accounting. This two-year program was designed to give students the necessary skills and experience to work as accountants in the real world. It also provides students with the chance to become eligible to sit for the CPA exam in Texas.

The MS Accounting program is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business and is nationally ranked as one of the best business graduate schools in the country.

College Choice Score: 80

Tuition (annual): $30,866

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Florida International University

Florida International University

Florida International University is a public metropolitan research university that was established in 1965 and headquartered in Greater Miami, Florida. It holds a high research activity classification from the Carnegie Foundation as well as a first-tier research university classification by the Florida Legislature. It belongs to the State University System of Florida and is a primary graduate research university in Florida.

Currently, FIU is the second-largest university in Florida with a student body count of over 50,000. The university offers 191 programs across 280 majors at 23 colleges and schools. It is best known for its commitment to excellence in graduate programs, including business administration, law, and medicine, and offers over 100 post-graduate degrees.

For students who are looking to obtain a Master’s in Accounting, FIU offers a program through their business school. The program, which can run as little as ten months, is created with flexibility — both in schedule and location — in mind. Each student can choose when and how they take classes, with an option for a hybrid program of both online and on-campus classes becoming available to incoming students.

College Choice Score: 80

Tuition (annual): $35,000

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DePaul University

DePaul_University

DePaul University was founded in 1898 by the Vincentians and is the largest Catholic university by enrollment in the country. It is a private university that has an emphasis on recruiting students from diverse backgrounds. The school is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with campuses in Lincoln Park and the Loop in the city. The university is also home to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, which is part of the tenth oldest business school in the nation.

This university is nationally recognized for its dedication to service-based learning and pedagogy. It is one of the only universities to be acknowledged for the role that community-based volunteer work takes within its requirements for graduating.

The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, which is associated with Driehaus College of Business, offers the Master of Accountancy program. This degree was created for students who hold another degree in accounting, and as such focuses on technical and management issues in accountancy. The school offers internships to accounting students to help them gain real experience while helping with employment opportunities.

College Choice Score: 80

Tuition (annual): $36,280

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University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Founded in 1871, The University of Arkansas is the public flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System. It is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is a land and space grant university. It also holds a high research activity classification by the Carnegie Foundation.

The University of Arkansas offers over 150 programs ranging from undergraduate to professional degrees. It is particularly recognized for its Middle Eastern studies degrees, as well for its graduate business programs.

At the Walton College of Business, students looking for a graduate accounting degree can find the Master of Accountancy. As with many other schools on this list, the college offers an integrated five-year degree in accounting. This program combines academic study to grant a student both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in accounting, as well as providing the requirements needed for a student to sit for the CPA exam in their state.

The University of Arkansas believes in pairing qualified students with internships, and so the Walton College of Business offers accounting internships to their students. These are paid internships for the most part and often result in the student being offered employment with a company before graduation.

College Choice Score: 80

Tuition (annual): $37,770

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Bentley University

Bentley University

Bentley University is a private university that was founded in 1917 as an accounting school. It is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, not far from Boston. Originally a graduate school, Bentley has gone on to offer bachelor of science degrees in business, arts, and sciences fields. The graduate school, for which Bentley is best known for, offers a variety of degrees, dual degrees, and certificate programs from adult and continuing education.

This university continues to place in the top 10 master’s degree programs offered by universities, and in the top 50 undergraduate business programs. It remains steadfast in its commitment to providing the financial sector with exemplary accountants and business-minded professionals.

At Bentley University’s Graduate School of Business, a student can enroll in the Master in Accountancy, one of the degrees this school is best known for. Emphasis on developing critical thinking and communication skills is put on the students here, who are challenged to think about global solutions throughout their academic life.

Bentley students also benefit from recruiting internships and fairs that see professionals from the Big 4 accounting firms and other esteemed businesses and agencies gather at the school to find new professionals to bring into their business. Students also are offered the opportunity to study abroad for a more hands-on approach when it comes to off-shore business practices and other related interests.

College Choice Score: 79

Tuition (annual): $40,650

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College of William and Mary

College of William and Mary

The College of William and Mary was established in 1693, making it the second-oldest university in the United States and the oldest in the South. It was founded as a private research university by King William III and Queen Mary II, but has been a public institution since 1906. It is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is considered one of the original eight “Public Ivy” schools.

This college has educated three U.S. Presidents, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, a Speaker of the House, and four original signers of the Declaration of Independence. It is considered one of the first universities in the country after it established law and medicine graduate programs in 1779.

The College of William and Mary is home to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. Here, the Master of Accounting is housed. It is a full-time, one-year program that allows students to fully benefit from the world-class faculty as well as specific programs that can only be found at William and Mary.

Two of these programs, the D.C. Trek and the Integrated Winter Field Experience, are requirements for graduating from the program. But they’re so much more. The D.C. Trek, which is a faculty-led trip to the nation’s capital, is aimed at teaching students about the relationships between the public and private sectors, and how accounting can be a driving force behind those relationships.

The Integrated Winter Field Experience is a half-term spent working within real businesses during the busiest part of the year for them. These are paid internships that are dedicated to showing students how life at an accounting firm is like, and many students walk away with employment opportunities.

College Choice Score: 79

Tuition (annual): $42,214

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Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a private university that was established in 1873 and is located in Fort Worth, Texas. It follows a classic liberal arts curriculum and houses eight colleges and schools. It is ranked in the top 100 national universities and has a high research activity classification from the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.

TCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It holds a Tier 1 ranking as a doctoral university by the Carnegie Foundation. The school has high marks in research and innovation, but it is still governed by the liberal arts. Through a rigorous curriculum, the school places emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills.

This school offers over 200 programs at all levels of education. The most popular programs tend to be business programs, which is unsurprising — The Neely School of Business, the university’s graduate school, is one of the most respected business schools in the nation.

The Neely School of Business offers a Master’s in Accounting, which is ranked 12th in the nation in graduate accounting programs. Students who achieve this degree often go on to sit for the CPA exam, and the school has reported some of the highest pass rates in the state of Texas. Additionally, 93 percent of all students receive employment within six months of graduating from the school.

College Choice Score: 79

Tuition (annual): $42,450

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University of Houston

University of Houston

The University of Houston is the flagship institution of the University of Houston system. It was founded in 1927 as a public research university, and it is the third-largest university in Texas. The school has been ranked in the top 110 public universities and enjoys a very high research activity classification from the Carnegie Foundation.

This university has 12 colleges and offers close to 300 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. It has a focus on interdisciplinary research as it pertains to the natural sciences and space exploration.

Accounting students will be particularly interested in the Bauer College of Business, where a Master of Science in Accountancy can be obtained. This program is unique in that not only is the program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, but it is one of less than 200 institutions to hold an additional specialized accreditation solely for the accounting program.

This school has a nationally ranked faculty working in accounting, and accounting courses are regularly taught by active professionals in the field. All students are given a first-class education as well as unique opportunities to be recruited by top agencies and firms from across the nation before they graduate.

College Choice Score: 79

Tuition (annual): $44,500

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Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University was founded in 1911 and is located in Dallas, Texas. It is a private research university that operates campuses across the Southwest. It is owned by and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

SMU has seven schools, including a seminary, a law school, and a professional engineering school. The school is supported by its endowment. It has the 41st largest endowment among private U.S. universities, with an endowment that topped $1 billion in June of 2015.

Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business offers a Master of Science in Accounting, and it is currently ranked at 3 on the list of top Master’s in Accounting programs as issued by the Public Accounting Report.

The program operates on a flexible schedule, allowing for students of this program to focus on a specialized area of study with accounting courses that are available both online and on campus. The school also has an excellent track record when it comes to placing students, with over 90% of students receiving placement within six months of graduation.

College Choice Score: 79

Tuition (annual): $45,646

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University of Utah

University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public space-grant research university that also serves as the flagship institution for the University of Utah system. Founded in 1850 and located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the school offers close to 200 degree programs and areas of study. It is also home to the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine, which is the only medical school in the state of Utah.

This university has a high research activity classification by the Carnegie Foundation, and has received over $400 million in research and training awards and gifts since 2011. It is a consistent research facility that continues to provide innovations in all areas of academic interest.

The David Eccles School of Business houses the graduate accounting program. Students can obtain a Master of Accounting through this nationally ranked accounting program, which sits at number 21 of the best accounting programs available in the country. Graduates can also choose from specializations, which include Audit, Tax, or Accounting Information Systems.

The faculty who oversee the accounting program are nationally ranked as well, and many faculty sit on editorial boards for accounting research journals. This level of research emphasis and commitment to continuing education, both for faculty and students, is one of the reasons this graduate accounting program is so well respected.

College Choice Score: 79

Tuition (annual): $47,778

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