Everybody loves a list so giving you the top accounting degree programs
– ten to be precise - seems the right thing to do! How did we come up
with this list of great accounting programs, institutions &
The US News & World Report has done a great job and come
up with their list of fifty.
But we’ll just look at the top ten
The idea is to:
Give you an overview of each college
Names their business schools
Talk about their undergraduate & Graduate/Masters
Provide some key facts that could help you decide which one
be right for you
So without further ado here we go with the top accounting degree
University of Texas at Austin. Not
that we like long
but it’s actually the McCombs School of Business that houses the
Department of Accounting. So what do they offer?
The Undergraduate program – known as the Texas Bachelor
Business Administration (BBA)
The next step up is the Traditional MPA (Master in
Accounting) a 12 to 18 month gig that gets you fully ready to take the
CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exams
And maybe you saw this coming, but you can combine the
the MPA (called the integrated MPA) over a five year period to get
fully fit to be a CPA
The University of Texas at
tops the list of other publications such as the Public Accounting
Report. As you’d expect when you head the list of top accounting degree
programs, it’s a tough nut to crack to get admission but the rewards
for your accountancy career will be huge.
The undergraduate program is called the Bachelor of
Accountancy (BS). And like many of its counterparts it’s no longer
enough to qualify you take the CPA exams in Illinois (or other states
for that matter)
The Graduate programs come in a few more flavours.
Master of Accounting Science (MAS) which is a one year program for
students with an accounting undergraduate history. Next up is the
Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) which is more aimed at
And of course, you can
combine the BS
with the MAS to get you the whole way through to the top of the
The undergraduate program is called the BS Accountancy
(Bachelor of Science)
Next up is the BYU MAcc Program (Master of Accountancy)
is rated number one by the Public Accounting Report, has very high
placement rates with employers and normally takes two years to complete.
Let’s move onto number four in the top accounting degree
programs: University of Pennsylvania. And of
course we have a very
famous name here being the Wharton Accounting Department. There’s a
four year undergraduate course or the Accounting department’s MBA
program. To be honest, their website is a bit sketchy on detail on
their programs and very heavy on accounting theory itself! Interesting
approach we say.
Now for the University of Michigan and the Ross
Business. The key offering here is the MAcc program which is a ten
month course that will have you ready for the CPA. However, for the
undergraduate there’s the three year BBA (Bachelor of Business
Administration) where you can take an elective in Accounting
OK, so we’re half way through the ten top accounting degree programs
out there. Plenty more great faculty names to come so read on. (And
don't forget to review our article on "What Can You Do With An Accounting Degree?"
The University of Southern California has a fab title! The
Leventhal School of Accounting. We like that a lot. And it’s actually
part of the Marshall School of Business.
Their accounting undergraduate program offers a very
distinctive approach which includes the Collaborative Learning Center
The Masters of Accounting (MAcc) is a full time, one year
program where over 50% of the students have come from an accounting
undergraduate background. Some other interesting stats were 51% of the
class were women and the average age is 24. Does that fit into the
profile of college you were looking to go for?
There’s no doubting that these top accounting degree programs offer
incredibly diverse school environments
Indiana University, Bloomington – not as zippy a name as
the others but the Kelley School of Business still has a strong ring
about it and a very crisp and informative website.
Their four year undergraduate program is known as the
of Science (BS) in Accounting and whilst this doesn’t get you over the
CPA line they still boast a whole range of top employers such as PwC,
General Mills and Motorola
However, on the graduate program side of things they have
courses to offer. First up is the Master of Business Administration in
Accounting which they refer to as the 3/2 program as you complete the
BS & MBA together in five years.
Or you can take the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
is a one year course. And finally there’s the good old MBA with an
accounting major or minor.
Realistically, if an
is what you’re chasing and you’re still an undergraduate then it’s the
3/2 program you’ll want to check-out.
As you can see, there’s a rich diversity of colleges &
that make up the ten top accounting degree programs.
The University of Notre Dame operates its accounting
through the Mendoza College of Business. We’ll resist any quips about
bells and fairy tale creatures to concentrate on what’s important.
There does seem to be a heavy focus on the academic side of accounting
which will appeal to many students.
These guys refer to an accountancy undergraduate major
a bit of change from the others – that is they don’t wheel out the
“major” moniker too often
Higher on up it’s the M.S in Accountancy (MSA) program
gives you the option of two tracks being the Financial Reporting and
Assurance Services or Tax. Clearly the former is the best option if
you’re heading for accounting departments of public accounting firms
A great statistic we found
Viewbook was 75% of their 2009 MSA graduates ended up in public
accounting firms with 60% in the Big Four. Compelling stuff and what
you’d expect of top accounting degree programs.
New York University’s accounting department
goes under the
of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Definitely the most words
award here in the top ten accounting degree programs!In their
undergraduate college two accounting majors are offered one being a bit
more general in nature with the other focusing in on getting CPA ready.
Rather worryingly the information on the MBA program (which can be
combined with the undergraduate program) sends you to their 2004-5
Hmm. Perhaps it’s time for a bit of brush up there.
And so we come to the last, and certainly not least, of our top
accounting degree programs.
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. The business
is called UNC Kenan – Flagler. Their flagship undergraduate program is
called the BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration but
oddly there isn’t an accounting major so we’ll have to move on quickly
to the MAC (Master of Accounting) which is a one year full-time program
that boasts 95-100% placements
So, there you have them – the top accounting degree programs. We’d love
to hear from you on what colleges or universities you think should be