Accounting Degree Rankings

The 50 Best Bachelor’s in Accounting Programs

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reports the growth rate for the accounting is expected to be 13% between now and 2022. The BLS also notes that accountants can find work in tax offices, government branches, the finance and insurance sectors or in business management.

According to a 2008 report released by Robert Half Finance and Accounting, entry-level pay for new accountants at small companies was $29,500, while large company employees started at $33,250. Experience also impacts pay rates; accounting managers, with six or more years of employment, earn nearly double the amount a recent graduate makes. Finally, the report notes that accountants who have earned a professional credential or become a licensed CPA, earn about 10% more than unlicensed professionals.

Most of the schools listed here do not have CPA-specific degree programs, since certification usually requires students to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees in order to fulfill the 150 credits required by most states’ licensing boards. However, some schools provide these credits within a prolonged undergraduate program. Ultimately, students should check the CPA requirements from the Boards of Accountancy in the states they wish to live and practice in.

The following list ranks 50 of the best accounting schools — colleges and universities offering a bachelor’s in accounting that we’ve handpicked based on their competitive graduation rates, reputations and curriculum standards. View our methodology to learn more. Note that these schools are accredited by one of the following accounting accreditation agencies:

RankLogoSchool NameTypeAccreditationDescriptionQuick Facts
1

University of Pennsylvania

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The Wharton School is one of the best accounting schools, offering a unique economics program with a selection of 20 different concentrations, including accounting. Students are provided with the flexibility to focus on a single concentration, take multiple concentrations or custom-build their own degree. Ultimately, Wharton emphasizes an adjustable program of study, so students are encouraged to work with their advisors on customizing their curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

  • Students interested in applying to the Wharton School do so by following the University of Pennsylvania’s application process and guidelines.
  • The admissions board broadly considers the following elements in each application: recommendations, extracurriculars, high school transcripts and indicators of leadership.

Credit Requirements

During the first year, students complete introductory economics and business courses. To earn the degree concentration in accounting, students must take core courses in Financial Accounting, Cost-Managerial Accounting, Fall Intermediate Financial Accounting and Spring Intermediate Financial Accounting. Undergraduates must also choose two additional courses from a selection of seven accounting or finance department offerings.

Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranked Penn State as #5 on Accounting Rankings.

Address
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
19104-6303
(215) 898-5000
2

University of Notre Dame

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC

The Program

Undergraduates can earn a bachelor’s in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. Unlike many degree programs, students enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business are expected to wait a year before they declare a major. Prospective accountants must maintain a college GPA of at least 3.1 to progress into the accountancy major during their sophomore year.

Admissions Requirements

  • Students must submit the following materials along with a completed application form: ACT or SAT scores, 300-400 word answer to a prompt, evaluations from a teacher and a counselor and high school transcripts.
  • No minimum exam score or GPA requirements, however, students must have completed a total of 16 high school units in the following subjects: mathematics, a foreign language, English, the sciences and social science or history.

Credit Requirements

Students must earn at least 126 semester credits in order to graduate from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in accounting. Of these, 18 credits are part of the accountancy major curriculum, which students can begin taking in their second year. Courses include Strategic Cost Management, Audit and Assurance Service and Federal Taxation. Undergraduates are also required to take 26 credits from non-business, elective courses offered by other departments in the school.

Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranked Notre Dame as #4 on Accounting Rankings.

Address
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN
46556
(574) 631-5000
3

Georgetown University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The McDonough School of Business awards Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees with the possibility of six different study concentrations, including accounting. Students gain a footing in managerial and financial accounting. Since the base program of study does not fulfill the education requirements for the CPA exam, students are encouraged to work with the Undergraduate Program Office to create course schedules that include accounting electives.

Admissions Requirements

  • High school courses in natural science, English, science, language and social studies
  • ACT or SAT I scores
  • A recommendation letter from a teacher
  • Selection interview
  • Immunization records

Credit Requirements

Generally, students enrolled in the bachelor’s in accounting program take five courses at a time. The curriculum for accounting students includes 12 business core classes, seven liberal arts and university core classes and five accounting courses. Examples of accounting classes offered include Intermediate Accounting, Auditing and Financial Statement Analysis.

Address
37th and O St NW
Washington, DC
20057-0001
(202) 687-0100
4

University of Florida

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Prospective bachelor’s in accounting students can earn their degree through the Fisher School of Accounting. This degree is designed to be put toward further graduate studies; the undergraduate program alone does not include enough credits to fulfill the Uniform CPA exam requirements. Students enrolled in the BSAc program gain early admission privileges for graduate programs at the University of Florida.

Admissions Requirements

  • A Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR)
  • A resume detailing extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and work experience
  • A 450-word personal essay

Credit Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to closely follow the Fisher School’s suggested program of study for accounting, which includes a load of five courses per semester and course sequence suggestions. The entire bachelor’s in accounting program includes 17 credit hours of general education courses, 22 accounting credits and 28 business core requirements. The accounting section includes courses in Cost and Managerial Accounting, Introduction to Auditing and Introduction to Federal Income Tax.

Address

Gainesville, FL
32611
(352) 392-3261
5

The University of Texas

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Students may pursue two tracks in accounting at the McCombs School of Business: a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in accounting or a BBA in Finance with a specialization in accounting. This multidisciplinary degree is specifically designed for students who wish to work in government or industry finance.

Admissions Requirements

  • Prospective students fill out an ApplyTexas form, which is a centralized application form for multiple schools in Texas.
  • Average exam scores and class ranks of accepted freshmen:
    • ACT: 31
    • SAT: 1361
    • High School Class Rank: Top 7%

Credit Requirements

Once students complete introductory mathematics and economic courses, they must complete 9-12 accounting courses on topics such as Fundamentals of Taxation, Auditing and Control and Financial Statements Analysis to complete a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Testimonials

I was drawn to accounting because it is at the exciting crossroads of economics, law and all other aspects of business. Accountants tell the company’s story of how they used their tools (like marketing, product costs, financing methods, employee benefits, etc.) during the past year. It’s kind of like making a recipe for success.

Ally Newman, BBA '13
Address
110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX
78712
(512) 471-3434
6

Bucknell University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

Students working toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) can elect to major in Accounting and Financial Management at Bucknell University. The School of Management offers a unique class schedule created specifically for students who plan to take the Uniform CPA exam after graduation. Alternatively, students may also pursue a course track designed for the CFA credentialing examination.

Admissions Requirements

  • A complete common application
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • High school transcripts
  • A personal essay

Credit Requirements

The bachelor’s degree in accounting curriculum consists of core, CPA- or CFA-preparatory and accounting subject courses; topics covered include Business Law, Tax Accounting and Corporate Finance. Seniors attending the BSBA program at Bucknell have the opportunity to participate in the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), an academic initiative in which upper-division students run an investment company to manage the school’s $1.6 million endowment fund.

Address
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA
17837
(570) 577-2000
7

Washington University in St Louis

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC

The Program

Students who wish to immerse themselves in accounting industries both domestically and abroad should examine the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an emphasis in accounting. This program includes global internship opportunities and foreign exchange partnerships with colleges abroad, including:

  • Otto Beisheim School of Management
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Bocconi University in Milan

The BSBA program also includes a competitive honors program and a Beta Gamma Sigma society presence. Students must be nominated by faculty members to gain entry to the honors program for accounting.

The John M. Olin Business School ensures that students receive at least 153 hours of college credits once they progress into the Master of Accounting program, so that they can fulfill the CPA exam education requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • SAT or ACT scores
  • High school transcripts
  • Evaluation letters from instructors
  • A completed common application

Credit Requirements

In total, students must complete at least 15 units of accounting courses: six units from the core curriculum and nine units of electives. BSBA students encounter course topics such as Auditing, Managerial Accounting, Cost Analysis and Control and Income Tax Accounting.

Address
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO
63130-4899
(314) 935-5000
8

University of Georgia

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Students enrolled in the J.M. Tull School of Accounting can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting with the opportunity to take Master of Accounting courses simultaneously through the 5-year BBA/MAcc program. Students can receive assistance with CPA exam preparation by speaking to their academic advisor about requirements Georgia.

Admissions Requirements

  • Take an accounting exam issued by the Terry College of Business
  • Submit a 300-400 word statement of purpose
  • Take the Educational Testing Service exam

Credit Requirements

Accounting students fulfill the required 21-24 credits for this degree by taking a blend of foundational, science, core curriculum, language, social science and accounting courses. Some course topics in this field of study include Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Accounting and Introduction to Information Systems in Business.

Address
Administration Building
Athens, GA
30602
(706) 542-3000
9

New York University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

NYU’s Stern School of Business and Department of Accounting offer one of the leading undergraduate degrees in accounting. Students have the option of selecting “co majors,” so they can specialize in a second field of study, such as:

  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Marketing

This program is registered with the New York State Education Department, so graduates are eligible to take the CPA exam in this state upon completing the credit requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • A common application
  • Completing an interview
  • A writing supplement

Credit Requirements

Credit requirements vary depending on whether the student plans to take the CPA exam. Additionally, co-major tracks include a greater diversity of required courses when compared to undergraduate degrees that focus exclusively on accounting.

Some accounting course topics students may encounter include Legal Aspects of Business, Financial Statement Analysis, Auditing and Taxation of Individual and Business Income.

Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU as #9 on Accounting Rankings.

Address
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY
10012-1091
(212) 998-1212
10

University of Southern California

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC

The Program

The Leventhal School of Accounting is the home to a distinguished undergraduate program in accounting with a 150-unit curriculum designed to meet CPA exam standards. Students may not declare the accounting major immediately as freshmen. First, they must enroll as Business Administration majors and complete prerequisite courses.

Admissions Requirements

  • Prospective accounting majors must complete 32 college units, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, at USC before they can apply to the Leventhal School
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • A Common Application School Report
  • High school transcripts
  • First semester college grades
  • Prerequisite courses include: Analytical Writing, Microeconomics for Business and Fundamental Principles of Calculus

Credit Requirements

Accounting students are expected to complete a total of 128 credits. These are achieved through seven business core classes, followed by four semesters of accounting classes and electives. Examples of required course subjects include Internal Reporting Issues, Financial Reporting and Analysis and Tax Issues for Business.

Once students declare the accounting major, they are invited to apply for the Undergraduate Scholarship Award. Applicants are considered if they hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and are enrolled for at least 12 units each semester.

Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranked USC as #5 on Accounting Rankings.

Address
University Park
Los Angeles, CA
90089
(213) 740-2311
11

Brigham Young University

Private (Non Profit) NCCU

The Program

The Bachelor of Science Accountancy (BS Acc) program provided by the Marriott School of Accountancy is designed to prepare undergraduates for an upcoming Master of Arts program, in which they can receive the necessary credits to fulfill the CPA exam requirements. Students can either take the BS Acc alone or combine it with the MA Acc in a five-year integrated program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Only current BYU students are considered for the accountancy program; incoming freshmen do not begin this program immediately.
  • Completion of six prerequisite courses in finance, accounting and business while holding a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete BYU’s general education curriculum during the freshmen and sophomore years
  • Be a junior at the time of entering the accountancy program

Credit Requirements

Students participate in the accounting core classes during their junior year then progress into a management integrated core in their senior year. Some of the required accounting courses at BYU are Cost and Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting and Fundamentals of Taxation.

In total, students must complete 64 credit hours to complete the BS Acc program.

Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU Provo as #3 on Accounting Rankings.

Address
Main Campus
Provo, UT
84602
(801) 422-4636
12

Lehigh University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh has designed an undergraduate program in accounting that prepares students for entry-level jobs in this career field. Students participate in networking activities through the Accounting Club, which organizes scholarship opportunities, professional workshops and company visits. Students who maintain a certain level of academic performance are also invited to join Beta Alpha Psi, a national honors society for accounting.

Students must select one of three accounting degree concentrations for their senior year:

  • Public Accounting
  • Financial Services and Corporate Accounting
  • Information Systems

Admissions Requirements

  • Students must already be enrolled at Lehigh to join the accounting program.
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Midyear reports completed after the first semester of study
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Sample prerequisite courses: Introduction to Financial Accounting and Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Credit Requirements

Once accounting students enter their junior year, they begin the core accounting curriculum, which consists of four courses, and complete classes related to their accounting concentration during their senior year. In total, undergraduates take a total of 36 accounting credits. Potential courses include Cost Accounting, Accounting Information Systems and Fundamentals of Auditing.

Address
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA
18015
(610) 758-3000
13

Wake Forest University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC

The Program

Wake Forest uses an integrated program option for undergraduate and master’s degrees in accountancy, which can be completed within five years. These degree programs — including a bachelor’s in accounting — have a wide range of accountancy professions in mind, with students graduating to pursue work in settings like banking institutions, forensics accounting and taxation services.

It is important to note that undergraduates must progress to the Master of Science in Accounting degree program to receive CPA exam preparation.

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduates must be accepted to Wake Forest University and complete their freshman studies before applying to the business program and declaring the accounting major.
  • A total of 16 units of high school credits in subjects like mathematics, English, foreign language and natural science
  • Applicants who don’t meet the high school credit requirement can alternatively submit proof of 12 college preparatory course credits
  • A high school diploma is recommended, but not required
  • At least 49 hours of college courses completed
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7

Credit Requirements

To enter the School of Business, students must first take three prerequisite courses in math, accounting and business. To complete the accounting major, students must take the following:

  • Seven accounting courses
  • Ten business courses
  • One economics course
  • One math course
Address
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston Salem, NC
27106
(336) 758-5000
14

George Washington University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

GWU’s School of Business offers a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAccy) that prepares for the CPA exam within a single, four-year degree program. Students complete their education requirements for accounting without having to worry immediately about graduate admissions and studies. The BAccy program gives students the flexibility to explore other degree topics before they reach upper division courses. Students may also pursue a non-business minor including Biology, Criminal Justice, Film Studies or Political Science.

Admissions Requirements

  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Recommendation letters from a teacher and a school counselor
  • A completed Common Application form
  • High school transcripts
  • Students who wish to also apply to the GWU honors program must submit two SAT subject test scores.

Credit Requirements

It’s important for students to follow GWU’s suggested course plan to earn their bachelor’s in accounting, since many of the accountancy courses are only available once each year. First, students must complete 10 courses in business, economics, math, science, statistics and composition. Once these are complete, undergraduates move onto 10 required accounting courses, which include Federal Income Taxation, Advanced Accounting and Auditing.

Address
2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC
20052
(202) 994-1000
15

North Carolina State University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Poole College of Management at NCSU Raleigh Bachelor of Science in Accounting with four possible concentrations:

  • Information Systems
  • Internal Auditing
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Analysis

The BS in Accounting does not prepare students for the CPA exam requirements. Rather, students who wish to earn such credentials are encouraged to take the Master of Accounting after earning their undergraduate degree, which includes CPA preparation and career training for employment within firms.

Admissions Requirements

  • Students do not begin their accounting studies right away; they must first complete general management courses with the Poole College before declaring the accounting major.
  • SAT scores at a minimum of 1150 or an ACT score of at least 24
  • An A or B+ grade average during high school

Credit Requirements

Curriculum for accounting students varies, depending on the concentration they select. However, students must complete core classes in business and accounting before they can move on to a 12 credit hour concentration. Some examples of these accounting courses include Business Valuation, Risk and Assurance and Concepts of Financial Reporting.

Address
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC
27695-7001
(919) 515-2011
16

Boston College

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE

The Program

Students attending the Carroll School of Management can meet the educational requirements to take the CPA exam by completing the undergraduate degree program in accounting. This can help prospective accountants begin their practice earlier, since they are not required to earn a master’s degree to fulfill the exam requirements.

Boston College accounting students may also choose from these three undergraduate concentrations:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Corporate Reporting and Analysis
  • General Accounting

Admissions Requirements

  • High school transcripts are required, but there are no GPA minimum requirements
  • Students should submit SAT or ACT scores, but they don’t need a minimum score
  • Applicants must submit a writing supplement
  • Boston College accepts 30% of applicants each year.

Credit Requirements

Students must take a total of six accounting courses that count for three credits each, along with a single accounting elective. Some of the course topics include Financial Accounting Standards, Auditing and Accounting Information Systems.

Address
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA
02467
(617) 552-8000
17

Ohio State University

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Fisher College of Business at OSU oversees two degree programs that can help students meet the CPA exam requirements in some states, including Ohio. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting lets students work within “Industry Clusters,” specialized groups that work on activities tied to specific types of accounting and business, such as consulting, middle market or consumer packaged goods.

Students pursuing the bachelor’s in accounting may apply to the Fred Miller Fund for Excellence, a merit-based scholarship by the Fisher College of Business.

Admissions Requirements

Before students are admitted to the BSBA program, they must be accepted to OSU as undergraduate students.

  • ACT or SAT scores
  • High school transcripts
  • Resume detailing leadership and work experiences
  • GED or high school diploma

Students are admitted directly to the Fisher College of Business if they:

  • Have an SAT score of 1300 or higher or an ACT score of 29 or higher
  • Rank within the top 25% of their high school graduating class with an SAT score higher than 1150 or an ACT score higher than 25

Credit Requirements

Students can take courses on a semester- or quarter-based schedule. The general education requirements include 54-61 credit hours of courses in natural sciences, quantitative reasoning, writing, social science and humanities. Students must complete 34.5 credit hours of business core classes and 24 credit hours of accounting specialization courses, including Cost Accounting, Advanced Financial Accounting and Tax Accounting.

Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranked OSU as #10 on Accounting Rankings.

Address
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH
43210
(292) 646-8600
18

University of Maryland - College Park

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Robert H. Smith School of Business offers prospective accountants a bachelor’s in accounting. This 120-credit program can be earned within a total of four years. However, students should keep in mind they must still earn 30 more college credits to qualify for full CPA licensure.

Students may also pursue business or nonbusiness minors, such as:

  • Business Analytics
  • Art History
  • Global Poverty

Admissions Requirements

  • Generally, applicants must compete for openings, which are available to current UM students who have already earned 45 undergraduate credits.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of four prerequisite “Gateway” courses in math and business
  • A minimum of a C average on all Gateway prerequisite courses

Credit Requirements

In total, students earn 120 credits to graduate from the bachelor’s in accounting program. About 26-27 of these credits come from fulfilling general education requirements, while 19 credits are obtained through a business core curriculum. Some of the required accounting courses that contribute to the 24 major requirements are Intermediate Accounting, Taxation of Individuals and Auditing Theory and Practice.

Accounting students must also fulfill elective and professional writing requirements before they graduate.

Recognition

Named #7 Accounting Program (in the U.S.) by the Wall Street Journal (2010)

Address

College Park, MD
20742
(301) 405-1000
19

Bentley University

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE

The Program

Prospective Bentley students have two undergraduate programs to choose from: a bachelor’s in accounting and a corporate finance and accounting degree, both available as CPA certification tracks.These programs fulfill 120 credit hours, which are enough for students to take the exam in certain states, including Massachusetts. However, they note that students must pursue 30 more credits through other programs, like a master’s or post-baccalaureate certificate in order to be licensed in other states.

Undergraduates may pursue the following concentrations:

  • External or internal auditing
  • Information technology
  • Financial accounting
  • Cost accounting

Admissions Requirements

  • A personal essay
  • High school transcripts
  • Two reference letters, one from a counselor and one from a teacher
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Prospective freshmen are invited to submit their applications as early as November 1st to receive advanced admissions notice.

Credit Requirements

Curriculum requirements vary based on the accounting degree concentration selected by the student. In general, students must take seven required accounting courses along with one accounting elective to fulfill the major requirements. Accounting courses include Federal Taxation, Advanced Topics in Cost Management and Accounting Information Systems.

Testimonials

“I wanted a major that would allow me to get a strong background in both accounting and finance, so I could choose from a variety of careers.”

Cheryl Martin, Corporate Finance and Accounting major
Address
175 Forest St
Waltham, MA
02452-4705
(800) 523-2354
20

The College of New Jersey

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, offered by the School of Business at TCNJ, provides students with an opportunity to earn the 150 credit hours recommended for licensure in most states. This is accomplished through the completion of the major program along with a minor in one of the following fields:

  • Foreign Language
  • Criminology
  • International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Communication Studies

Admissions Requirements

  • SAT or ACT scores
  • High school transcripts
  • Application payments
  • An admissions essay
  • Recommendation letters from a teacher and a counselor
  • Accepted applicants typically fall in the top 15% of their graduating high school class.

Credit Requirements

The bachelor’s degree in accounting alone provides students with 130 credit hours. Students have the option of continuing their studies with a 20 credit hour minor, so they can fulfill CPA licensure requirements. To earn the BS in Accounting, students must complete 10 units in general education, known as Liberal Learning, along with four elective courses. Some of the 18.5 major course requirements are Fundamentals of Financial Methods, Applied Business Statistics and Information Systems.

Address
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ
08628-7718
(609) 771-1855
21

University of Washington

Public NCCU

The Program

UW’s Foster School of Business helps accounting undergraduates enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) program gain experiential learning with its extensive corporate partnership program. UW is particularly active when it comes to hosting events, with accounting seminars, workshops and conferences held on a weekly basis.

Admissions Requirements

  • ACT or SAT scores
  • A personal statement, short response and details about extracurricular activities
  • Home school or veteran information if applicable
  • College-level preparation details (e.g. AP, A-Level, etc)
  • A secondary school record that meets College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)

Credit Requirements

The University of Washington requires a minimum of 180 credits in order to graduate. About 50% of the courses are fulfilled through general requirements. Undergraduates also receive credits through the lower division business core, four writing credits and an upper division business core. Accounting students earn 36 concentration credits in courses that include Strategic Business Communications, Auditing and Cost Accounting.

Address
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA
98195-4550
(206) 543-2100
22

University of Richmond

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC

The Program

UR’s Robins School of Business gives students the opportunity to major in accounting while earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). In addition to selecting a major, students may optionally pursue concentrations like economics, marketing, management and finance.

Admissions Requirements

  • While Richmond undergraduates may start taking business courses right away, they must wait until their sophomore year to declare the accounting major and enter the bachelor’s degree in accounting program.
  • A high school diploma or its equivalent
  • At least 16 secondary school credits in the following subject areas: mathematics, foreign language, English, history and laboratory science
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • Completion of accounting, calculus and economics prerequisite courses

Credit Requirements

Students are expected to complete their general education requirements, a business core curriculum and seven accounting courses to earn the BSBA in accounting. Some subject-specific courses include Federal Tax, Accounting Information Systems and Advanced Financial Accounting. Students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to proceed through the accounting program.

Address
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA
23173
(804) 289-8000
23

Marist College

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The Marist School of Management awards the college’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics. The school’s undergraduate program in accounting prepares students for careers in public accounting as well as in corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Students participate in career development projects embedded in the curriculum, as well as networking activities through groups like Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the New York City Undergraduate Career Trek.

Since this program is registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by AACSB, graduates are eligible to take the CPA exam in New York upon completing the credit requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Counselor Recommendation Form
  • High school transcripts
  • Personal essay
  • One additional letter of recommendation
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Students are not required to submit their SAT or ACT scores, but will be considered if submitted.

Credit Requirements

The bachelor’s degree in accounting requires 120 credit hours, with the majority of classes in accounting. Other areas of study include liberal arts, electives and general education.

Address
3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601
(845) 575-3000
24

Pennsylvania State University

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Smeal College of Business is the home to a Bachelor of Science in Accounting program that can be earned concurrently with a Corporate Control and Analysis Certificate. Penn State also offers a single year master’s as a follow-up to the bachelor’s, for students who need to gain enough credits for CPA licensure.

Admissions Requirements

  • Two world language units
  • Three math units in courses up through trigonometry
  • Three science units
  • Four English units
  • Students with a GED may submit their transcripts to be considered for admission.

Credit Requirements

Students take a combination of general education, business core and accounting courses in the program. Upper courses are typically available to a limited number of students on a strict timeframe; students should watch the course wait list to ensure they can enroll in a required course within a timely basis. Sample accounting courses include Intermediate Finance Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Principles of Taxation.

Address
201 Old Main
University Park, PA
16802
(814) 865-4700
25

Texas A&M University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Students attending TAMU’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting examine this field from several professional perspectives, delving into auditing, public accounting and government accounting processes. While students do not earn enough credits in the undergraduate program to take the CPA exam in Texas, they are encouraged to continue their studies with the graduate program to meet these requirements.

Applicants may also be eligible to win Junior Accounting Major scholarships by enrolling this program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Students are not directly admitted to the Mays Business School; they must be admitted as undergraduates and then apply to the BBA program.
  • Meet minimum high school coursework requirements in English, mathematics, sciences and foreign languages
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Complete at least 30 credit hours at TAMU
  • Completion of at least four specific math, accounting, communications and information systems courses, typically once enrolled at TAMU

Credit Requirements

In total, students will earn 120 credits through the BBA program. Some of the required courses include Fraud Examination, Accounting Ethics and Internal Auditing. To gain the additional 30 credits needed to take the CPA exam and become licensed in Texas, students are also encouraged to enroll in the Master of Science in Accounting.

Address
805 Rudder Tower
College Station, TX
77843-1244
(979) 845-3211
26

Florida State University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The College of Business at FSU offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Accounting that fulfills the 120 credit hour requirement to take the CPA exam in Florida. However, students must still earn 30 additional credits to gain licensure, which can be fulfilled through extra undergraduate courses or by enrolling in the master’s program for accounting.

There are a number of institutional and state-specific accounting scholarships available to FSU students, including the Walter A. Friedly Memorial Scholarship and the Undergraduate Accounting Scholarships. Prospective students must fill out additional applications to be considered for scholarship opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

  • Prospective accounting students are not admitted directly into this major.
  • Students must enter FSU as general undergraduates then apply to the College of Business to be considered for this limited-space program.
  • A 3.8-4.3 GPA
  • 1760-1960 composite SAT scores
  • 26-30 ACT scores
  • Completion of minimum required high school units or GED holders with a completed SSAR

Credit Requirements

Accounting students are expected to earn 90 credits outside the accounting curriculum, fulfilling general requirements, business core and business breadth courses. Accounting course topics include Cost Accounting, Federal Tax Accounting and Law for Accountancy. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9 throughout the program.

Address
222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL
32306-1037
(850) 644-2525
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The bachelor’s in accountancy at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign gives students a general accounting education. Graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level employment opportunities. They may also continue on to a master’s program to gain a specialization and earn the remaining credits they need to sit the CPA licensure exam.

Students may also qualify for departmental aid based on their academic performance. Funds like the James Scholars and the College of Business Honors Program provide accounting students with scholarship opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

  • U of I is one of the few institutions that provides students with a track into accounting as freshmen.
  • Students are recommended to take the following steps to be competitive applicants to the program:
    • Achieve high scores on the SAT or ACT
    • Visit the campus and shadow current accounting students
    • Demonstrate leadership skills and community involvement in the application

Credit Requirements

Upon completion, students earn a total of 124 credit hours from the BS in Accountancy program. A minimum of 21 accounting credits are required, earned through courses such as Accounting Measurement and Disclosure, Decision Making for Accountancy and Principles of Taxation.

Recognition

U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Illinois as #2 on Accounting Rankings.

Address
601 E John Street
Champaign, IL
61820-5711
(217) 333-1000
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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Wisconsin School of Business offers several tracks for students who wish to gain undergraduate degrees in accounting. For students who plan to take the CPA exam, the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting provides a foundation of credits that contribute towards the 150 hours typically needed for CPA licensure. Students can then pursue a Master of Accountancy or a Master of Business Administration program, both of which are offered at Madison, to complete the remainder of their credits.

Admissions Requirements

  • A professional resume
  • A personal statement
  • A UW Madison application marked with a business school indication

Credit Requirements

Many students in the BBA program share the same core curriculum, including four pre-business courses, nine credits of business electives and 12 credits of business core courses. In total, student receive 120 credits with the BBA degree. The accounting curriculum includes Cost Management Systems, Financial Reporting and Fundamentals of Taxation.

Address
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI
53706-1380
(608) 262-1234
29

Clemson University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides undergraduates with a total of 122 credit hours, which falls short of the CPA examination and licensure requirements in South Carolina. The BS gives students a well-rounded foundation in the humanities. As a result, undergraduate students are encouraged to complete the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) to earn the remainder of accounting credits required for CPA licensure.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed Clemson University online application
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • High school transcripts
  • A 2.0 GPA or higher to enter the accounting program

Credit Requirements

Accounting undergraduates do not begin their accounting curriculum until their sophomore year. The recommended plan of study involves a total of five courses so that students earn 15-16 credits each semester. Major course topics include Cost Accounting, Financial Management and Contemporary Reporting and Management Control Systems.

Address
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC
29634
(864) 656-4636
30

Muhlenberg College

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

Muhlenberg College offers several options for undergraduates to fulfill their CPA exam and licensing requirement, along with some non-traditional curriculum approaches. Students who wish to meet the 150 hour minimum can pursue undergraduate courses through internships, study abroad or a semester in Washington, D.C. Students are not required to pursue graduate studies; after completing their bachelor’s, students can choose to take more undergraduate courses at Muhlenberg in order to work towards the 150 hours needed.

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduates do not begin their accounting curriculum immediately. First, they must be accepted to Muhlenberg and complete prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Complete an admissions interview
  • Recommendation letters from a teacher and a counselor
  • Muhlenberg also highly recommends that applicants schedule a campus visit to get a clear perspective of what it might be like to attend this college.

Credit Requirements

Students must complete 12 required accounting courses, along with two electives before graduation. Students take courses like Fraud Examination, Concepts of Federal Taxation and Auditing and Assurance Service while fulfilling their major requirements.

Muhlenberg students are encouraged to take more than the required load of undergraduate accounting courses to fulfill their CPA exam and licensure education requirements.

Address
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA
18104
(484) 664-3100
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Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting offered by the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Rutgers prepares students for accounting careers in government offices, corporations, nonprofits and financial institutions. Over four years, students earn 120 credits through this program, so additional coursework will be necessary to meet CPA exam and licensure requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • 16 courses in high school that meet English, foreign language, science and math requirements.
  • Once admitted, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 while taking pre-business courses.
  • Current Rutgers undergraduates may transfer into the accounting program by fulfilling prerequisites in pre-calculus and two pre-business courses.
  • Undergraduates transferring from outside of Rutgers must complete all six pre-business courses before being admitted.

Credit Requirements

To fulfill the 120 credit requirement for this degree program, students take pre-business courses, a business core curriculum, one business elective and seven required accounting courses. Topics covered include Cost Accounting, Income Tax Accounting and Concepts of Auditing.

Address
83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ
08901-1281
(732) 932-1766
32

Yeshiva University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

Prospective accounting students have two undergraduate tracks at Yeshiva’s Sy Syms School of Business at this Jewish university: a CPA track and a non-CPA track. Students following the CPA track must also complete the Master of Science in Accounting program to gain enough credits to take the CPA exam in New York.

Admissions Requirements

  • SAT or ACT scores
  • A completed Yeshiva online application
  • High school transcripts
  • An interview
  • $65 application fee
  • Accounting students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in order to enroll in the required upper division courses.

Credit Requirements

Required courses vary depending on the academic track selected by the student. Some prospective courses students may encounter include Business Law, Federal Income Taxation and Principles of Auditing. These courses are taken once students complete their liberal arts core curriculum.

Address
500 W 185th St
New York, NY
10033-3299
(212) 960-5400
33

University of Connecticut

Public NEASC/CIHE

The Program

The UConn School of Business offers an undergraduate degree in accounting that may be followed up with a Master of Science in Accounting so students can meet the credit hour requirements to take the CPA exam in Connecticut. Undergraduates enrolled in this program may also be eligible for departmental scholarships. To qualify for these opportunities, students must have already taken ACCT 2001.

Admissions Requirements

  • UConn’s School of Business admits students directly after high school.
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal essay
  • College preparatory courses completed while in high school

Credit Requirements

Accounting students earn a total of 120 credits during the undergraduate program, with 24 credits acquired through general business courses and 25 credits in accounting. Students may opt to attend this program on a part-time schedule. Subjects covered in this program include Cost Accounting, Advanced Accounting and Assurance Services.

Address
352 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT
06269
(860) 486-2000
34

Villanova University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The undergraduate accountancy program at Villanova can be earned on campus or through a blended learning format that incorporates online instruction. Students who wish to take the CPA exam and earn their licensure have two routes to do so: take additional undergraduate courses during the bachelor’s or continue into a Master of Accountancy program to gain a total of 150 credit hours.

Admissions Requirements

  • Official high school transcripts
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • A personal essay
  • A teacher recommendation letter
  • While Villanova doesn’t list specific academic performance statistics, the majority of admitted freshmen represent the following:
    • Ranked amongst the top 10 percent of their graduating high school class
    • Have an SAT score of 1300-1400/1600
    • Graduated with a GPA of 3.8-4.21
    • Earned an ACT score of 30-33

Credit Requirements

Students meet the accounting requirements through a blend of learning styles: internship experiences, co-op work, honor society events and local business societies. To meet the major requirements, students must take five accounting courses along with the business core curriculum. Example VU classes include Auditing, Fraud Examination and Federal Income Tax. Accounting students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 throughout this program.

Address
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA
19085-1699
(610) 519-4500
35

Elon University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC

The Program

Elon provides one of the few undergraduate programs in accounting that fulfills the 150 credit hours required by the majority of states to sit the CPA exam. In the program’s CPE Seminar, students receive instruction on how to maintain Continuing Professional Education (CPE) as a practicing CPA. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting includes an internship, during which students focus on gaining business or accounting work experiences. This university is also the home to a Beta Alpha Psi Lambda Xi financial honors society chapter.

Admissions Requirements

  • An online Elon application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • A complete secondary school report

Credit Requirements

Students have the option of earning a total of 150 credit hours through this BS in Accounting program, however only 73-76 credits are required to complete the degree. Including the accounting course requirements, students must complete either Calculus I or Applied Calculus, along with business, economics and computer information systems courses. Students can expect to take accounting courses in Cost Accounting, Auditing and Fundamentals of Income Taxation.

Address
100 Campus Drive
Elon, NC
27244-2010
(336) 278-2000
36

Virginia Tech University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech provides students with a launching point into several business, accounting and finance careers through the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program. Those who wish to take the CPA exam and gain licensure are encouraged to explore the integrated, 152-hour program, which enables students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree within a total of five years from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.

Admissions Requirements

  • Earn all 18 required high school units in subjects like social science, English, lab science, math, foreign language and electives.
  • SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with the writing assessment

Credit Requirements

During the BS in Accounting program, students earn 125 credit hours, which falls short of the 150 hours necessary in the state of Virginia to gain CPA licensure. To make up for this difference, Virginia Tech students may take 30 additional courses through the single-year master’s program. Examples of accounting courses include Principles of Accounting, Business Study Abroad and Accounting Systems and Controls.

Testimonials

The Pamplin College of Business is committed to turning out graduates who are not only technically competent, but also those who communicate well, thrive on teamwork and are well-qualified to meet the exciting challenges presented by an ever-changing business environment.

Jennifer Snyder Thomas, BSAcc '91
Address
210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA
24061-0131
(540) 231-6000
37

Pepperdine University

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC

The Program

The highly acclaimed Seaver College at Pepperdine is home to a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program that places a particular focus on public accountancy. This is one of the few institutions that incorporates study abroad experiences into its accounting curriculum, giving scholars ample opportunity to observe financial systems outside the U.S.

Admissions Requirements

  • A personal essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Recommendation letters
  • SAT I or ACT I test scores

Credit Requirements

The BS in Accounting can be completed within four years. The recommended plan of study includes a load of five courses or about 17-18 credits a semester. By the end of the program, students will have gained a total of 128 credits. Students must also complete general studies requirements necessary for all students attending the Seaver College. A few example accounting courses include Managerial Accounting, Cost Analysis and Advanced Taxation and Ethics.

Address
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA
90263
(310) 506-4000
38

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Carlson School of Management at UM Twin Cities takes a multidisciplinary approach with its Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) program. Students who choose to pursue this degree can major in accounting while taking a wide range of business courses in economics, finance and sociology. Students may also expand their studies with a minor concentration, such as:

  • Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Entrepreneurial Management

Accounting students may also elect to specialize in public or nonprofit management throughout their program.

Admissions Requirements

  • The Carlson School of Management primarily admits freshmen, allowing students the opportunity to begin their accounting courses immediately after gaining admission to UM Twin Cities.
  • Resume
  • Extracurricular participation
  • Personal essay on talents and achievements

Credit Requirements

During the first year of study, accounting students take nine courses in economics, management, composition and psychology. The first-year curriculum is followed by accounting and a business immersion core. During their third and fourth years, students take 27 accounting credits required for the major, including Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax, The Law of Contracts and Agency and Consolidations and Advanced Reporting.

Address
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0213
(612) 625-5000
39

Syracuse University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse collaborates with several corporate partners to provide students with significant training and research opportunities, as they work toward careers as certified public accountants. The undergraduate accounting program gives students access to an advisory board and career center that strive to ensure they are prepared to enter the professional workforce.

Admissions Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Grades from your senior year of high school
  • Official high school transcripts

Credit Requirements

While the BS in Accounting does not fulfill the CPA credit hour requirements for taking the exam or obtaining licensure, students can work toward the 150 hours by enrolling in a Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Accounting program after completing the accounting program. Students of this program are required to complete an internship.

Undergraduates will take courses such as Essentials of Accounting, Strategic Cost Analysis and three levels of Financial Accounting as they pursue their degree.

Address
900 South Crouse Ave.
Syracuse, NY
13244
(315) 443-1870
40

University of Tulsa

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC

The Program

Prospective accountants can earn a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Accounting (BSBA) from the Collins College of Business. The degree places a particular emphasis on business information analysis. The undergraduate program can be extended into a single year a master’s in which students take undergraduate and graduate courses concurrently.

Admissions Requirements

  • An online UT application
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • High school transcripts
  • Counselor evaluation form
  • Students who wish to pursue the integrated bachelor’s and master’s program must also take the GMAT before completing any graduate coursework.

Credit Requirements

Overall, accounting courses make up 22 hours of study within the BSBA program. Courses include Topics in Federal Income Taxation, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications and Auditing Assurance for Accounting Systems. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 throughout this undergraduate program.

Address
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK
74104-3189
(918) 631-2000
41

SUNY College at Geneseo

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Geneseo School of Business provides students with an opportunity to earn 150 credits to take the New York CPA exam through a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Accounting. This integrated program can be completed within a total of five years.

Admissions Requirements

  • ACT or SAT results
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation from a teacher and a counselor

Credit Requirements

Students earn a total of 70 credit hours in accounting coursework at SUNY Geneseo. However, students do not gain enough hours to take the CPA exam, so they must continue forward with graduate studies to gain additional credit hours. Some examples of current courses are Auditing, Introductory Microeconomics and Business Law.

Address
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY
14454-1465
(585) 245-5000
42

University of Central Florida

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The College of Business Administration at UCF offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on accounting. Students may also enroll in departmental internships or campus fraternities, which can be used to bolster their professional skills.

Students may choose to specialize in one of the following work environments:

  • Public Accounting
  • Government
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Education
  • Non-Profit

Admissions Requirements

  • The College of Business Administration only admits students who have been approved by UCF and have earned their general education credits.
  • Hold an undergraduate GPA of 2.0
  • Complete Common Program prerequisites

Credit Requirements

After students complete their general education curriculum, they move onto business core classes and required accounting courses. Some topics students encounter during this program are Taxation of Business Entities, Advanced Issues in Financial Accounting and Auditing.

Address
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL
32816
(407) 823-2000
43

Boston University

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE

The Program

The Questrom School of Business at Boston University places a heavy emphasis on building practical skills, ensuring that accounting students thoroughly understand how to write their own business plans before graduation. Accounting is one of many specialty tracks students can choose once they are admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of the required high school courses in English, math, lab science, foreign language and history
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Recommendation letters written by counselors and teachers
  • An application essay
  • Information regarding extracurricular activities

Credit Requirements

Each semester, students take a course load of three or four classes during their freshmen and sophomore years. This workload increases to four or five courses as they reach the upper divisions. In total, students earn 129 credits. Examples of accounting classes at BU are Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; and Strategy, Innovation and Global Competition.

Address
One Silber Way
Boston, MA
02215
(617) 353-2000
44

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The UNL College of Business Administration provides a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a focus on accounting. The program supplies students with 120 credit hours total. Those who wish to take the CPA exam and gain licensure are invited to continue with a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree, which allows students to reach the remaining credit hours that contribute towards the exam.

Admissions Requirements

  • Score higher than 950 on the SAT (combined math and reading) or higher than 20 on the ACT
  • Rank amongst the top 50% of your graduating high school class
  • Submit an SAT or ACT score if you are under the age of 23
  • Complete a total of 16 high school core subject courses

Credit Requirements

Students fulfill the 120 credit hours of this program through three sections: College Degree Requirements, Business Core Foundation and accounting courses. The major requirements include courses like Managerial Accounting, Federal Tax Accounting and Auditing.

Many courses have a prerequisite minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, so students must make sure to keep their grades up throughout the program.

Address
14th and R St
Lincoln, NE
68588
(402) 472-7211
45

University of Pittsburgh

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Pitt Business College of Business Administration provides future accountants with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program that yields a total of 120 credit hours. Those who wish to take the CPA exam must pursue the additional credits through the Master of Science in Accounting program, in which students can earn up to 150 credit hours and gain preparation for their upcoming CPA exam.

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school record of college preparatory courses, such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate
  • Taking the SAT or ACT more than once to increase scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Application essay
  • Holding a noteworthy class rank

Credit Requirements

En route to fulfilling the 120 credit hours in the BSBA program, students must complete the Arts and Sciences Foundation courses along with the BSBA Core Curriculum. In total, students take nine required accounting courses and two electives, including Strategic Cost Management, Auditing and Individual Tax Accounting and Planning.

Undergraduates are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher throughout this program.

Address
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
15260
(412) 624-4141
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James Madison University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The JMU School of Accounting presents students with an integrated Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Master of Science in Accounting (MS) program that, when combined, enables them to gain 150 credit hours. This is the education threshold commonly used in the United States for CPA testing and licensure. At JMU, students get a chance to work in government facilities, accounting firms and companies through internship programs.

Admissions Requirements

  • Submit SAT I or ACT I
  • Completed the high school core curriculum
  • Submit a Secondary School Report
  • Submit recommendation letters from a counselor and a teacher
  • Describe extracurricular activities
  • Write a personal statement

Credit Requirements

In total, students enrolled in the BBA program earn 120 credit hours, which include 41 hours of General Education, 44-45 hours of BBA core classes, 24 hours of accounting courses and seven or eight hours of electives. Some of the accounting class topics include Accounting Informations Systems, Corporate Financial Reporting and Business Law.

Address
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA
22807
(540) 568-6211
47

Michigan State University

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Eli Broad College of Business at MSU provides undergraduate accounting students with a Bachelor of Arts program. Those who need to earn 150 credit hours for CPA testing and licensure may do so through a combined BA and MS program, which can be earned within five years. MSU prides itself on placing up to 200 students in accounting internships each year.

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an MSU online application
  • Submit official high school transcripts
  • Submit SAT and ACT scores
  • Students do not begin their work with the Eli Broad College of Business until their sophomore year.
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Completion of 56 credits at MSU
  • Completion of business prerequisites
  • A proctored case study

Credit Requirements

Students spend their undergraduate careers completing university requirements, writing courses, business core requirements and accounting major requirements. Some examples of the courses available are Preparing for an Accounting Career, Cost and Managerial Accounting and Law of Commercial Transactions.

Students may only use three internship credits toward graduation. Keep in mind that additional credits can be earned through the accounting graduate program to fulfill minimum CPA requirements.

Address

East Lansing, MI
48824-1046
(517) 355-1855
48

Chapman University

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC

The Program

Chapman’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting gives students a solid foundation for upcoming careers as CMAs or CPAs. After completing this program, Chapman recommends that students enter the Master of Science in Accounting to acquire the credit hours needed for the CPA exam in the state of California.

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • Complete four prerequisite business courses
  • ACT and SAT scores
  • Recommendation letters from a teacher and counselor
  • Official transcripts

Credit Requirements

Undergraduates earn 30 credit hours by taking general education courses at Chapman. After being admitted to the Argyros School of Business, students take lower and upper division core classes, for a total of 69-70 credits. The entire BS in Accounting program is designed to be completed within four years.

Address
One University Dr.
Orange, CA
92866
(714) 997-6815
49

Binghamton University - SUNY

Public MSCHE

The Program

Just like SUNY at Geneseo, this campus provides accounting students with a five-year integrated option, in which students earn both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Accounting over the span of five years. This enables graduates to fulfill the 150 credit hours needed to gain CPA licensure in New York.

Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Recommendation letters from a teacher and a counselor
  • SAT or ACT scores

Credit Requirements

Students earn at least 60 credits in liberal arts and the remainder of their credits from the School of Management. Required courses for the major include Introduction to Marketing, Auditing and Taxation for Entities. Each semester, students generally complete 13-17 credit hours or five classes.

Address
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY
13850-6000
(607) 777-2000
50

The University of Texas at Dallas

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The 120-credit, BS in Accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT-Dallas can be completed within four years if students stick to a full-time degree plan. Though the program does not earn students the 150 credits required by most states to sit the CPA exam, the curriculum is designed to prepare them for further education and licensure. Students can focus their degrees on one of six career paths, including: Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, Accounting Information Systems and Management/Cost Accounting.

Admissions Requirements

  • High school class rank and GPA
  • Official high school transcripts
  • SAT I or ACT scores
  • Record of achievements and awards
  • Special accomplishments, work and service
  • Optional essay attached to the online application
  • Students in the top ten percentile of their graduating class; who have completed the college-track curriculum, rank in the top 15 percentile of their class and have at least a 1200 SAT/26 ACT score; or who have earned some transferrable college credits are assured admissions.

Credit Requirements

The required 120 semester credit hours are broken down into 42 credits in core curriculum, 73 in major courses and five credits in electives. After completing their core requirements, students, usually in their second year, begin taking the major preparatory classes, which include Introductory Financial Accounting, Principles of Macroeconomics and Applied Calculus.

Testimonials

The Undergraduate Accounting Program has meant the world to me. It has developed me into a sharp, confident professional who is ready to begin a successful career at a public accounting firm. The program is strengthened by the amazing professors that go above and beyond to help students achieve their maximum potential.

Rafael Diaz, BS in Accounting student
Address
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX
75080-3021
(972) 883-2111