Accounting Degree Rankings

The 50 Best Master’s in Accounting Programs

Earning a Master’s Degree in Accounting is a crucial step towards becoming a CPA and developing a lasting career as an accountant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1,442,200 accountants and auditors by 2022, an increase of 13% from 2012. This is a higher overall rate of growth than the average across all job categories in the United States. Accounting as a whole will only gain momentum as baby boomer retirements lead to a significant increase in new hires by 2022. A wide range of promising careers await accountants who earn a graduate degree and pass the CPA exam.

Graduate accounting programs are listed under various names, including the Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in Accountancy and an MBA with an accounting concentration. A Master’s in Accounting (MAcc) is, arguably, the ideal degree for aspiring corporate managers, with many employers requiring all staff in senior positions to hold advanced degrees. Prospective master’s students should consider that accountants with a master’s degree earn an average of $3,000 more per year than those who have only earned a bachelor’s degree, as reported by the BLS. Furthermore, just over 40 states require CPA applicants to complete 150 higher education credits.

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Common courses in these master’s in accounting programs include financial accounting, accounting theory, tax and business strategy, auditing, consulting services and forensic accounting, as well as courses designed to prepare the student for the CPA exam. Graduates will gain the skills necessary for leadership roles in middle or senior management positions in accounting through a rigorous course of study and will have the knowledge and experience necessary to pass the challenging CPA exam. The CPA designation is a highly regarded credential that will certainly make any candidate stand out in a competitive environment.

Below we’ve identified the top 50 schools that offer a master’s degree in accounting for 2016, all of which are accredited by the AACSB, the ACBSP or the IACB and have vast alumni networks, strong recruiting capabilities and high quality instruction. These programs were selected based on the most important factors to students collected from the IPEDS, such as reputation, graduation rate, quality of curriculum and student preference. Read more about our methodology.

RankLogoSchool NameTypeAccreditationDescriptionQuick Facts
1

University of Pennsylvania

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The Master of Business Administration in Accountancy (MBA), one of the 18 MBA majors at UPenn’s Wharton Accounting Department, centers on the use of accounting data as it relates to shareholders, research organizations, lenders, employees, management or tax and regulatory agencies. Students are taught how to analyze the creation and credibility of data in order to present their findings to clients in a professional manner.

The MBA program provides the training needed in order to pass the CPA or CMA, but does not prepare students for the state-specific requirements; students interested in taking the CPA/CMA exams should therefore meet with an advisor early in the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit their GMAT or GRE scores and a completed application.
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Work experience is not required but is strongly encouraged; most students have five to six years.

Credit Requirements

The Wharton MBA in Accountancy is a two-year program, with major courses specified by the department.

Students are required to take one financial accounting course, Problems in Financial Planning, in addition to three credit units selected from any of the graduate courses offered by the Accounting Department.

Recognition

  • The Wharton School was ranked #3 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Business Schools list.
Address
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
19104-6303
(215) 898-5000
Annual Tuition
$68,210
2

University of Notre Dame

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC

The Program

Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business offers a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program. A dedicated faculty CPA advisor is available to help students ensure they are on the right track for licensure. Additionally, this premier Catholic business school program prepares students to work for government or corporate agencies with professional accountability, integrity and effectiveness.

The Mendoza master’s in accounting has two possible track options:

  • Financial Reporting and Assurance Services
  • Tax Services

The MS in Accountancy Association gives students the opportunity to practice planning networking events with their classmates or by volunteering their services to the Tax Assistance Program.

In recent years, 100% of graduates accepted employment offers within three months of graduation, 80% of which are with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC).

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Fifteen prerequisite courses must be completed by program applicants.

Credit Requirements

The program lasts just two semesters, totaling 30 credit hours. Core courses include Financial Management or Policy, Negotiation and Taxes and Business Strategy. Eighteen credit hours are dedicated to required courses, allowing students to choose 12 elective credits. During Interterm Intensives, MSA students partner with MBA students to consult and deliver presentations to company executives.

Recognition

  • The Public Accountancy Report ranked the MS in Accountancy program #4 in the U.S. for 2013.
  • The U.S. News & World Report ranked Notre Dame’s MBA program #25 among the Best Business Programs for 2015.
Address
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN
46556
(574) 631-5000
Annual Tuition
$48,530
3

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) is directed at non-accounting undergraduate majors wanting to increase their leadership abilities in the business information industry. The program prides itself on preparing students to be part of a team by emphasizing communication, critical thinking, project management, organization, presentation and professionalism.

Due to the flexible nature of the program, career opportunities are not limited to just accounting; 98% of graduates accept an employment offer upon graduation in auditing, assurance, analysis or consulting.

Admission Requirements

  • There is no prerequisite coursework for this program.
  • Students who majored in business, liberal arts, fine arts, social and physical science are all eligible to apply.
  • A modified curriculum is available for applicants who were accounting majors during their undergraduate degree.

Credit Requirements

The traditional on-campus, full-time program begins in May, with two summer sessions followed by four modules scheduled from August to April. Two immersion sessions for interviews, recruiting and leadership are incorporated into the curriculum. The program typically totals about 45 credit hours, depending on the student’s chosen electives. Courses featured include Financial Management, Business Tax, Auditing and Assurance Services, Cost Accounting and Professional Communication.

Recognition

  • The U.S. News & World Report ranks UNC Kenan-Flagler #10 in accounting among top business schools in the nation.
  • The Public Accounting Report ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Master of Accounting Program #4 in its category and #10 overall.
Address
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC
27599
(919) 962-2211
In-state Tuition
$8,693
Out-of-state Tuition
$25,904
4

Northwestern University

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Master of Business Administration in Accounting Information and Management (MBA) through the Kellogg School of Management teaches students how to better analyze and produce accounting reports and how to accurately communicate the economic and financial performance of a firm.

Prospective students should note that, by and large, Kellogg graduates do not become accountants once graduated, instead they pursue careers elsewhere in the business information field.

The two tracks for MBA accounting majors are financial accounting and managerial accounting.

Students interested in a career evaluating firms’ published data should follow the financial track, while students leaning towards working with the actual accounting within a firm should take the managerial track.

Admission Requirements

  • Students are encouraged to complete at least three of the following prerequisite courses before they apply:
    • Financial Accounting
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Introduction to Finance
    • Introduction to Economics
    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Introduction to Operations
  • Work experience is recommended and applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Credit Requirements

Northwestern runs a four to six-hour course entitled “Online Accounting Essentials” for newly enrolled students with minimal accounting experience. Students work through accounting essentials like the Accounting Equation and the Accounting T method.

Major courses include a Management Lab, Accounting for Decision Making, Financial Reporting and Analysis, and Financial Analysis for Strategic Marketing. Students complete their accounting major by finishing three accounting electives.

Recognition

  • Northwestern ranks #6 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Business Schools.

Testimonials

With my new skills, I’ll be able to collaborate more effectively within any firm, expand its multinational status and make South Africa more visible on the world stage.

Basani Maluleke, Graduate
Address
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL
60208
(847) 491-3741
Out-of-state Tuition
$85,000
5

Vanderbilt University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC

The Program

The Vanderbilt Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is geared towards students who did not study accounting during their undergrad degree. Offered through the Owen Graduate School of Business Management, students of the MAcc program take classes with MBA and MS Finance students. The program is explicitly intended to prepare students for CPA licensure.

Since Vanderbilt partners with the “Big Four” (Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC), MAcc graduates have had a job placement rate of 100% since the program first began.

Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisites include a grade of “B” or better in Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Statistics and Microeconomics completed at an AASCB-accredited school.
  • The Vanderbilt master’s in accounting program does not accept transfer credits.
  • Any additional admission requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Credit Requirements

Each semester of this one-year, full-time program is broken into two modules, totaling 18 or 19 credits; the program is 37 credits altogether. Courses include Audit Engagement Documentation, Business Ethics in Accounting and Strategic Management.

A 10-week paid internship at one of the school’s partner firms takes place during the busy tax season from January to the middle of March. These intensive internships often lead to employment. The curriculum dedicates one week during the fall semester for guest speakers and professional development.

The program culminates with the Becker CPA Review Course and CPA exam for Tennessee licensure.

Recognition

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Vanderbilt #27 on its Best Business Schools list.

Testimonials

Academically, the program is challenging and has taught me an unbelievable amount about accounting, finance, tax, and other subjects vital to my career. In addition, the MAcc program has molded me from a college student into a young professional. The communication and networking skills I refined here will be invaluable going forward.

Daniel Astrop, MAcc '12
Address
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN
37240
(615) 322-7311
Annual Tuition
$42,768
6

University of Florida

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is designed for those students who have already completed the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAc). Three possible tracks are offered:

  • Audit
  • Tax
  • Generalist

Completion of the program fulfills the requirements for taking the CPA for licensure in Florida. For students seeking a professional accounting career, Fisher School also offers a joint BSAc and MAcc degree called the “3/2 Program.”

Students can take an active role in the Beta Alpha Psi organization to increase their professional and leadership experience in the business information field or get involved in the Florida community by participating in the Fisher School Accounting Council.

Each semester, a Professional Speaker Series takes place to provide insights on the issues that span across fields related to accounting and to provide professional advice.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a GMAT score of 550 or higher, three letters of recommendation, an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all prerequisite accounting courses.
  • Prospective students should refer to the Preparatory Checklist to make sure they have met all prerequisites of the master’s in accounting program.

Credit Requirements

All three MAcc track options total 34 credit hours, excluding preparatory coursework. For each track, approximately 20 credit hours are spent on required accounting courses, followed by eight required business courses. The remaining credit hours are spent taking specialization courses.

Required course titles include:

  • Advanced Accounting
  • Tax Professional Research
  • Accounting Regulation
  • Commercial Law for Accountants
Address

Gainesville, FL
32611
(352) 392-3261
In-state Tuition
$10,770
Out-of-state Tuition
$27,335
7

University of Virginia

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce prepares students to become accounting leaders. By focusing on the “bigger picture,” the program stresses students’ ability to critically analyze the what, why and how behind their career aspirations. Students collaborate on case studies discussions and presentations to be given to hiring executives.

Two focuses are offered:

  • Financial Reporting and Assurance (FRA)
  • Tax Consulting (TAX)

During the second month of the program, more than 100 firms, corporations and financial institutions are invited to campus for the Commerce Career Day so students can set up interviews to foster immediate employment after graduation. The program fulfills the “150-hour rule” for CPA licensure in the majority of states. Classes typically reports 98% placement within three months after graduation, and 75% sign with a Big Four firm.

Admission Requirements

Students must hold an undergraduate degree with a strong academic record and complete the following prerequisite courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • US Federal Taxation
  • Auditing

Credit Requirements

The program is nine months, totaling 30 credit hours that focus on technical knowledge, professional skills and accounting within context. A few of the TAX track courses include Taxation of Corporations and Their Shareholders’ Transactions, Accounting Policy and Tax Research. FRA track courses, such as Enterprise Risk Management, and Consulting and Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Assurance and Ethics are taken during the spring semester. Three core courses are required for both tracks.

Testimonials

Faculty adjusted the curriculum to address current events in the financial marketplace, allocating time in the classroom to discuss the impact on the economy and relevance to the topics we were covering. Most importantly, we learned why the accounting profession matters and how it is involved.

Alice Tomdio, MAcc Graduate
Address
1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA
22903-2628
(434) 924-0311
In-state Tuition
$26,465
Out-of-state Tuition
$32,127
8

The University of Texas

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The McCombs School of Business at UT Austin offers a Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program. Students work with an academic advisor to tailor their program specific to their needs. If CPA licensure is the student’s goal, then those requirements can be met if the student plans accordingly. The MPA career consultants also provide students with professional development coaching and a job recruitment network.

Four track options are available for students to choose from:

  • Financial Reporting and Assurance
  • Managerial Accounting and Control
  • Taxation
  • Generalist

The specializations provide students with a broad-based understanding of accounting skills and technologies, while electives let students personalize their programs. Students can get involved with campus life by participating in and heading program organizations, such as the MPA Council, and by attending professional presentations conducted in the Distinguished Speakers Lyceum every fall.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are required to have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • A statement of purpose essay is submitted to take the place of a personal interview.
  • Letters of recommendation and satisfactory GMAT scores should be included in the application.

Credit Requirements

The MPA program at UT Austin totals 43 credit hours, which are completed within an 18-month period. There is no part-time status option, nor evening, online or weekend classes; students must take a minimum of 9 credits per semester. An optional internship component is also available.

McComb School offers a waiver or substitution policy that allows up to four core courses, or 12 credit hours, to be waived if a student has completed the equivalent of these courses during their undergrad. In this case, the program totals only 31 credits. If a student has completed more than 12 credit hours prior to enrolling, an elective course will be substituted.

Recognition

  • The U.S. News & World Report ranked graduate accounting program at UT Austin #1 from 2007 to 2015.
  • The Public Accounting Report ranked the graduate accounting program #1 in 2014.
Address
110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX
78712
(512) 471-3434
In-state Tuition
$10,878
Out-of-state Tuition
$20,698
9

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) program that is joined to the school’s MBA, creating a curriculum that preps students to work in industries beyond accounting firms. While there are no specialization tracks, students may personalize their electives to suit their needs.

Two key skills highlighted in MAcc are communication and teamwork, enforced through participation in programs like the Ross Leadership Initiative (RLI) seminars and the EY Public Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must outline a plan to complete six prerequisite courses within their application.
  • Ross accepts either GMAT or GRE scores.
  • Ross does not accept transfer credits for the MAcc program.

Credit Requirements

The Ross MAcc program is only offered in a full-time format, lasting eight months. During the last week of August, students attend an orientation, then begin classes in September and graduate by May. Each semester students take 15 credit hours in order to complete the 30-hour program within this timeframe.

Scholarships offered through Ross are awarded to 50% of MAcc students. Undergraduate teaching assistant positions also provide financial assistance.

Testimonials

The amount of energy and resources the Ross MAcc administration puts into preparing and facilitating recruiting is astounding. Just as incredible is the amount of effort the firms put into recruiting Ross MAcc students. While the recruiting season is very intense and exhausting, Ross Career Services is highly credentialed and well-equipped to help.

Jie Chen, MAcc '15
Address
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI
48109
(734) 764-1817
In-state Tuition
$44,800
Out-of-state Tuition
$49,800
10

Washington University in St Louis

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Olin Business School provides a flexible Master of Accounting (MAcc) curriculum that, effectively, prepares students to sit for the CPA exam. If they have completed a 120 credit hour undergraduate degree, this program provides them with the remaining credits necessary to meet the Uniform CPA Examination “150-hour rule.”

Organizations such as the Beta Alpha Psi and the Olin Finance clubs and the Management Communication Center seek to give students additional academic and professional opportunities to further enhance their education, such as leadership roles, lab-based coaching and critique sessions.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a four-year degree from an accredited institution.
  • The typical applicant will have significant experience in accounting education, having taken an introduction to accounting and a principle of managerial accounting course.

Credit Requirements

The master’s in accounting program is 33 graduate credit hours, completed within three semesters. Required courses, such as Business Analysis Using Financial States, amount to 18 credits, and electives, like Fraud Prevention and Managerial Control Systems, total 15.

Previous experience and personal goals can make students eligible to finish the program within just two semesters. Students with little experience have the option to do a summer internship as the third semester of their program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in order graduate.

Testimonials

After completing my undergraduate degree at Olin, I knew a master’s degree would best prepare me for a future career in public accounting. The academics are challenging, the students are bright, and each professor is an expert in his or her field. The MACC program has equipped me with the technical knowledge and critical-thinking skills necessary to succeed in my field.

Brian Chao, MAcc '13
Address
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO
63130-4899
(314) 935-5000
Annual Tuition
$56,100
11

University of Georgia

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program at UGA’s Terry College of Business imparts the accounting skills needed for students to complete the CPA licensure or land senior positions in finance. The J.M. Tull School of Accounting provides students with three specializations to choose from:

  • Audit
  • Taxation
  • Audit Systems

The program begins with foundational courses in general business and accounting. From there, students decide on a specialization and consult with an advisor to ensure their path is sound. An internship is among the electives students can choose once foundational courses are completed.

Faculty at Terry have strong ties to the professional accounting world, being listed among the top 5% most productive accounting researchers in graduate education. It’s worth noting that over 90% of Terry MAcc graduates obtain employment within three months of graduation.

A five-year BBA/MAcc program is available for enrolling undergraduate accounting majors who are sure they are working towards their master’s.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a portfolio containing an unofficial transcript, GMAT scores, three recommendation letters and a statement of purpose.
  • The second part of the application includes the Tull information sheet and an optional statement.

Credit Requirements

MAcc students take a series of foundation courses, totaling 12 to 18 hours. Accounting electives total three to six hours; MBA-level electives take six to 12. In total, students complete 21 to 36 hours, depending on elective choices and specializations. The program can take two to two and a half years to complete when enrolled full-time.

Recognition

  • The Accounting Review ranked the accounting faculty research productivity #9 among the private and public schools publishing research in the nation from 2009 to 2013.
  • Terry MAcc students rank #1 nationally in first-time pass rates among public institutions for all parts of the CPA exam.
Address
Administration Building
Athens, GA
30602
(706) 542-3000
Cost per Credit Hour
$496
In-state Tuition
$8,088
Out-of-state Tuition
$23,388
12

University of Southern California

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC

The Program

The USC Leventhal School of Accounting’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) program focuses on helping students advance their careers and prepare for the CPA exam. Students may be eligible to sit for the California state CPA exam if they have successfully completed 24 semester units in accounting and 24 semester units in business-related courses.

Students interested in focusing on taxation will want to consider the full-time or part-time Master of Business in Taxation (MBT) for Working Professionals.

Merit-based scholarships are available through the Marshall School and the Leventhal School of Accounting for full-time MAcc and MBT students.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must complete the necessary prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment, but are not required to have an undergraduate degree in accounting.
  • Official transcripts, satisfactory GMAT scores, a personal statement, resume and two letters of recommendation must be submitted along with a completed application and fee.

Credit Requirements

The 11-course MAcc program totals 30 units, five of which are accounting core courses, one core communications course, four accounting electives and one floating elective. Most students finish within 11 months.

Recognition

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked USC Marshall #25 on the Best Business Schools list and #9 on the Best Accounting Programs list.
  • Named among the top 50 accounting master’s by the Public Accounting Report.

Testimonials

We get a lot more elective courses than one might expect. We take courses with MBAs. It’s not just about technical knowledge—which is important—but also much more flexibility.

Allison Nash, MAcc Graduate
Address
University Park
Los Angeles, CA
90089
(213) 740-2311
Annual Tuition
$48,762
13

New York University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

NYU Stern’s Department of Accounting offers a full- and part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a major or double major in accounting with a CPA emphasis. There is also a dual Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Accounting (MAcc) that prepares graduates to sit for the CPA exam. The general NYU Stern curriculum is comprised of lectures, case studies, team projects and experiential learning, allowing each student to take courses delivered in the style they prefer.

Doing Business in (DBi)” trips give students the chance to study abroad without missing a full semester at Stern. The one to two week long visits take place during the winter or summer breaks. During their second year of the MBA, students can opt to spend an entire semester abroad at one of the many business schools Stern partners with.

Scholarships for the BS/MS in Accounting students are available through the New York State Society of CPAs.

Admission Requirements

  • Stern evaluates candidates based on their transcripts, resumes, personal and professional recommendations, essays, work history, activities and achievements.
  • NYU Stern does not accept transfer credits.
  • Admissions to the dual degree program is only open to enrolled NYU Stern undergraduates.

Credit Requirements

MBA students specializing in accounting start their curriculum with a mandatory two-week long program called LAUNCH, designed to initiate students into Stern and refresh quantitative skills. The full-time program takes two years to complete 60 credits total, with students taking five classes per semester.

The second year is reserved for electives and specialization courses. Between their first and second year, students participate in a summer internship. Students may take up to 25% of their courses (or five courses) at other NYU graduate schools.

Through the dual program, students earn the 150 credits necessary to take the CPA exam in NY. The MS in accounting requires 22 graduate credits in addition to 128 undergraduate credits, which typically takes students five years to complete.

Recognition

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked NYU Stern’s Accounting Department #2 in the US.
  • NYU Stern’s Accounting Department was ranked #1 in the world in a report to the Research Institute of Management at Erasmus University.
Address
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY
10012-1091
(212) 998-1212
Annual Tuition
$60,744
14

College of William and Mary

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Mason School of Business at William and Mary offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) program that gives students the opportunity to study financial economics with the emphasis of their choice, including accounting.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Accounting Research
  • Auditing
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Winter Field Experience
  • Taxation
  • Valuation

Students graduate with the necessary credits for CPA licensure in Virginia and may partake in the annual CPA Trek event, which takes students to Washington, D.C. to learn how the public and private sectors interact, and the effect their interaction has on the economy.

The nationally recognized faculty provides a challenging curriculum that incorporates hands-on learning, financial reporting and personal executive coaching through the Mason Executive Partners network.

Admission Requirements

  • Admissions officers evaluate applicants’ undergraduate transcripts, extracurriculars, test scores, recommendation letters and relevant work experience.
  • Any student with a GPA of 3.25 or higher from an accredited university is not required to submit GMAT scores.
  • GRE scores can be submitted in place of GMAT scores.
  • Applicants are not required to hold an undergraduate degree in accounting.

Credit Requirements

The master’s in accounting program at William and Mary is a full-time, one-year program with core courses completed in the fall semester and electives taken in the spring. For students seeking more experiential learning, an optional winter field experience can be done between January and spring break.

Any MAcc candidates who did not get an undergraduate degree in accounting, Mason School offers a Summer Bootcamp program to provide the prerequisite courses necessary for succeeding during the intensive MAcc year.

Classes include:

  • Principles of Accounting
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Auditing and Internal Controls
  • Cost Accounting
  • Introduction to (US) Taxation

Merit-based scholarships, student loans and graduate assistantships are some of the financial aid choices for MAcc students.

Testimonials

The development I experienced could not have been gained from any course taught at any graduate program, and for that I am very grateful to the MAcc program.

Matt Richards, MAcc '13
Address
200 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA
23187-8795
(757) 221-4000
In-state Tuition
$31,958
Out-of-state Tuition
$42,214
15

Lehigh University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The College of Business and Economics offers a Master of Science in Accounting and Information Analysis (MSAIA) program centered on business solutions. Students take rigorous accounting courses, with in-depth readings and faculty-lead discussions designed to teach students how to think critically and apply their knowledge to working in the field.

Although the curriculum centers around accounting, students should make time for extra study outside coursework to prepare to sit for the CPA exam at the end of the program. The core curriculum focuses on the ethics, social responsibility and critical thinking needed to produce accountants better prepared to solve problems.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
  • Letters of recommendation, GMAT scores, a current resume and a personal essay should be included in the application portfolio.

Credit Requirements

The MAIAS program takes one year to complete 30 credits with classes taking place in the day, evening and weekends. Classes primarily meet twice a week during the day. Following the completion of 18 core courses, students take 12 elective credits that allow them to concentrate in specific areas, such as finance, supply chain management or economics.

Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics provides a great deal of financial aid for students in the form of scholarships, fellowships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships and merit-based aid.

Testimonials

The MSAIA program is a diverse and interactive program that has not only allowed me to continue and grow my breadth of knowledge in the field, but has also provided me a unique perspective of accounting that will give me an advantage over my starting class when I start working.

Sam Dember, MSAIA '15
Address
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA
18015
(610) 758-3000
Annual Tuition
$24,120
16

Carnegie Mellon University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University offers a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with 10 available concentrations. Students choose three to five of the 10 in order to build upon core courses. The accounting concentration has been a cornerstone to the MBA program for more than 65 years.

The program is offered in three distinct formats: full-time on-campus, part-time on-campus and a part-time online hybrid course. Each program leads into capstone courses and includes “experience weeks,” both of which have students immersed in real-world situations, working alongside professors and professionals. The main two capstone course paths (there are four to choose from) include study abroad options in Europe and Asia.

Classes are kept small (about 75 students in core classes and 35 in the elective courses) in order to emphasize teamwork and leadership.

Admission Requirements

  • Students applying to Carnegie Mellon’s MBA program are required to submit official GMAT scores, a current resume, any employment history, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts and one reference letter. An application checklist helps candidates complete the process.
  • MBA applicants must also hold the equivalent of an undergraduate degree and a demonstrated gift for mathematics.
  • Applicants interested in the part-time hybrid online program should note that Carnegie is not able to accept students from Alabama, Arkansas or Minnesota at this time.

Credit Requirements

The full-time option takes between one and two years to complete, while part-time options take students from 32 months up to three years to finish. There is also an early graduation option that allows students to finish in just 16 months. First-year courses include fundamentals such as Accounting I, Managerial Economics and Finance.

In addition to the “experience weeks” each semester, students participate in an internship during the summer between the first and second year of the program. MBA candidates also take part in the student-led Graduate Business Association.

Four MBA tracks are offered to provide in-depth, field-specific study in the following industries:

  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Leadership
  • Management of Innovation and Product Development

Students begin their MBA with a month-long orientation called BaseCamp, during which students plan the academic path that will best help them reach their career goals.

Recognition

  • The Financial Times ranks Tepper School of Business the #8 Top School – Finance for 2015.
  • The U.S. News & World Report ranks the online MBA #7 Best Online MBA for 2015-2016.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Carnegie’s full-time MBA #10 in 2014.
  • The Economist and Forbes ranked the Tepper School of Business #16 Business School for both 2013 and 2014.
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
15213-3890
(412) 268-2000
In-state Tuition
$60,000
Out-of-state Tuition
$60,000
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Brigham Young University

Private (Non Profit) NCCU

The Program

BYU’s Marriott School’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) program can be pursued as a joint or single degree. The MAcc joint degree allows Bachelor of Accountancy candidates to earn their master’s in accounting in addition to their undergraduate within five years, receiving both degrees at graduation.

The single MAcc program offers two tracks for students to choose from:

  • Professional
  • Tax

Students can either pursue an Accounting Information Systems Track, a doctoral Prep Track or JD/MAcc Joint Degree.

Throughout the program, students receive recruiting help through the Steven and Georgia White Business Career Center, creating lasting connections with potential and future employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must complete these Prerequisite Courses.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree and a minimum GMAT score of 500.

Credit Requirements

BYU does not offer part-time or evening classes for the MAcc program. Coursework takes at least 18 months, but usually two years to complete. Both stem tracks are approximately 33 credit hours total.

Graduate students seeking financial aid can view the Marriott School Scholarships for more information.

Recognition

  • The Bloomberg Businessweek ranked BYU’s Accounting program #1.
  • The Wall Street Journal ranked the accounting program #1.
  • The Public Accounting Report ranked the BYU graduate accounting program #3 in the nation.
Address
Main Campus
Provo, UT
84602
(801) 422-4636
Annual Tuition
$6,310
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Wake Forest University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC

The Program

Wake Forest’s School of Business has a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) that prides itself on having the nation’s #1 CPA Exam pass rate. The driving purpose of the curriculum is to prepare students for the exam, including teaching the official Becker CPA Exam Review towards the end of the program. Concentrations include:

  • Assurance Services
  • Tax Consulting
  • Financial Transaction Services (unique to WFU)

Small classes taught by experienced professors are held in the new Farrell Hall, a state-of-the-art $55 million learning complex on the Wake Forest Campus. MSA students graduate with a 100% employment rate, as WFU is a primary accounting recruitment school for regional, national and international firms.

Admission Requirements

  • Wake Forest offers prerequisite courses on campus during the summer, before the start of the program for any non-accounting majors.

Credit Requirements

Students can either earn their master’s in accounting within two or three semesters (12 or 18 months). The shorter program is intended for students who already have an accounting background or who have employment secured upon graduation.

The longer option is for students in need of more in-class experience or seeking full-time employment. The three-semester track incorporates a 9- to 10-week long paid professional internship during the busy accounting season in the spring semester.

The program’s 30 credits are divided evenly between required core courses and track-specific electives. The Becker CPA Exam Review is taught during the summer after the second semester.

Recognition

  • The Public Accounting Report ranked the Master’s Accounting Program #17 in 2013.

Testimonials

Wake Forest combines outstanding faculty with a demanding curriculum, a strong internship requirement and thorough CPA exam preparation, making it ideal for diligent students committed to learning. I truly believe the Wake Forest MSA program is the quintessential accounting program.

Tori Stewart, MSA '13
Address
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston Salem, NC
27106
(336) 758-5000
Annual Tuition
$35,364
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George Washington University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

GWU’s Master of Accountancy is a flexible program that can be adjusted to accommodate the credits necessary for student’s career goals and their plans to take the CPA licensure exam. The school’s location in Washington, D.C. gives students easy access to both public and private organizations operating on a national or international scale.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a current resume, two letters of recommendation, official GMAT or GRE scores, transcripts and a statement of purpose.
  • Students must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Previous work experience is not required.

Credit Requirements

Students choose to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis and, in addition to daytime classes, choose between evening or summer classes. The regular Master of Accountancy program consists of 36 credits, while the shorter option is just 30 credits.

At least 15 of the credits completed must be in accounting, finance and economic courses. Internship opportunities with international organizations are available.

Address
2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC
20052
(202) 994-1000
Annual Tuition
$26,820
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Boston College

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE

The Program

Boston College’s Carroll School of Management offers a Master of Science in Accounting program as either a MSA Summer Program or a MSA Fall Program. Each option provides students with the skills needed to succeed in earning their CPA license, and a well-rounded education in accounting theories and practices.

Boston College has consistently placed among the top 15 large-program institutions for CPA exam pass rates.

Admission Requirements

  • Students should note that only those holding an undergraduate degree in accounting are eligible to apply for the MSA Fall Program.
  • Any applicants who have not yet taken an undergraduate level Financial Accounting course are required to take a one-credit prerequisite Accounting Primer Workshop at the start of the program.

Credit Requirements

The 10-course, 30-credit hour MSA program requires students to take nine credits in core courses and 21 in electives, with at least two of those being accounting courses.

BC also greatly values volunteer work, requiring all MSA students to complete 10 hours of service.

Recognition

  • The U.S. News & World Report ranked Boston College’s Carroll School of Management #37 on the Best Business Schools list.
Address
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA
02467
(617) 552-8000
Annual Tuition
$25,164
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North Carolina State University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Jenkins Master of Accounting (MAC) Program at NC State’s Poole College of Management prepares students to confidently enter the accounting and business workforce. Faculty teach students the technical accounting skills, experiential training and professional development needed to pass the CPA exam and begin ideal careers.

Students choose from three concentration areas:

  • Enterprise Risk Management Concentration
  • Information Technology Concentration
  • Tax Strategy Concentration

All MAC candidates have access to Jenkin’s Dedicated Career Services, in addition to the nationally recognized Becker and Bask CPA Exam Review resources.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and complete a set of seven prerequisite courses.
  • In addition to a completed Graduate School Standard Application, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and test scores must be submitted.
  • Jenkin’s application process requires a personal interview.

Credit Requirements

The 31-credit hour master’s in accounting program at Jenkins can be taken full-time over one-year or part-time over two-years; however, any students involved in the recruiting process will be required to take an additional one to four MAC or MBA elective classes during the summer before or after the program. MAC students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Prague.

Recognition

  • The Public Accounting Report ranked the Jenkins MAC program #30 in 2014.
  • The 30 Top Affordable Master’s in Accounting ranked the Jenkins program #8.
  • The 50 Best Graduate Schools for Accounting ranked Jenkins #36.
Address
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC
27695-7001
(919) 515-2011
In-state Tuition
$7,623
Out-of-state Tuition
$21,311
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Ohio State University

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

OSU’s Fisher College of Business provides a Master of Accounting (MAcc) program that equips students’ with the accounting knowhow to complete the CPA Exam. The program lets students acquire the business and accounting credits needed to reach the “150 hour rule” many states follow.

Fisher also offers students access to 10 Research and Business Partnership Centers that serve as a professional forum for students, faculty and the corporate community. Students can also take advantage of research, support teaching and tutoring at these centers.

A Combined BSBA-MAcc Program for undergraduate accounting majors at Fisher is another easy way for students to meet the 150 hour CPA licensure requirement.

Admission Requirements

  • OSU does not recognize three-year bachelor’s degrees; applicants must hold a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants must complete a set of five prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants must submit a current resume, transcripts, test scores, recommendations and essays.

Credit Requirements

The 31-credit hour MAcc program contains 10 required core courses. The remaining credits can be taken as accounting or non-accounting electives. The Fisher faculty provide MAcc students with a Pre-MAcc Seminar offered via Fisher Executive Education to help students meet program requirements.

Recognition

  • The CPA Personnel Report ranked the OSU MAcc program #10 in the nation.

Testimonials

From choosing my own curriculum to thinking for myself in my classes, I was always in charge. The program doesn’t try to mold you into a certain type of student/professional.

Yerim Kim, MAcc '09
Address
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH
43210
(292) 646-8600
In-state Tuition
$11,560
Out-of-state Tuition
$30,104
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Bentley University

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE

The Program

Bentley’s Master of Accounting (MSA) program teaches students not just the technical aspects of accounting, but also teaches the intuition, analysis and skillfulness needed to use accounting data to the fullest. Even students enrolled with zero accounting education will meet the 150 hour CPA licensure requirement when finished. Bentley MSA graduates enjoy a job placement rate of about 90%.

In addition to the MSA, students can pursue graduate certificates in business ethics, financial planning, forensic accounting, fraud and taxation. Students have access to a number of cutting-edge resources, including equipment from the Howard A. Winer Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Measurement (ACELAB).

Admission Requirements

  • MSA applicants must complete an online interview.
  • Prior work experience is necessary to apply.

Credit Requirements

The 30-credit hour MSA program includes nine credit hours of pre-program foundational accountancy courses, 12 required core accountancy courses, and nine accounting and non-accounting elective credits.

Address
175 Forest St
Waltham, MA
02452-4705
(800) 523-2354
Annual Tuition
$31,320
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University of Washington

Public NCCU

The Program

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business is designed to ensure students graduate with enough credits to take the Washington State CPA Exam. The MPAcc curriculum focuses on ethics, communication and critical thinking based on substantial input from public accounting firms.

Students may select one of two degree tracks:

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Taxation

Admission Requirements

  • In addition to submitting GMAT scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts, essays and a current resume, applicants are evaluated on their ability to communicate effectively and leadership potential.
  • Although work experience is not required for admission, students must complete a set of prerequisites.

Credit Requirements

This full-time MPAcc program is structured into three academic quarters, running from September to June. The auditing and assurance track offers 10 classes over that time period and provides students with an internship opportunity at a public accounting firm during the winter quarter.

The taxation track has 15 courses, totaling 48 credits over the three-quarter year.

Address
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA
98195-4550
(206) 543-2100
In-state Tuition
$15,207
Out-of-state Tuition
$27,255
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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Public WASC/SCUC

The Program

The Accounting Area of the Orfalea College of Business has a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) that provides graduates with the academic requirements needed to sit for the California CPA exam.

Students choose from two specializations:

  • Tax (MSA-Tax)
  • Financial Accounting (MSA-FA)

The MSA-Tax specialization incorporates a “Tax” Guest Speaker Series that functions more as an intellectual forum than a lecture hall, creating an environment in which students meet with firms from the surrounding area.

Admission Requirements

Credit Requirements

The one-year intensive MSA program totals 45 to 49 credits. The tax specialization includes an internship during the winter quarter that lets students gain hands-on experience while earning nine quarter units.

A special session takes place in August and ends one week before the fall quarter begins; it requires two intensives courses over three weeks.

Testimonials

The professors in the masters of taxation program equip students with the guidance and skills necessary to become knowledgeable tax professionals.

Stephan F. Jimenez, MS Accounting, '10
Address
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA
93407
(805) 756-1111
Annual Tuition
$20,600
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University of Richmond

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC

The Program

The Robins School of Business’ Master of Accountancy Program (MACC) is for students entering the graduate program directly after their senior year of undergrad. Robins’ proximity to Richmond and Washington, D.C. lets students enjoy the convenience of interning and eventually securing employment near the program’s location. Class sizes are kept small in order to promote a student-centered learning approach with high levels of student-teacher interaction.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree and submit their GPA and GMAT scores.
  • Complete all undergraduate coursework through to the intermediate level in auditing, financial reporting, information systems, managerial accounting and taxation

Credit Requirements

The UR MAcc program incorporates a variety of courses into its 30 semester hour program. For instance, 12 semester hours of MBA and law school electives must be approved by the MAcc director.

Students take 12 semester hours of graduate accounting courses, as well as an 8-week internship with a nonprofit or public firm, a professional responsibilities seminar, involving volunteer work, and a residency course that teaches students to use electronic databases for professional research.

Address
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA
23173
(804) 289-8000
Annual Tuition
$48,090
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Texas A&M University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Mays Business School at Texas A&M University offers a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program with two possible tracks to choose from, either of which can result in a successful preparation for the CPA exam:

  • Assurance Services and Financial Planning Track
  • Tax Consulting and Financial Planning Track

In 2011, the Mays Business School had the highest overall CPA exam pass rate among schools with more than five candidates in the accounting program.

In addition to the general MSA program, Mays offers a professional program for graduating seniors interested in earning a Master of Science in any of the business majors at the same time as their Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Either GMAT or GRE scores can be accepted.
  • Although not required, any relevant work experience, honors, extracurricular activities and awards will be evaluated in the application process.
  • Applicants must complete a personal interview.

Credit Requirements

The Mays MSA is a non-thesis program totaling 37 to 39 credit hours, depending on the student’s chosen specialization track. Both tracks include courses like:

  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Accounting
  • Corporate Tax
  • Accounting Ethics

MSA students can bring down the cost of tuition via student employment opportunities or by applying for and being awarded a limited number of departmental scholarships.

Recognition

  • LinkedIn ranked Texas A&M the 5th best graduate university for accounting professionals in 2015.
  • The Public Account Report’s and the 27th Annual Professor’s Survey ranked Texas A&M among the Top Ten in the nation.
  • The Financial Times ranked the graduate accounting program #10 globally and #2 among US public graduate accounting programs.
  • The U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate accounting program #30 overall and #11 among public programs.
Address
805 Rudder Tower
College Station, TX
77843-1244
(979) 845-3211
In-state Tuition
$6,125
Out-of-state Tuition
$10,405
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Pennsylvania State University

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Smeal College of Business at Penn State Master of Accounting (MAcc) prepares its graduates to sit for the CPA exam immediately after the program ends, which in turn will help graduates secure full-time employment as an accounting professional.

Students have two options to meet the requirements for taking the CPA exam:

  • The Integrated MAcc Program (for Smeal accounting majors)
  • The one-year MAcc Program (for non-accounting majors outside of Smeal)

With 1,000 students enrolled in the Accounting Department at any given time, MAcc candidates benefit from a vast peer and alumni network.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates of the year-long MAcc program must take six fundamental accounting prerequisite courses during the Penn State summer session.
  • All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Any prospective students not interested in pursuing CPA licensure are advised not to apply to the MAcc but rather an MBA program.

Credit Requirements

Penn State’s Integrated MAcc program is designed to take two and a half years, with a paid internship taking place in the summer after the first year.

One-year MAcc students focus entirely on CPA exam preparation and building strong connections with high-profile accounting firms, including the Big Four. Much of the fall semester is spent participating in networking events.

Testimonials

Not only have I learned from distinguished professors and worked through this program with bright and hard-working students, I have also been able to network with some of the largest accounting firms in the world and secure an internship for the summer of 2015 with KPMG. The MAcc program has allowed me to grow personally, academically, and professionally into the person I am today.

Kevin Montminy, Integrated MAcc, '16
Address
201 Old Main
University Park, PA
16802
(814) 865-4700
Annual Tuition
$32,500
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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

UW’s Graduate Master of Accountancy (GMAcc) program is geared towards students with zero to little knowledge or background in accounting. The end goal is for graduates to have acquired the necessary technical abilities, professionalism and academic requirements to achieve licensure as a CPA. For students interested in focusing their career in the tax field, a taxation major is offered.

Additionally, an Integrated Master of Accountancy (IMAcc) program is designed to be the fifth year for undergraduates striving to achieve CPA licensure.

Admission Requirements

  • Students with a completed undergraduate degree in accounting should not apply to UW’s GMAcc program.
  • Applicants must submit two recommendations, the completed essay questions and a satisfactory GMAT score (GRE scores are not accepted).

Credit Requirements

This 54 credit program is essentially split into three parts. The first year, students take courses, totaling 24 credits, focused on the core business and accounting topics they need to understand what it takes to succeed in the profession. Students are encouraged to participate in a summer internship between their first and second years. The second-year curriculum, which covers the remaining 30 credits, takes a closer look at accounting issues and builds on what the students learned during their internships.

The burden of tuition can be lessened through teaching assistantships, scholarships and, of course, paid summer internships.

Testimonials

My academic career began as a Scandinavian Studies undergraduate. I worked at the university’s internal audit practice for 16 months and am now beginning my professional career as an audit assistant at Deloitte & Touche in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jennifer Cornick,
Address
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI
53706-1380
(608) 262-1234
In-state Tuition
$13,184
Out-of-state Tuition
$26,678
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

Graduate accounting programs at Illinois Urbana-Champaign come in two modes:

  1. A Master of Accounting Science (MAS) program conducted by the College of Business and specifically designed to be a joint program for students who’ve earned their accounting bachelor’s at Urbana-Champaign
  2. A Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), a one-year program designed for students holding undergraduate degrees from any accreditited institution

Concentrations include:

  • Business and Public Policy
  • Corporate Governance & International Business
  • Finance
  • Information Technology and Control
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Taxation

The School also offers a new, online CPA Exam prep course worth 10 credit hours. The course has an 88% pass rate.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the MAS program must have completed the Illinois undergraduate accountancy curriculum in order to be eligible.
  • An academic advisor must help MAS candidates complete a course plan.
  • Applicants to the MSA program are required to have a business education background and an undergraduate grade average of “B” or higher.

Credit Requirements

The 32-credit hour MAS program consists of two core graduate accounting programs, three elective courses, mixing accountancy and non-accountancy topics, and 12 “graduate hours of taxation,” as the degree is specifically designed for careers specializing in taxation. The program takes one year to complete.

The 32-credit hour MSA program starts June of every year, with students enrolled in Summer Session II. Twenty hours are dedicated to graduate accounting courses, while 12 are designated concentration electives. A minimum of four hours are required to be non-accountancy courses. Students have the option to take a CPA Review course. With the aid of an academic advisor, students select a culminating professional internship.

Students who are qualified may seek financial aid through graduate assistantships, scholarships or outside sources.

Recognition

  • The Bloomberg Businessweek Student Rankings ranked Illinois’ Career Services #1 in student satisfaction.
Address
601 E John Street
Champaign, IL
61820-5711
(217) 333-1000
In-state Tuition
$14,761
Out-of-state Tuition
$27,435
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Florida State University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Completion of the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program at the Florida State University College of Business means a student is fully prepared to sit for the CPA Exam.

Students have four possible majors to choose from:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Assurance Services
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Taxation

Graduates of the FSU MAcc program rank #4 in Florida for pass rate on the CPA exam and exceed undergraduate degree holders in passing rates on the exam. FSU offers an additional program for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting.

Admission Requirements

  • Students who contact a MAcc advisor prior to the start of the program can organize a three-semester foundation course program, consisting of prerequisites to help them complete the program on time.
  • Florida residents must submit an affidavit in addition to their statement of purpose, GMAT or GRE scores, official transcripts, current resume and three recommendations.

Credit Requirements

The FSU MAcc program is designed to be completed in one year for students with an undergraduate accounting degree and in two years for those who don’t, but part-time study is an option, so long as students complete six to eight required courses and three to five elective courses. All four majors total 33 credit hours, or 11 courses, with students typically taking three classes during the summer and four classes during the fall and spring.

Students who’ve performed exceptionally may apply to and be awarded numerous assistantships and fellowships by the Department of Accounting.

Testimonials

The MAcc program did a great job of balancing rigorous studies and networking opportunities, while still providing students sufficient time to enjoy the beauty of Florida State and all it has to offer in student activities and traditions.

Andrea Laos, MAcc '12
Address
222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL
32306-1037
(850) 644-2525
In-state Tuition
$9,684
Out-of-state Tuition
$24,116
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Clemson University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Clemson’s School of Accountancy and Finance offers a one-year Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc). An integral part of the program is preparing students to sit for the CPA exam immediately after graduating.

One unique highlight of the program is an abroad opportunity visiting London, Paris and Brussels in order to meet with organizations like Deloitte, the International Court of Arbitration, the EU Commission and Parliament.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates for the MPAcc program must have a four-year baccalaureate degree.
  • Applicants are expected to have 30 semester hours in the business discipline and 18 to 21 semester hours of graduate-level accounting courses prior to enrolling.

Credit Requirements

Clemson offers the MPAcc program on both a full-time and part-time basis. Coursework is strategically dispersed over the fall, spring and summer, letting students focus on a different section of the Becker CPA Exam Review every semester, preparing them to sit for each section of the exam as they progress.

Students take eight core courses, totaling 24 credit hours, two specialization courses, adding up to 6 credit hours, and four no-credit CPA Review courses, such as Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, Taxation of Flow Through Entities and Business Environment and Concepts.

The School of Accountancy and Finance awards scholarships, teaching or research assistantships, departmental financial assistance and student loans.

Address
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC
29634
(864) 656-4636
In-state Tuition
$12,700
Out-of-state Tuition
$24,300
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Villanova University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The Master of Accountancy (MAC) program at VSB is a unique program for working professionals who want to acquire their CPA license at their own pace. Beyond accounting, coursework touches on e-business, finances and taxation. VSB’s Accounting Advisory Council, a group of accounting professionals from high-profile firms and companies, designed and planned the MAC courses to ensure students receive the training necessary to sit for the CPA exam.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who received an undergraduate business degree outside accounting may still be eligible for the VSB MAC program, but must take a set of prerequisites prior to the program’s start.
  • VSB is currently not able to accept international students who require an F-1 visa.

Credit Requirements

The 10-course, 30-credit MAC program is only offered during the fall and spring semesters. The special structure revolves around a full-time 12-week summer term, during which students finish over half of the program requirements.

Depending on when they started the program, students typically take the CPA in the fall or spring semester, once the summer portion is completed.

Address
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA
19085-1699
(610) 519-4500
Annual Tuition
$32,700
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University of California - Davis

Public WASC/SCUC

The Program

UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management has a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) geared towards students who need to follow California’s recent compliance with the “150 hour” rule for CPA licensure.

Beyond accounting, the program curriculum covers financial reporting, tax reporting and analysis in order to sharpen students’ business ethics and professional communication skills. The program also emphasizes the value of a global outlook, addressing international accounting issues and practices.

Admission Requirements

  • MPAcc candidates are required to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Applicants with non-accounting/business undergraduate degrees must complete the following prerequisites:
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
    • Business Law

Credit Requirements

The nine-month UC Davis MPAcc contains no electives, experiential credits or labs. Courses are organized into three quarters. Students take four classes in each of the fall, winter and spring quarters.

Example MPAcc courses include:

  • Accounting Ethics
  • Communications for Professional Accountants
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Managerial Accounting and Controls

Testimonials

I’m well prepared for the CPA exam ― and I gained the communication and teamwork skills necessary for being an auditor. The MPAc program made my dreams come true.

Susie Wang, MPAc '14
Address
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA
95616-8678
(530) 752-1011
Annual Tuition
$43,700
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Yeshiva University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

Geared towards business-related majors who want to become CPAs, Yeshiva’s Syms Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) helps students smoothly segue from their undergraduate program to licensure and a career.

Syms students can take full advantage of the Career Center programs, services and resources, which include a range of events, career fairs, panels, workshops, mock interviews, on-campus recruitment, resume help and cover letter reviews.

Admission Requirements

  • To be admitted to the Syms MSA program, candidates should hold a bachelor’s in accounting or other business disciplines, such as finance, economics, marketing or management.
  • Non-accounting majors accepted into the program will be required to take extra classes during two summer sessions to fulfill the requirements for CPA licensure (36 credits total).
  • Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of at least 500.

Credit Requirements

Candidates can complete the Syms 30-credit hour MSA program within one year if pursued full-time, however, a part-time option is available. Classes are only held in the evenings, one or two nights a week from 5:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Full-time students take four classes per semester, which meet in the evenings, twice a week. Part-time students take just two courses per semester and meet once a week; they finish the program within two years.

A few of the courses include:

  • Hedge Funds and Alternative Investment Strategies
  • Contemporary Topics in Accounting
  • Individual Taxation
Address
500 W 185th St
New York, NY
10033-3299
(212) 960-5400
Cost per Credit Hour
$1,060
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University of Connecticut

Public NEASC/CIHE

The Program

UConn’s Master of Science Program in Accounting (MSA) prepares students to complete the 150 hours required to sit for the CPA exam. A graduate-level certificate, Accounting Certificate Program (ACP) can also be completed online. This program fuses six undergraduate accounting courses’ into a sequential, four graduate course plan, letting students reach certification at their convenience.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree and must have completed the following courses:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • US Federal Income Tax
  • Auditing

Credit Requirements

The only in-person component of the MSA program at UConn is a four-day week-in residence course at the start of the program. The rest of the program can be finished online. The program consists of 10 courses: two core courses, eight electives.

Students have three study plans to choose from, including two full-time options and one part-time. The first full-time option delivers 10 courses over the length of three semesters (which gives students extra time to prepare for the CPA), while the second delivers 10 courses over two semesters. The part-time option is geared towards people working full-time and let the 10 courses be taken over several semesters.

Recognition

  • The U.S. News & World Report ranked the Online MSA Program #3 among Best Online Programs.
Address
352 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT
06269
(860) 486-2000
In-state Tuition
$12,202
Out-of-state Tuition
$31,674
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Virginia Tech University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business offers a Master of Accounting and Information Systems (MACIS) program that preps students to take the CPA examination upon completion. The concentrations available allow students to add specialized skills to their foundational accounting education.

MACIS majors have the option to select specialization areas:

  • Information Systems
  • Audit
  • Financial Services
  • Tax

Virginia Tech also offers a 152-Hour Program, otherwise known as a combined degree, for currently enrolled ACIS undergraduates who want to become CPAs. This program lets them obtain all the hours required to take the CPA exam while earning their bachelor’s and master’s.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree and complete prerequisite course in accounting, economics, general business education and finance.

Credit Requirements

Once all prerequisite courses are completed, students can expect the MACIS program, which totals 30 graduate level semester credits, to take 12 to 18 months. Students with no background in accounting or business studies will spend closer to two years fulfilling all requirements.

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems provides students with a variety of financial aid options, including teaching and research assistantships, scholarships, grants and work exchange.

Testimonials

What I liked most about the Virginia Tech MACIS program was that it really prepared me to take the CPA exam. I got further knowledge and all of my courses so I felt like when I went to take Becker and the CPA exam, I really knew I was prepared.

Laura Vitale,
Address
210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA
24061-0131
(540) 231-6000
In-state Tuition
$11,656
Out-of-state Tuition
$23,351
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SUNY College at Geneseo

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Master of Accounting (MAC) is a full-time program with a curriculum designed to prepare students for CPA licensure and provide students with an education in finance, management, advanced auditing and tax accounting. Students learn to think critically and work collaboratively through projects, case analysis, and independent research.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit the online SUNY Graduate School application, official transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education attended, two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a professor, the $50 application fee and their GMAT scores.
  • The deadline for early application is September 1st, while the regular application is due February 1st for the upcoming academic year.

Credit Requirements

Candidates must complete 33 hours in accounting, including courses in Financial Accounting, U.S. Federal Tax Accounting and Managerial Accounting. An additional 36 hours in general business electives, including courses in Business Statistics, Computer Finance, Economics and Commercial Law must be done as well. Internships may be taken in order to gain experience and potentially course credits while working towards the 150 CPA licensure requirement.

Applicants or transfer students should have taken a minimum of 18 semester hours of accounting coursework to satisfy the New York State CPA licensure requirements, since the MS at Geneseo runs only 15 semester hours of accounting.

Recognition

  • The Business Journals ranked SUNY Geneseo #35 out of 484 of the best U.S. colleges in 2015.
Address
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY
14454-1465
(585) 245-5000
Annual Tuition
$11,685
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Carlson School Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is one of the top graduate tax programs in the country. The program’s focus on classroom debate is a distinct way to instill leadership qualities into students.

Many electives are offered through the Carlson Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Taxation programs. The school also works hard to help students further their career goals and offers personal assistance at all stages of career development.

Minnesota’s professors give students access to exceptional scholarship, research expertise and most importantly professional experience. The school offers a Master of Business Taxation, Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration.

A limited number of MAcc scholarships are awarded in the fall semester. A $6,000 forgivable Parker Loan may be awarded by the accounting department to eligible domestic MAcc students.

Admission Requirements

  • The admission committee will review a student’s academic record (with a required minimum of a 3.0 GPA or higher) and three letters of recommendation. The review process may take 4 to 6 weeks.
  • An undergraduate finance or accounting degree from an accredited US school or foreign equivalent is required for graduate placement.
  • Students who do not have an undergraduate degree must complete a core accounting requirement through the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education Accounting Certificate program.

Credit Requirements

The MAcc program prepares students for the CPA certification, and offers courses in accounting, finance, taxation, supply chain and operations management, information systems and marketing. There is also a “tax track” MBA program designed for accounting professionals interested in moving into the tax field. The MAcc offers 20 credits of elective coursework in conjunction with the Master of Business Taxation program.

Courses include Auditing, Information Technology, Personal Financial, Planning, Business Valuation, Financial Forensics, and Taxation.

Three required courses adding up to 12 semester credits must be taken in two semesters. Remaining credits are chosen as electives. Classes in the MAcc program are often held in the evening, meeting once per week between the 5 and 9 p.m. MAcc students are eligible to apply for paid summer or winter internships in public or private accounting.

Address
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0213
(612) 625-5000
In-state Tuition
$18,600
Out-of-state Tuition
$30,400
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Northeastern University

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE

The Program

The Master in Accounting/MBA at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern has an exceptionally strong job-placemat rating, with 100% of students offered full time employment upon graduation. Students are primed and ready for work at leading accounting firms in as little as 15 months, earning a MSA/MBA joint degree and gaining valuable hands-on experience during a three month paid residency.

An estimated 28,000 accountants and auditors are active in the Boston area (the highest in the nation), making this an ideal location to start a career in accounting. The MS in Accounting program is also approved by the Massachusetts Board of Accountancy.

The unique combined business and accounting format has won this school much recognition, with it consistently ranked as one of the top-tier business and financial schools in the nation. The school prides itself on experiential learning, which it believes better prepares students for real-world challenges. The success rate and location, combined with the highly regarded and fast-paced curriculum, make this a stand-out program.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates of the Master of Accounting must submit their GMAT scores and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Any relevant work experience will be evaluated in the admissions process.

Credit Requirements

Students can earn two degrees in 15 months, with classes beginning in May. A three month residency running from January through March is required at a regional, national or Big Four accounting firm. There are no electives, and courses are taken in sequence so all students remain on track together. Seventy-two credits are required; 50% are accounting courses and 50% are MBA courses. MBA courses include Information Analysis, Strategic Cost of Management, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Business and Corporate Governance.

To achieve full CPA privileges in Massachusetts, candidates must complete at least 1,000 hours and one full year of employment in public accounting.

Recognition

  • Forbes magazine recognized Northeastern as one of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Campuses.”
  • Advances in Financial Education ranked the Finance Department #2 in the U.S.
Address
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
02115-5005
(617) 373-2000
Cost per Credit Hour
$1,433
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University of Tulsa

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Collins College of Business Master of Accountancy (MAcc) prepares students for CPA licensure through a hands-on program that develops the interpersonal and tech skills required to adapt to the modern accounting world. Integrated knowledge is at the heart of the educational approach, and participation is key to leadership development, a major 10et of the Tulsa program.

A friendly environment and low faculty to student ratio, coupled with a technologically-minded and teamwork-centered approach, make this an ideal school for students seeking a unique classroom experience. Students learn how to conduct business in the real world by a dedicated faculty of professionals, who provide insight into the strategic role of accounting in business.

Tulsa’s Conference of Accountants is a forum on contemporary issues, and since 2004 has provided merit-based awards to exceptional students. A global view is certainly at the heart of this program, and students will be prepared to enter the workforce as accountants, auditors, commercial bankers, financial analysts, tax accountants or underwriters.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must have a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college, a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GRE or GMAT score with a satisfactory rating.
  • Applications for the MAcc program are due by February 1st.
  • Applications for competitive scholarships are due by January 15th.

Credit Requirements

Candidate must earn a minimum of 12 credits in accounting electives, nine credits in business electives and six credits of core coursework. Core requirements include Management Control Systems and Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis.

Students may choose their accounting courses from among Financial Systems and Corporate Planning, Systems Auditing and Insurance, CPA Review and Taxation of Natural Resources and Energy.

Undergraduates are eligible for a 4+1 option that allow them to complete the master’s degree in one year.

Recognition

  • Bloomberg Businessweek rated University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business one of the top 100 business schools in the nation.
Address
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK
74104-3189
(918) 631-2000
Annual Tuition
$38,556
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Syracuse University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE

The Program

The MS in Accounting at the Whitman School of Management is dedicated to developing highly trained candidates, providing them with the education needed to pass the NY CPA exam and enter the workforce. Courses in financial statement analysis, strategic cost analysis, taxes and business strategy, as well as a host of courses in economics, statistics and other electives, are designed to supplement previous accounting studies and further professionalism.

Students are encouraged to think critically about the profession and the expanding role of the accountant in the modern world. Decision-making, management, strategy and consulting lay the groundwork for success. The program is adaptable to a range of experience as students work towards careers as financial analysts, corporate treasurers, auditors, financial consultants, controllers and CPAs.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates of the MS in Accounting must complete a set of prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants are not required to hold an undergraduate degree in accounting, however they must complete 24 general business credits as an undergraduate.

Credit Requirements

The MS in Accounting calls for 30 credits to be completed within the one-year track or the 16-month track. Students will take 12 accounting core credits, three accounting elective credits, nine non-accounting electives and six credits in management courses. While an internship is not required, it is highly recommended. The internship would take place during the summer before their last semester and students are responsible for finding and securing an internship for themselves.

Testimonials

The Whitman School’s MS in Accounting program has shaped my professional career. The classroom topics were undoubtedly advanced and thought provoking […]. I am continuously amazed by the formidable knowledge base and preparation I gained during my studies at Whitman.

Michael Dzioba, MS '11
Address
900 South Crouse Ave.
Syracuse, NY
13244
(315) 443-1870
Annual Tuition
$61,418
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James Madison University

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The School of Accounting’s Master of Science (MS) degree is a traditional full-time program. The school prepares students for CPA licensure in Virginia and is diverse and adaptable to students’ interests. Graduates are prepared for careers in public accounting. Students can concentrate in Accounting Information Systems or Taxation.

Students who choose to participate in both programs can earn the 150 semester hours required to sit for the CPA exam. There is a strong business emphasis, and the school works to deliver a diverse yet integrated course of study that stresses business disciplines, teamwork and real-world interpersonal communication skills.

The concentrations available are:

  • Accounting Information Systems (AIS)
  • Taxation
  • Assurance (General) MSA

Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisites must be taken at an AACSB accredited school.
  • Candidates must submit an application, transcripts, a current resume, official GMAT scores OR successful completion of all four parts of the CPA exam.
  • The MS in Accounting program accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Credit Requirements

JMU MS students follow the College Business’s “business core” curriculum used for all James Madison business majors. The 30 to 33-credit curriculum includes opportunities for students to participate in internships and externships during the summer semester. Students focus on developing teamwork and technical skills while working with an array of business disciplines.

Graduate research assistantships are available to lessen the burden of tuition and provide a competitive stipend.

Recognition

  • The U.S. News & World Report ranked the JMU College of Business Information Security (InfoSec) MBA #12 in U.S.; #3 in student engagement.
  • The Bloomberg Businessweek 2014, the College of Business ranked 17th among public institutions and 40th among all business schools.
Address
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA
22807
(540) 568-6211
In-state Tuition
$9,360
Out-of-state Tuition
$25,680
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The School of Accountancy at Nebraska delivers to its students a Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) that promises a “Big Ten” education that goes beyond the typical curriculum found at other accounting programs. Once students reach the requisite 150 credit hours earned by completing their undergraduate and the MPA program, they will be eligible to sit for the Nebraska State CPA exam.

Since the MPA program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree, Nebraska undergraduates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program can quickly segue to their MPA.

MPA students also have the choice to participate in a joint JD-MPA degree, offered by the School of Accountancy in conjunction with the College of Law.

Admission Requirements

  • Students are required to submit two letters of reference and a statement of purpose with their application.
  • All students must have a GMAT score of at least 550.

Credit Requirements

The MPA at Nebraska totals to 36 credit hours, in addition to the coursework required for a baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 21 of those credits are required to be graduate-level courses.

Any candidates interested in participating in an internship during their program have the opportunity to do so, and should contact an MPA Advisor as soon as they are admitted to the program to ensure their spot is reserved. Scholarships and fellowships are available for eligible full-time students to apply to in order to decrease tuition costs. Organizations such as the Beta Alpha Psi club afford students the opportunity to practice their leadership and teamwork skills beyond intern and externship experiences.

Address
14th and R St
Lincoln, NE
68588
(402) 472-7211
In-state Tuition
$6,840
Out-of-state Tuition
$19,572
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Binghamton University - SUNY

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Binghamton School of Management Master of Science in Accounting (MS) program is intended for students who have graduated with a major in accounting; however, Binghamton often accepts students without a business or accounting degree. The curriculum delivers a fundamental and broad-based understanding of accounting, providing students with the professionalism and technical skills needed to succeed as CPAs in either public or private firms.

Principles are practiced through experiential learning, teamwork and a strong sense of community among students, faculty and alumni. The global perspective offered by the Binghamton MS program often prods students to continue on to the doctoral level.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Those without an accounting baccalaureate degree who are admitted to the MS program might be required to complete 64 to 68 credits of prerequisite coursework.

Credit Requirements

Candidates working at a full-time pace are usually able to complete the Binghamton program in just two semesters. Part-time students are allowed to take up to five years to finish, but are expected to take at least eight credits per semester. Summer sessions are available to help students make up credits they were unable to take during the fall or spring. Courses such as Auditing and Managerial Accounting Theory, Ethical Issues in Business and Written and Oral Communications comprise the 32-credits required for the MS program.

Testimonials

I was extremely pleased with the way the program provided me with a sound foundation in the basic business skills that served me well regardless of the industry in which I worked. I can’t thank the School enough for creating great opportunities for me.

Joe Yacura, MS Accounting '83
Address
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY
13850-6000
(607) 777-2000
In-state Tuition
$10,370
Out-of-state Tuition
$20,190
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University of Pittsburgh

Public MSCHE

The Program

The Master of Science in Accounting program (MAcc) at Katz Graduate School of Business at Pitt caters to individuals switching careers by providing the basic professional accounting knowledge needed in order to pursue CPA licensure. Students who complete the Katz MAcc will have earned enough credits to sit for the CPA Exam.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year U.S. college or university.
  • Depending on their undergraduate, students must complete 18 credits worth of prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in certain MAcc courses.
  • Not all prerequisites are required to be completed before enrolling in the MAcc program.

Credit Requirements

The Katz MAcc program consists of 30 credits of graduate coursework to be completed at full-time status. Depending on how quickly a student finishes the prerequisites, the program can take as little as two terms, while other students may take up to three or four terms. 24 of the 30 credits are required core courses and students must choose a minimum of 6 credits from the recommended elective course list.

Address
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
15260
(412) 624-4141
In-state Tuition
$20,742
Out-of-state Tuition
$33,960
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Michigan State University

Public NCACS/THLC

The Program

The Master of Science in Accounting Program in the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management offers students the flexibility needed to better accommodate their career objectives.

Students have the option to select one of three concentrations:

  • Taxation
  • Information Systems
  • Public & Corporate Accounting

Regardless of what students choose, they will receive the “breadth and depth” education needed to take the CPA exam in Michigan and other states.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates not holding an undergraduate in accounting may be required to take prerequisite business and accounting courses.
  • A minimum GMAT score of 550 is required for all applicants.

Credit Requirements

To complete the MSA, 30 credits must be taken in accounting courses. Twenty-four of these must be at the 800-level and 12 to 15 must be dedicated to courses in specialized concentrations. Students typically take a year to a year and a half to finish and are allowed up to five years to complete the program.

Financial aid is available for MS Accounting students via scholarships, graduate assistantships, fellowships, full-time employment at MSU and even working as a grader for professors.

Recognition

  • The Public Accounting Report ranked the Michigan State MS Program #15 in the nation.
Address

East Lansing, MI
48824-1046
(517) 355-1855
In-state Tuition
$29,000
Out-of-state Tuition
$45,500
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The University of Texas at Dallas

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Master of Science in Accounting (MS Accounting) at the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management is delivered in a mix of online and on-campus formats and singlemindedly prepares students to become CPAs. Once they have achieved the requisite number of hours and successfully completed the MS in Accounting, students will be prepared to take the Uniform CPA Examination.

MS Accounting students have full access to an array of useful UT resources, like the business communication center, career expos, “Meet the Firm” events, teaching assistants and a writing lab.

Admission Requirements

  • A demonstrated knowledge of calculus or a prerequisite course is required.
  • Applicants must either have completed the following courses or their equivalents:
    • Intermediate Accounting I
    • Intermediate Accounting II
    • Cost Management Systems/Cost Accounting

Credit Requirements

While all of the MSA degree requirements can be completed entirely online through UT Dallas, students seeking to sit for the CPA exam should be aware that the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy requires 15 of the 30 accounting hours be completed on-campus.

The program totals 36 semester credit hours lasting between 18 and 24 months. Of the 36 total credits, 15 are dedicated to graduate accounting electives, 12 are business core courses and nine are accounting core courses.

Testimonials

Ultimately what brought me to UTD was its location and its highly ranked School of Management. What has kept me at UTD for my master’s degree were my classmates, professors and the wide range of services offered to students.

Jamie Bendure, MS '15
Address
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX
75080-3021
(972) 883-2111
In-state Tuition
$22,880
Out-of-state Tuition
$44,564
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University of Central Florida

Public SACS/CC

The Program

The Master of Science in Accounting degree offered by the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting at UCF emphasizes the importance of independent study and life-time learning. Through work on research projects and case studies, both individually and with groups, students are given the skills they need to succeed in their future accounting careers.

For those who have an undergraduate degree in accounting, UCF’s MSA completes the 150 credits that are most often required to sit the CPA licensure exam.

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts from each school attended if undergraduate degree isn’t from UCF
  • Current resume
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in upper-level accounting and tax classes.
  • GMAT scores taken in the last five years

Credit Requirements

To earn the MSA, students must complete 30 credit hours of instruction and a written, comprehensive exam. Before they are allowed to begin work on the accounting required and elective courses, students must meet the requirements of one of two foundational cores: business for undergraduates with non-accounting-related degrees or accounting for those with accounting or business bachelor’s degrees.

All applicants should have an MSA advisor review their transcripts to determine if the courses they’ve already taken fulfill the foundational requirements. Once all prerequisites are completed, students take 15 credit hours of required courses and 15 credits chosen from electives. Classes include: Advanced Auditing, Accounting Theory, Fraud Auditing and Operational Auditing.

Address
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL
32816
(407) 823-2000
In-state Tuition
$6,368
Out-of-state Tuition
$22,467
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University of Miami

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC

The Program

The University of Miami’s School of Business Administration offers a fully-accredited Master of Accounting degree to students who aspire to working within the public sphere of accountancy. The program is designed to be taken full-time and completed over the course of two semesters. Classes are offered most often during the day, with few evening and no online or weekend options available.

Upon graduation, students will meet the 150-credit, CPA licensure requirement held by most states.

Admission Requirements

  • Along with the basic application materials, students interested in this MAcc program must show proof of having completed the prerequisites for the program. Those who have a bachelor’s degree from an AACSB-accredited accounting program likely already have the necessary credits.

Those who do not meet the prerequisite requirements for admission may enroll in the seven-week, accounting intensive program offered during the summer.

Credit Requirements

  • MAcc candidates can choose from two tracks to focus their degrees: Assurance or Corporate Accounting. Both tracks require the completion of 30 semester hours of coursework, which are earned through five core courses and a mixture of electives.
  • The Assurance track allows students to pick electives from several business-related topics, like Advanced Business Law and Marketing Research.
  • Those on the Corporate Accounting track choose electives from accounting and business topics, such as Accounting Controls in Information Technology and The public Corporation.

Recognition

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami #79 on its Best Business Schools list.
Address
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
33146
(305) 284-2211
Cost per Credit Hour
$1,790
Annual Tuition
$51,900