Georgia Accountancy Schools
Accountancy programs can teach students how to work with money, budgets and investments as accountants in the business and finance industry. Learn about the degree levels and curricula, in addition to possible preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, at two nationally ranked Georgia schools.
- The University of Georgia is located in Athens, in the northeastern portion of the state. This school offers accounting degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
- Georgia State University, in Atlanta, offers accounting degrees at the bachelor's and doctoral levels, in addition to three master's degree options.
Comparison of Schools
Although aspiring accountants may find many similarities between these two schools' programs, a glance at the table below might reveal some interesting school differences. Check out the student population, campus setting, graduation rate and tuition for each school to help make this important choice.
|University of Georgia||Georgia State University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||37,606*||32,816*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $11,818 (in-state)*
| $9,112 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||96%*||94%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||54%*||70%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||95%*||83%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began studies in Fall 2011)||85%*||53%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
University of Georgia
The J.M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia offers three accountancy programs, including bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree options. Over the years, the Tull School of Accounting has consistently received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate accounting major complete prerequisites before applying to the College of Business. In addition to general education courses, students must also complete a total of 39 semester hours in upper division courses including 24 credit hours in core accounting classes such as intermediate accounting and accounting information systems.
Master of Accountancy
The Master of Accountancy is a 21-36-credit hour program that can be taken either as a 5-year program with the bachelor's degree in accounting or separately for individuals already holding a degree in accounting. Students have the opportunity to choose one of two areas of study, which include audit and taxation.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration- Accounting
The Ph.D. in Accounting program takes 3 years to complete. Students can take a concentration in financial accounting, taxation or auditing, and they are expected to continue to develop their accounting research skills.
Georgia State University
Georgia State University's College of Business and School of Accountancy offer numerous degrees in accounting. The business school is the fifth largest in the U.S. and consistently receives high rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
This undergraduate program prepares students for entry-level accounting positions or continued graduate study by providing a firm foundation of accountancy principles and skills. Students are expected to take general education, accounting, finance and business courses.
Master of Professional Accountancy
This master's degree program is offered in a flexible or cohort format; the former is intended for professionals or students holding an undergraduate business degree who are interested in focusing on accounting, while the latter is designed for those without an accounting degree. In the flexible program, students complete 36 credit hours and are offered electives in such courses as corporate finance, information systems security risk management, data mining and the global economy.
In the cohort program, students complete 30 credit hours of required courses in topics such as financial accounting, federal taxation, business analysis, managerial accounting and a seminar in internal auditing.
Master of Business Administration in Accounting
The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting is a flexible, part-time program that has management courses that teach financial analysis and reporting skills. A capstone course in global strategies must also be completed.
Master of Science in Information Systems Audit and Control
This graduate program has the same accounting focus of the professional accountancy program but also introduces students to computer forensics, database management and information systems courses. Students can elect to complete a capstone project or a field study in accounting among the electives offered in this program.
Doctor of Philosophy in Accountancy
The Ph.D. in Accountancy program is research oriented and is designed to prepare students to analyze and produce published accounting works. Students take a series of doctoral seminars in accounting and create a research portfolio in addition to their dissertation.