Accounting Schools in Long Beach, CA with Degree Program Info

Oct 02, 2018

There are 11 schools within 25 miles of Long Beach that have accounting programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Long Beach Accounting Schools

Students can choose from several accounting programs and schools near the Long Beach area. Get the details on three of these schools, all of which are under 35 minutes from downtown. A table comparing important school information, such as enrollment numbers, tuition rates and graduation rates, is provided. Also included is a short section mentioning four other nearby school options.

  • Located 24 miles from downtown, Loyola Marymount University offers a minor in accounting, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting and Master of Science (MS) in Accounting.
  • The largest of the three schools, the University of Southern California is 24.5 miles from downtown Long Beach. The school offers a minor in accounting, BS in Accounting, Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Business Taxation and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Accounting.
  • Vanguard University of Southern California is 21.8 miles from downtown and offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Accounting.

Comparison of Schools

The table below makes it easy to compare valuable information and choose the right school.

Loyola Marymount University University of Southern California Vanguard University of Southern California
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit university 4-year; private not-for-profit university 4-year; private not-for-profit university
Total Enrollment (2017) 9,618* 45,687* 2,116*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $46,386* $54,259* $32,430*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 90%* 64%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 52%* 16%* 47%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2017) 91%* 96%* 73%*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 79%* 92%* 61%*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Loyola Marymount University

This university offers two undergraduate programs and a master's degree program in accounting. Applicants to the graduate program need to have a bachelor's degree and those who didn't major in accounting must take prerequisite courses in accounting, business and ethics.

Minor in Accounting

This program is only open to business students at the university. Students will need to take courses in financial accounting, intermediate accounting, income tax accounting and accounting info for decision making.

BS in Accounting

Undergrad majors will learn about the basics of accounting principles. The program teaches students about public, governmental or corporate accounting jobs. It will also help students prepare for Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) professional certifications. All students can participate in projects, oral presentations and team competitions. Specific courses include financial accounting, managerial accounting and cost accounting.

MS in Accounting

This graduate program has 30 units of coursework, and students will be able to prepare for the CPA licensure exam. Students will need to take courses like fraud examination, financial statement analysis, taxation of corporations/shareholders and estate/gift taxation. Students can also opt to participate in an accounting or tax internship.

University of Southern California

This university has both undergraduate and graduate programs for students who want to prepare for entry-level work or advancement in accounting. Applicants to the MAcc and Master of Business Taxation programs must have a bachelor's degree and acceptable GMAT scores. Students must also complete prerequisites in business and accounting. Students applying to the PhD program need to have a bachelor's degree and GRE/GMAT scores.

Minor in Accounting

Only non-business majors can complete this program. Its purpose is to help students understand basic business practices and how accounting affects their lives. Students will take courses in foundations of accounting, intermediate financial accounting, business economics and business finance.

BS in Accounting

Three tracks are available for students: accounting, accounting information systems and graduate accounting. The general accounting track focuses on industry, government and non-profit organizations. The accounting information systems track focuses on designing and using accounting technology. Students interested in pursuing additional education should take the graduate accounting track. All students will take foundation courses in topics like basic accounting, business communication, business finance and operations management. Major-related course topics may include financial reporting, managerial accounting, financial statement auditing and tax issues for business.


This program requires students to complete accounting, communications and ethics courses. Students will learn about the professional responsibilities and ethical behavior for accountants. Students also can choose courses like auditing/assurance services, advanced financial statement auditing topics, enterprise information systems and other related topics.

Master of Business Taxation

This program is similar to the MAcc degree, and students in this program are required to take courses in tax, accounting and business. Students also can choose electives like estate/gift taxes and methods of tax accounting. Floating electives may include varied topics in business and accounting. Required courses include tax research, tax theory, taxation of partnerships, corporate taxation and ethics for professional accountants.

PhD in Accounting

This 4-year doctoral degree program has disciplines in financial, auditing/corporate governance, tax and managerial accounting. Courses may include topics in tax planning, auditor independence, strategic management accounting and financial regulation. All students applying to this program are required to take screening and qualifying exams to ensure that they are fit to continue to the program. Students must also complete research, teaching assistantships and a dissertation.

Vanguard University of Southern California

This university provides one undergraduate program in accounting. Students will be prepared for accounting work in forensic, management and public fields.

BA in Accounting

In this degree program, students must take a mix of business, management, economics and accounting courses. The courses will help students understand the principles of marketing, business writing, computer applications and business math. Major-specific courses include intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, auditing and federal taxation.

Other School Options

Accounting courses are also offered at California State University - Fullerton, located 18.9 miles away from downtown Long Beach, and Chapman University, located 20.1 miles away from downtown. Pacific States University, located 21.4 miles away from downtown, and California State University - Los Angeles, located 21.5 miles away from downtown, also have accounting courses.

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