Students looking to learn about accounting can find undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs at 2- and 4-year schools throughout Maryland. Apart from straight accounting programs, accounting may be available as a concentration in a larger degree, such as business administration. Programs can be designed to train students to go immediately into the field or to transfer to a higher degree level. Some programs offer flexible scheduling, such as evening classes. Students can gain real-world experience through internships and business portfolio building. In addition, some programs may require that comprehensive exams be taken before graduation.
The colleges listed below are 10 of the largest non-profit, public universities that offer accounting programs in Maryland.
Baltimore City Community College
Baltimore City Community College provides an accounting certificate program that will help graduates find entry-level employment. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting program has courses in income tax accounting, business law, and intermediate accounting.
Frederick Community College
Frederick Community College offers a 9-credit letter of recognition program in accounting. The business accounting certificate program has courses in spreadsheets, accounting, intermediate accounting, and business communications. The computerized accounting certificate program focuses on software and record-keeping technology. Students in the accounting AAS program will be prepared for entry-level employment or transfer opportunities. The university also has a CPA exam qualification certificate for baccalaureate students.
Harford Community College
Located in Bel Air, this college has an accounting certificate that will prepare students for entry-level employment. Required courses include bookkeeping, accounting, and computerized accounting. The AAS in Accounting program will help students understand ethical accounting practices, analyze accounting information and utilize accounting information systems. The CPA exam qualification certificate program is designed for students who have non-accounting bachelor's degrees.
Morgan State University
This university is in Baltimore, and it offers an accounting minor program. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting program will provide education on business and accounting concepts. The undergrad program also has a CPA track. The university has a Master of Professional Accountancy program with courses in accounting theory, corporate finance, and business taxation. The doctoral degree program has an area of specialization in accounting, and students complete a variety of accounting seminars. PhD students also must develop and defend a dissertation.
Prince George's Community College
Found in Largo, this college provides an accounting AAS for students who want to transfer to a 4-year program or find entry-level employment. The accounting Associate of Science (AS) in Business Administration program is designed specifically for students who plan to transfer after graduating. A CPA preparation certificate program helps baccalaureate students become eligible for the CPA exam. There is also an accounting certificate and letter of recognition programs that provide courses in accounting and information technology. Finally, there is an accounting/taxation letter of recognition program with courses in accounting and federal income taxes.
Salisbury University has a minor program in accounting, and students will receive basic instruction on accounting principles. The BS in Accounting program provides foundational business and accounting coursework to prepare students for employment. Students are required to complete an auditing internship and a business portfolio class.
Towson University offers a BS in Accounting. Undergrad students must take courses in accounting, auditing, business strategy, and international business. They also must take 2 comprehensive exams in business and accounting. An accredited Master of Science (MS) in Accounting and Business Advisory Services program will prepare students for the CPA exam. The MS degree program can be completed during afternoons or evenings.
University of Baltimore
University of Baltimore provides a BS in Business Administration (BSBA) with a specialization in accounting. Students will be able to complete internships and learn about core concepts in financial reporting, cost accounting, and income taxes. The university has an MS in Accounting and Business Advisory Services. The grad program will prepare students for CPA licensure, and students will learn about business and accounting principles.
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
University of Maryland - Baltimore County has an accounting certificate program that will prepare students for CPA licensure. Students will learn about economics, business, and accounting. The university also has a certificate program in management accounting. The program is designed for students who want to become eligible for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. The program will provide instruction on financial planning and control.
University of Maryland - College Park
University of Maryland - College Park offers a BS in Accounting, and students can specialize in public accounting. Courses include auditing theory, accounting systems, and taxation. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has a concentration in accounting, which can help students qualify for the CPA exam. The MS in Business Accounting program covers topics in internal audits, managerial accounting and fraud prevention. The accounting PhD program requires students to complete seminars, independent studies, and a dissertation.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that most states require Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam applicants to complete 150 college semester hours. Those who want to take the Maryland CPA exam need to have an accredited bachelor's degree and complete 120 semester hours of coursework. After passing the exam, Maryland accountants will have to complete 150 hours of coursework to receive the actual CPA license.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Accounting Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Baltimore City Community College||2-year, public; large city||Certificate in Accounting,
AAS in Accounting
|$3,146 in-state; $7,226 out-of-state*|
|Frederick Community College||2-year, public; small city||Letter of Recognition in Accounting,
Certificate in Business Accounting, CPA Exam Qualification or Computerized Accounting,
AAS in Accounting
|$3,578 in-district; $7,034 in-state; $9,314 out-of-state*|
|Harford Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Certificate in Accounting or CPA Exam Qualification Lower-Level,
AAS in Accounting
|$3,715 in-district; $5,887 in-state; $8,060 out-of-state*|
|Morgan State University||4-year, public; large city||Minor in Accounting,
BS in Accounting,
Master of Professional Accountancy,
PhD in Business Administration/Accounting
|$7,900 in-state; $18,167 out-of-state*|
|Prince George's Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Letter of Recognition in Accounting or Accounting/Taxation,
Certificate in CPA Preparation,
Accounting Professional AAS,
AS in Business Administration in Accounting
|$3,770 in-district; $6,050 in-state; $8,498 out-of-state*|
|Salisbury University||4-year, public; small suburb||Minor in Accounting,
BS in Accounting
|$9,824 in-state; $19,526 out-of-state*|
|Towson University||4-year, public; small city||BS in Accounting,
MS in Accounting and Business Advisory Services
|$9,940 in-state; $23,208 out-of-state*|
|University of Baltimore||4-year, public; large city||BSBA in Accounting,
MS in Accounting and Business Advisory Services
|$8,958 in-state; $21,076 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland - Baltimore County||4-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Accounting or Management Accounting||$11,778 in-state; $26,872 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland - College Park||4-year, public; large suburb||BS in Accounting,
MS in Accounting
|$10,595 in-state; $35,216 out-of-state*|
Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics