Training in New Jersey for Aspiring Accountants
Learn about accounting programs available at two of the largest 4-year schools in New Jersey. Read about the curricula that can prepare students for entry-level positions, as well as those preparing graduates for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. More information about these two schools is also detailed in the table below.
- Rutgers Business School, a part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has campuses in New Brunswick and Newark. Although Newark is the larger city, the New Brunswick campus has the larger student body and will be addressed in this article. Offered degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Accountancy in Financial Accounting, Master of Accountancy in Taxation, Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting and a Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting. In addition, a Certificate in Government Financial Management is also available.
- Kean University, located in Union, a suburb of Newark, offers both a bachelor's and Master of Science in Accounting.
Comparison of Schools
With so many degree options, you'll also want to look at other factors in your decision-making process. The following table will tell you more about the tuition charges, campus settings and acceptance rates to help you focus on which school might best suit your needs.
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||Kean University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||49,577*||14,226*|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $14,638 (in-state)*
| $12,107 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||69%*||89%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||58%*||82%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||94%*||76%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began in Fall 2011)||80%*||49%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Rutgers Business School
Rutgers Business School (RBS) is part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and was established in 1929. In addition to its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, RBS also offers dual degree MBA programs, including a joint Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor program.
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Prospective accounting majors at RBS must complete six classes to establish program eligibility and some of them include macroeconomics, calculus and statistics. Once admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program, students take courses in intermediate accounting methods, tax fundamentals, auditing and information systems.
Graduate Certificate in Government Financial Management
This online certificate program includes four classes in accounting and auditing principles, including budgeting systems for government agencies, development and design of information systems, public sector auditing and governmental accounting. Program graduates can apply the completed credits toward the Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting program.
Master of Accountancy in Financial Accounting
This graduate degree program is designed for individuals pursuing a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Common topics discuss digital accounting concepts, accounting research, advanced auditing training and practice with accounting information systems. To satisfy degree requirements, students complete 15 credit hours in digital accounting, corporate financial communication, advanced auditing and research, and audit analytics, with the remaining 15 credits taken part-time and online from among courses in accounting, business and government accounting. People who completed undergraduate upper-division coursework at a college with AACSB accreditation can earn advanced standing for the master's degree.
Master of Accountancy in Taxation
Students enrolled in the Master of Accountancy in Taxation program complete courses in business ethics and principles, tax procedures and corporate taxation. Common electives include federal tax law, federal income taxation, estate planning and state and local taxes.
Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting
Students can enroll in this program directly or complete the Certificate in Government Financial Management and apply certificate credits to the degree. This online master's degree curriculum features classes in public financial management, auditing, ethical issues and public sector auditing. Students may choose from a range of electives, such as management control, forensic accounting and an independent study in public financial management.
Master of Accountancy in Professional Accounting
Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree in accounting can enroll in this program. The program involves courses covering both practice and theory. This program may be more cost effective than an MBA program. It also satisfies New Jersey CPA requirements.
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
Rutgers Business School's Ph.D. in Accounting program explores accounting theories, econometrics and statistics. Students also explore current topics in accounting. Students also complete several research seminars in addition to conducting dissertation research.
This 4-year, public university has over 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 60 graduate degree programs. It is approximately 30 minutes from New York City. Both of the accounting degree programs at Kean University (KU) emphasize the business, managerial and financial elements necessary for employment in accounting.
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Accounting students at Kean University can expect to take a writing emphasis course, in addition to classes in basic and advanced accounting principles, tax guidelines, cost accounting and computer-based accounting procedures.
Master of Science in Accounting
This advanced degree program is designed for students who have obtained an undergraduate degree with a business major. Students without the previous educational experience are required to take up to six additional business courses. The curriculum includes classes in financial accounting techniques, managerial accounting methods, auditing systems and tax laws. Program graduates are eligible for the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy's Uniform CPA exam.