School and Ranking Information
There are only about five schools in the Tampa area that offer degree programs in accounting; and three of these are private for-profit schools. Based on school type, number of accounting degrees awarded and school rankings, the following school is considered a top school in the area for accounting degrees:
- Winner: The University of South Florida is the only public school in Tampa with degrees in this field. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of South Florida|
|Rankings||Tied for #161 for National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$6,410 (in-state), $17,324 (out-of-state)**|
|Accounting Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, master's|
|Accounting Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||271**|
|Most Popular Accounting Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's (217 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||63%**|
|Noteworthy||USF is tied at #88 for top public schools**|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
University of South Florida
- Undergraduate accounting program was ranked #35 across the nation by the Public Accounting Report in 2012 and #3 among schools with less than 15 program faculty members
- Master's degree program in accounting ranked #41 by the 2012 Public Accounting Report in 2012
- Accounting programs have accreditation with AACSB International
The University of South Florida (USF) enrolls nearly 48,000 students and had a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1 in 2013. This schools offers close 200 degree programs. Its accounting programs are housed within the school's Muma College of Business.
Students at the undergraduate level can choose between either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the School of Accountancy. Courses include cost accounting and control, accounting information systems and concepts of federal income taxation. FSU also offers to students a Master of Accountancy program, requiring a total of 30 semester hours. The M.Acc. has three track: general, tax or audit/systems. The program of study features courses such as internal and operational auditing, advanced corporate taxation and selected topics in accounting.