School and Ranking Information
The vast majority of schools in the Memphis area that offer accounting or finance programs are private schools. However, the top school for accounting and finance degrees is a large, public university that stands out because of its rankings, number of programs offered and accreditation.
- Winner: Students looking for degree programs in accounting and financial management can attend the Fogelman College of Business and Economics (FCBE) at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. FCBE offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate programs in both accounting and finance.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Memphis|
|Rankings||#113 in Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergraduate: $8,619 (in-state); $13,275 (out-of-state)*|
|Accounting and Finance Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D.|
|Accounting and Finance Bachelor's & Master's Degrees Awarded in 2013||232**|
|Most Popular Accounting and Finance Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's (177 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||43%**|
|Noteworthy||The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator
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University of Memphis
- Finance students can enter an accelerated combined bachelor's/master's degree program with a concentration in either real estate or business finance
- The Master of Science in Accounting degree program has three concentration options: accounting, healthcare accounting and taxation
- FCBE offers access to financial databases such as CRSP, COMPUSTAT and TAQ
The University of Memphis is situated on 1,607 acres in Memphis, TN, and enrolls over 21,000 students. The university is composed of 12 schools and colleges, including the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program in accounting requires courses in business law, intermediate accounting, cost accounting and federal income taxes. To earn the BBA, students complete a business core with courses in the legal environment of business, management and statistics.
A BBA in Finance requires 24 semester hours of finance-specific coursework. Students can pursue a concentration in risk management and insurance, business finance or real estate. Coursework may include critical thinking, international management, monetary economics or negotiation.
The Master of Science in Accounting requires completing three core accounting courses in addition to a communication course and 12 semester hours of coursework in one of three concentration areas. The healthcare accounting concentration includes courses in healthcare economics, advanced auditing and tax theory. In the taxation concentration, students learn about tax issues dealing with gifts and estates, tax research and corporate taxation. Accounting specialization students take courses in auditing methods, accounting databases and controllership.
Students interested in doctoral programs can earn a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems or marketing. Students complete courses in their concentration along with research methodology courses and a dissertation.