School and Ranking Information
Austin has about five schools that offer programs in business accounting. The top three schools in the area have been ranked based on rankings and program offerings. All three schools provide opportunities to do internships in the field and offer programs that prepare students to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. CPA certification is required for accountants who file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but other accountants can also get certified as CPAs to find better job prospects, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Winner: The University of Texas at Austin has the best undergraduate accounting program in the nation, as well as the best graduate business school for accounting, as of 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs are available, with classes taught by recognized accounting faculty members.
- Runner-Up #1: St. Edward's University is ranked regionally in the West and has a higher graduation rate. It offers bachelor's and master's programs.
- Runner-Up #2: Texas State University - San Marcos is also regionally ranked in the West. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||The University of Texas at Austin||St. Edward's University||Texas State University- San Marcos|
|Rankings|| Best undergraduate accounting programs in 2013, nationwide;
Best graduate business schools for accounting in 2012, nationwide;
7th best undergraduate business programs in 2012, nationwide;
17th best graduate business schools in 2013, nationwide;
46th among national universities in 2013*
|17th among regional universities (West) in 2013*||46th among regional universities (West) in 2013*|
|Location||Austin, TX||Austin, TX||San Marcos, TX (29.5 miles from Austin)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$9,790 (undergraduate, in-state), $33,128 (undergraduate, out-of-state); $10,918 (graduate, in-state), $20,790 (graduate, out-of-state)**||$31,110 (undergraduate); $19,144 (graduate)**||$7,732 (undergraduate, in-state), $16,858 (undergraduate, out-of-state); $6,354 (graduate, in-state), $12,672 (graduate, out-of-state)**|
|Business Accounting Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees|
|Business Accounting Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||581**||34**||255**|
|Most Popular Business Accounting Program in 2011-2012||Master in Professional Accounting (317 awarded)**||Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (31 awarded)**||Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (204 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||79%**||69%**||55%**|
|Noteworthy||School's accounting faculty members are known for their achievements in the field||Research, networking and internship opportunities are available in some programs||Offers a scholarship program for students pursuing CPA certification|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: The University of Texas at Austin
- Both bachelor's and master's programs feature internships, networking opportunities and study abroad options
- Undergraduates participate in a leadership program
- Master's program features visiting speakers who are leaders in the field of accounting
- Students in the master's program have been recruited by both national and international organizations
- Research and teaching placements available for PhD graduates
The McCombs School of Business offers both undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. The BBA program prepares students for careers in public, private and governmental accounting, and an integrated program is available for third-year students who want to pursue a Master in Professional Accounting. Master's students can choose from tracks in managerial accounting and control, financial reporting and assurance, generalist accounting and taxation. Students preparing for the CPA exam can have their master's coursework tailored to meet state requirements. Designed for those seeking careers as instructors or researchers in the field of accounting, the PhD program includes courses in accounting, mathematics and business, and students attend seminars and practice teaching as well.
Runner-Up #1: St. Edward's University
- Business school features small class sizes
- Study abroad opportunities are available at partner universities around the world
- A dual bachelor's and master's program in accounting is available
- Master of Business Administration students can take online classes
Undergraduates can choose between two Bachelor of Business Administration programs, including one with a concentration in accounting and another that focuses on accounting information technology. Students pursuing the accounting information technology option graduate with dual degrees in accounting and computer information technology, and the program helps them meet various CPA coursework requirements. Graduate students who are interested in becoming CPAs can enroll in the Master of Accounting program, which culminates in an accounting theory and practice course. Featuring a concentration in accounting, the Master of Business Administration program is designed for students also seeking to expand their business knowledge in areas like finance, marketing, business law and organizational behavior.
Runner-Up #2: Texas State University - San Marcos
- McCoy College of Business Administration features 90 full-time faculty members
- Undergraduate and graduate business programs have accreditation by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
- Accounting internships are available
The business school offers one bachelor's program and two master's programs in accounting. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree take general business classes and also study financial and managerial accounting, governmental accounting, accounting systems and income taxes. Designed to help students meet CPA education requirements, the Master of Accountancy program requires courses in professional research, accounting ethics, external auditing, financial accounting, accounting information systems and taxation. Those interested in designing and implementing accounting information systems can find a Master of Science in Accounting and Information Technology program, which covers databases, accounting information systems, information security, IT auditing and consulting. Students without undergraduate coursework in accounting may need to complete additional courses for both graduate programs.