School and Ranking Information
Four schools in the Atlanta area offer advanced degrees in the fields of accounting and finance. Of these four schools, three are public institutions. The following school was selected as the top pick for finance and accounting in Atlanta because of its flexible programs, rankings and accreditation.
- Winner: Georgia State University (GSU), located in Atlanta, offers three master's degree programs in accounting and financial management. Nationally ranked, GSU offers a variety of program lengths and options.
School Info Chart
|Category||Georgia State University|
|Rankings||#6 in Up-and-Coming Schools (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition (2013-2014)||Graduate: $6,264 (in-state); $21,816 (out-of-state)**|
|Finance Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's; Doctorate|
|Finance Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||273**|
|Most Popular Finance Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||53%**|
|Noteworthy||J. Mack Robinson College of Business is accredited by AACSB***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Georgia State University
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Georgia State University
- The J. Mack Robinson College of Business has received recognition by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, and The Financial Engineer
- The Robinson College of Business operates 20 research centers and institutes, including ones focused on economic forecasting and risk analysis
- Graduates of either MPA program are eligible to sit for the State Board of Accountancy exam to become certified public accountants in Georgia
Georgia State University enrolls about 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 250 degree programs in over 100 areas of study through eight colleges.
The J. Mack Robinson College of Business offers two Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) programs - one that requires three years of full-time study and another that can be completed in a single year. The one-year program offers courses in advanced accounting, taxation and internal auditing. Required courses for the three-year program include financial accounting theories and practices, strategic communications and financial statement analysis.
Students in the Master of Science in Finance program can complete this program in three semesters. Classes include financial strategy, corporate banking and loan structuring. Students also take courses in leadership development and technical support.
The Master of Business Administration in Finance program concentrates on financial management practices and evaluating global capital markets. Required foundation courses include the valuation of financial analysis, microeconomics and marketing. Finance-specific courses include business regulations, information systems and operations management.