Top Schools for Managerial Accounting

Jan 04, 2020

Find out which top schools offer programs in managerial accounting, through which students learn how businesses make decisions based on financial reports. Read about the degree options at three universities, and find a table with information about other schools that offer programs for managerial accountants.

Many schools offer a general accounting curriculum that includes courses in managerial accounting, as well as topics in financial report analysis, budget preparation, taxation and sales forecasting.

School Information

Undergraduate and graduate programs can be found at the featured schools below, which include Ohio State University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Washington and Brigham Young University. These four institutions received high rankings for their accounting and/or business programs from US News & World Report in 2020. offers a managerial accounting course that you can take on this site.

Ohio State University in Columbus

School Highlight: In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University's undergraduate accounting program #10 in the country.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in accounting, Master of Accounting (MAcc) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The master's degree program includes electives in managerial accounting for decision-making, data mining, logistics and analytics. Ohio hosts several clubs for accounting students, such as the Accounting Association, Beta Alpha Psi, the National Association of Black Accountants and the MAcc Association.

University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN

School Highlight: The University of Notre Dame's undergraduate accounting program was ranked fifth according to U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list.

Students interested in accounting can earn an undergraduate degree, Master of Science or Master of Business Administration (MBA). Managerial accounting is incorporated into the accounting programs, where students learn about budget analysis and planning, mergers and acquisitions, performance evaluation and ethics; courses in auditing and taxation, negotiations and investment valuation are also part of the programs.

University of Washington in Seattle

School Highlight: The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington (UW) offers a graduate business program that ranked 21st by U.S. News & World Report in 2019.

There are 16 colleges and schools at the University of Washington, and there are more than 54,000 students. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Master of Professional Accounting or Ph.D. in Accounting.The school's accounting program includes several courses focused on managerial accounting and additional courses that cover related topics in financial reporting and analysis, cost accounting, business taxation and accounting information systems.

Brigham Young University in Provo, UT

School Highlight: The school offers a joint graduate program in law and accounting.

At Brigham Young University, undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, which includes a focused course in intermediate managerial accounting. Students must also participate in accounting clubs and complete an internship between their junior and senior years. This program was ranked tied at #2 among all undergraduate accounting programs for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. At the graduate level, BYU's Marriott School of Management offers a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. There is also a five-year BS/MAcc option.

Top Schools for Managerial Accounting

Here are some more good schools for managerial accounting:

  • At Indiana University in Bloomington, 95% of new accounting graduates are employed within 90 days of graduation.
  • At Michigan State University in East Lansing, the Master of Science in Accounting program includes an optional management accounting specialty.
  • New York University in New York, NY, offers the Summer Start program for students wishing to start the MBA program early and work on developing leadership skills.
  • The University of Chicago has permanent business school campuses in Chicago, IL; Hyde Park, London; and Singapore.

Some of the country's top universities offer excellent educational offerings in managerial accounting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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