School and Ranking Information
At least 25 schools in the Arlington area have programs related to accounting and finance. The majority of the schools are small for-profit institutions. The others are mostly large private schools. However, the top school in the area for accounting and finance is a small private not-for-profit school. Based on its rankings and school type, the following school is the top school in the area for studying accounting and finance:
- Winner: Marymount University is a regionally ranked Southern university. Marymount University's School of Business Administration offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs with specializations in accounting and finance.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||Tied for #37 in Regional Universities (South) (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, private|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$27,470*|
|Business Administration Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's**|
|Business Administration Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||167**|
|Most Popular Business Administration Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||58%**|
|Noteworthy||Past students in the business administration program have completed internships with organizations like the U.S. Congress, United Way of America, Volkswagen, Red Peg Marketing and the National Geographic Society|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
- Successful business students can join a national honor society and expand their networking
- Undergraduate students are required to complete an internship before graduation
- Seniors must write a detailed business plan and present it to faculty
Marymount University (MU) is a Catholic institution founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Its School of Business Administration offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in business specializations such as economics, information technology and health information management.
The Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Specialty is customizable and allows students to select a specialty that is tailored to their individual career goals. The business core teaches the essentials of financial management, business law, management and business communication, while the accounting specialty teaches the principles of accounting, tax accounting and intermediate accounting.
The Bachelor Business Administration - Finance Specialty covers coursework in investments, international finance and intermediate financial management. As with the above BBA program, the curriculum includes a major business core that covers essential topics related to business management, including organizational management, strategic management and marketing.
BBA students who choose either of the above specialties can work towards an MBA while completing their undergraduate studies. The MBA curriculum requires 36 additional credits beyond the bachelor's degree. Students complete coursework in operations management, economics and organizational behavior.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance Track is a 45-credit program consisting of coursework related to advanced business topics, such as managerial economics, corporate finance and information technology management. The finance track, which consists of six courses, covers the fundamentals of investments, financial markets and portfolio management. The MBA curriculum can be completed at the Reston campus, while the finance track is completed at the Ballston Center near Arlington.