Top University with Finance and Accounting Degrees - Knoxville, TN

School and Ranking Info

Within a 15-mile radius of Knoxville, TN, are one public university and two private not-for-profit colleges that offer programs in finance and accounting. The largest and only public institution on the list was chosen as the top school for finance and accounting based upon its range of program options and U.S. News & World Report rankings.

  • Winner: The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is a land-grant institution that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting and finance; a doctoral program in finance is also available. Accounting programs help students prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

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Category University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Rankings #106 among National Universities (2015);
#50 among Top Public Schools (2015);
#51 among Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2014);
#65 among Best Graduate Business Schools (2014)*
Location Knoxville, TN
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $11,194 (in-state); $29,684 (out-of-state)**
Accounting and Finance Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees
Accounting and Finance Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 357**
Most Popular Accounting or Finance Program in 2012-2013 Bachelor's in accounting (165 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 68%**
Noteworthy Haslam College of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is accredited separately by the AACSB

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

  • Business students can major in accounting and earn a Master of Accountancy at the same time
  • Accounting majors can participate in two full-time internships, including one in public accounting
  • Full-time MBA program includes a summer abroad, an internship and integrated case competitions
  • Doctoral program in finance provides eligible students with significant financial support

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is a research-based school that enrolls over 30,000 students a year. Among its 11 colleges is the Haslam College of Business, which offers Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in accounting and finance as well as graduate programs that result in a Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Finance.

Both the BS in Accounting and BS in Finance programs require similar coursework in business and management during the freshman and sophomore years. Accounting majors can pursue a 3-course concentration in finance, logistics, international business or information management. Finance majors can tailor their degree plans to their career objectives and take courses in financial institutions and markets, corporate or international finance, real estate or risk management. The MBA program includes courses in demand and supply chain management, accounting and economics; those concentrating in finance take additional courses in banking, corporate financial management and investment management. Areas of concentration found in the Master of Accountancy curriculum include audits and controls or taxation; those without a degree in accounting must complete prerequisite coursework. Only two students are admitted to the full-time PhD in Finance program a year, which takes approximately 4-5 years from start to finish and culminates in a dissertation.

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