Miami Business Accounting Technology Schools
Students can choose from several schools in the Miami area for business accounting technology programs. This article looks at three schools, all located less than a 25-minute drive from the city center. A table that lists salient facts about each school, such as tuition and size, makes it easy for students to make comparison. There's also a little information about two other schools, both less than ten miles from downtown, that offer business accounting technology courses.
- Florida International University offers a bachelor's and a master's accounting degree program that educates students on governmental accounting, taxation, auditing and more. This school is almost ten miles from Miami's downtown.
- Miami Dade College, less than two miles from the heart of the city, has several types of accounting-related certificates and associate's degree programs for students with different educational needs.
- University of Miami provides bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs for both aspiring accountants and industry professionals looking for advancement. This school is about seven miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
When choosing a school, students should consider factors such as tuition and size, which are listed in the following table. Use this chart to help make a decision.
|Florida International University||Miami Dade College||University of Miami|
|School Type||4-year; public university||4-year (primarily associate); public college||4-year; private not-for-profit university|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||56,718*||56,001*||17,003*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$6,556 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*||$2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state*||$48,484*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||86%*||82%*||76%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||54%*||N/A - open admissions||36%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||86% for full-time students; 77% for part-time students*||N/A||91% for full-time students; 88% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)||57% (19% transfer-out rate)*||31% (7% transfer-out)*||84%*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics
Florida International University
This university offers two degree programs for students who want to prepare for the workplace or the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. The bachelor's degree program can help students find entry-level jobs in corporations, government or non-profit organizations. The master's degree program provides advanced education on accounting, auditing and taxation. All undergrad applicants must pass an accounting entrance exam to be admitted to the program. Applicants to the master's degree program need to have a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related program, in addition to turning in GMAT or GRE scores.
Bachelor of Accounting
This degree program provides foundational education on accounting. It also prepares students for the CPA exam, although they will have to take 30 additional credit hours beyond this program to qualify for the exam. Students take courses in financial, management and income tax accounting. Other courses may include auditing, governmental/institutional accounting and taxation.
Master of Accounting
This flexible graduate program with concentrations in assurance and tax can be completed in ten months, with weeknight or weekend course scheduling options. Students may take advanced accounting information systems, wealth transfers, international taxation, state/local taxation or fraud examination.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College offers a variety of accounting programs in the Miami area, with programs that focus on business, technology or accounting aspects. College credit certificate (CCC) programs' courses can be transferred to an associate's degree program.
CCC in Accounting/Budgeting
Students only need to take 12 credits to complete this certificate program. Courses in financial accounting and principles of accounting are required. Students choose electives like managerial accounting, microcomputers in accounting or business taxes/returns.
CCC in Accounting Technology Management
Students must take 26 courses for this program. A course in microcomputer usage can help students learn about the technology involved in accounting. Other classes may include principles of accounting, financial accounting, managerial accounting, principles of business, business writing or income tax.
AA in Accounting
The Associate of Arts in Accounting degree program is designed for students who want to transfer to a 4-year program at one of Florida's universities. Students take general education courses in fields like communication, social science, mathematics and microcomputer usage, and can elect 24 credits in accounting courses.
AS in Accounting Technology
Students completing the Associate of Science in Accounting Technology degree program prepare for entry-level employment rather than transfer to a 4-year program. General education, computer and business courses like business law and economics complement specific accounting courses, including managerial accounting, principles of accounting, cost accounting and accounting theory.
University of Miami
This university has a wide breadth of accounting programs, providing suitable options for students and practicing professionals. The minor and bachelor's degree programs in accounting provide basic accounting education needed for corporate, private or governmental organizations. Applicants to the graduate degree programs need to have a bachelor's degree and GMAT/GRE scores.
Minor in Accounting
Students in this program need to take general business requirements. They also must take courses in cost accounting, fundamentals of taxation and intermediate accounting.
BBA or BSBA in Accounting
Students can major in accounting in either a Bachelor of Business Administration or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The degrees have different general education core requirements, but accounting majors in both are required to take courses in cost accounting, taxation, accounting systems, auditing, and commercial paper/creditors' rights, as well as upper-division courses in accounting.
Master of Accounting
This accredited graduate program is designed for students who want to meet the additional 30 semester hours of coursework to qualify for the CPA exam. Full-time students can complete the program in nine months, and they learn about auditing, government accounting and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Students can take the assurance or corporate accounting track, and they may take courses in corporate taxation, estate/gift taxes or forensic accounting.
MS in Taxation
The Master of Science in Taxation program also prepares students for the CPA exam, but coursework focuses on very specialized tax knowledge. Students learn about tax compliance and planning, corporate taxation, tax research, income tax financial reporting and partnership taxation.
PhD in Business with a Concentration in Accounting
Aspiring scholars and professors in accounting can undertake this doctoral program over 4-5 years. Students are required to take 60 credits of coursework in accounting, economics, econometrics and math economics. All students must pass extensive examination, and workshops. Research and a dissertation are also necessary.
Other School Options
Business accounting technology courses are also offered at Barry University located 8.7 miles away from downtown Miami and City College - Miami located 9.8 miles away from downtown.