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Houston Accounting School Overviews with Degree Program Info

With many schools in the area, finding accounting education in Houston isn't difficult. To help you narrow down your choices and find the right one for you, read about the program requirements at three colleges located within about 20 miles of the downtown area.

Houston Schools with Accounting Degrees

Houston is home to several colleges and universities that give students the choice of enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs in accounting. In some cases, these programs may help students prepare for accounting certification exams. This article includes details on the classes required at three schools, and it contains a table with tuition rates and other stats for comparison. Some details on additional college options are provided, too.

  • As one of the largest community colleges in the nation, Houston Community College has satellite campuses throughout Houston, providing an easy commute to classes. The main campus is located about two miles from the center of the city and offers accounting certificate and associate's degree programs.
  • Lone Star College - North Harris, located roughly 20 miles from downtown Houston, has the lowest tuition for in-district and state residents of the profiled schools. It offers a certificate and associate's degree in accounting.
  • Situated about a mile from the central part of the city, the University of Houston provides bachelor's and master's degrees in the field.

Comparison of Schools

Get additional information about the profiled schools by exploring the table below. It has stats on acceptance rates, graduation figures, tuition costs and more that could help you decide which college best fits your needs.

Houston Community College Lone Star College University of Houston
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 57,120* 72,336* 45,364*
Campus Setting Large city Small city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state* $1,600 in-district; $3,403 in-state; $3,760 out-of-state* $9,706 in-state; $22,066 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 55%* 85%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* 61%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 65% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students* 67% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students* 85% for full-time students; 61% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 18% (22% transfer-out rate) (for those who began in 2014)* 12% (21% transfer-out rate) (for those who began in 2014)* 54% (14% transfer-out rate) (for those who began in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Houston Community College

The accounting programs at Houston Community College are part of the school's business career cluster. This cluster also includes programs in finance, marketing, international business, real estate and supply chain management.

Accounting Certificate

The courses required for this certificate can be completed in 3 full-time semesters. Topics covered include federal income tax, spreadsheets, accounting computer applications and managerial accounting principles. Students must earn 36 credits to receive this certificate.

Associate in Applied Science in Accounting

The curriculum for this degree program includes courses in business law and contracts, economics, accounting principles, auditing and computerized accounting applications. Some courses in this program have been accredited by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. These accredited courses satisfy some of the eligibility requirements for the Certified Public Accountant exam. This associate's degree program requires 60 credits for graduation.

Lone Star College - North Harris

This school is part of the Lone Star College System, and several other colleges in this system offer accounting programs in the Houston area as well. These include the University Park campus in Houston, the Montgomery campus in Conroe, the CyFair campus in Cypress and the Tomball campus in Tomball. These programs are also available online.

Accounting Certificate

This certificate requires the completion of 18 credits. The curriculum includes courses in computers, management or business principles, federal income tax and accounting principles. A full-time student can obtain this certificate in 1 year.

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

The curriculum for this degree program includes the same courses required for the Accounting Certificate with the addition of more courses applicable to accounting and the general education requirements. Business law, managerial accounting, economics and business communications are some of the topics students will learn about. Students are required to earn at least 60 credits to graduate from this program.

University of Houston

Accounting programs at the University of Houston are available through the C.T. Bauer College of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition to the standard BBA in Accounting and Master of Science in Accountacy programs, students can also complete a Professional Program in Accountacy, which is a 5-year program that combines graduate study with the undergraduate curriculum and qualifies graduates to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination in the state of Texas.

BBA in Accounting

This degree program requires 120 credits for completion. Courses for the accounting major include federal income tax, intermediate accounting, cost accounting and accounting information systems. The core business courses cover topics, such as economics, financial management, marketing and statistical analysis.

Master of Science in Accountancy

This master's degree program includes several academic tracks, allowing students to focus on areas like internal auditing, taxation, or IT systems risk management. Each of these tracks is composed of multiple courses that can allow students to specialize in a specific area of the field. In addition to a specialization track, all master's degree students will take courses in subjects like financial statement analysis, tax research and fraud. An internship can also be completed for credit.

Other Schools

Students at San Jacinto College in Pasadena can take advantage of the 2 certificate programs or the associate's degree program in accounting. Texas Southern University is only 5 miles from downtown San Antonio and offers a BBA in Accounting. The University of St. Thomas, also located in Houston, offers 2 options for students who want to major in accounting. The school has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting major and a Master of Science in Accounting program.


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