Top Accounting Schools
Study.com has released our list of the top 50 accounting programs in the country. In ranking these colleges and universities, we considered numerous factors, starting with publicly available data, such as tuition, student retention, and graduation rates, from the U.S. Department of Education. We also looked at unique features that make a program stand out, like acclaimed faculty, job placement, and internship opportunities. If you plan on obtaining a Certified Public Accountant’s license, note which of the following schools offer master’s degree programs, as most CPAs will need to complete 150 school credit hours, or the equivalent of a master’s degree.
1. The University of Texas at Dallas
Study.com’s top ranked university for accounting is UT-Dallas. At this school, students will find several options to study accounting, including a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Accounting; the latter meets educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam. UT-Dallas also offers a Ph.D. in Management Science with a concentration in accounting. UT-Dallas offers several opportunities where students can network, learn professional skills, and advance their learnings in student clubs and organizations such as the Accounting Analytics Club, Accounting Leadership Association, and National Association of Black Accountants.
2. Truman State University
As a freshman accounting major at this Kirksville, Missouri university, you can take part in the Academic Peer Mentor Program, which will match you with an upperclassman who can advise you about the program and other accounting-related questions. Undergraduate students at Truman are encouraged to engage in independent research and to present their findings at the university’s annual Student Research Conference. While the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program won’t make you eligible for the CPA exam, the university’s Master of Accountancy program will.
3. SUNY College at Geneseo
You can pursue a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Accounting at this college in New York’s Finger Lakes region; if you earn both, you’ll meet the educational requirements for CPA certification in New York. The university’s Accounting Society brings accounting professionals to campus to meet with students and organizes an annual trip for students to New York City, allowing you to network with professionals in their work environments.
4. SUNY at Albany
At this school in upstate New York, you can earn a B.S. in Accounting, but if you already hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you have several graduate-level degree options, including an M.S. in Taxation, an < M.S. in Professional Accounting and an M.S. in Forensic Accounting. The university also offers a M.S. in Accounting for those who are new to the field. Student clubs geared toward accounting majors at this school include the Albany Accounting Association, Beta Alpha Psi and the National Association of Black Accountants.
5. Brigham Young University-Provo
Part of BYU’s Marriott School of Business, the School of Accountancy features a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. As an undergraduate accounting student, you’ll be expected to complete an internship and take part in student organizations, like the Accounting Society, Women of the SOA, and the Institute of Management Accountants. BYU also offers a Master of Accountancy, which can be taken independently or in conjunction with the bachelor’s program. In this graduate program, you can choose from tracks in tax and professional accountancy, as well as a Ph.D. prep track. The MAcc also can be combined with a juris doctor, or you can earn it in conjunction with a certificate in accounting information systems.
6. St. Joseph’s College-New York
This Brooklyn-based school offers two options in accounting if you want to qualify for CPA licensure. The first is a joint five-year B.S./MBA program in accounting. The second is to earn a B.S. in Business Administration with an accounting major, followed by an MBA in Accounting. You also can pursue an accounting minor at this college. While an accounting student at St. Joseph’s, you will experience small class sizes, direct faculty guidance for career success, and have the opportunity to complete beneficial internships or join the business honor society.
7. SUNY College at Oswego
This northwestern New York college features a combined B.S. in Accounting/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that can prepare you to sit for the New York State CPA examination. The bachelor’s degree also can be earned on its own, or you can pursue an undergraduate minor in accounting. Outside of the classroom, you might opt to join the Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi, the National Association of Black Accountants or any of nearly a dozen other student organizations aimed toward business students.
8. University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls offers a bachelor’s in accounting and Master’s in Accounting program; the latter will help you meet the educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam. As an accounting major, you might want to join the UNI Accounting Club or another business organization, like Women in Business, the Global Business Club or Business Student Ambassadors, to build your business skills and network with peers and industry professionals.
9. Grove City College
This Pennsylvania school features a major and minor in accounting through its Department of Accounting and Finance. There’s also a double major program in accounting and finance that meets the educational requirements for CPA certification in the state. Additionally, Grove City College offers an undergraduate concentration in forensic accounting. The school’s Accounting Society features opportunities for networking and growing your knowledge.
10. Arizona State University-West
One of five Arizona State University locations, West Campus is in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix. The B.S. in Accountancy program here offers two senior-year tracks. If you choose the accounting track, you’ll complete a capstone course and a career preparation course in your final semester, along with two required accounting classes and two electives (one of which can be an internship). The other track, the accounting internship track, requires a 40-hour per week internship in the final semester of study, along with two required accounting courses and an elective. This latter track might be a good choice if you plan to go on to a graduate accounting program.
11. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
At this satellite campus of the University of Wisconsin, you can pursue a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting or an accounting minor. The school also offers a related minor in audit and control. You can network with other students and build your accounting knowledge through membership in the university’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi or the Student Accounting Society. Additionally, you can gain practical experience with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, helping community members to prepare their tax returns.
12. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
At the main campus of the University of Nebraska, you can pursue a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting or an accounting minor through the School of Accountancy. The school’s Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program will qualify you for the CPA exam; this degree can be earned on its own or in combination with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a juris doctor (JD). You also might opt for the university’s Ph.D. in Business program with a specialization in accounting. In addition to these degree offerings, UNL also hosts a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi.
13. University of Missouri-Columbia
The University of Missouri’s School of Accountancy offers a 150-hour B.S./MAcc program that will give you the hours you need to sit for the CPA exam. As a student in this program, you’ll have the opportunity to visit London during your winter intersession to explore the accounting systems of Great Britain and the EU and visit various companies and CPA firms. You also can earn your Master of Accountancy online through this university if you already hold a bachelor’s degree.
14. Salisbury University
This Maryland school offers an accounting major and minor, as well as an upper-level certificate program in fraud and forensic accounting. As an accounting major, you’ll be required to complete the Applied Business Learning Experience, an accounting internship that mimics an actual accounting practice. The university’s MBA program, though not specific to accounting, could ensure your eligibility to sit for the CPA exam.
15. SUNY College at Brockport
This western New York college offers an undergraduate minor and Bachelor of Science in Accounting, as well as an M.S. in Accounting. As a Brockport student, you can boost your accounting skills and network with accounting professionals by joining the student-led Accounting Society. You also can build your leadership prowess and take part in community service activities as a member of The Network, a cross-major group that can help you establish professional contacts and enhance your resume.
16. SUNY College at Plattsburgh
This upstate New York college offers its Bachelor of Science in Accounting program on-campus for all students and online for students who already hold an associate’s degree. You also can pursue an accounting minor at SUNY College at Plattsburgh. The school has a relationship with IBM, as well as other local businesses, providing numerous opportunities for internships and cooperative learning experiences.
17. Texas A&M University-College Station
The Department of Accounting at Texas A&M offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, and a PhD in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting; you also can pursue the bachelor’s and master’s degrees together through a 5-year professional program in accounting. As an undergraduate accounting student at this university, you might opt to pursue a certificate in energy accounting or internal auditing in addition to your degree; the latter certificate program is offered to graduate students as well. Additionally, bachelor’s and master’s students in accounting are eligible to apply to Texas A&M’s Dealmakers in Mergers and Acquisitions program, where you’ll learn from industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions.
18. Grand Valley State University
This Grand Rapids, Michigan university features a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting, a Master of Science in Accounting, a Master of Science in Taxation, and an accounting minor. As a business student at GVSU, you’ll have numerous options for spending a summer or semester abroad, in locales ranging from Spain to Chile to Oman/UAE to China. You’re also encouraged to take part in student organizations, including Beta Alpha Psi and chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Institute of Management Accountants.
19. Towson University
At this Maryland university, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, minor in accounting, or you can undertake a combined B.S./M.S. program that will give you the hours needed for CPA licensure. Towson’s Department of Accounting, in conjunction with the University of Baltimore, also offers an M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services; this degree can be completed at either the university or online. If you’re looking for extracurricular activities, Towson has chapters of Beta Alpha Psi and the National Association of Black Accountants, as well as its own accounting group, the Towson University Society of Accountancy.
20. Appalachian State University
Located in Boone in the North Carolina mountains, Appalachian State features a BSBA in Accounting and M.S. in Accounting through its Department of Accounting. As an undergraduate accounting student, you’ll take part in the Junior Year Experience, a seminar series that focuses on making you a more marketable intern/entry-level employee by boosting your resume-writing and interviewing skills, along with teaching you about appropriate business dress and employer expectations. Appalachian State also hosts a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi.
21. North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Located in North Carolina’s capital city, N.C. State features a Bachelor of Science in Accounting program that offers five concentrations: financial analysis, government/nonprofit, information systems, internal auditing and managerial accounting. You’ll also find concentration options in the university’s Master of Accounting program, which allows you to choose from enterprise risk management, information technology and tax strategy. You can join the Accounting Society, a student-led organization, or chapters of Beta Alpha Psi or the National Association of Black Accountants.
22. Louisiana State University
You can earn a B.S. in Accounting through LSU’s Department of Accounting, but you’ll also need to complete the university’s Master of Accountancy program to be eligible for the CPA exam. This Baton Rouge university also offers a Ph.D. in Accounting program, as well as an undergraduate minor in internal auditing. LSU hosts an annual fraud and forensic accounting conference and is home to the Center for Internal Auditing, which has an internship program. As an LSU student, you’ll also have the opportunity to join Beta Alpha Psi and the National Association of Black Accountants.
23. Michigan State University
Michigan State’s accounting program prides itself on the collaborative nature of its education, allowing students to interact openly with alumni, faculty, companies and other students. As an accounting student at Michigan State University in East Lansing, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in accounting, a Master of Science degree in accounting, or choose to complete both in five years. The master’s program offers several opportunities to specialize in specific accounting areas such as taxation, information systems, and public and corporate accounting. The university also features a Ph.D. in Accounting program, which caps enrollment at approximately a dozen students at a time to allow for maximum interaction and collaboration between doctoral candidates and faculty.
24. University at Buffalo
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at this New York university offers an honors option that can help you build your leadership skills while enriching your learning experience through an internship, graduate courses and/or study abroad, among other opportunities. As an undergraduate student, you might opt to join the university’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi or the UB Accounting Association. If you want to qualify for the CPA exam, you can enroll in the university’s Master of Science in Accounting program.
25. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
In addition to a major and minor in accounting, West Chester University offers a unique minor in white collar crime that combines aspects of accounting and criminal justice. You have several student groups open to you at this university, including the Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi, the Institute of Management Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants. Additionally, West Chester University features several scholarships geared specifically toward accounting students.
26. James Madison University
Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, James Madison University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in accounting. You’ll need to complete both programs to meet the educational requirements for CPA licensure in Virginia. As a master’s candidate, you’ll be able to choose between concentrations in taxation and auditing. Each spring, JMU faculty hold a CPA Exam Boot Camp that can help ensure you’re ready for your licensing exam, and the campus chapter of Beta Alpha Psi hosts an accounting recruitment event each September.
27. Arizona State University-Tempe
In addition to a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting program, ASU offers three master’s-level programs in the field: the Master of Accountancy, Master of Accountancy in Data and Analytics, and Master of Taxation (MTax). Undergraduates interested in the MAcc and MTax programs might be eligible for a full-time, paid master’s internship in their senior year; if you’re selected as a master’s intern, you’ll be eligible for early acceptance to these graduate programs. You also can earn a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at ASU.
28. Ohio State University
At its main campus in Columbus, Ohio State University features a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program that allows you to specialize in accounting. You can also pursue a BSBA and Master of Accounting concurrently, allowing you to earn both degrees in four years, compared to the five years it would take to complete the programs independent of one another. Additionally, OSU offers a PhD in accounting and management information systems. As an accounting student at OSU, you can volunteer with the Tax Clinic, providing free tax prep to low-income families and individuals.
29. University of Oregon
Through its School of Accounting, the University of Oregon in Eugene offers bachelor’s and master’s programs in accounting, as well as a 3+1 program that combines both degrees into an accelerated four-year program. You also can earn a doctorate in accounting at this university. As an accounting student, you’ll have several options for enrichment, including attending regular accounting research workshops and joining Beta Alpha Psi.
30. University of Georgia
The accounting school at this Athens-based university offers a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Accountancy, and a PhD in Business Administration (Accounting), as well as a 5-year combined bachelor’s/master’s program. The school’s annual career fair regularly draws more than 50 accounting firms and companies to campus to meet with accounting majors and recent graduates. Eligible students can join the campus chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.
31. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
The Department of Accounting and Information Systems at this Blacksburg university, more commonly known as Virginia Tech, offers separate bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in accounting, as well as a 152-hour program that awards both degrees and meets educational requirements for Virginia CPA licensure. Additionally you could pursue a Ph.D. in Business with an accounting and information systems focus. The university hosts chapters of Beta Alpha Psi and the National Association of Black Accountants to enrich your learning experience.
32. University of Wisconsin - Madison
At the University of Wisconsin, you can major in accounting through the School of Business’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. The business school also offers an Integrated Master of Accountancy program (IMAcc), which adds one year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree and helps you to meet CPA educational requirements. Alternatively, you could pursue the Graduate Master of Accountancy (GMAcc) program, which takes around two years to complete and also makes you eligible to test for CPA licensure. Both the IMAcc and GMAcc feature a paid internship. Additionally, you can pursue an accounting and information systems specialization through the Ph.D. in Business program at UW-Madison.
33. University of Central Florida
Through its Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, UCF offers a BSBA in Accounting and an M.S. program in accounting, as well as a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a track in accounting. As a business student at UCF, you’ll have several options to study abroad, including the opportunity to earn a minor or certificate in international business while studying over a semester or summer in one of more than 30 countries.
34. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
You can pursue a Bachelor of Science or minor in accountancy through the UWL College of Business Administration. The bachelor’s program in accounting won’t qualify you for CPA licensure, but you can complete a second major or UWL’s online MBA program to achieve the necessary hours. The accounting department provides faculty advising, as well as a full-time, paid public accounting internship. UWL has more than 225 student organizations for you to join, including chapters of Beta Alpha Psi and the Investment Club.
35. Iowa State University
The accounting department in the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University in Ames offers an accounting major and a Master of Accounting; the latter can be completed in one year and meets educational requirements for CPA licensure in Iowa. As an ISU accounting student, you might choose to join Beta Alpha Psi or the National Association of Black Accountants. The university also takes part in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, through which you can help provide free basic tax preparation services.
36. Florida State University
This Tallahassee school features a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s degree program in accounting; completing both will ensure you meet the educational requirements for state CPA certification. These programs can be taken individually or as an accelerated combined program. Florida State also offers a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an accounting major. Student groups at FSU include the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and Women in Accounting, among other accounting-focused organizations.
37. University of South Carolina-Columbia
The undergraduate accounting program at the main campus of USC offers an optional concentration in business analytics. This program includes an internationalization requirement, part of which can be met by completing a semester abroad. On the graduate level, you can earn a Master of Accountancy in just 10 months, with your choice of tracks in taxation or business measurement and assurance. You also have the opportunity within the MAcc program to choose from various specializations, including one that will prepare you for the CPA exam, or to earn a certificate in business analytics or systems/IT-enterprise resource planning along with your degree.
38. SUNY at Fredonia
You’ll have two bachelor’s degree options in accounting at this western New York university: a 120-credit hour Bachelor of Science in Accounting program and a 150-credit hour Bachelor of Science in Public Accountancy program. The BS in Public Accountancy program meets the educational requirements for CPA licensure in New York State. SUNY at Fredonia also offers a minor in accounting. Extracurricular groups at the university include the Accounting Society and the Financial Management Association.
39. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
This university’s John T. Steed School of Accounting has many accounting program options available, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting, a BBA/MAcc in Accounting, a Masters in Accountancy and a Ph.D. in Accountancy on campus, in addition to an online Master in Accountancy. The BBA/MAcc and MAcc programs will qualify you for the CPA exam. The university hosts a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and even provides a week-long intensive review course to prepare you for the CPA exam.
40. University of Iowa
The University of Iowa in Iowa City offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in accounting through its Tippie College of Business accounting department. If research is of primary interest to you, you might be drawn to the university’s RSM Institute of Accounting Education and Research. This institute also offers lecture series and a program that can help you boost your writing skills. Student groups for accounting students include the Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi.
41. Western Washington University
This Bellingham, Washington university’s accounting department offers two bachelor’s degrees - a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting/Economics. As an undergraduate, you can also choose to undertake an accounting minor. The school also offers a Master of Professional Accounting with two options: a 3+2 program that allows you to begin graduate studies in your junior year or a 4+1 program aimed at those who’ve already earned an undergraduate accounting degree. Western Washington University has a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi as well as its own Accounting Society.
42. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
You can earn a BSBA in Accounting, a minor in accounting or a certificate in accounting through the School of Business at this western Pennsylvania school. The business school features several student organizations for you to get involved with, including the Student Accounting Society, the Rock Solid Investment Club and nearly a dozen more. The university also has a strong internship program, and internships can be used to complete some of your elective requirements.
43. University of Florida
At the undergraduate level, the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida in Gainesville offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor for non-accounting students. You also can earn a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting in five years through the school’s 3/2 program, which features available concentrations in auditing and taxation. The 3/2 program, along with the university’s standalone Master of Accounting program (which has the same concentrations), meets educational requirements for CPA licensure in Florida. Additionally, you can earn a juris doctor/MAcc (again with concentrations in auditing and taxation) or a Ph.D. in Business Administration in Accounting. Extracurricular activities include Beta Alpha Psi and the Fisher School of Accounting Council, along with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
44. University of North Carolina Wilmington
The accounting major at this university on the North Carolina coast will qualify you to sit for the Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Management Accountants. As an undergraduate accounting student, you can earn up to six credits through internships. UNC-W also offers a Master of Science in Accountancy program that can help you meet the CPA educational requirements in North Carolina. The school boasts a 90% career placement rate for it's 2016 MSA graduates, and 77% of the 2017 cohort have already secured jobs once they graduate.
45. SUNY Oneonta
The bachelor’s degree program in professional accounting at this upstate New York school takes five years to complete and includes the hours needed to qualify for CPA licensure. Alternatively, you could pursue a 4-year bachelor’s degree in business economics with an accounting concentration, although this wouldn’t fulfill CPA licensure requirements. You can find extracurricular opportunities at SUNY Oneonta through the Accounting Society and Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students.
46. Ohio University
The main campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, offers a Bachelor’s of Science in accounting, as well as a full-time Master of Accountancy, a professional Master of Accountancy (designed for working professionals) and an online Master of Accountancy through its School of Accountancy. You can join several student groups, including Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting Club and Women in Business, and take part in activities like the SOX 404 Fellows program, where you’ll help audit the OU Foundation’s accounts, and VITA tax preparation, where you’ll assist international students in filing taxes.
47. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Located in central Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point features an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Outside of the classroom, you can join the Accounting Club, the Financial Literacy Association or the student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad in London for 10 weeks or in China for a month.
48. Indiana University-Bloomington
At the main campus of Indiana University, students in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program have numerous organizations through which to enhance their knowledge and network with other students and professionals. These include Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and the National Association of Black Accountants, among others. In addition to the bachelor’s degree program, IU offers a Master of Science in Accounting and a five-year program through which you can earn both a bachelor’s degree and MBA in accounting. You also can pursue a Ph.D. in Accounting at this university.
49. Colorado State University-Fort Collins
At the undergraduate level at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, you can earn a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting that meets the educational requirements for the Colorado CPA exam. CSU’s accounting department also offers undergraduate accounting certificate programs, including those for financial accounting and reporting and for applied management accounting. As a graduate student, you can pursue a Master of Accountancy or a certificate in accounting ethics and auditing. Extracurricular options include chapters of Beta Alpha Psi and the Professional Accounting Society.
50. Oregon State University
At Oregon State University in Corvallis, there are several options for an accounting degree, including a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, which also has an accounting information systems option that’s been certified by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. At the graduate level, OSU offers a Ph.D. in Business Administration program with an accounting option. As an accounting student at Oregon State, you’re encouraged to take part in the university’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an organization for accounting students and professionals.