Our 2017 Best Value Online Master’s of Business in Accountancy brings together 25 regionally accredited colleges and universities offering online degree programs leading to Masters in Accounting. Programs for this ranking were selected on the basis of their reputation, affordability and return on investment and have been ranked according to our proprietary methodology which aggregates publicly available data on these ‘value’ criteria. Data was drawn from sources such as U.S. News scores, tuition rates, return on investment according to Payscale.com, graduation rates, and cohort default rates. The top 25 scores produced through this methodology are those that have earned their place in this ranking.
The demand for specialists in the field of accounting has accelerated dramatically as financial regulations have evolved and will only continue to grow as corporations continue to become more transparent. Graduates of Master of Science in Accounting (M.Acc) programs are prepared to leverage their knowledge and skills to become the accounting professionals of the future. Individuals who posses a M.Acc. typically earn higher salaries than accountants with bachelor’s degrees and have increased flexibility when choosing from among career opportunities with the local, state or federal government; local, regional and national CPA firms; and not-for-profit organizations, including educational institutions.
The M.Acc. is roundly considered a necessary credential for individuals pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). CPAs can either work independently or help entire organizations to run more efficiently and successfully. These professionals work to stay on top of changes to financial-related laws and regulations and to reduce costs as to improve profits for clients.
While degree programs in this ranking will satisfy requirements for certification as a CPA, the specific course requirements to sit for the CPA exam do vary by state, so prospective students should be sure to check with the state licensing board in the state or states in which they intend to become licensed for specific requirements.
#1. University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is a public university located in the town of Stores. UConn is considered to be among one of the nation’s leading research institutions and serves as a hub of academic and research excellence, innovation, and social service to regional and national communities. The university has an excellent reputation for high quality educational programs with U.S. News and World Report ranking it #57 in “National Universities,” #19 in “Top Public Schools,” and #4 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The School of Business strives to be a globally recognized provider of exceptional managerial and business leadership through innovative experiential learning in a dynamic global business context: integrating real world education, outstanding research and strategic outreach. In particular the school focuses on areas of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; sustainability and risk management; analytics and big data; and global health care management. The school’s Master of Science in Accounting program is 100% online with the exception of a four day intensive in-residence course, which is mandatory. The program is designed to provide students with the skill set critical to a successful professional career in public and private accounting. The educational experience UConn offers allows qualified students to meet the 150-hour educational requirement to become a CPA in most states. Students have the option of pursuing full time study by taking 10 courses over three semesters or 10 courses over two semesters. Students can also pursue their degree through part-time study completing the 10 required courses over the course of multiple semesters. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: The University of Connecticut is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Business programs are recognized by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#2. University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the largest public university in New England and is a renowned institution on the national scale. UMass is categorized as a Research University with Highest research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. UMass offers its students a wide array of academic disciplines and programs of study, many of which are highly ranked by multiple national publications. U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass #75 in “National Universities,” #29 in “Top Public Schools,” and #29 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The Isenberg School of Management seeks to make an impact on research in management, on the teaching of management, and the practice of management by creating and sharing new knowledge; prepare students for a rapidly changing business environment by providing high quality educational programs; and support organizations within the Commonwealth and other constituencies through outreach activities. Isenberg offers a variety of graduate options that offer a unique and life-changing experience. Student’s will gain a wealth of knowledge and skills, and a vigorous network of peers, professionals and faculty. The Master of Science in Accounting program is offered 100% online and through hybrid online/on-campus study. The program gives students the opportunity for in-depth study in Nonprofit Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Corporate Finance and Auditing. Students will learn how to analyze numbers in order to give invaluable feedback to individuals and companies and gain the ability to help guide companies’ decisions and ultimately position them for a prosperous future. At the same time students will earn the credits they need for the 150 hours required to sit on the CPA exam. The program consists of a total of 30 credits.
Accreditation: The University of Massachusetts Amherst is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Business programs are recognized by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#3. Auburn University
Located in Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University is a public institution among few designated as land, sea, and space grant universities. With a strong focus on research projects that benefit the local community, AU also emphasizes international education and is a leader in fields including engineering, transportation tech, and veterinary medicine and fulfills critical research and national shortages through pharmaceutical, sciences, mathematics, education, nursing and human sciences offerings. Auburn is ranked #99 in “National Universities,” #43 in “Top Public Schools,” and #10 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” by U.S. News & World Report.
Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business is dedicated to producing highly-desired graduates and generating knowledge that drives business thought and practice. Undergraduate programs at the college are designed to prepare students with business principles that every organization relies on for success With a solid business education students will be prepared with the practical skills to excel in a variety of positions in the industry of their choosing. The online Master’s of Accountancy program is designed for working professionals and mirrors the full-time on-campus option. The Auburn Accounting Online courses provide students the additional technical skills, research and communication skills, and preparation to pass the Uniform CPA examination on their first attempt. Students can finish the program in two years, or may choose an accelerated option of study to finish the program in a year. While coursework is completed entirely online, one three day on-campus residency is required during the final spring semester. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: Auburn University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#4. University of South Dakota
Located in the town of Vermillion, the University of South Dakota is a public liberal arts university consistently ranked among the top doctoral institutions in the country. USD is committed to providing accessible education and thus has developed extensive online and off-campus options. U.S. News & World Report ranks USD #202 in “National Universities,” #110 in “Top Public Schools,” and #40 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The Beacom School of Business is committed to developing excellent critical thinking skills in the classroom and apply those skills to real-world experiences. Through involvement in the school’s professional organizations or participation in quality internships, students business knowledge will be put into action and further honed. The school is also committed to graduating globally and culturally aware business students who are equipped with the tools to embrace and practice inclusiveness. The online Masters of Professional Accountancy program is designed to provide specialized training in accounting and related fields for those who wish to prepare for a career in public accounting and meet the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam. The primary objectives of the program are to develop judgmental ability relating to the production and use of accounting information and the development of professional competence. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: The University of South Dakota is regionally accredited by the north Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Business programs are recognized by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#5. Southern Utah University
Southern Utah University is a public research university located in Cedar City, Utah. SUU was founded in 1897 and is committed to providing an innovative and relevant university experience through world-class project based learning. The university’s commitment to practical learning provides students with professional experience before they enter the job market so that they can be prepared to confront the challenges that await them after graduation. U.S. News & World Report ranks SUU #68 in “regional Universities West,” #20 in “Top Public Schools,” and #49 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The School of Business at SUU combines a quality education and a superior classroom experience to graduate students who are prepared to face any challenge in the business world. The school offers an experiential learning environment that combines theory and practice and is designed to prepare students to become fully engaged, productive, and ethical members of the business community and society. Southern Utah University’s Master of Accountancy program provides greater breadth and depth to further develop the knowledge and skills to enter professional accountancy. The MAcc degree is designed to satisfy the 150-hour requirement with a required 30 credits of post-graduate coursework.
Accreditation: SUU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Business programs are recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#6. Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is a public university with campuses in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, New Jersey. Rutgers provides a vibrant and challenging academic environment, cutting edge research programs, and a tradition of service to New Jersey and the nation. In addition to its traditional programs of study, Rutgers also offers a total of 11 fully online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels under “Rutgers Online.” Online degree programs at Rutgers must meet the same academic expectations, in terms of both teaching and learning outcomes, as traditional on-campus programs. The University belongs to the Association of American Universities, which includes just 62 to research universities in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers New Brunswick #72 in “National Universities,” #28 in “Top Public Schools,” and #12 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The Rutgers Business School serves New Jersey and the world by cultivating business knowledge, ethical judgment, and global perspective in our students, scholarship, and society through innovative research and teaching and robust partnerships with businesses across our diverse communities. Graduate degree programs at the Business School provide a unique approach to management education linking excellence, diversity, and access to prepare students to lead in an every-changing business landscape. Rutgers University’s Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting is the first and only program of its kind to be offered 100% online. Graduates of this program will be prepared for governmental financial accounting, management, and auditing, but will also be equpiped to enter the nonprofit sector as well. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree which meets the 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA.
Accreditation: Rutgers New Brunswick is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Business programs are recognized by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#7. Colorado State University
Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Colorado State University is a public land-grant research university known for its college of veterinary medicine. CSU is also well known for its green initiatives for campus sustainability and has been nationally recognized for these in recent years. The university emphasizes active learning and provides students ample opportunities to engage in field-experiences, research, internships, and study abroad. CSU’s Global Campus, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado and offers a wide variety of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. U.S. News & World Report ranks CSU #129 in “National Universities,” and #48 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
CSU Global’s online Master of Professional Accounting is designed to prepare students to become Certified Public Accountants, as well as effective leaders in public accounting, corporations, government agencies, and other fields. The courses in this graduate degree program emphasize leadership, teamwork, planning, and communication skills. In these courses, students learn how to develop accounting strategies to solve organizational problems, apply qualitative and quantitative analyses in decision-making, evaluate and manage ethical and legal conflicts, and adapt accounting methods and practices to best meet the needs of both employees and leaders within an organization. The professional master’s accounting program is designed to prepare students to sit for the CPA. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: Colorado State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#8. Florida Atlantic University
Located in the town of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University is a public university with special distinction and research emphases in ocean engineering, biomedical research, nursing, accounting, entrepreneurship, arts and humanities, complex systems and brain sciences, honors education, Judaic and Holocaust studies, stochastics, and computer science and engineering. FAU is ranked #32 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” by U.S. News & World Report.
Florida Atlantic University offers its Executive Master of Accounting 100% online. Students have the option to concentrate their studies in areas including: Forensic Accounting, Forensic Analytics, Professional Accounting, Taxation, and Business Valuation. Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to meet and network with successful professionals and will have access to FAU’s professional network and to job positions that are posted exclusively for accounting executive students. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree. Students without an accounting degree will need to take additional foundation courses.
Accreditation: Florida Atlantic University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs in education are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
#9. Northeastern University
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Northeastern University is a private research university with a reputation for offering a high quality “cooperative education” which integrates classroom learning with real-world experiences allowing students to combine intermittent periods of study with full-time employment with one of the university’s partners. U.S. News & World Report ranks Northeastern #47 in “National Universities,” #6 in “Most Innovative Schools,” and #37 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The D’Amore-McKim School of Business has forged a unified relationship between the worlds of rigorous academics and real-world application in which a purposefully designed ongoing exchange directly connects learning and practice, creating an exponentially more powerful result. The school is committed to embedding a global mindset and orientation into all programs, research, and outreach activities. The school offers a Master of Science in Taxation at an accelerated pace that students can complete in as little as 16 months. The program is offered 100% online with no residency requirement. Students choose from two tracks: Taxation of Entities or Taxation of Individuals. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: Northeastern University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Business programs are recognized by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#10. Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University is a public university and a part of the University System of Georgia enrolling over 20,000 students. The campus spans over 900 acres in Statesboro, Georgia, approximately one hour from Savannah. The university was established in 1906 and today offers 117 academic majors and programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. U.S. News & World Report’s ranks GSU #45 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs”.
GSU’s College of Business Administration seeks to develop and promote a learning environment of the highest quality, characterized by inspired teaching and informed by meaningful research. The College maintains a strong commitment to service as an essential part of the profession and the well-being of the College, University, and society and faculty and students alike are encouraged to engage in meaningful service to the whether it is to the institution, profession, the business world, or society. The college’s online Master of Accounting (or WebMAcc) is a two year program designed for working professionals. Students take two classes each fall and spring and one class each summer. The online curriculum mirrors that of the on-campus program, with the same experienced faculty and the same access to resources as the campus degree. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: Georgia Southern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Business programs are recognized by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#11. California State University Sacramento
California State University in Sacramento is a public research university offering vast opportunities for internships and research experiences to undergraduate and graduate students. The university prioritizes maintaining small class sizes so that each student receives the needed attention from faculty to develop their intellectual capacities. U.S. News & World Report ranks CSU—Sacramento #28 in “Top Public Schools” and #70 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The College of Business Administration is dedicated to developing engaged, responsible, and inclusive leaders who enrich their communities. Students earn a rigorous, transformative management education and graduate with the skills to respond creatively and effectively to emerging global and technological forces, and are ready to embrace the social and environmental responsibilities of the 21st century. The online Master of Science in Accountancy program provides advanced understanding for the accounting field which is changing at an accelerated rate. Students are exposed to the most recent developments in multiple areas within the accounting field including Financial, Managerial, Auditing, International Accounting, and Accounting Information Systems. The masters program is 100% compatible with the CPA. Students will be introduced to exam areas in regulations, auditing, financial accounting and reporting, and business and environmental concepts. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
#12. Emporia State University
Located in the city of Emporia, Kansas, Emporia State University is a public university founded in 1863 as a Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region. The university enrolls over 6,000 students in degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels through four colleges and schools. ESU has also established a wide range of online degree offerings in a variety of academic disciplines including: accountancy, art therapy, biology, business, counseling, psychology, education, english, nursing, library sciences, music, and more. U.S. News & World Report ranks ESU #32 in “Top Public Schools,” and #80 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
Emporia State’s School of Business is dedicated to providing access to innovative business preparation for limitless opportunities in the region and beyond. The Master of Accountancy degree program is offered 100% online or through a combination of online and face-to-face classes. The program is designed to provide students with the ability to understand and apply the nuances of accounting and be prepared for careers in professional accounting in areas of government, management, and public accounting. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree which satisfies the 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA.
Accreditation: Emporia State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs in education are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
#13. Texas A&M University Commerce
Texas A&M University in Commerce was founded in 1889 and is the third-largest member of the Texas A&M University System. The school has a diverse student body of over 13,000 students and provides quality education and academic experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report ranks TAMU at Commerce #26 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The College of Business at Texas A&M University Commerce is committed to helping students become successful leaders in world-class enterprise. By offering innovative and progressive programs, the College of Business provides students with the knowledge and practical tools needed for a successful career. The online Master of Science in Accounting is designed for students who want to continue from their undergraduate accounting major and for those who have a lesser, or no, accounting background. Students in the later group are required to complete two prerequisites when entering the program in addition to the 36 required credits for the completion of the degree.
Accreditation: Texas A&M University Commerce is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#14. University of Texas Dallas
The University of Texas Dallas is a member institution of the University of Texas System and is a high ranking research university providing the nation with excellent, innovative education and research. The institution is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with “Highest Research Activity” and is selective with its undergraduate admissions policies. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Dallas #146 in “National Universities,” #74 in “Top Public Schools,” and #2 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The Naveen Jindal School of Management was founded by the creators of Texas Instruments and retains the original spirit of innovation to this day. The school strives to stay abreast of corporate and industry needs as an essential component in providing students with rigorous training and relevant skills for professional success. The Master of Science in Accounting Flex program is designed to equip students with the tools and skills needed to practice in various professional accounting fields as well as prepare them to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, subject to the requirements of each state’s board of public accountancy. The MS Accounting program also provides students with opportunities to customize their courses among various areas, including corporate accounting, assurance services, taxation, internal audit, and ERP/SAP systems. The degree can be completed entirely online; however, students who are thinking of sitting for the CPA exam in Texas are required to take 15 credits on campus. A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete degree which should take between 18-24 months.
Accreditation: The University of Texas Dallas is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Business programs are recognized by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
#15. Stetson University
A private university, Stetson was founded in 1883 and is located in Deland, Florida. Stetson is dedicated to leading students from success to significance, whether that be in the world of work or graduate study. The university offers 73 programs in four divisional areas and has 2 satellite locations in Tampa and Celebration, Florida. The university is well known for its emphasis on community service throughout its academic programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks SU #40 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
Stetson University’s School of Business Administration has been a pioneer in business education since 1897. Students at the school move beyond theory, into the practice of modern business—researching existing and emerging markets in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Graduates of the business school enter the workforce armed with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful, meaningful careers in the global marketplace. The Masters of Accountancy program at Stetson University features a rigorous curriculum that will provide students with the advanced accounting knowledge and technical skills necessary to excel in the dynamic business environment and will open the doors of opportunity leading to a challenging and rewarding career. The program can be completed in a year and will fulfill the 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree. A bachelor’s degree in accounting is required for admission into the graduate program.
Accreditation: Stetson University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#16. St. Joseph’s College
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912, Saint Joseph’s College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college located in Standish, Maine. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in a traditional on-campus setting, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees through online distance education. The College is ranked #45 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” by U.S. News & World Report.
The Master of Accountancy program is intended to prepare people with an undergraduate degree in business, or those who have successfully completed the equivalent undergraduate foundation in business, for a career in the public accounting profession. Students are not required to have an undergraduate degree in business. Those without this degree would only have to take up to five prerequisite courses to prepare for graduate accounting studies. This program prepares future certified public accountants (CPAs) to exercise their developed technical competence and interpersonal skills with integrity. It is, however, not exclusive for aspiring public accountants. A minimum of 36 credits are required for completion of the graduate program.
Accreditation: St. Joseph’s College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
#17. SUNY Polytechnic Institute
The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States and is comprised of 64 institutions. SUNY Poly maintains multiple technology innovation sites across New York State where it partners with leading industries in global technology. SUNY Poly was the world s first institution to offer comprehensive baccalaureate programs in Nanoscale Engineering and Nanoscale Science. U.S. News & World Report ranks SUNY Poly #3 in “Top Public Schools,” and #52 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The SUNY Master of Science in Accountancy program is offered through 100% online study and is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting, but is open to all all students provided the satisfactory completion of additional foundational coursework. The program consists of 33 credits and allows for both full-time and part-time enrollment. Following graduation, students will have the required credits to sit for the CPA.
Accreditation: SUNY Poly is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
#18. Rider University
Located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Rider University is a private university that was established in 1865 and is one of the oldest private universities in New Jersey. Rider maintains a strong focus on learner-centered education that provides students the intellectual resources and breadth of student life opportunities of a comprehensive university with the personal attention and close student-faculty interactions of a liberal arts college. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider #59 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs”
Rider University’s Master in Accountancy program is designed for professionals with backgrounds in accounting and is offered entirely online. The program provides students with the additional knowledge and depth required of accounting professionals, while providing the educational credential needed to sit for the CPA exam. Within the program, students can also pursue a concentration in forensic accounting. The program consists of a total of 30 credits: 12 credits in core classes, in essential business and accounting knowledge and 18 credits of elective courses which allows for a great deal of degree flexibility.
Accreditation: Rider University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
#19. Gardner-Webb University
Gardner-Webb University is a private Baptist school located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The school has been recognized as a “character-building college” with exceptional attention to student/faculty relationships. Gardner-Webb is dedicated to the development of the whole student, academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. U.S. News & World Report ranks Gardner-Webb #220 in “National Universities,” and #75 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The Broyhill School of Management’s Master of Science in Accounting degree provides students with the technical skills, advanced training in specific disciplines, and reality-based education experience to prepare for upper-level accounting careers and financial positions in today’s dynamic global business environment. The program is available entirely online and requires 30 credits for completion. The curriculum is comprised of 15 credits of core coursework, and 15 additional credits of electives for a highly flexible degree program. Students are required to take a capstone course in advanced auditing. This program meets the 150 hour requirement to sit for the CPA in North Carolina.
Accreditation: Gardner-Webb University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#20. University of Alabama Birmingham
The University of Alabama—Birmingham is a public university located in Birminham Alabama and is one of three universities in the University of Alabama System. The school was established in 1936 as an academic extension center and became an autonomous university in 1969. UAB is ranked by U.S. News & World Report #159 in “National Universities,” #83 in “Top Public Schools,” and #22 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The Collat School of Business draws students with its engaged curricula that move learning beyond the classroom and into real world business opportunities that prepare them for long-term career success. The online Master of Accounting is designed to expand students’ analytical, business, and leadership skills — assets that can positively impact success in the field. Courses are offered in the classroom primarily in an evening format, completely online, or a combination of both. Students can choose a concentration in Internal Auditing. A Fast-track Master of Accounting program is open to high achieving undergraduate students pursuing a BS degree in accounting at UAB. Students can also take courses to prepare for the CPA and other certifications. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: The University of Alabama Birmingham is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#21. New England College of Business and Finance
New England College is a private college located in Henniker, New Hampshire. NEC emphasizes experiential and hands-on learning as a critical component of the full educational experience to prepare students for a lifetime of personal and professional success. The College also stresses the critical importance of civic engagement and involvement as an active citizen of the larger community.
New England College provides a Master of Science in Accounting program designed to help students expand your breadth and depth of knowledge in taxation, financial reporting, cost accounting, auditing, mergers and acquisitions. As a result, students will be well prepared for careers in auditing and risk management, corporate accounting, management consulting, banking and financial services, governmental and nonprofit organizations, and taxation practices. The MSA program satisfies the 150-hour requirement for the CPA examination in most states. A minimum of 40 credits are required for completion of the degree.
Accreditation: New England College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.
#22. Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit university founded in 1932. The university has garnered a reputation for innovation challenging the norms of how education should be delivered and is at the forefront of advancing online educational offerings. SNHU enrolls over 60,000 students, the vast majority of which are enrolled in online degree programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks SNHU #98 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
Southern New Hampshire University offers a online Master of Science in Accounting program that can be finished in 15 months. The program offers concentration options in Auditing, Forensic Accounting, and Taxation and is designed to help move students into high-level positions in banking, taxation, insurance, or any company with a financial division. Students will enhance analytical skills, deepen knowledge of accounting principles, and learn the latest technology from instructors with real-world expertise. A minimum of 36 credits are required for completion of the degree. This degree meets the 150-credit-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam, adopted by most states
Accreditation: Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.
#23. St. Johns University
St. John’s is a Catholic and Vincentian University dedicated to ensuring student success through innovative courses, dynamic study abroad opportunities, and service activities locally, nationally, and globally. The University is located across three campuses in New York and with international locations in Rome, and Paris. St. John’s is ranked #164 in “National Universities,” and #32 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business provides students an opportunity to obtain an experiential education in areas essential for preparing global leaders to understand risk and uncertainty in a broad range of industries. The online Masters of Science in Accounting program provides a broad business foundation that prepares students for cross-functional decision making. Students will need an undergraduate business degree to apply for this program. The program is requires a minimum of 33 credits and and can be completed through full-time or part-time enrollment. The program fulfills all of the accounting education requirements to sit for the uniform CPA examination and fulfills the education requirements to be licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in the State of New York
Accreditation: St. John’s University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
#24. Liberty University
Located in Lynchburg, VA, Liberty University is a private Christian university and the largest Christian University in the world enrolling over 15,000 students residentially and over 100,000 students in 200+ online programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks Liberty #92 in “Best Online Graduate business Programs.”
Liberty University’s online Master of Science in Accounting program is designed for students to develop exceptional written and oral competencies within the unique field of accounting, while also becoming familiar with up-to-date research approaches focused on accounting, auditing, and taxation. The program includes a comprehensive education of national and international accounting practices that serve to increase computer literacy, analytical reasoning skills, and application of course materials relevant to professional accounting. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree which can be finished in one or two years. The graduate program meets the 150 hour requirement need to sit for the CPA.
Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
#25. Post University
Located in Waterbury, Connecticut, Post University was founded in 1890 as a business school to support training and educational needs of industries in central Connecticut. The university provides students with the knowledge, personal skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields. U.S. News & World Report ranks Post #98 in “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”
Post University offers its online Master of Science in Accounting to help students focus on higher-level, big picture thinking and strategies that will help you succeed and lead change. Courses thoroughly cover effective strategies and practice with decision-making, verbal and written communication, and management/leadership skills. The curriculum provides the student with the necessary 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA and the program offers a CPA track designed to assist students who want to become Certified Public Accountants in preparation for the exam. A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the program which culminates with a capstone course that requires students to apply knowledge and skills acquired during the program to real world situations.
Accreditation: Post University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.