2015 Top Online Accounting Degrees

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Our 2015 Top Online Accounting Degrees have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) pass rate of 50% or higher, and are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Several schools boast impressive CPA pass rates, such as the University of South Dakota with 86.96% and Northwestern State University of Louisiana with 80%. Other schools have first-rate career statistics, like Southern Utah University with a job placement rate of nearly 100%. At Bentley University, graduates have found jobs at the top four accounting firms. Many of the schools on our ranking are also very affordable. Three schools have an annual tuition under $7,000: University of South Dakota, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and Georgia Southern University.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Accounting Degree Levels Offered CPA Pass Rate
#1 #1 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $6,484 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's CPA Pass Rate 86.96%
#2 #2 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $4,934 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's CPA Pass Rate 80.00%
#3 #3 University of Connecticut Annual Tuition $24,750 Accounting Degrees: Master's and Certificate CPA Pass Rate 69.44%
#4 #4 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $7,300 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's CPA Pass Rate 65.22%
#5 #5 Bentley University Annual Tuition $27,100 Accounting Degrees: Master's CPA Pass Rate 63.57%
#6 #6 Indiana State University Annual Tuition $10,270 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's CPA Pass Rate 61.29%
#7 #7 Florida Atlantic University Annual Tuition $19,768 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's CPA Pass Rate 60.00%
#8 #8 The University of Texas at Dallas Annual Tuition $25,162 Accounting Degrees: Master's CPA Pass Rate 59.28%
#9 #9 Western New England University Annual Tuition $8,820 Accounting Degrees: Master's CPA Pass Rate 59.26%
#10 #10 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,870 Accounting Degrees: Master's CPA Pass Rate 57.97%
#11 #11 Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Annual Tuition $11,939 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's CPA Pass Rate 53.85%
#12 #12 California State University - Sacramento Annual Tuition $14,800 Accounting Degrees: Master's CPA Pass Rate 53.38%
#13 #13 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $15,750 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's CPA Pass Rate 53.05%
#14 #14 Washington State University Annual Tuition $17,079 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's CPA Pass Rate 50.00%
#15 #15 University of Alabama at Birmingham Annual Tuition $16,006 Accounting Degrees: Bachelor's CPA Pass Rate 50.00%
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University of South Dakota
CPA Pass Rate: 86.96%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB

With its exceptionally high CPA pass rate of 86.96%, the University of South Dakota's Beacom School of Business is a great place to earn an online accounting degree. USD’s accounting programs are affordable, at less than $7,000 for tuition. Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) will get the opportunity to take classes like advanced accounting theory, contemporary topics in auditing, and business policy and strategy.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This program is affordable, with tuition under $5,000. Students who complete this undergraduate degree are able to meet all the requirements needed to take their CPA. Coursework includes classes such as Financial Accounting and Advanced Accounting, and Management Policy and Principles of Marketing. Accounting students at Northwestern State pass the CPA at a rate of 80%.

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University of Connecticut
CPA Pass Rate: 69.44%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEAS CIHE and AACSB

The University of Connecticut offers both a Master of Science in Accounting and an online Accounting Certificate. UConn has a CPA pass rate of 69.44% and an annual tuition rate of around $25,000. The University of Connecticut has been recognized for their superior practices in online learning. The accounting certificate program is completed at a graduate level and is a great way for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field to transition into accounting. There are two required courses for the MS in Accounting, which can be completed in a full-time or part-time basis. Students select an additional eight courses from a list of electives, such as Research for Accounting Professionals and Taxation of Business Entities.

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Southern Utah University
CPA Pass Rate: 65.22%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU and AACSB

Southern Utah University offers a Master of Accountancy online. SUU boasts an average CPA pass rate of 65.22%. While the tuition may not be as low as some programs, Southern Utah University offers a scholarship for non-resident graduate students with a GPA higher than 3.2. The program can be finished in as little as two semesters, and includes classes such as Tax Procedure, Property Transactions, and Forensic Accounting, in addition to an internship. This program has a job placement rate of nearly 100%.

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Bentley University
CPA Pass Rate: 63.57%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEAS CIHE and AACSB

Bentley University offers a tuition rate of $27,100 annually and a CPA pass rate of 63.57%. Students at Bentley University not only have the opportunity to take classes in accounting, but also have access to elective courses which can round out their understanding of other branches of business. Students may take classes such as Managerial Statistics, Cost Accounting, and Business Reporting and Analysis. The majority of students enroll in 3 or 4 classes a semester, and most students complete the program in 1 to 1.5 years. Bentley University also offers their graduates help with career placement; many of their students are often hired by the Big 4 accounting firms.

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Indiana State University
CPA Pass Rate: 61.29%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB

Accounting students at Indiana State University pass the CPA at a rate of 61.29%. Indiana State University offers an online bachelor’s degree completion program in accounting. Students may take classes such as Business Finance, Accounting Systems, and Auditing Theory and Practice as part of the program. They also have the option of minoring in three different areas: Finance, Forensic Accounting, or Insurance and Risk Management, to further specialize their degree. Students must have an associate degree or at least 60 college credits from a regionally accredited institution in order to be eligible to apply.

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Florida Atlantic University
CPA Pass Rate: 60.00%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

Florida Atlantic University has a CPA pass rate of 60%. Tuition is affordable, costing students $19,768 per year for undergraduate degrees in accounting. FAU offers four online accounting degrees, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The Bachelor of Business Administration program has majors such as Management, Marketing, or Accounting and includes classes such as Accounting Information Systems, Microeconomics, and Auditing and Assurance Services. Master’s students will take courses in Financial Management, Auditing Theory, and Business Communications. A Master of Accounting with a Concentration in Forensic Accounting and an MBA in Accounting are also available online.

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The University of Texas at Dallas
CPA Pass Rate: 59.28%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The University of Texas at Dallas offers an online graduate program in accounting. Its Master of Science in Accounting helps students to learn the skills that are essential in the field of accounting. The program offers classes such as Financial Accounting, Accounting for Managers, and Systems Analysis and Project Management. In addition, students are able to select elective courses, giving them the opportunity to focus on a specific area within accounting. Texas residents should be advised that additional on-campus classes may be required to meet the requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, however, other states may not have these requirements.

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Western New England University
CPA Pass Rate: 59.26%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEAS CIHE and AACSB

Western New England University provides one of the lowest tuition rates for students seeking a competitive online accounting degree program. Need-based financial aid is available, in addition to merit based scholarships for which students are automatically considered when they apply for financial aid. There are also a limited number of scholarships for international students in amounts up to $17,000. The Master of Science in Accounting program includes classes such as Accounting Theory and Contemporary Issues, Managerial Finance, and Fundamental Concepts of Tax Structure, and can be completed in as little as 10 months. Students of the online master’s programs may choose a concentration in Forensic Accounting to further specialize their degree.

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Georgia Southern University
CPA Pass Rate: 57.97%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The Master of Accounting program at Georgia Southern University is designed to accommodate busy schedules, with students only required to take 2 courses during the fall and spring and only 1 in the summer. Classes offered for this program include Tax Research, a Seminar in Financial Accounting, and Current Legal Issues. One unique feature of this program is their team-based approach. Students are assigned to teams that they remain a part of throughout their degree program. GSU offers some limited scholarships to online students, in addition to expert faculty, peer support, and programs geared toward busy professionals.

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  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers an online undergraduate program in accounting. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting prepares students for a wide range of career options, including public, not-for-profit, and corporate accounting. While the accounting core is required to build a strong foundation as an accounting professional, students may choose to explore other interests in their elective requirements. Students who complete this program will have a basic understanding of accounting concepts allowing them to perform in many accounting positions.

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  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and AACSB

The online Master of Accountancy degree offered by California State University - Sacramento is designed to prepare students for higher level and leadership positions in accounting. The program can be completed entirely online in as little as 18 months. The program also features Chat Live office hours, virtual lectures, and networking opportunities. Students will take classes such as Financial Reporting, Auditing, and Taxation of Individuals. The CSU Sacramento College of Business Administration offers several scholarships for which online accounting students may be eligible.

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  • Accreditation: NEAS CIHE and AACSB

The University of Massachusetts offers accounting degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting includes classes such as CPA Law, Auditing, and Corporate Taxation. Students must complete a combination of business and accounting-focused courses in order to graduate from the program. The Master of Science in Accounting is a 30 credit program that can be completed in as little as 8 months. Stock Analysis and Investment Strategy, Financial Statement Analysis, and Information Technology for Accountants are all offered as part of the curriculum.

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Washington State University
CPA Pass Rate: 50.00%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU and AACSB

Washington State University offers a fully online undergraduate degree in accounting. The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting has a wide range of courses; Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Auditing are all part of the undergraduate curriculum. This degree option also offers certain accounting electives to its students, including Accounting and Culture and Business Ethics to create a full accounting education. WSU's undergraduate degree in accounting prepares students to enter careers in private business enterprises, government agencies, corporate accounting, and public accounting.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham
CPA Pass Rate: 50.00%
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in accounting. The Bachelor Degree in Accounting has a wide range of courses; Principles of Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Income Taxation are all part of the undergraduate curriculum. An additional concentration is also available in the field of Forensic Accounting. The Master of Accounting degree at UAB can be completed in 5 semesters, and includes classes such as Corporate Governance, Fraud Examination, International Accounting. UAB offers a number of merit-based scholarships for students looking to offset the cost of their degree.

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Methodology

Available degrees, program data, and tuition rates were gathered from the official school websites and reflect the 2014-2015 school year. CPA pass rates were reported by The NASBA Report. Accreditation and non-profit status were collected using the most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics or from the official websites of the accreditation agencies. Our full methodology can be viewed here.

Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Recommendation rate refers to the percent of students who said they would recommend this school based on reviews submitted to our partner site, GradReports.com.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.