2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Accounting

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Accounting Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

Ranked by affordability, these 24 schools all offer online low-cost master's degrees in accounting. At #1, Strayer University offers an online Master of Science in Accounting for only $4,480 per year. Ranked #2, American Public University System offers an annual tuition rate of just $6,300 for its online master's in accounting program. Each school offers a tuition rate under $12,000, and the average tuition rate of all schools is $8,386

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in accounting degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Strayer University $4,480
# 2 #2 American Public University System $6,300
# 3 #3 Marshall University $6,810
# 4 #4 University of South Dakota $6,987
# 5 #5 Southern Utah University $7,097
# 6 #6 University of North Alabama $7,125
# 7 #7 Wilmington University $7,320
# 8 #8 Lindenwood University $7,425
# 9 #9 Colorado State University Global $7,500
# 10 #10 Western Governors University $7,600
# 11 #11 California University of Pennsylvania $7,890
# 12 #12 Georgia Southern University $7,905
# 13 #13 University of South Alabama $8,250
# 14 #14 Averett University $8,325
# 15 #15 Clarion University $8,355
# 16 #16 Gardner Webb University $8,760
# 17 #17 Ottawa University Online $9,735
# 18 #18 University of Missouri $10,026
# 19 #19 Indiana Wesleyan University Online $10,062
# 20 #20 Bellevue University $10,530
# 21 #21 Brenau University $10,695
# 22 #22 Saint Leo University Online $10,800
# 23 #23 Northeastern University $10,890
# 24 #24 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
#1
#1

Strayer University

Nationwide
Annual Tuition: $4,480
Annual Tuition: $4,480
Annual Tuition: $4,480
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 41,599
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,908
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Example Classes: Auditing and Business Concepts, Emerging Auditing Technologies, Fraud Prevention and Detection, International Accounting Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Tax Planning and Research

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Advanced Auditing Topics, Advanced Cost Accounting, Advanced Federal Taxation, Forensic Accounting

#3
#3

Marshall University

Huntington (WV)
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 935
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 596
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 642-3463

Example Classes: Advanced Controllership, Advanced Income Tax Procedure, Audit Theory and Practice, Auditing Accounting Information Systems, Government and Business Relationships, Professional Development and Ethics in Accounting

#4
#4

University of South Dakota

Vermillion (SD)
Annual Tuition: $6,987
Annual Tuition: $6,987
Annual Tuition: $6,987
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 658-6200

Example Classes: Accounting in Governmental & Non-Profit Organizations, Accounting Systems, Contemporary Topics in Auditing, Foundations of Calculus & Statistics for Business, Income Tax Accounting, Tax Planning and Practice

#5
#5

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,097
Annual Tuition: $7,097
Annual Tuition: $7,097
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 730
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 497
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 586-7700

Example Classes: Accounting for Decision-Making and Control, Estate and Gift Taxes, Property Transactions, Spreadsheet Modeling Craft, Taxes for Pass Through Entities

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $7,125
Annual Tuition: $7,125
Annual Tuition: $7,125
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1015 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 700
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100

Example Classes: Decision Theory, Enterprise Systems Analysis and Design, Managerial Economics, Research in Accounting, Valuation Tools for Professional Accounting

#7
#7

Wilmington University

New Castle (DE)
Annual Tuition: $7,320
Annual Tuition: $7,320
Annual Tuition: $7,320
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 21%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,064
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,291
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (877) 967-5464

Example Classes: Advanced Managerial Accounting, Federal Taxation, Policy and Research, Financial Accounting Theory and Policy and Research, Fraud Prevention and Forensic Accounting, International Accounting and Taxation, Issues in Auditing and Assurance Services

#8
#8

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles (MO)
Annual Tuition: $7,425
Annual Tuition: $7,425
Annual Tuition: $7,425
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 494
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,042
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (636) 949-2000

Example Classes: Accounting Cycle Analyses, Ethics in Accounting, Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting, Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, Professional Accounting Research

#9
#9

Colorado State University Global

Greenwood Village (CO)
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,114
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 920-6723

Example Classes: Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services, Advanced Cost Accounting, Advanced Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

#10
#10

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,600
Annual Tuition: $7,600
Annual Tuition: $7,600
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 21%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 98,630
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 37,509
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (801) 274-3280

Example Classes: Advanced Auditing, Advanced Managerial Accounting, Advanced Tax Concepts, Fraud and Forensic Accounting, Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $7,890
Annual Tuition: $7,890
Annual Tuition: $7,890
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,141
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,592
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (724) 938-4400

Example Classes: Advanced Auditing, Business Analytics for Big Data, Controllership, Decision Support Systems, Emerging Issues in Accounting, Forecasting and Predictive Modeling

#12
#12

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro (GA)
Annual Tuition: $7,905
Annual Tuition: $7,905
Annual Tuition: $7,905
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,088
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,619
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (912) 478-5391

Example Classes: Current Legal Issues, Fraudulent Financial Reporting, Seminar in Accounting Information Systems, Seminar in Auditing, Tax Research

#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $8,250
Annual Tuition: $8,250
Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 277
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,256
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (251) 460-6101

Example Classes: Accounting of Governmental/NFPE, Analysis Using Information Systems, Fraud/Forensic Accounting, Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Multi-Jurisdictional Tax, Tax of Partnerships/Corporations

#14
#14

Averett University

Danville (VA) (and 13 others)
Annual Tuition: $8,325
Annual Tuition: $8,325
Annual Tuition: $8,325
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1060
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 217
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 244
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Advanced Auditing And Assurance Services, Federal Tax Research And Analysis, Forensic And Investigative Accounting, Governmental And Not-for-profit, Seminar In Integrated Accounting Topics And Analysis

#15
#15

Clarion University

Clarion (PA)
Annual Tuition: $8,355
Annual Tuition: $8,355
Annual Tuition: $8,355
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 699
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 741
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (814) 393-2000

Example Classes: Federal Tax Reserarch, Legal Environment & Ethical Conduct in Business, Public Accounting, Theory of Accounts

#16
#16

Gardner Webb University

Boiling Springs (NC)
Annual Tuition: $8,760
Annual Tuition: $8,760
Annual Tuition: $8,760
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 563
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 552
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (704) 406-2361

Example Classes: Accounting Legal Issues and Ethics, Estate, Gifts, and Trust Planning, Federal Income Tax, Forensic Accounting and the Legal Environment, Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting, Managerial Accounting

#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $9,735
Annual Tuition: $9,735
Annual Tuition: $9,735
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 205
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 56
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 242-5200

Example Classes: Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting, Advanced Income Taxation, Professional Responsibilities and Business Law, Value Systems and Professional Ethics

#18
#18

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $10,026
Annual Tuition: $10,026
Annual Tuition: $10,026
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 835
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,423
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems, Cost and Managerial Accounting, Fraud Examination, Governmental Accounting and Budgeting, Tax Research and Procedure, Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders

#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $10,062
Annual Tuition: $10,062
Annual Tuition: $10,062
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 6,185
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,637
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (765) 677-2870

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems and Control, Corporate Taxation, Financial Accounting Theory and Issues, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

#20
#20

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,352
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,151
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100

Example Classes: Accounting Information Systems:, Advanced Cost Accounting, Financial Accounting, International Accounting, Operations & Logistics in the Value Chain, Taxation of Business Entities

#21
#21

Brenau University

Multiple Locations
Annual Tuition: $10,695
Annual Tuition: $10,695
Annual Tuition: $10,695
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 545
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services, Cross-Cultural Business Challenges, Financial Statement and Business Analysis, Fraud Prevention & Internal Control, International Organizational Behavior, Management of People

#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $10,800
Annual Tuition: $10,800
Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,242
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 588-8200

Example Classes: Contemporary Issues in Auditing, Fraud Examination, Fund Accounting for Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting, Law and the Accountant, Managerial Economics, Using Financial Accounting Information

#23
#23

Northeastern University

Burlington (MA)
Annual Tuition: $10,890
Annual Tuition: $10,890
Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 89%
  • Acceptance Rate: 27%
  • Average SATs: 1390 -1540
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 26
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 183
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (617) 373-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Flow Through Entities, Corporations and Shareholders, Estate and Gift Taxation, International Taxation: Outbound Transactions, Partners and Partnerships, Retirement Plans

#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Auditing, Cost Accounting, Economics in Business, Federal Income Tax of Corporations and Partnerships, Federal Taxation of Individuals, Financial Reporting