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Best Colleges and Universities In America For An Accounting Degree, 2017

School of Accountancy at the Brigham Young University is the top American college for an accounting degree, according to an annual ranking of 50 best colleges in the United States for an accounting degree, 2017, compiled by CEOWORLD magazine.

Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota ranked second, followed by California State University, Northridge.

The 2017 rankings place College of Business (Florida State University) in 4th ahead of Isenberg School of Management (University of Massachusetts Amherst) into 5th; while College of Business (University of Illinois) is 6th and Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick is 7th.

Overall, among the top 10 colleges, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by the Fisher School of Accounting (University of Florida), McCombs School of Business (University of Texas at Austin), and Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business (University of Missouri).

Details on our ranking methodology and sources are available at the end of the article.

THE 50 Best Colleges and Universities For Accounting Degree In America, 2017, 2017:

  1. Brigham Young University School of Accountancy (Score: 98.7)
    Programs: Bachelor of Accountancy (BS Acc)and Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
  2. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (Score: 98.6)
    Programs: Master of Business Taxation (MBT) degree program, Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree program, and PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting
  3. California State University, Northridge (Score: 98.4)
    Programs: B.S. in Accountancy, M.S. in Accountancy, and M.S. in Taxation
  4. College of Business at Florida State University (Score: 98.1)
    Programs: Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BS), Master of Accounting (MAcc), and Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Accounting (PhD)
  5. Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Score: 97.8)
    Programs: BBA Accounting, Online BBA in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, PhD in Accounting
  6. College of Business at the University of Illinois (Score: 97.4)
    Programs: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BS), Certificate in Accountancy, Master of Accounting Science (MAS), Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), Master of Science in Accountancy Online (iMSA), and PhD program in Accountancy
  7. Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick (Score: 97.2)
    Programs: Master of Accountancy in Financial Accounting, Master of Accountancy in Professional Accounting, Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting, Master of Accountancy in Taxation, and PhD in Accounting
  8. Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida (Score: 96.7 )
    Programs: Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAc) degree, Master of Accounting, Juris Doctor/Master of Accounting (JD/MAcc), 3/2 Program (BSAc/MAcc), and Ph.D. in Business Administration in Accounting
  9. McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin (Score: 96.4)
    Programs: Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting, Master in Professional Accounting program, and Doctoral Program in Accounting
  10. Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, University of Missouri (Score: 96.1)
    Programs: Bachelor of science and a master of accountancy degree (BSAcc / MAcc degree) and Masters of Accountancy Program – MAcc degree
  11. Cornell University (Score: 95.8)
  12. New York University (Score: 95.7)
  13. University of Southern California (Score: 95.5)
  14. University of Pennsylvania (Score: 95.2)
  15. University of California Berkeley (Score: 95.1)
  16. University of Washington (Score: 94.9)
  17. Ohio State University (Score: 94.7)
  18. University of Georgia (Score: 94.5)
  19. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Score: 94.3)
  20. Pennsylvania State University (Score: 94.1)
  21. Brooklyn College, City University of New York (Score: 93.7)
  22. Indiana University Bloomington (Score: 93.5)
  23. University of Mississippi (Score: 93.4)
  24. Baruch College, City University of New York (Score: 93.1)
  25. University of South Florida (Score: 92.7)
  26. Arizona State University (Score: 92.6)
  27. Michigan State University (Score: 92.4)
  28. University of Notre Dame (Score: 92.2)
  29. University of Virginia (Score: 91.8)
  30. University of Michigan (Score: 91.7
  31. University of Maryland (Score: 91.5)
  32. Miami University Ohio (Score: 91.4)
  33. Fairfield University (Score: 91.3)
  34. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Score: 91.2)
  35. Seattle University (Score: 91.1)
  36. Texas A&M University (Score: 90.9)
  37. University of Albany, State University of New York (Score: 90.6)
  38. Loyola Marymount University (Score: 90.4)
  39. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska (Score: 90.2)
  40. Binghamton University, State University of New York (Score: 89.7)
  41. St. Joseph’s University (Score: 89.6)
  42. University of Alabama (Score: 89.5)
  43. John Carroll University (Score: 89.2)
  44. George Mason University (Score: 88.7)
  45. Wake Forest University (Score: 88.6)
  46. University of Scranton (Score: 88.1)
  47. Loyola University Chicago (Score: 87.4)
  48. Bentley University (Score: 87.1)
  49. Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Score: 85.9)
  50. Loyola University Maryland (Score: 85.3)


The Best Colleges In America For An Accounting Degree, 2017 by the CEOWORLD magazine is based on six major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1) Academic reputation
2) Admission eligibility
3) Job placement rate
4) Recruiter feedback
5) Specialization
6) Global reputation and influence

Data for these indicators was collected from publicly available sources, university’s website, our research, and survey. It measures the quality of education, job placements of students, and the recruiters feedback, without relying on university data submissions. Students, industry professionals, and recruiters were asked to rate universities on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the universities above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s Best Colleges In America For An Accounting Degree, 2017,” there may be many other universities that offer excellent programs.

* This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a university, and are simply one element to consider.

* The top-ranked university receives 100 points.

* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.

* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 96,000 individuals, across 6 data points.

* Surveys completed by 40,000 students, 34,000 industry professionals, and 22,000 recruiters.

* Magazine surveyed 96,000 people between 11th February and 16th May 2017.

*The overall score are numerical scores given to the universities based on students, industry professionals, and recruiter feedback — measuring the quality of the university. Overall scores are out of 100.

More details about the “Best Colleges In America For An Accounting Degree, 2017” – Email info@ceoworld.biz

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 96,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.3 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

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Aimee Lee Webber
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