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2021 Best Accounting Master's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Accounting Master's Degree School for You

With 105,123 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, accounting is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

There are so many business programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Business Degree Central has created the Best Accounting Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 526 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for business students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Accounting Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Accounting

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our analysis found University of Notre Dame to be the best school for accounting students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools list. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, TX

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Rice University is a great place for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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#4

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Emory University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools list. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta.

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#5

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Out of the 499 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Bentley University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waltham.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Bentley take out while working on their Master's Degree is $27,282. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree accounting programs. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

Accounting majors at NYU take out an average of $36,606 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $404.

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With a ranking of #7, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree accounting programs. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

While working on their Master's Degree, accounting majors at Villanova accumulate an average of around $34,094 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $399, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Fairfield U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

While working on their Master's Degree, accounting majors at Fairfield U accumulate an average of around $25,391 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $299, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, accounting graduates from U of Michigan take out $28,766 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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The University of Texas at Austin ranked #12 on this year’s Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools list. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin.

Accounting majors at UT Austin take out an average of $29,745 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $295, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #13, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

Accounting majors at Vanderbilt take out an average of $52,046 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $594, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

With a ranking of #14, Boston College did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Boston College take out while working on their Master's Degree is $32,463. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#15

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.

While working on their Master's Degree, accounting majors at Wake Forest University accumulate an average of around $48,821 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $548, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

With a ranking of #16, Bryant University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Accounting majors at Bryant take out an average of $19,715 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#17

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

With a ranking of #17, Trinity University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of San Antonio, Trinity U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, accounting graduates from Trinity U take out $25,209 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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University of Southern California ranked #18 on this year’s Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Accounting majors at USC take out an average of $48,992 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $570.

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#19

Babson College

Wellesley, MA

Babson College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wellesley.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Babson College take out while working on their Master's Degree is $32,009.

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#20

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

With a ranking of #20, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at University of Virginia take out while working on their Master's Degree is $30,369. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $319, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the large suburb of South Orange, Seton Hall is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Accounting majors at Seton Hall take out an average of $28,951 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#22

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #22, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, accounting majors at Virginia Tech accumulate an average of around $22,766 in student debt.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst.

On average, accounting graduates from UMass Amherst take out $19,347 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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With a ranking of #24, Rutgers University - Newark did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Newark, Rutgers Newark is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, accounting graduates from Rutgers Newark carry an average student debtload of $40,530. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $434.

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Michigan Technological University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Accounting Master's Degree Schools

#27

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#28

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#29

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#30

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#32

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#34

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#37

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#40

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#42

Western New England University

Springfield, MA
#44

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#45

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#48

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
#49

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#50

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Accounting Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 526 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 American University Washington, DC
52 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
53 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
54 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
55 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
56 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
57 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
58 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
59 Fordham University Bronx, NY
60 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
61 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
62 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
63 Baylor University Waco, TX
64 Clemson University Clemson, SC
65 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
66 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
67 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
68 Siena College Loudonville, NY
69 Elon University Elon, NC
70 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
71 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
72 Illinois State University Normal, IL
73 Drake University Des Moines, IA
74 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Accounting students that almost earned our Best Accounting Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
75 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
76 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
77 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
78 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
79 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
80 Belmont University Nashville, TN
81 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
82 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
83 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
84 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
85 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
86 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
87 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
88 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
89 Yeshiva University New York, NY
90 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
90 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
92 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
93 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
94 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
95 University of Houston Houston, TX
96 Creighton University Omaha, NE
97 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
98 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
99 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA

Accounting by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, accounting has other similar majors worth exploring.

Accounting Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 79,652
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 20,239
Accounting and Finance 2,451
Accounting and Business/Management 1,853
Other Accounting and Related Services 749
Auditing 179

Majors Similar to Accounting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pixabay.

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