This is a ranking of the top 25 best value accelerated online master’s in accounting degree programs for 2017. While the number of online programs in accounting has grown significantly in the past five years, many of the programs are still only available at a part time pace. This means they often take two or more years to complete. The accounting programs here can all be completed in a maximum of eighteen months, and some can be completed in as few as eight months. In the fast-paced world of global business, nobody wants to take too long off work to earn their degree and begin their advancement. A master’s in accounting is necessary for many of the top certifications in the field and a necessity for anybody who wants to reach the top levels of the profession.

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This ranking defines value as featuring two components. First, the speed at which the degree can be earned, and second, the cost of the degree. Thus all the programs ranked here can be completed in under 18 months, and have been ranked according to the cost of the program. Information on the sources used in this article can be found at the bottom of the page.

#25. Syracuse University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

Graduates of this accounting program have gone to work with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, RSM, and PWC.

Graduates of this online accounting program have gone to work with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, RSM, and PWC.

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Syracuse University’s accelerated online master’s in accounting program offers both 12-month and 15-month online tracks. This AACSB-accredited program offers courses like principles of fraud examination, international accounting and reporting, taxes and business strategy, advanced topics in auditing, and financial statement analysis.

Tuition: $33,312

#24. University of Miami

Online Master’s in Professional Accounting

The University of Miami is ranked among the top 50 universities in the United States by U.S. News.

The University of Miami is ranked among the top 50 universities in the United States by U.S. News.

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This AACSB-accredited online accounting program is 32 credits, and the standard completion time is 16 months. Students will take courses like financial statement analysis and valuation, advanced accounting and financial reporting, issues in accounting, managing responsible behavior in organizations, and fundamentals of finance, accounting, and economics.

Tuition: $33,300

#23. George Mason University

Online Master’s in Accounting

66% of George Mason MS in Accounting graduates received signing bonuses.

66% of George Mason MS in Accounting graduates received signing bonuses.

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Students in George Mason’s AACSB-accredited online master’s in accounting program can complete the degree in just ten months. However, students can only start this program in the fall. Students with a business degree that is not in accounting can still complete this program in 12 months. Top accounting firm KPMG considers George Mason to be among the top 50 schools from which they hire.

Tuition: $28,448

#22. University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Online Master of Science in Accounting

UMASS Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management is one of the most highly respected business schools in the country.

UMASS Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management is one of the most highly respected business schools in the country.

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The AACSB-accredited online master of science in accounting degree program can be completed in just eight months if students start in the spring or summer sessions. Some of the courses available in this program are writing for accounting, corporate real estate: transactions and valuation, exploring data analytics for accounting professionals, and financial management of nonprofit organizations.

Tuition: $28,002

#21. Auburn University

Online Master’s in Accounting

Auburn is rated #7 for online graduate programs by U.S. News.

Auburn is rated #7 for online graduate programs by U.S. News.

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Auburn University’s AACSB-accredited online master’s in accounting program has seen graduates take jobs as internal auditor, tax accountant, managerial accounting, financial manager, and government accountant. Students will take courses like integrated accounting applications, research in accounting, financial analysis and valuation, and security and information assurance.

Tuition: $26,406

#20. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Online Master of Accounting

LinkedIn ranked alumni network at the University of North Carolina the #1 university alumni network.

LinkedIn ranked the alumni network at the University of North Carolina the #1 university alumni network.

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Of the students who graduate from the AACSB-accredited online master of accounting program at UNC, 98% of them are employed at the time of graduation. The program can be completed in just one year and features courses like financial reporting, managerial and cost accounting, tax, auditing, business law, economics, governmental accounting, and business analytics.

Tuition: $26,354

#19. St. John’s University

Online M.S. in Accounting

St. John’s online master’s in accounting offers eight concentrations, which is rare for accelerated online accounting programs.

St. John’s online master’s in accounting offers eight concentrations, which is rare for accelerated online accounting programs.

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St. John’s University offers its whole AACSB-accredited online master’s in accounting degree 100% online. This one-year online program offers concentrations in internal auditing and risk advisory services, information systems’ audit and control, enterprise risk management, forensic accounting and fraud examination, controllership, international financial reporting and assurance, financial services industry reporting and analysis, and accounting research.

Tuition: $23,924

#18. Sacred Heart University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

This online master of science in accounting does require once-per-month intensives on campus.

This online master of science in accounting does require once-per-month intensives on campus.

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Sacred Heart University allows accounting students to complete their AACSB-accredited online MS in accounting in just one year, whether studying in person or online. Students may specialize in either forensic accounting or international accounting. Students will take courses like advanced issues in managerial accounting, federal taxation, and financial statement analysis.

Tuition: $23,125

#17. Western New England University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

The online MS in accounting program at Western New England University offers four 11-week terms per year.

The accelerated online MS in accounting program at Western New England University offers four 11-week terms per year.

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Western New England University’s 30-credit online master of science in accounting program can be completed in just 10 months. This AACSB-accredited program features courses like fundamentals of corporate and partnership tax, business analysis and valuation, accounting theory and contemporary issues, and municipal and fund accounting.

Tuition: $22,482

#16. Southern Utah University

Online Master of Accountancy

SUU has a nearly 100% placement rate for graduates of the master of accountancy program.

SUU has a nearly 100% placement rate for graduates of the master of accountancy program.

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The online master of accountancy from SUU can be completed in just two semesters. Graduates of this program typically find work in taxation, auditing, and controllership. Students will be taking classes like accounting practice and theory, tax research and advanced topics, professionalism in accounting, accounting information systems, and business law.

Tuition: $22,088

#15. Hartford University

Online Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation

Hartford University offers students who aren’t afraid of intense study a program that can be completed in 7 months.

Hartford University offers students who aren’t afraid of intense study a program that can be completed in 7 months.

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Hartford University offers students in the online master’s in accounting and taxation program concentrations in taxation or financial and assurance services. Students will take courses like taxation of business organizations, advanced auditing, advanced corporate taxation, financial reporting and analysis, and advanced taxation of pass-through entities.

Tuition: $21,801

#14. Bay Path University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

Bay Path offers one of the fastest MS in Accounting in this ranking with their 8-month option.

Bay Path offers one of the fastest MS in accounting programs in this ranking with their 8-month option.

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Bay Path’s accelerated online master’s in accounting program allows students to choose between public accounting, private accounting, and forensic accounting tracks. The 30-credit program is flexible and can be completed in 8, 12, or 24 months. Applicants are not required to submit GMAT scores. Students will take courses like advanced financial reporting, fraud examination, and IT for accountants.

Tuition: $20,385

#13. Southern New Hampshire University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

SNHU tailors its online master’s in accounting to students seeking career advancement as CPAs, financial analysts, and auditors and more.

SNHU tailors its online master’s in accounting degree to students seeking career advancement as CPAs, financial analysts, auditors and more.

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Southern New Hampshire University’s online master’s in accounting program can be completed in just 15 months. Students may choose between concentrations in auditing, forensic accounting, management accounting, and taxation. Some courses available in this program are detection and prevention of fraudulent financial statements, federal income tax of corporations and partnerships, and cost accounting.

Tuition: $18,310

#12. Stetson University

Online Master of Accountancy

Stetson’s school of business administration is accredited by the AACSB.

Stetson’s school of business administration is accredited by the AACSB.

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Stetson University’s accelerated online master of accountancy degree can be completed in as little as one year. Many of the courses are designed to serve as preparation for the CPA exam. Some of the courses are advanced auditing, data analytics for accountants, information technology and business strategy, governmental and not-for profit, and contemporary issues and cases in managerial accounting.

Tuition: $16,336

#11. Rutgers University

Online Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting

Rutgers was ranked #14 among the best online graduate business program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Rutgers was ranked #14 among the best online graduate business programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

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Rutgers University’s AACSB-accredited online master of accountancy in governmental accounting program can be completed in under one year. To add more value, Rutgers now extends in-state tuition to all online students enrolled in this program. Students take classes like government financial analysis, public sector forensic accounting, applied public finance, and government accounting in public administration.

Tuition: $16,272

#10. Davenport University

Online Master of Accountancy

The multiple tracks offered by this program are designed to prepare students for a variety of certifications like CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFE.

The multiple tracks offered by this program are designed to prepare students for a variety of certifications like CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFE.

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Students in this IACBE-accredited online master of accountancy program can choose to concentrate in finance, fraud examination, internal auditing, managerial accounting, and professional accounting. Students will take courses on advanced financial management, accounting research and communication, accounting information systems, and accounting and financial analytics. The courses can be completed in 15-18 months.

Tuition: $12,330

#9. Shorter University

Online Master of Accountancy

Shorter University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Shorter University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.

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Shorter University’s accelerated online master of accountancy program can be completed in just 12 months. Applicants must submit a GMAT score and have maintained an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 in their last 60 undergraduate credits in order to be admitted to the program. Students will take classes like financial statement analysis, corporate and partnership taxation, and business analytics and research methods.

Tuition: $12,000

#8. California Baptist University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

CBU strives to meet the CPA exam requirements of as many states as possible.

CBU strives to meet the CPA exam requirements of as many states as possible.

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The average completion time for students enrolled in the ACBSP-accredited online master’s in accounting program at CBU is just 12 months. Students in this program will take courses like organizational behavior and leadership, financial management, advanced topics in managerial accounting, taxation for business entities, and ethics and professional responsibilities for CPAs.

Tuition: $11,232

#7. University of Scranton

Online Master of Accountancy

The University of Scranton is a Roman Catholic university of Jesuit heritage which aims to advance social responsibility, ethics, and education for global justice.

The University of Scranton is a Roman Catholic university of Jesuit heritage which aims to advance social responsibility, ethics, and education for global justice.

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The University of Scranton allows students in the AACSB-accredited online master of accountancy program to finish the degree in just 10 months. Students will take courses like effective accounting communication, applied accounting research, contemporary managerial accounting topics, advanced taxation and regulation, and accounting ethics: the foundation of the profession.

Tuition: $11,112

#6. Regis University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

A new term at Regis starts every eight weeks, so you’re never too far from starting your online master’s in accounting.

A new term at Regis starts every eight weeks, so you’re never too far from starting your online master’s in accounting.

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Regis University’s online accounting master’s degree can be completed in less than one year taking 6 credits per 8-week term. Students will take courses like auditing principles and procedures, ethical and legal environment of business, interpreting accounting information, and financial and managerial accounting.

Tuition: $10,800

#5. Colorado State University Global

Online Master of Professional Accounting

Colorado State University offers the greatest amount of flexibility possible to their graduate students.

Colorado State University offers the greatest amount of flexibility possible to their graduate students.

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Instead of tying graduate students to a fixed schedule, CSU Global offers monthly starts for their eight week terms. Every class is offered every term for maximum flexibility. Students who take two classes per eight-week term can finish the degree in under a year. Students will take courses like advanced accounting, advanced auditing and assurance services, and governmental accounting.

Tuition: $9,000

#4. Saint Leo University

Online Master of Business Administration in Accounting

While this is an MBA program at its core, the accounting specialization does meet the requirements for students to take the CPA examination.

While this is an MBA program at its core, the accounting specialization does meet the requirements for students to take the CPA examination.

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Students in the one year MBA fast track program can choose one additional concentration besides accounting (subject to faculty approval). The 36-credit online MBA in accounting program at Saint Leo is split evenly between accounting and MBA courses. Accounting courses in this program are fraud examination, advanced cost accounting, business law and the accountant, and accounting theory.

Tuition: $8,730

#3. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Online Master of Accountancy

The SJCM online master of accountancy degree is designed specifically to prepare students to become CPAs.

The SJCM online master of accountancy degree is designed specifically to prepare students to become CPAs.

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Applicants who meet the fast track requirements for Saint Joseph’s College of Maine’s online master’s in accounting can shave requirements down to 30 credits and complete the program in just one year. Requirements include a 2.5 GPA and undergraduate coursework in financial accounting, managerial accounting, business finance, macroeconomics, and federal income taxes.

Tuition: $8,576

#2. Liberty University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

As an evangelical Christian university Liberty strives to teach all subjects from a biblical perspective.

As an evangelical Christian university, Liberty strives to teach all subjects from a biblical perspective.

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Graduates from Liberty University’s ACBSP-accredited online master’s in accounting program have taken positions like audit accountant, CPA, finance manager, and tax auditor. This degree can be completed in as little as one year. Students will take classes like advanced business law for accountants, strategic leadership and executive management, managerial finance, and international business.

Tuition: $7,781

#1. Western Governors University

Online Master of Science in Accounting

At WGU faster is cheaper.

At WGU, faster is cheaper for an online accounting master’s degree.

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Not only does WGU offer the flexibility to complete this degree fast, but the faster you complete it, the cheaper the degree. This is because WGU charges by semester, not by the credit. Some of the courses in this program are advanced financial accounting, management communication, financial management, governmental and nonprofit accounting, and fraud and forensic accounting.

Tuition: $6,500

Sources

All information in this article was drawn either directly from each school’s website or the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database.

This concludes our ranking of the top 25 best value accelerated online master’s in accounting degree programs for 2017.

CVO Staff
April 2017