Ever dreamed of working for the Big Four —EY, KPMG, PwC, and Deloitte? An MBA is a sure fire way to lock down a job at one of the world’s best accounting firms, which have offices and opportunities around the world.
It can be tricky, however, to sift between the hundreds of MBA programs on offer. If you’re aiming for a job in accounting, you want to aim for a school renowned for its accounting offerings.
Here are the ten best MBA accounting programs in the US, according to US News:
10. Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University
Tuition: $52,624 per year
Students on Fisher’s MBA program can choose to do an accounting concentration as part of their degree. Average starting salary for Fisher grads is $103,815.
9. Stern School of Business, New York University
Tuition: $71,676 per year
Stern faculty offer a variety of perspectives for those preparing for a career in accounting, including courses on forensic accounting, auditing, and financial statement analysis. Big Four firm Deloitte remains the top employer for Stern graduates.
8. Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tuition: $70,590 per year
Accounting remains a primary focus at Stanford. Head of the accounting school Mary Barth is a former chairperson of the American Accounting Association (AAA).
7. Marshall School of Business, University of South California
Tuition: $63,096 per year
As well as accounting modules on the full-time MBA, Marshall students can take a Master’s in Accounting (MAcc), with or without a specialization in data and analytics.
6. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Tuition: $72,000 per year
Booth MBA students can engage with accounting inside and outside the classroom. The Credit Restructuring Distressed Investing and Turnaround Group is a chance to students to take a deeper dive into the complexities of accounting.
5. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Tuition: $68,6464 per year
Ross describes itself as the ‘birthplace of modern accounting research’, the ideal platform for anyone wanting to look deeper into accounting. These include cutting edge courses such as accounting information system design.
4. Marriott School of Business, Brigham Young University
Tuition: $27,720 per year
19% of last year’s Marriott graduates chose a career in finance or accounting, with 23 students alone finding employment at PwC. BYU Marriott was recently named number one for value for money in the Financial Times Global MBA rankings.
3. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Tuition: $72,300 per year
Wharton MBA students can choose to do an accounting major as part of their program, which includes courses which can count towards a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification.
2. Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tuition: $22,000 per year
Gies’ MBA is now fully online, giving students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of accounting from the comfort of their homes. This has significantly cut its cost, making it one of the cheapest MBA accounting programs on this list.
1. McCombs School of Business, University of Texas Austin
Tuition: $54,394 per year
For a second year in a row, McCombs’ MBA program has been named the best program for accounting, as well as claiming top spot in the Public Accounting Report (PAR) for its bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs in accounting.
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