2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Accounting

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Listed below are the 12 best schools offering master's degrees in accounting, based on student ratings. Non-profit Case Western University receives the highest overall rating, with an impressive 100% recommendation rate from its students. Arizona State University offers the lowest annual in-state and out-of-state tuition, starting at $6,098 each, with Texas A&M University and Clemson University following closely with in-state tuition of $8,656 and $9,220, respectively. Texas A&M and Clemson also charge low out-of-state tuition, each in the $18,000 range. Students can attend private University of Tampa for a very reasonable $10,394 per year.

Texas A&M University received special accolades from graduate students regarding its proven track record in career development. One stated, "The career resources are phenomenal," while another student praised the school even further, writing, "93% of my class already has a job lined up after we graduate with the Big 4 Accounting Firms!” Regarding University of Denver, one graduate student wrote, "The faculty are very supportive in helping students find a career and help however they can in the recruitment/job application process." Florida International University received praise from one student who said, "If I had to do it all again I would without any hesitation."

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Case Western Reserve University Campus Location Cleveland (OH) 2018 Student Score 90.00
#2 #2 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2018 Student Score 89.32
#3 #3 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2018 Student Score 88.24
#4 #4 North Carolina State University Campus Location Raleigh (NC) 2018 Student Score 87.73
#5 #5 University of Maryland - College Park Campus Location College Park (MD) 2018 Student Score 87.30
#6 #6 University of Denver Campus Location Denver (CO) 2018 Student Score 87.04
#7 #7 The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Location Richardson (TX) 2018 Student Score 86.96
#8 #8 Texas A & M University-College Station Campus Location College Station (TX) 2018 Student Score 85.83
#9 #9 Clemson University Campus Location Clemson (SC) 2018 Student Score 85.45
#10 #10 St. John's University Campus Location Queens (NY) 2018 Student Score 82.69
#11 #11 Florida International University Campus Location Miami (FL) 2018 Student Score 82.63
#12 #12 The University of Tampa Campus Location Tampa (FL) 2018 Student Score 82.38


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.