Best Online Master’s in Accounting

Find top-rated online master’s degree programs that will prepare students for a career in accounting.

Best Online Master’s in Accounting

Frequently Asked Questions about Accounting Master’s Degree Programs

Why get a master’s in accounting?

If you plan to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant or serve in a leadership role for an accounting firm, you will likely be required to hold a master’s degree in accounting.

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How long does it take to get a master’s in accounting?

While there are several degree paths offered at the master’s level, including Master in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, and Master of Business Administration in Accounting, most degree programs require 30-36 credits and can be completed in one to two years. Students can usually earn this degree online or in person, but in order to be admitted, they typically must hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or another related field.

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What can I do with a master’s in accounting?

Master’s level courses explore accounting theories, methods, and practices with greater depth and specificity, helping to qualify and prepare students for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam. Graduates can pursue careers as CPAs, chief operating officers, and management analysts.

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Best Online Master's in Accounting Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online accounting master's degree programs?

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

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25 Best Online Master’s in Accounting Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    #63 institution's historical influence
    #38 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    25%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1405/30

    Chapel Hill, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MAC in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 36-48
    • Completion time: 12-36 months
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Syracuse University

    #81 institution's historical influence
    #1450 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Syracuse, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Professional Accounting
    • Required Credits: 30-48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    University of Miami

    #137 institution's historical influence
    #106 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    33%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1355/30

    Coral Gables, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MPA in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Arizona

    #85 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Missouri

    #98 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MAcc in Accountancy
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    #141 institution's historical influence
    #953 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Amherst, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MSA in Accounting
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    North Carolina State University

    #230 institution's historical influence
    #176 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    46%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    31K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1335/29

    Raleigh, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MAC in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Auburn University

    #298 institution's historical influence
    #1155 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/28

    Auburn, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MAcc in Accountancy
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    University of Delaware

    #291 institution's historical influence
    #1237 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Newark, DE

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 1-2 years
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    University of Connecticut

    #207 institution's historical influence
    #1460 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1305/29

    Storrs, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MSA in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    Wayne State University

    #150 institution's historical influence
    #842 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Detroit, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting systems
    • Entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Digital/Business Analytics
    • Finance
    • Financial accounting
    • Healthcare Supply Chain Management
    • Global supply chain management
    • Human resources
    • Information systems management
    • International business
    • Required Credits: 117
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    DePaul University

    #444 institution's historical influence
    #308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    19K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Long Island University

    #640 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

    Brookville, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accountancy
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Hybrid
  14. #14

    University of Memphis

    #505 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 12 months
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Stetson University

    #978 institution's historical influence
    #797 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    4K

    DeLand, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MAcc in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Nevada, Reno

    #489 institution's historical influence
    #1404 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/23

    Reno, NV

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    Online Degrees

    MAcc in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Roosevelt University

    #808 institution's historical influence
    #938 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Accounting Forensics
    • Finance
    • Hospitality & Tourism Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Real Estate
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Training And Development
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 1 Year
    • Format: Online
    MSAF in Master of Science in Accounting Forensics
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 1 Year
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Seton Hall University

    #514 institution's historical influence
    #691 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/26

    South Orange, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 18-20 months
    • Format: Online
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  19. #19

    Golden Gate University

    #1176 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Student body

    1K

    San Francisco, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accounting

    Concentrations

    • Taxation Concentration
    • Financial Accounting and Report
    • Internal Auditing
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Management Accounting
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    University of Maine

    #354 institution's historical influence
    #575 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Orono, ME

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics
    • Finance
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  21. #21

    University of Baltimore

    #1060 institution's historical influence
    #1281 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1052/20

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accounting And Business Advisory Services
    • Required Credits: 30-42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    University of Texas at Dallas

    #601 institution's historical influence
    #222 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1350/29

    Richardson, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Mercy College

    #1834 institution's historical influence
    #302 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/20

    Dobbs Ferry, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  24. #24

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    #924 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Lowell, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Business Analytics

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Managerial Decision Making
    • Big Data Analytics
    • Marketing Analytics
    • Finance Analytics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1293 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    78K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Business Intelligence
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • International Business
    • Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Operations And Supply Chain Management
    • Project Management
    • Public Administration
    • Sport Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Accounting Finance
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Accounting

    Concentrations

    • Auditing
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Management Accounting
    • Taxation
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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