Top master's in accounting programs

Increase your earning potential with a master’s in accounting. Programs take 1-2 years to complete and provide a broad overview of accounting theory and practice. The option to specialize in an accounting area related to your target career can increase your competitiveness in the job market. Would-be CPAs can use a master’s in accounting program to meet obligatory study requirements. Explore our best accounting graduate programs rankings below to find the right grad school for you. 

Our master’s in accountancy rankings cover 328 of the 434 universities available, accounting for 89% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $62,956.

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#1 in Accounting

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas

Economic score: 0.09

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $76,106

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $26,575

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $10,250

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.13

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Accounting | #133 in Business schools

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.10

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $76,502

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $18,424

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $10,250

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.13

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Accounting | #14 in Business schools

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Economic score: 0.11

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $78,752

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $31,471

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $14,676

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.19

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Accounting | #493 in Business schools

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

Economic score: 0.11

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $67,256

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,645

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $10,831

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.16

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Accounting

CUNY Hunter College

New York, New York

Economic score: 0.12

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $79,246

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $22,767

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $13,364

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.17

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Accounting | #42 in Business schools

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

Economic score: 0.12

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $68,456

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $22,371

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $12,248

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.18

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in Accounting | #396 in Business schools

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Economic score: 0.12

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $70,303

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $24,822

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $13,191

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.19

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in Accounting

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Economic score: 0.13

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $70,204

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,077

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $13,289

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.19

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#9 in Accounting

SUNY College at Old Westbury

Old Westbury, New York

Economic score: 0.13

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $71,215

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,736

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $11,900

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.17

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#10 in Accounting | #189 in Business schools

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

Economic score: 0.14

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $87,984

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $33,932

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $20,280

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.23

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#11 in Accounting

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas

Economic score: 0.15

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $70,838

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,307

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $14,805

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.21

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#12 in Accounting | #33 in Business schools

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Economic score: 0.15

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $68,505

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,224

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $14,678

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.21

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#13 in Accounting | #61 in Business schools

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Economic score: 0.15

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $81,036

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $26,726

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $18,372

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.23

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#14 in Accounting | #63 in Business schools

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Economic score: 0.15

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $78,583

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,375

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $16,439

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.21

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#15 in Accounting | #383 in Business schools

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Economic score: 0.16

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $75,877

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,398

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $16,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.21

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#16 in Accounting | #81 in Business schools

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut

Economic score: 0.16

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $97,145

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $31,232

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $22,547

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.23

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#17 in Accounting | #504 in Business schools

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.16

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $78,114

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,854

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $14,730

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.19

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#18 in Accounting | #16 in Business schools

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah

Economic score: 0.16

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $60,677

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,396

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $12,288

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.20

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#19 in Accounting | #90 in Business schools

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Economic score: 0.16

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $69,763

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,382

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $14,150

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.20

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#20 in Accounting | #467 in Business schools

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah

Economic score: 0.16

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $65,535

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $18,254

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $14,479

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.22

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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