Top 5 MBA Accounting Programs

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“The GMAT Project” wants its readers to be aware of their options when it comes to selecting a business school and MBA program. There are a number of options when it comes to schools and concentrations; in light of this, we have taken it upon ourselves to introduce you to not just the best overall MBA schools in the country, but the best specific programs.

1) University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business offers three distinct Master in Professional Accounting degree plans: a traditional MPA, a BBA + MPA, and a B.A. Econ. + MPA. Whatever your decision or preference, UT’s Master in Professional Accounting program is widely considered the best in the United States. In addition to learning from internationally renown faculty, being recruited directly by some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the world, and having access to one of the largest alumni networks in the world, UT’s inter-disciplinary excellence makes for extremely interesting course topics. The average GMAT score of admitted applicants is 700.

2) University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

The Booth School of Business refers to accounting as “the language of business;” they offer a concentration in accounting within the structure of its MBA program. The Corporate Finance Group, Distressed Investing and Restructuring Group, American Bankruptcy Institute Corporate Restructuring Competition, and Workshop in Accounting research are some of the cocurricular activities offered by Booth. In addition to being a leading research institution in the field, Booth employs some of the most respected faculty in the nation; the annual full-time tuition for attending Booth is $53,400, and the number of students enrolled full-time is 1,160. The required GMAT score for acceptance into the Booth School of Business is 700+.

3) University of Pennsylvania, Wharton

Wharton, the first business school in the country, offers a vast array of interdisciplinary programs through the MBA program and is acclaimed for the depth and expertise of its Concentration in Accounting. They recognize the broad utility of a background in accounting, saying it is useful “in corporate finance, treasury, investment banking, or private equity. Accounting may also be useful for those interested in careers in investment management, hedge funds, trading, consumer finance, and the government and military sectors.” The annual full-time tuition is $53,926, and the number of students enrolled full-time is 1,669. The median GMAT score of accepted applicants is 720.

4) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The College of Business at the University of Illinois offers a Masters of Science in Accountancy (MSA) that is consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the country. Some reasons to consider UI is their extensive network of alumni, their consistently high ranking and reputation, and the unique course customization options they offer. Though there is no required or minimum GMAT score for admission, the median GMAT score is 650. The annual in-state full-time tuition is $19,975, the annual out-of-state full-time tuition is $29,975 and the number of students enrolled full-time is 226.

5) Stanford University

Stanford University prides itself on not only offering one of the most preeminent Accounting graduate programs in the country, but also influencing the standard-setting process in the US and globally. Stanford looks for well-rounded candidates who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence. Their admissions selectivity (the number of candidates who apply and are accepted) is 7%. The annual full-time tuition is $55,200 and the number of students enrolled full-time is 803. Though Stanford has no official minimum GMAT score necessary for admission, the  GMAT score range for the class of 2012 was 580-790 and the median GMAT score was 730.


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