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Our 2016 accounting rankings showcase the colleges offering the best online undergraduate accounting programs this year. We based our calculations on the quantifiable factors that we believe contribute to the ideal online learning experience: program cost; student-to-faculty ratio; and institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, default, and default rate. Learn more

Top Online Accounting Colleges

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Regis University

14/159.05%77.89%96.04%20.68%95%3.20%

About the Program

Boasting one of the best universities for 19 consecutive years by the U.S. World & News Report, Colorado-based Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting program has a rolling application deadline for online graduate programs. The college combines electives in literature, humanities, and religious study, then students complete their upper division major requirements and end with a senior capstone project. After granting a degree, Regis readies students for a position in both public and private firms by offering Becker CPA Exam Review courses to help them study for licensure.

Online Experience

While also offering bachelor’s on and off campus, the same stands with the top-rated online Master of Science in Accounting degree for full-time working students. With forensic and international accounting concentrations, the college’s eight-week online accounting course agenda adds credits toward CPA and CMA requisites. Though web-based, students have the advantage of sit-down studies with faculty and peers for certification preparation and are able to connect with faculty via email. The actual online courses are archived so students can access them anytime, anywhere.

$460 per credit hour online
3333 Regis Blvd
Denver, CO 80221-1099
(800) 388-23662111
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Misericordia University

13/171.16%80.37%71.46%30.51%99%N/A

About the Program

Misericordia offers admission up to eight times a year for its online bachelor’s in accounting. Aside from a few in-person meetings, classes are all held in a virtual classroom. Students take courses in macroeconomics and business law, while also completing a series of electives. The course literature especially emphasizes the course’s focus on giving students “the technical proficiency to become professional accountants.” The program is also noted to heavily rely on modern tech, including business software used by working professionals in accounting.

Online Experience

The web-based bachelor’s and master’s programs can be completed in as little as two to four years ? online courses even allow students to set their own graduation schedule. The program is broken into either seven- or fifteen-week semesters. Online courses at Misericordia are limited to students in certain states; check the school’s state authorization page to see which locations qualify. The Misericordia portal, used by all online students, is known as e-MU.

$385 per credit hour online
301 Lake St
Dallas, PA 18612-1098
(570) 674-6400
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The Sage Colleges

12/158.51%81.02%54.81%22.37%99%N/A

About the Program

With campuses in Albany and Troy, NY, and online degree programs, Russell Sage College was named a 2014 New York College of Distinction. Considered a degree-completion program, The Sage School of Management’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting focuses on a number of aspects in accounting, including auditing, fiscal, and budget analysis to prepare them for a professional career.

  • 17 courses in accounting
  • 2 courses in accounting electives
  • 18-20 credits of general education requirements

Online Experience

With a year-round schedule, offering courses in the fall, spring and summer, Russell boasts eight learning outcomes for graduates of the program, including the ability to integrate knowledge in the sub-disciplines of management and the ability to synthesize managerial practice with stakeholder theory and socially responsible decision making. Also offering an MBA program online, Sage’s School of Management mandates at least 42 semester hours of graduate-level coursework for this program. If incoming students have no prior managerial education, an enrollment counselor will determine what qualifications must be met to enter the program.

$400 per credit hour online
65 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2000
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Northeastern University

14/181.62%96.19%32.22%18.34%69%4.20%

About the Program

Northeastern’s accounting curriculum includes courses in international business, macroeconomics, financial reporting, and analysis, with undergraduate and graduate degrees online. The Fast-Track program for transfer students offers accelerated learning and the ability to earn a degree in 18 months based on previous coursework. Coursework in the accounting program consists of more than bookkeeping and entry-level field work, delving into specialized fields like asset management, auditing, taxation and budgeting and control.

Online Experience

Though students can learn online, the main Massachusetts campus has graduate campuses in both Charlotte, North Carolina and Seattle, Washington. With 24 credits needed for a bachelor’s degree and 45 credits for a master’s degree, year-round classes make it possible to graduate quickly. The online courses consist of lectures and assignments posted on the program’s online message board; at the beginning of each semester, students present an audio or text-based introduction to their professor and classmates. Many courses require a microphone and audio-ready software. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, all online curriculum is held in live course discussion boards, offering the same student experience as on-campus courses.

$378 per credit hour online
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005
(617) 373-2000
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Hiram College

11/163.44%69.34%62.08%20.81%99%9.80%

About the Program

Offered both on campus and off, with the option to blend both traditional classroom teaching and web-based learning, Hiram College is focused on affordability, claiming no tuition increases in the last four years. Hiram allows up to 75 credits to be transferred into the program, meaning many transfer students can bypass general ed requirements and instead jump right into Hiram’s accounting curriculum. Students are able to minor or major in Accounting & Financial Management, with the major requirements being:

  • 31 semester hours of core accounting
  • 16 semester hours correlative courses
  • 6 semester hours of electives, which cover topics like CPA and graduate school preparation, finance, or managerial accounting.

After all requirements are met, a capstone research project is required to graduate.

Online Experience

Based on LINC (Learn + Interact + Network + Collaborate), Hiram’s multi-year approach offers technological teaching tools and resources through three formats: web enhanced, blended, and online. With the web-enhanced mode, students learn both on campus and online. Online learning resources enable students and professors to interact when not in the classroom. The blended format, on the other hand, intertwines traditional and online curriculum together, making the model ideal for working students. The online arrangement for distance learners and full-time working professionals gives students the ability to connect with one another, the professor, and the coursework entirely online.

$460 per credit hour online
Hinsdale Hall Third Floor
Hiram, OH 44234-0067
(330) 569-3211
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The College of Saint Scholastica

14/161.39%83.53%66.18%20.68%100%N/A

About the Program

The St. Scholastica bachelor’s in accounting prepares students to work towards both CPA and CMA examinations, with all classes available in accelerated eight-week sessions. In total, the degree can be completed in three years. Altogether, students are required to complete 128 traditional credits or 150 CPA track credits.

Online Experience

The college describes the online learning experience as being dynamic as on-campus learning, promoting multimedia presentations and discussion boards as both collaborative and interactive. Students use Atomic Learning, an instructional tool for professors and students designed to enhance the remote educational environment. Classes use the Blackboard learning platform, as well as Adobe Connect, which combined can handle audio and video conferencing, whiteboards, chat rooms, breakout groups, and polls.

$405 per credit hour online
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811-4199
(218) 723-6000
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Philadelphia University

13/166.03%79.1%63.94%21.85%97%3.80%

About the Program

Offering students the ability to network immediately, work on industry-sponsored projects and run the Student Managed Investment Fund, Philadelphia University’s online accounting program develops extensive knowledge of both private and public firms and regulations. Preparation for the CPA or the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst Level 1) is part of the core accounting syllabus. Students are able to customize their curriculum with accounting track specializations, including financial accounting and reporting, tax, auditing and managerial accounting, and advanced financial accounting and reporting.

Online Experience

Blackboard learning is the foundation for all of PhilaU online courses. By incorporating multimedia audio and visual technology, emails, message boards, chat rooms, and email centralization with 24/7 technological support, students have plenty of options to keep their online courses interactive. Program highlights include accelerated learning with six eight-week terms a year, up to 72 transferable credits from an accredited university, access to two academic advisors per term, and both part-time and full-time financial aid availability.

$680 per credit hour online
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497
(215) 951-2700
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Florida Institute of Technology - Online

9/154%80%60%17%95%15%

About the Program

Florida Tech University’s online bachelor’s in accounting program prepares students for both the CPA and CMA with a broad liberal arts foundation and career-specific concentrations, including compensation and benefits, auditing, and cost accounting. The program covers topics like investigating corporate taxation, trust and estate tax law, learning the practical application of tax laws, and the study of accounting principles for mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships in private and nonprofit businesses. Featured as #33 on Forbes’ 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges in the U.S., Florida Tech University ranks based on its post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards.

Online Experience

Students must complete 106 core and major education credits, and 15 restricted and free electives, including the one-credit course Mastering Learning. By establishing online classroom behavior, study skills, and academic honesty, the class helps students assess their individual learning styles, enabling greater personal success in the online classroom.

$510 per credit hour online
150 West University Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 674-8000
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University of Mary

15/146.11%76.12%78.65%48.57%100%4.60%

About the Program

Bypassing the five-year study plan for graduation and CPA certification, University of Mary’s accounting program, with an emphasis on CPA certification, is designed to be completed in a 3½-years; from there, students are uniquely qualified to pursue a master’s in accounting or an MBA. While the program is, in many senses, a traditional accelerated accounting program, it should be noted that the program also places a great deal of emphasis on business ethics, which are reflection in the curriculum and school’s ties to Catholic values.

Students who transfer into the program must take a minimum of 16 upper-level courses to graduate from the university; all students must complete a Senior Competencies Assessment, a sequence of evaluations completed immediately prior to graduation.

Online Experience

The online learning program brings professors and students together through online lectures, assignments, and notes, and offers access to campus advisors. The online program is intended to accelerate students’ education, with the university estimating that students can complete both their accounting undergraduate and the entirety of the CPA exam in under five years.

$515 per credit hour online
7500 University Dr
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 255-7500
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Champlain College

14/157.12%80.47%64.17%17.55%94%5.80%

About the Program

Champlain’s accounting bachelor’s works in conjunction with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Core Competency Framework; topics covered in the program include business/tax law, legal skills, risk analysis, resource management and core accounting principles. Preparing students to become certified financial planners in optional seven-week courses, the college promotes a number of careers upon graduation, including positions as managerial accountants, bookkeepers, tax preparers, and payroll service supervisors.

Boasting a generous transfer policy, incoming students can have up to 90 transfer credits accepted, and with an “upside-down” curriculum, students are able to take accounting specific classes, as opposed to general ed. courses, in the first year of enrollment.

Online Experience

The online experience at Champlain is largely self-directed. Students can access their course materials at any time and while each program has its own requirements, the majority of courses taught are asynchronous, meaning students can access and complete lectures and assignments whenever they see fit ? though, like most courses, due dates tend to be set by the instructor and must be adhered to. Upon graduation, career service counselors work with online students to help them find employment or paid internships.

$641 per credit hour online
246 S. Willard St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 860-2700
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Additional Schools

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Keystone College

11/142.37%64.68%92.05%34.77%100%9.6%
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Belhaven University

12/150.21%65.9%71.69%20.02%98%5.60%
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Briar Cliff University

12/146.83%54.19%61.69%18.81%100%7.60%
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Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

12/157%74%93%85%67%N/A
15

AIB College of Business

20/161%75.51%69%63%93%N/A
16

Pennsylvania State University

17/186.11%93.15%50.29%32.35%37%N/A
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Washington State University

15/167.24%80.11%82.08%34.07%51%4%
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University of Charleston

15/135.05%61.25%60.77%30.85%90%8.30%
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Liberty University

18/150.41%69.1%22.32%46.81%78%7.90%
20

Point Park University

13/158.27%76.81%70.74%25.88%95%11.20%
21

Trine University

10/1N/AN/A66.67%66.67%N/AN/A
22

Indiana Wesleyan University

16/162.53%84.12%95.05%45.08%50%6.10%
23

Brenau University

11/146.59%66.17%75.81%11.89%98%5%
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University of Memphis

14/144%78.17%47.4%44.11%40%N/A
25

Ottawa University

18/131.34%63.19%99.47%45.77%100%N/A
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Broadview University - West Jordan

10/141.67%66.67%N/AN/A76%21.70%
27

Colorado Christian University

14/142.26%72.05%94.32%40.49%97%6.20%
28

Stevens-Henager College - Ogden

16/134.56%50%N/AN/A49%N/A
29

Upper Iowa University

18/138.3%66.53%69.94%23.64%90%8.30%
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University of Alabama at Birmingham

18/155.54%82.88%85.69%35.72%66%8%
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University of Minnesota-Crookston

21/147.9%66%71.96%41.39%84%N/A
32

Saint Leo University

15/144.89%68.23%72.16%24.68%99%11.90%
33

Davenport University

14/139.57%72.76%93.38%40.45%89%12%
34

Tiffin University

18/138.82%62.44%54.38%20.89%92%18.90%
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University of the Incarnate Word

14/142.73%75.83%93.21%23.84%99%9.20%
36

Dakota State University

16/140.7%64.86%84.2%44.77%58%9.10%
37

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

14/134.38%59.84%66.23%65.04%60%16%
38

Southern New Hampshire University

28/149.91%67.74%84.21%21.44%71%6.80%
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Clarion University of Pennsylvania

19/149.5%73.79%92.71%48.66%11%8.10%
40

Brescia University

14/125.66%66.23%49.27%8.86%89%12.80%
41

New England College

18/136.33%60.68%95.73%5.44%78%7.8%
42

California College San Diego

N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A25.90%
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Bemidji State University

22/145.73%68.01%93.53%40.22%43%8.50%
44

Minnesota State University - Mankato

23/150.36%73.44%66.58%34.44%22%N/A
45

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

20/137.79%68.43%72.98%52.91%48%N/A
46

Globe University - Woodbury

12/134.55%30%22.4%N/A54%22.4%
47

ECPI University

21/139.8%55.86%79.49%49.54%72%11.60%
48

University of Toledo

20/143.72%70.06%94.73%34.9%85%13.50%
49

Grand Canyon University

19/127.88%62.36%57.57%21.66%97%15.80%
50

Rasmussen College - Florida

18/125.74%37.74%N/AN/A13%N/A

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