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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

College Rankings for Accounting BA and MA Degrees

The CPA Journal:  Supplying the Next Generation of Accountants:

Businesses, CPA firms, and government agencies are aware of the growing demand for skilled professionals. Over the past two years, the hiring of accountants by CPA firms increased by the largest margin since 1971. ... But where is the supply of accountants to fill this demand? ...

[T]he mean number of accounting graduates per school was 47 BAs and 17 MAs. The authors sought to identify the major feeder schools that supply large numbers of graduates to public accounting firms, industry, nonprofits, and government.

Most BA Degrees in Accounting:


Most MA Degrees in Accounting:


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I highly doubt most CPA firms are turning to graduates from the University of Phoenix. No doubt some do, but I expect the large majority of these graduates work as bookkeepers or in other low-level accounting related fields. It would be interesting to see their employment statistics.

Posted by: HTA | Jan 14, 2014 3:21:35 PM

Also, need to know the passing rates on the CPA exams for these business schools!

Posted by: Robert Gould | Jan 15, 2014 6:58:56 AM

The comment by HTA reflects a lack of current knowledge and gross prejudice. While I am a graduate of a top school on the rankings, I have met many U of Phoenix grads who were extremely competent and well trained. HTA's comments are off-base and unfounded. Alternate educational venues are the wave of the future.

Posted by: Carl Heintz | Jan 15, 2014 8:03:37 AM

Thank you Carl for pointing out the obvious to HTA. Many reputable schools are offering their courses/degrees online now in large part to the effort by University of Phoenix. I have no affiliation with U of P, but I will not write off a degree simply because it was obtained through distance learning. You can either embrace the future or get left behind.

Posted by: Daniel Waters | Jan 15, 2014 11:32:01 AM

Just like brick and mortar schools, there's good online and there's not-so-good online. U of Phoenix seems to pump out too high of a percentage of diplomas to qualify as a good school. I have no doubt there's highly qualified graduates, but at the same time I'd expect those who only graduated because U of P wanted their cash.

Posted by: Vickie | Jan 20, 2014 7:42:35 AM