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Master’s Degrees in Accounting

20,770 Yearly Graduations
$56,600 Median Salary
$27,303 Median Debt
A master's degree in accounting is offered at 579 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 27% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 14.8% of accounting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Accounting Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20,770 students earned their master's degree in accounting. This makes it the 6th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in accounting at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 53,997
Master’s Degree 20,770
Associate’s Degree 12,300
Basic Certificate 12,037
Undergraduate Certificate 4,885
Graduate Certificate 1,089
Doctor’s Degree 45

Earnings of Accounting Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in accounting is $56,600. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $53,350 to a high of $60,325.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in accounting is $27,303. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $39,350 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,500.

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The median monthly payment of a accounting graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $318.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in accounting. About 55.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 9,322
Women 11,448
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Accounting

The racial-ethnic distribution of accounting master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,764
Black or African American 1,364
Hispanic or Latino 2,049
White 11,143
International Students 3,083
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,367
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Accounting Master's Degree Students

There are 579 colleges that offer a master’s degree in accounting. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
404 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for accounting majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 104,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 404 people received their master's degree in accounting from SNHU. About 65% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

326 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 28,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 326 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UT Dallas. Of these students, 61% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
292 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DeVry University - Illinois is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Each year, around 17,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,663 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,072 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 292 people received their master's degree in accounting from DeVry University - Illinois. About 67% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

288 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Each year, around 95,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 288 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UOPX - Arizona. Of these students, 75% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

285 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

The accounting program at The University of Texas at Austin awarded 285 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, New York
268 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in accounting. Each year, around 18,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The accounting program at CUNY Bernard M Baruch College awarded 268 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#7

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
249 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in accounting. Each year, around 68,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 249 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at Texas A&M. About 48% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
235 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in accounting. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,019 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,552 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 235 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UNC Chapel Hill. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#9

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
192 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Houston comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in accounting. Roughly 46,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,219 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,370 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 192 people received their master's degree in accounting from U of H. Of these students, 61% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
192 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Each year, around 121,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 192 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at WGU. Of these students, 61% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
190 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Each year, around 79,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 190 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at Liberty University. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#12

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
189 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Atlantic University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in accounting. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $2,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,467 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 189 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at FAU. About 52% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
177 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their master's degree is DePaul University. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 177 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at DePaul. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

168 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brigham Young University - Provo is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Each year, around 34,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,290 per year.

The accounting program at Brigham Young University - Provo awarded 168 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 27% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
161 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Missouri - Columbia. Roughly 29,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 161 people received their master's degree in accounting from Mizzou. About 41% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
159 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - University Park is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Roughly 46,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

The accounting program at Pennsylvania State University - University Park awarded 159 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey
156 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their master's degree is Rutgers University - Newark. Roughly 13,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 156 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at Rutgers Newark. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#18

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
150 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their master's degree is Binghamton University. Roughly 17,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

The accounting program at Binghamton University awarded 150 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 51% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado
148 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado State University - Global Campus comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in accounting. Roughly 12,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 148 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at Colorado State University - Global Campus. Of these students, 59% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
142 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Georgia is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in accounting. Roughly 38,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 142 master's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UGA. Of these students, 50% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to accounting that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 128,188
Management Sciences & Methods 12,583
Business & Commerce 9,486
Human Resource Management 8,943
Finance & Financial Management 5,579

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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