Top Business Schools for Accounting or Taxation 2019

Thinking about doing an MBA in Accounting or Taxation? Analyzing financial information is key to any successful organization; that’s why accounting is a required core course on nearly every MBA program. And indeed, many professionals aim to use an MBA to break into the accounting industry. 

However, an MBA in Accounting or Taxation  is also valuable for experienced accountants or tax professionals pursuing broader or executive roles in areas like asset management, corporate finance, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions. The best MBA programs in Accounting or Taxation will cover these topics in-depth, along with basic accounting topics such as data analysis.

Because of the analytical focus, an MBA program that's strong in finance is generally also strong in accounting and taxation. While some schools offer specific MBA specializations in Accounting or Taxation, most general MBA programs will also cover accounting topics.

Some students also choose to pair their MBA with a CPA—to become a Certified Public Accountant—or a Master of Accounting. While these dual-degree options can take longer to complete, many students aiming to become accountants find them well worth the investment. 

An MBA in Accounting or Taxation can lead to a number of career possibilities, in the realms of accounting and finance; many MBAs find work in the “Big Four” accountancies: KPMG, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina 35 Followers 90 Discussions
UNC - Kenan-Flagler

The school’s Tax Center provides a range of relevant networking opportunities, such as an annual tax symposium as well as joint conferences with groups like the American Tax Policy Institute. Kenan-Flagler offers a range of accounting programs, including a PhD in accounting. In 2015, the school launched an online version of its well-regarded Master of Accounting program.

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New York City, New York 47 Followers 71 Discussions
Fordham

Fordham’s unique dual-degree MBA in Public Accounting/MS in Taxation prepares students for a range of roles in financial institutions, multinational companies, and accounting firms. For those not prepared to commit to a dual-degree program, Fordham also offers an MBA specialization in Accounting.

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Waterloo, Canada 17 Followers 11 Discussions
Wilfrid Laurier - Waterloo

Of all Canadian MBA programs the school offers perhaps the most robust selection of accounting courses. In addition to offering a concentration in Accounting as part of its full-time MBA program, Laurier also offers a part-time MBA program with CPA designation.

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New York City, New York 144 Followers 238 Discussions
NYU - Stern

Stern offers an MBA concentration in Accounting, is in a prime location for job for jobs in finance, and is ranked among the top-10 MBA programs for accountancy by US News and World Report. In 2015, the school launched a one-year Master of Science in Accounting, which satisfies the education requirements of CPA certification in New York state. In 2018, each of the Big Four accountancy firms hired at least three full-time MBA grads from NYU.

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Austin, Texas 39 Followers 74 Discussions
UT Austin - McCombs

Currently ranked as the top accounting MBA program by U.S. News and World Report, McCombs also consistently places on top of the annual Public Accounting Report ranking of US graduate programs for accounting. Each year, faculty publish a range of accounting-related research; the school also offers a Master in Professional Accounting program.

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Rochester, New York 25 Followers 39 Discussions
Rochester - Simon

The school offers not one but three separate MBA specializations in Accounting, including a joint concentration in Accounting and Information Systems. Given the school’s strong faculty and placements in finance jobs for MBA grads, it’s no surprise that Simon often shows up in various accounting specialty rankings.

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Chicago, Illinois 31 Followers 139 Discussions
Chicago - Booth

Booth’s Accounting Research Center publishes the Journal of Accounting Research, one of the oldest private research journals in the field. The school offers an MBA concentration and enticing co-curricular activities for finance- and accounting-bound participants. In 2018, Deloitte—one of the “Big Four” accountancy firms, snapped up 5 Booth MBAs.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 49 Followers 160 Discussions
UPenn - Wharton

Only few Wharton MBA grads land jobs solely with an accounting/controlling function, but the school is a well-known launching pad for careers in related roles in corporate finance and M&A, investment banking, and portfolio management. The school also boasts a large accounting faculty.

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Shanghai, China 32 Followers 78 Discussions
CEIBS - Shanghai

Shanghai’s CEIBS has attracted students looking to work in finance. It boasts a strong alumni network in China, and it launched a specialized part-time Finance MBA program in 2011.

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Provo, Utah 19 Followers 40 Discussions
BYU - Marriott

Considered the best undergraduate accountancy program in the United States by the Wall Street Journal, Marriott’s MBA is also ranked in the top-ten for MBA programs in the field by US News and World Report.

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