Choosing where to receive your college education is tricky in general, especially when factoring in pricing, location, as well as other important considerations. Below, we will be listing a few of the larger institutions, as well as some other important factors to consider when choosing an accounting school in Texas:
Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is a private, non-profit institution that has a graduation rate of 95%, but an acceptance rate of 9% that is located in Philadelphia. Its accounting programs are run through its Wharton Accounting department which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE.) It offers programs from a four-year bachelor’s degree up to a Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting.
Pennsylvania State University – Behrend
The PSU – Behrend’s Black School of Business is based in Erie and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It offers accounting degrees up to the Masters level.
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration is a public institution that is ranked #10 for Public Business Programs in the United States. It offers both a BSc in Business Administration-Accounting and a Masters in Accountancy, and is accredited by the MSCHE and the AACSB.
Robert Morris University
Robert Morris University (RMU) is located in Moon Township, which is just 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. It is a private, non-profit institution whose School of Business offers BSc of Accountancy and Master of Science in Taxation programs, both of which are accredited by the MSCHE and AACSB.
Juniata college is a private, non-profit institution whose Department of Accounting, Business and Finance offers both a BA in Accounting and Master of Accounting degree. It is accredited by the MSCHE and the International Accreditation Council for business Education (IACBE.) They also provide foreign exchange options that allow you to study abroad.
Duquesne University is a private, non-profit institution located in Pittsburgh. It’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business offers accountancy programs from a BSc to a Masters of Accountancy, as well as the option to earn two degrees in a BSc in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting over two years. It is accredited by both the MSCHE and the AACSB.
Lehigh University is a private, non-profit institution that is located in Bethlehem. Their Accounting Department is accredited by the AACSB and the MSCHE and offers both a BSc in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting and Information Analysis.
The University of Scranton
The University of Scranton is a Jesuit institution whose Kania School of Management offers three four-year Accounting degree options and three Masters in Accounting degree options including an online program. These are accredited by both the MSCHE and the AACSB. It is a private, non-profit institution.
Muhlenberg College is a private, non-profit institution located in Allentown. It offers an Associate in Science in Accounting degree and a BSc in Accounting, as well as an internship program. It is accredited by the MSCHE.
Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management is a public institution located in in Philadelphia. It offers two four-year accounting degree options, one of which includes an optional concentration in Data Analytics, as well as a Masters program. It is accredited by both the MSCHE and the AACSB.
Factors to Consider When Choosing an Accounting School in Texas:
- Does the institution offer opportunities for networking for internships and job opportunities?
- For instance, UT, A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor and others are usually visited by recruiters from the Big Four.
- Do they have a good tutoring system and approachable professors?
- Is the course-load manageable?
- What are the accounting and financial students average pass rates and grades like relative to the rest of the state’s?
- Are there student organizations for accounting students?
Other Basics to Bear in Mind When Choosing an Accounting School in Pennsylvania
When planning on attending an accounting school to earn a degree in Accounting, it is a good idea to verify that their program meets the state board’s CPA educational requirements, including both the course requirements and the institutional requirements in case you choose to pursue a CPA license at a later date.
Alternatively, it is advisable to attend one of them because they will be more favored by potential employers when the credentials appear on your resume than if you were to go to a non-regionally accredited institution, as the chances are the potential employer would not have heard of them.
For the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy this means completing 30 semester hours of accounting in the upper division, 21 semester hours of business courses and three semester hours of an ethics course from a regionally accredited college or university. Details of the graduation, cost and acceptance rates for accounting schools in Pennsylvania can be found here.