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Connecticut Accounting Schools

Connecticut’s colleges and universities offer an array of accounting programs, including programs in general accounting as well as programs in specialty practice areas from forensic accounting to financial operations. This guide to accounting schools in Connecticut provides essential information about your options for pursuing an accounting degree in the state. Online accounting schools are another option that can provide flexible start dates and scheduling that some students find are a good fit for their career needs and goals.

Quick School Facts:

  • 15 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Connecticut.
  • 12 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Connecticut.
  • 13 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 13 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 12 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • 3 schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: University of Connecticut (54), Quinnipiac University (61), Fairfield University (83)
  • 2 schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): Yale University (13), University of Connecticut (58)

Continue reading about accounting schools in Connecticut, popular programs in the state, and more below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Connecticut

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 180 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB. The following accounting programs in Connecticut have been accredited by the AACSB:

University of Connecticut (School of Business)

Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Connecticut in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Connecticut 67.6%
  2. Fairfield University
  3. Eastern Connecticut State University
  4. Quinnipiac University

This list includes the top schools in Connecticut with at least 20 candidates. There were 14 schools in Connecticut that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 11.1% to 75.0% (including schools with fewer than 20 candidates) according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Connecticut Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

Fairfield University

Fairfield University offers a Master of Science in Accounting full-time program that features small class sizes, close interaction with instructors, and the option to complete in one year. Courses include government accounting, corporate taxation, international accounting and taxation, and computer auditing. Students can also choose from a wide range of electives in order to learn specialized skills for the job market.

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut offers an online Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), which requires students to visit campus for a one-week residency at the beginning of their studies. The MSA program provides graduates with the necessary requirements to sit the CPA exam. Students can complete their masters full-time or part-time. Full-time students generally complete their degree in one summer and one fall semester; in the fall, spring, and summer; or in two summers. All students must take Understanding the Responsibilities of an Accounting Professional while electives encompass financial planning, forensic accounting, business law, and financial reporting. Successful applicants have 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and have scored at least 500 on the GMAT.

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Connecticut Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University School of Business and Engineering, Hamden, Connecticut, offers a Bachelors of Science in Accounting for those interested in careers in finance and accounting. Boasting one of the oldest accounting programs in the state, the school sponsors internships with local accounting firms and offers work-study programs with the IRS. In addition to general accounting and business courses, the curriculum includes advanced auditing, federal income tax procedure, cost accounting, finance, and accounting systems.

University of New Haven

The University of New Haven offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting program that focuses on theory, principles, and procedures pertaining to the accounting field. Classes are taught by faculty with real-world experience and as part of the course, students are paired with a faculty member for one-on-one mentoring. Courses include cost accounting, financial accounting, federal income taxation, and advanced accounting among others.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in Connecticut

US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs
Fairfield University #23 (2012)

US News Best Accounting MBA Programs
Fairfield University (Dolan) #24 (2012)

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs
University of Connecticut #45 (2012)
Quinnipiac University #95

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Connecticut

Accounting graduates can choose from one of several career paths. Many choose to open their own public accounting practice or work as a consultant. Others choose to work for major Connecticut accounting firms such as Blum Shapiro, Accounting Solutions Unlimited, and Marien & Company. Corporations are also a major source of employment and top employers in the state include Covidien, Unilever, and Bic Corporation. Government jobs are available at both the state and local levels. Opportunities include state government, the public school system, state treasury, IRS, and FBI as well as the armed forces.

Connecticut Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 5,910 $77,170
Danbury 550 $68,020
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 5,530 $72,550
New Haven 1,660 $65,950
Norwich-New London 630 $59,410
Springfield 1,970 $66,420
Worcester 2,000 $70,060

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

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Connecticut Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT)
1073 North Benson Rd
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
(203) 254-4000
www.fairfield.edu/

Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
275 Mt Carmel Ave
Hamden, CT 06511
(203) 582-8200
www.quinnipiac.edu

The University of Connecticut (Storrs-Manfield, CT)
2131 Hillside Rd Unit 3088
Storrs, Connecticut 06269
(860) 486-2000
www.uconn.edu

Student Review: “The University of Connecticut’s accounting program was a very good experience for me. The curriculum is very thorough and prepares you well for the CPA exam. Almost all of the professors have worked as partners in Big 4 accounting firms, so the program provides a great deal of advice to help students acquire positions at these firms. At the time of graduation, 99% of the accounting class I was in (roughly 500 students) had job offers. Of these, the vast majority were Big 4 accounting positions, which are the most sought after in the profession. The program also has a great internship program set up to help students get relevant accounting experience before graduating. The time spent interning can also be used for college credits, which is extremely helpful in reaching the credit requirement for the CPA license. Overall my experience with the University was great! If I had to do it all over, I would not change a thing.” -student at The University of Connecticut
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Student Review: “I earned a degree in accounting at the University of Connecticut. My experience there was nothing but pleasurable. Accounting is a skill I have used in both the business world and in my personal finances. The university’s program has so far prepared me for every challenge I have encountered in my career. However, getting a good professor in my classes was sometimes difficult. I found using teacher review websites I could avoid the bad teachers. The good professors I did have class with were amazing. They were very approachable and most classes were clear and straightforward. Class projects were one of the most challenging and rewarding things I did at University of Connecticut. There is also a wide reaching cast of notable alumni in the business world who are eager to make connections with recent graduates of the University of Connecticut program.” -student at The University of Connecticut
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The University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Rd
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932-7000
www.newhaven.edu

Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-4771
www.yale.edu


References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: http://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/