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California Accounting Schools

This summary of accounting schools in California will provide you with information on your options so that you can make an educated choice in deciding where to study accounting. The education options in California include well-known public schools like the University of California, as well as not-for-profit private schools such as Santa Clara University, with a wide variety of accounting majors on offer. As an alternative to traditional on-campus study, busy students may also appreciate the scheduling flexibility, reduced commuting time, and self-directed learning of a hybrid program like the associate’s in accounting offered at California College San Diego or an online accounting school, including Sacramento State’s online Master of Science in Accountancy degree.

Quick Facts

  • 125 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in California.1
  • 36 private not-for-profit colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in California.1
  • 112 schools offer a certificate in accounting.*1
  • 99 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.*1
  • 34 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.*1
  • 30 schools offer a graduate degree in accounting.*1
  • 4 programs ranked in US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs 2018.2
  • 4 programs ranked in US News Best Graduate Accounting Programs 2018.3
  • 3 schools ranked in the Princeton Review Great Schools for Accounting Majors 2018.4
  • 5 schools ranked in Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016.5

*Public or private not-for-profit colleges and universities only.

Top-Ranked Accounting Schools in California

US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs 2018

  • University of Southern California #7
  • University of California, Berkeley #13
  • Santa Clara University #19
  • Loyola Marymount University #22 tie

US News Best Graduate Accounting Programs 2018

  • Stanford University #6
  • University of Southern California #8
  • University of California, Berkeley #12 tie
  • Loyola Marymount University #16

The Princeton Review Great Schools for Accounting Majors 2018

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Southern California

Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016

  • Chapman University (Argyros School of Business and Economics) #34
  • University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business) #36
  • Santa Clara University (Leavey School of Business) #51
  • University of San Diego (School of Business) #53
  • California Polytechnic State University (Orfalea College of Business) #59

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in California

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) is a globally-recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. While over 800 business schools have been accredited by the AACSB, only 186 institutions hold AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs, having been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB.6 The following accounting programs in California have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • California State University, Fullerton (Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics)
  • San Diego State University (College of Business Administration)
  • Santa Clara University (Leavey School of Business)
  • University of San Diego (School of Business Administration)
  • University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)

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

Each year, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) releases a report including data on candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Exam.7 The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in California in 2015 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree, with the overall average pass rate for California being 49.3%:

  1. Masters College & Seminary 84.2%
  2. Claremont McKenna College 70.5%
  3. Point Loma Nazarene University 69.6%
  4. University of California Berkeley 66.0%
  5. Pepperdine University 64.8%
  6. University of Southern California 64.0%
  7. Diablo Valley College 63.6%

Schools in California with Accounting Degrees

Undergraduate Accounting Programs

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University of Southern California

The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, located in Los Angeles, offers a four-year undergraduate accounting degree through the Leventhal School of Accounting. The program is ranked the #7 undergraduate accounting program by US News & World Report and produces confident students who are well-versed in the ever-changing field of accounting. Students in the undergraduate accounting program typically take accounting courses during the last two years of the program. Courses include Accounting Information Systems, Advanced External Financial Reporting, and Auditing. USC Leventhal aims to develop technically-savvy, analytical graduates who are capable of ethical decision making and thrive in collaborative business environments. Several student organizations, such as the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi (BAY), connect students with each other, accounting alumni, and to local job opportunities in the accounting field.

Chapman University

One of California’s oldest and most respected schools, Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics, located in Orange, California, offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) degree. Chapman’s program takes four years to complete full-time, with an option to study abroad. The BS in Accounting prepares students to sit for the CPA and CMA exams. The curriculum includes a mix of management and accounting courses and includes courses like Management of Organizations, Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II, Individual Taxation, Business Policy: An International Perspective, and Accounting Information Systems. The university’s intensive curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of accounting careers, including tax accountant, internal auditor, consultant, or fraud examiner.

Graduate Accounting Programs

University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis offers a one-year Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) degree program that meets California’s new requirements for CPAs. The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is the first University of California school to offer an MPAc and the first school in the state to offer a specialization in Audit Data Analytics. The program can be completed in either an accelerated, full-time nine-month format or a 21-month format that can be completed full-time or part-time. 48 units are required for each program, except in the full-time 21-month program, which requires 72 units and two specializations, Financial Reporting and Audit Data Analytics. The program includes advanced courses is auditing, financial reporting, international accounting, and ethics.

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles offers a Master of Science degree in Accountancy (MSA) degree. Cal State LA College of Business has a curriculum consisting of business and accounting courses as well as several “option courses.” Core courses include Accounting Information Systems, Financial Accounting Theory, Leadership and Professional Skills for Accountants, and Case Studies and Research in Accounting. Option courses include Accounting Information Systems, Financial and Public Accounting, and Taxation. Cal State LA’s program features flexible scheduling options, CPA exam preparation, certification preparation in fraud examination and internal auditing, and guest lecturers. GMAT or GRE scores are required, as well as a professional resume and a minimum of three years of professional work experience. Students can also choose from one of several specialized options including accounting information systems, financial and public accounting, and managerial and cost accounting.

Online Accounting Programs

California College San Diego

California College San Diego’s School of Business offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business Management and Accounting that can be completed with a combination of online and traditional coursework. The AAS at CCSD prepares students for positions such as manager, bookkeeper, business associate, auditing clerk, and financial clerk by teaching them skills including marketing income tax, finance, business law, and computerized accounting. CCSD’s curriculum is in a hybrid format aimed at busy or working students. On-campus courses are taken at the schools’ National City campus, while the rest of the coursework is taken online. The Associate of Applied Science takes 20 months to complete.

California State University, Long Beach

California State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accountancy in a hybrid format, a combination of on-campus classes at the Long Beach campus and online coursework. The BSBA degree comprises 120 units, which are divided into five parts: Lower Division, Ethics Course Requirement, Critical Thinking Course Requirements, Computer Literacy and Competency, Upper Division, and Electives. The Lower Division provides an overview of basic accounting principles, including required courses such as Elementary Financial Accounting, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, and Intro to Business Statistics. The Upper Division covers more advanced and specialized courses such as International Business, Management Information Systems, Business Statistics, and Principles of Marketing. A Capstone course is also required for all BSBA in ACcountancy students, called Business Strategy and Policy.

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State University)

Sacramento State University’s College of Business Administration offers an online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program that can be completed fully online. Sacramento State’s MSA comprises 150 credit hours, which meets the requirement set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for CPAs, and it adequately prepares graduates to sit for the CPA exam, specifically focusing on exam areas. Sacramento’s online format uses online materials, video streaming, and instant messaging to deliver the course content and to communicate with other students and professors. Full-time students can complete the MSA in just 18 months, with each six-week course meeting once per week online. Coursework includes classes like Financial Reporting I and II, Cost Analysis and Control, and Advanced Accounting Information Systems Analysis and Controls. GMAT or GRE scores are required for admission.

California CPA Requirements

In the state of California, CPA aspirants must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 units in accounting-related subjects, 24 units in business-related subjects, and 150 total semester units of higher education. They must also pass the Uniform CPA Exam, the Professional Ethics Exam for CPAs, and accumulate one year of CPA-supervised general accounting experience. This Step-by-Step Guide to First-time CPA Licensure in California is a good place to start.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in California

In addition to seeking jobs with major California employers like Apple, Bechtel Group, and Williams-Sonoma, graduates can seek employment with major accounting firms in the state, including Deloitte, Hood & Strong, and Gilbert Accountancy Corporation. Graduates may also choose to start their own business, be independent consultants, or obtain employment with the government. Government accounting jobs include positions with the FBI, Department of Defense, IRS, and the State Department.

California Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Fresno 1,720 $62,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana 45,240 $82,780
Napa 590 $85,240
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville 10,830 $70,650
San Diego-Carlsbad 10,900 $77,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont 20,790 $90,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 13,620 $101,070
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande N/A* $81,550
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara 1,240 $82,080

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of March 2018.8
*Data not available from the BLS.

Schools with Accounting Degree Programs in California

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 756-1111
https://www.calpoly.edu/

Student Review: “For those of you who are unaware, the accounting program at Cal Poly SLO is outstanding. I feel adequately prepared to work in an accounting field once I graduate in June. One of my favorite aspects about the program is that students are trained to conduct original research in all different areas of accounting. These areas can include financial, managerial, tax or audit. This really gave me a broad range of diverse experiences that I was exposed to, and I think this is the best preparation I could have asked for when preparing for a career in accounting. In addition we also received training in statistics, economics, behavioral science and finance. Depending on our senior projects, we would pick one of these programs as our focus. Lastly, I really felt like my professors were excellent resources during my time at Cal Poly as well. I felt very comfortable speaking with them during office hours and they were always open to hearing what I had to say. I would never trade my experience at Cal Poly for anything.” -Jocelyn D., student at California Polytechnic State University
stars-5

California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
(559) 278-4240
http://www.fresnostate.edu/

Student Review: “The experience I had at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) was a mixed bag. The curriculum was not much different than you would find in most other MBA or accounting programs but the enjoyment and enrichment of the experience was based on the professor. One professor in particular was very condescending toward students and impatient if the material did not register with the students the first time it was explained. She drew upon her real-world experience; however, it felt more like she used that information to make sure we knew her previous position prior to teaching rather than relating it to the material being discussed. She almost completely ruined the experience for me in my first semester in the MBA program. Fortunately, I did stick it out and every other professor was wonderful, patient, and encouraging. But the reason why I rated the experience a 2 rather than a 3 or 4 is that while there is a network set up for future opportunities in the field, the department is not particularly helpful in assisting you seek employment opportunities.” -Student at California State University, Fresno
stars-2

California State University, Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011
http://www.fullerton.edu/

Student Review: “One of the best parts of the accounting program at California State University Fullerton was the faculty involved. All of my professors were very supportive when it came to additional counseling. They always held extra office hours, and promptly replied to emails (within 24 hours). The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics also offered great career counseling and job opportunities. They provided excellent contacts to major and local accounting firms. Events were also hosted on campus that allowed recruiters and students to network and build relationships. Although the professors and faculty were always immediately available, there was always a shortage of courses to choose from. This often led to students competing for spots to take certain courses, or having to graduate at a later date.” -Gilbert V., student at California State University, Fullerton
stars-4

California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111
http://www.csulb.edu/

Student Review: “My experience with the Accounting program at California State University, Long Beach was much better than I had initially anticipated. I had spent a good deal of my early years in college debating whether or not I wanted to follow through with Accounting, but the professors and peers I met throughout my studies helped solidify my decision and I have yet to look back with any sort of regret. CSULB did a wonderful job providing an ample selection of courses to accommodate my changing lifestyle (going from jobless to working during the days made things harder, but luckily they provide night classes) over the years. And, while I may not have made use of them myself, I have heard great things about the Accounting Society from my peers. They do an excellent job providing themselves as a resource to anyone and everyone in the Accounting major. I went into college nervous, but I exited feeling like I was part of a greater family and my future will be that much better for it.” -Student at California State University, Long Beach
stars-4

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
https://www.csun.edu/

Student Review: “The California State University, Northridge Accounting program is treating me quite well. I still have one more year to go. But so far, I’m doing pretty well. The classes are challenging, but having great professors like Professor Basmadzhyan really help me stay on course. He’s always helpful during office hours and he has a great way of engaging students in his lectures. There are many other wonderful professors, but he’s the one that really stuck out to me. Classes range from 20-30 students to 100-150 students per class. The giant lecture hall type of classes make it harder to really engage with your professor, but CSUN has handled it well so far.

Aside from professors, the Accounting Association at CSUN is also really helpful. They provide job fairs and resume reviews to help you stay on track after graduation. The fee is only $20 to join, and you get a lot of benefits from it.” -Student at California State University, Northridge
stars-4

California State University, Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278-6011
https://www.csus.edu/

Student Review: “My accounting program has been very detailed. I feel like my professors have a good grasp on the material they teach. I still learn new aspects of accounting every day that I attend. I liked that I learned information that was relevant – information I will actually use in my career. I strongly disliked forced group projects, due to the lack of professionalism from other students. In order to receive good grades, I usually have to do most of the work in a group project. The fact that most students commute makes group projects very difficult. In a job, those who don’t participate will be terminated. This action is not reciprocated at the university level.” -Student at California State University, Sacramento
stars-4

California State University, San Bernadino
5500 University Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 537-5000
https://www.csusb.edu/

Student Review: “CSUSB has one of the better accounting programs around, which is why I chose to go there. All of the classes are very in-depth and the professors take a very hands-on approach to learning. I am currently taking a tax 2 accounting 536 class which is extremely valuable because it involves preparing actual tax returns. This is great hands-on experience that I can take with me into the real world. All of my professors have been very knowledgeable in the subject and have broken down the complexity of accounting so that I can understand it. My cost accounting teacher was one of the most helpful professors I’ve had. He really knew his stuff and took the time to take me step-by-step through the process and made sure that I thoroughly understood the subject. This really laid the foundation for the rest of my accounting classes. The AICPA also comes to our campus, which is a great opportunity to see what is out there in the job market.” -Student at California State University, San Bernardino
stars-5

Student Review: “I attended California State University, San Bernardino beginning in 1983. CSUSB was a great school to get an accounting degree for several reasons. I paid my own way through school, so I lived at home, which was close to campus. I worked full time during the day and attended classes in the evening. This was advantageous for me because the class sizes were typically smaller and the students consisted more of older professionals which gave me a more real-life experience. I had two professors in the CSUSB Accounting program who had a significant impact on me: Jerry Langham and John Scribner. Both professors’ classes were usually very challenging, and they continually encouraged and pushed me to excel beyond what I felt I naturally could. Mr. Langham also strongly encouraged me to take the CPA exam before graduating and beginning a career, where I was sure to work 60-hour weeks, leaving no time or desire to study. I followed his advice and passed the entire exam in one sitting. The CSUSB Career Center also arranged several job interviews for me and helped me obtain my first job in public accounting. CSUSB was a great school for me in that it was inexpensive, low teacher-to-student ratio, close to home, had an excellent accounting program and professors who encouraged me, challenged me, and genuinely cared about me and my career development. -Student at California State University, San Bernardino
stars-4

City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 239-3000
http://www.ccsf.edu/

Student Review: “My Experience with this college was absolutely wonderful. I enrolled in 2007 for their Accounting program and it is extremely helpful in preparing you for the workforce. Most importantly, their program is specifically designed to get you on track in passing the CPA exam. There are a plethora of accounting classes, all of which are sufficiently challenging enough to push you to very high standards. I found that the instructors there are all very knowledgeable and most are CPA qualified, so that helped tremendously when they gave us direction on what to expect on the CPA exam. This program is not easy, and is sufficiently difficult so that I was able to get so much and learn more than I had anticipated initially. I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed at any accounting class that I took here. For CCSF, I have to say that it is the best community college you can attend in the US, being able to get your bang for your buck. I am currently working in finance, and I feel very well prepared having taken CCSF’s accounting program.” -Student at City College of San Francisco
stars-5

College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 259-7800
http://www.canyons.edu/Pages/Home.aspx

Student Review: “College of the Canyons is not a college that can motivate you when you are a full-time employee or a single mom. Changing your career is not easy when you are juggling being a single mom and a full-time employee. The curriculum was not that challenging but what makes is difficult is the teachers. They don’t think that you have other things going on. It is quite fine if you’re a teenager who doesn’t have to work or think about what to put on the table for your children. I’ve had met several teachers and most of them are same. They don’t think that other things exist in this world except their homework, assignments, projects and reports. The only thing that I like is that grades, comments, assignments, and feedback can be found online.” -Student at College of the Canyons
stars-2

Modesto Junior College
435 College Ave
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 575-6550
https://www.mjc.edu/

Student Review: “The Modesto Junior College Accounting program was designed to meet the expectations of any UC or CSU. It covers all the basic and some intermediate information needed to gain valuable experience in the field. The professors are all previously or currently professionally employed in their trade of expertise. Most professors will go out of their way to assist you. My overall experience with the Accounting program was pleasant and educational. While the content of the subject lacks excitement at some times, the professors readily make up for it with interesting activities that challenge and motivate students to acquire the information required.” -Gareth L., student at Modesto Junior College
stars-5

Palomar College
1140 W Mission Rd
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150
https://www2.palomar.edu/

Student Review: “The accounting classes offered by Palomar College were challenging and beneficial. I took all online courses because I have children and work full time so attending classes on campus was not an option. I took a class that covered Quick Books which was extremely helpful and convenient because I use that program in my current job. The professor gave me the opportunity to earn extra credit by allowing me to submit different reports that pertained to the operation of Quick Books. The online course was very easy to navigate and understand. One thing I liked in particular was that the professor was available almost 24/7. There were a couple times where I would be doing homework at 2 in the morning and had a question. I would email her and one of the times I got a reply in about five minutes! I wish all college professors were so attentive to their students’ needs. Unfortunately her classes fill up very quickly and I was not able to have her as a professor again in my bookkeeping course.” -Christina C., student at Palomar College
stars-3

Student Review: “My accounting program has been very detailed. I feel like my professors have a good grasp on the material that they teach. I still learn new aspects of accounting every day that I attend university. I liked that I learned information that was relevant, information I will actually use in my career. I strongly disliked forced group projects due to the lack of professionalism from other students. In order to receive the grades I usually do I have to do most of the work in a group project. The fact that most students commute makes group projects very difficult. In a job, those who don’t participate will be terminated. This action is not reciprocated at the university level.” -Student at Palomar College
stars-4

Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 St Mary’s Rd
Moraga, CA 94556
(925) 631-4000
https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/

Student Review: “Overall, I felt as though accounting at Saint Mary’s College of California very well prepared me for the workforce. I am currently working at a local Bank of America and have to say that perhaps the biggest thing that helped prepare me for this career was the internships offered by the school. The ability to network and gain hands on experience outside of school was what allowed me to make my transition from school work to work very easily. Although the coursework was rigorous, I had taken AP Calculus and Statistics in high school that helped smoothen my experience. My junior year, my professors were very helpful when I needed to take on extra coursework or acquire more hours of experience when the California law changed and required more hands on experience for college graduates. Overall, I loved my school, the professors, and the internships I took part in.” -Luis H., student at Saint Mary’s College of California
stars-4

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 554-4000
https://www.scu.edu/

Student Review: “Santa Clara University is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. While local schools like Stanford and Berkeley are more prominent, Santa Clara University has a dedicated accounting major, something even the Haas School of Business at Berkeley cannot claim. The school is small, which allows for close interaction with the professors. Most importantly, the classes required to graduate with an accounting degree prepare you for the CPA examination and fulfill the course unit requirements. The best part of Santa Clara is the close relationships with the Big 4 auditing firms (who all have a presence in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley), smaller accounting firms, and large technology firms. The steady supply of companies seeking accounting graduates gives Santa Clara a high placement rate for graduates, which is important if you have student loans to pay off. All told, I recommend the school for prospective accounting majors.” -Student at Santa Clara University
stars-5

Sonoma State University
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-2880
http://www.sonoma.edu/

Student Review: “The accounting program at Sonoma State University has been very helpful for me. I have had amazing teachers that take a not-so-fun subject and make it very interesting. They are very helpful if you ever have any problems. The teachers have office hours to assist you with any problems. If you can not make it to their office hours most teachers are willing to find a time that will work with your schedule. My only complaint is that while most teachers are great I had a new teacher who was less than helpful and hard to understand. While I was taking that class though, I was able to get outside tutoring from other students as well as from a different teacher.” -Student at Sonoma State University
stars-4

University of California Davis
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-1011
https://www.ucdavis.edu/

Student Review: “The University of California, Davis accounting program is located under their applied mathematics field. It is a fairly small program because most professors failed to keep things interesting in class. Most of the professors teaching accounting classes hold two jobs. They should technically be considered more of lecturers than actual professors. The accounting classes always ran late evening to night time. The schedules for these classes are not flexible. They always run from 6:10 pm to 9 pm once or twice a week. The program however did feature plenty of guest speakers that speak of job opportunities in the field. However, not a single person that I know of has gotten an internship or any real experience this way.” -Han L., student at University of California Davis
stars-1

University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-5011
https://uci.edu/

Student Review: “The University of California Irvine accounting program provided me with the tools that I need to go into public accounting. The professors were past employees of Big Four accounting firm and they truly encouraged people to network with current public accountants. The professors were very knowledgeable about the topics and only taught us the material that is going to be part of the CPA exam. The accounting program even provided an International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) class. I believe that University of California Irvine is among the first colleges that offer this class. I got an internship with a Big Four accounting firm because my accounting teachers encouraged me to go into public accounting. The only part that I disliked about the accounting program was that the school did not provide enough accounting classes to qualify for the 2013 CPA requirements. I had to go to other community colleges to take two extra accounting classes to fulfill the new CPA requirement.” -Abigail L., student at University of California Irvine
stars-4

Student Review: “The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine provided me with a great opportunity to explore different fields, including accounting. One of the great benefits of attending UCI was the career center. The staff was always friendly and helpful, the career website had thousands of job opportunities for students and alumni, and the on-campus interviews were a huge advantage for students who did not have cars at school. The accounting coursework I took was challenging, but the professors made the subject more interesting by applying accounting principles to real-life situations. I would recommend the University of California, Irvine, to any student who is looking for rewarding opportunities in the field of business and accounting.” -Student at University of California Irvine
stars-4

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my experience at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. The program allows you to choose between three specializations: accounting, marketing, or general management. I chose accounting and was able to take courses in taxes, auditing and other areas of accounting. The professors were highly knowledgeable, many of which had great real-world experience in Big 4 public accounting firms. They were very helpful in setting me up to succeed in the public accounting sector. In the greater UC Irvine environment, there were many clubs and organizations to join which fostered a community of future accountants. I joined the accounting association and was able to network with like-minded individuals who were pursuing a similar career path. I would highly recommend UC Irvine’s accounting program to anyone who is interested in getting ahead in the world of accounting.” -Student at University of California Irvine
stars-5

University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-0111
https://www.ucsc.edu/

Student Review: “UCSC Accounting program is well-organized and thorough. Introductory courses are conducted through highly rigorous professors that emphasize strong understanding of the basics before any upper-division electives can be comprehended. Tax Accounting classes are especially thorough and well conducted; Professor Moschetti is extremely knowledgeable in all things tax related. Audit class seems a bit blase and brief, but since this is not a large emphasis of mine I am not concerned. Intermediate and Advanced Accounting classes are extremely rigorous and demand intensive studying and preparation, but are also an invaluable resource as far as CPA preparation is concerned. Recruitment is very heavy through the school as well; the department really emphasizes obtaining internships and hosts numerous job fairs and meet-and-greets. Overall I am satisfied with the program as a whole.” -Matthew T., student at University of California, Santa Cruz
stars-4

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5555
https://www.usfca.edu/

Student Review: “The accounting program at USF certainly prepared me for the rigors of the world of public accounting post-graduation. The continuity of education I received from introductory through intermediate and advanced classes provided me with a solid base of knowledge from which to draw when it came time to sit for the California CPA exam. Although I am no longer pursuing a career in accounting, I can’t help but reflect fondly on the education I received during my four years at USF. Throughout my entire college career, my professors served as more than instructors – they were often friends and mentors who provided invaluable career advice and insight that helped me to get to where I am today. If I were to have one dislike about the program, is that it did little to warn us about what the life of a new accounting grad would be like (that is, starting a career in a major public accounting firm, often right before the start of busy season).” -Dave A., student at University of San Francisco
stars-4

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Undergraduate Accounting Programs 2018: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/business-accounting
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Accounting Programs 2017: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/accounting-rankings
4. The Princeton Review. The Best 382 Colleges 2018 Edition. Penguin Random House, 2017.
5. Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/
6. AACSB-Accredited Universities and Schools, Accounting: https://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accredited-schools
7. The NASBA Candidate Performance Report, 2015 University Edition: https://nasbareport.com/
8. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, California: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm