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Florida Accounting Schools

The following outline of accounting schools in Florida is designed to help you become familiar with your options for choosing an accounting program in the state. Florida’s many public and private institutions of higher education offer programs in general accounting as well as programs in specialty accounting topics like international business, managerial accounting, and fraud investigation. You may also find that online accounting schools offer similar programs in an academic setting that allows scheduling flexibility and opportunities for independent learning.

Quick Facts

  • 54 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Florida.1
  • 28 private not-for-profit colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Florida.1
  • 44 schools offer a certificate in accounting.*1
  • 31 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.*1
  • 39 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.*1
  • 24 schools offer a graduate degree in accounting.*1
  • 1 program ranked in US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs 2018.2
  • 1 program ranked in US News Best Graduate Accounting Programs 2018.3
  • No schools ranked in the Princeton Review Great Schools for Accounting Majors 2018.4
  • 3 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 Florida

US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs 2018

  • University of Florida #11

US News Best Graduate Accounting Programs 2018

  • University of Florida #18 tie

Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016

  • University of Miami (Miami Business School) #31
  • University of Florida (Heavener School of Business) #58
  • St. Thomas University (Opus) #95
  • Florida Southern College (Barney Barnett School of Business) #109

AACSB-Accredited Accounting Programs in Florida

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 186 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB.6 The following accounting programs in Illinois have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • Florida International University (College of Business)
  • Florida State University (College of Business)
  • Stetson University (School of Business Administration)
  • University of Central Florida (College of Business Administration)
  • University of Florida (Warrington College of Business Administration)
  • University of Miami (School of Business Administration)
  • University of North Florida (Coggin College of Business)
  • University of South Florida (Muma College of Business)
  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg (Kate Tiedemann College 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 Florida in 2015 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree, with the overall average pass rate for Florida being 60.4%:

  1. University of Miami 76.2%
  2. University of Florida 75.6%
  3. Florida State University 67.6%
  4. University of Central Florida 66.4%
  5. University of Southern Florida 60.2%

Schools in Florida with Accounting Degrees

Undergraduate Accounting Programs

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Florida Southern College

Located in Lakeland, Florida Southern College is a United Methodist institution that offers an AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting on campus, online, or through a hybrid of both. Students complete a broad range of accounting courses and are guaranteed an internship during the program if desired. Examples of course titles include Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation, and Managerial Finance. Previous internships have been held at KPMG, NASA, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Students interested in graduate study can apply for the Early Master in Accounting (Early MAcc) program allowing graduate-level study during the senior undergraduate year. The college offers many clubs and groups to get students involved in real-world accounting activities, such as the Accounting Student Association, Center for Free Enterprise, and the Adam Smith Club.

Stetson University

At Stetson University, students can complete the four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting program. This is an AACSB-accredited program that is comprised of 32 credits, including liberal arts, accounting foundations, and experiential learning activities. Students must take six core accounting courses, including Financial Accounting, Individual Taxation, and Accounting Information Systems. Students must also complete an accounting colloquium to enhance their knowledge of various professional topics, such as ethics, regulations, and career opportunities. The university encourages students to participate in hands-on learning activities, such as volunteer tax clinics or internships during the program to enhance their learning. The accounting major can also be combined with another relevant major or minor, such as finance. Stetson also offers on-campus and online graduate programs in accounting.

University of Miami

Miami Business School at the University of Miami offers two undergraduate accounting degrees with a global perspective drawing on the multicultural community and international businesses located in the city. Both the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting require 120 credits in liberal arts, business, and accounting courses; however, the BSBA requires more concentrated study in quantitative skills, such as calculus and programming, while BBA students are allowed a higher number of electives. One unique feature of the program is FIRST Step, an interactive course focused on business ethics and cultural competence taken during the freshman year. The university has several special interest clubs to get involved in such as Women in Business, Entrepreneurship, and ‘Canes Investing Association. Graduate programs are offered, including a five-year combined undergraduate and graduate degree program for students with exceptional GPAs.

Graduate Accounting Programs

Florida State University

The Department of Accounting in the College of Business at Florida State University offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree that builds expertise in quantitative analysis, research, and skills. Students can choose from one of three concentration areas: Assurance and Advisory Services, Generalist, or Taxation. Graduates of the accounting undergraduate program can complete the program in one year, or three full-time semesters, by completing the 33 required credits. Applicants without an undergraduate accounting degree must first complete 51 foundational credits in business and accounting before continuing to the concentration curriculum. All students take classes in Auditing Theory and Application and Business Conditions Analysis regardless of concentration. Successful completion of the program prepares students to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensing exam.

University of Florida

The Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida is a highly-ranked business school for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree is offered through the Fisher School of Accounting with optional concentrations in Auditing or Taxation. The program can be taken simultaneously with the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAc) degree program to complete both in five years. Applicants from other institutions are expected to have prior accounting education or else preparatory work may be required before beginning the program. The program is designed to prepare students to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Florida. Students benefit from professional resources, such as the International Accounting & Audition Center, which conducts world-class research and hosts accounting scholars from around the world.

Online Accounting Programs

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University offers an AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting fully online. This is a degree-completion program enabling students to apply after completing two years of general education and pre-business study at the institution of their choice. Students wishing to take advanced accounting courses may also need to pass the school’s Accounting Competency Exam prior to entry. Courses include Cost Accounting, Federal Tax I, and Business Law I & II. A total of 120 credits are required to graduate from the program. Online students complete the same curriculum and are taught by the same professors who teach on campus. The university also offers a traditional Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree with optional concentrations in Accounting Information Systems and Taxation.

Florida Institute of Technology

The online accounting degree options at Florida Institute of Technology include the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Accounting degree and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting degree. Both programs teach students a broad range of accounting skills to prepare them for a generalist career in accounting. The BA program requires more electives in accounting while the BBA program requires more electives in business and is designed to help students prepare for further study and licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Students must complete 121 credits including advanced accounting coursework and general education. Florida Institute of Technology offers a wide range of online degrees and helps students prepare for the online learning environment through the mandatory Mastering eLearning course.

Florida CPA Requirements

Like in many other states, in Florida, an individual hoping to become a Certified Personal Accountant (CPA) must successfully pass the Uniform CPA Exam administered by the American Institute of Certified Personal Accountants (AICPA). A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 120 credits is required to sit for the exam. These credits must include at least 24 credits of upper-level business coursework and 24 credits of upper-level accounting coursework including three credits of business law. Upon completion of the exam, applicants must complete 30 hours of coursework and one year of full-time, supervised experience in order to be licensed. Licensure is overseen by the Florida Department of Business & Public Regulation.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Florida

In addition to opening their own accounting office, accounting graduates can choose from many employment opportunities in Florida. Major accounting firms in the state include KPMG, CCR, and Carr Riggs & Ingram. Job seekers can also choose to work for top employers in the state including American Express, Marriott International, Darden Restaurants, and Carnival Corporation. Government positions are available at the state and local levels. Government opportunities include administrative government, FBI, the armed forces, and state-owned health facilities.

Florida Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Gainesville 1,080 $60,860
Jacksonville 5,980 $67,470
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 25,820 $71,030
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 10,340 $69,860
Tallahassee 2,610 $54,110

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of March 2018.

Schools with Accounting Degree Programs in Florida

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.

Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33161
(305) 899-3000
https://www.barry.edu/

Student Review: “The accounting program at Barry University was both a rewarding and challenging experience for me. Because of nature of the classes required to get an accounting degree, I was pleased to have such wonderful professors who were readily available to aid with any questions I had. I am very appreciative for the smaller classrooms and the way that I get to know my professors individually. The only thing that I was not too fond of with the program would have to be that classes that were both in class and internet based had more of a workload and the one professor that I had I felt did not have any regard for the other classes that I was taking. That was by far my hardest semester at Barry. However, upon graduation, I feel like I was readily ready to join the workforce. I am now back at Barry working on my MBA. I definitely love my school!” -Student at Barry University
stars-4

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-3000
www.fau.edu/

Student Review: “The program for accounting at FAU is excellent. The Accounting Scholar’s Program offers the cohesion of classes with the same group of students all throughout the master’s program, which helps develop peer relationships and networks. The professors are very knowledgeable and involved with the program and its success. The program grooms students for a job in the accounting field, primarily as an auditor, and has job placement rates well above 90% with each class. I thoroughly enjoyed this program and the experiences it entailed.” -Jason B., student at Florida Atlantic University
stars-4

Student Review: “The accounting program at Florida Atlantic University was superb. The professors were approachable and seemed to thoroughly enjoy their jobs. They always made time to assist the students whether it be during their office hours or if they made time outside of their normal schedule. I was also recommended to join the Accounting Student Association by one of my professors. This greatly assisted in developing my accounting skills as well as provided an outlet for networking within the local industry. The school has also had a 100% job placement rate for the past two years and I was able to find a job right after graduation.” – Student at Florida Atlantic University
stars-4

Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000 or (800) 590-3428
https://www.fgcu.edu/

Student Review: “I thought that the accounting program at Florida Gulf Coast University was a good experience for me. The accounting program has a very intelligent and helpful set of professors that are often available for 1-on-1 help at your need. They also have several student-teachers that offer tutoring and/or mentoring sessions that can give you some extra hands on learning. Another thing about the FGCU accounting program is that they offer many small class sizes, most classes don’t have over 40 kids at the most in them, allowing you to still feel a part of the class, not feel like a bug in the stands. The professors also often brought in some real accounting professionals that allowed you to ask them any types of questions you had about the accounting field, which I really appreciated every time.” – Student at Florida Gulf Coast University
stars-4

Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-2000
https://www.fiu.edu/

Student Review: “I absolutely loved my experience at FIU. I felt that the professors in the accounting programs were extremely knowledgeable and challenging. My favorite professor, by far, was Professor Barua. He made us learn by engaging every single student in the class with random questions about the content of the class. Aside from the professors, I also liked the school’s campus. My favorite thing about the campus was that they provided ample spaces and locations for students to study without being exposed to distractions. For example, they had three floors in the library that were “quiet study floors.” In addition to the convenient study hotspots, the school also provided a state of the art gymnasium that students could use at whatever time they wished. The school’s financial aid office also completely surprised me. They take the time with each student to review their particular situation and assist them in finding solutions and opportunities for paying for school without taking on too many loans. My experience at FIU was a perfect 5 out of 5 and I definitely plan on going back for my masters degree.” -Student at Florida International University
stars-5

Florida State University
600 W College Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 644-2525
www.fsu.edu/

Student Review: “Florida State, in general, is a school of acquired tastes. I found the curriculum and access to materials to be far more than expected. I quite enjoyed the professors and the TA’s in the program because they were consistently available and always offered a wealth of information to all interested. I was mostly put off by the environment of the university itself, being a party school. Other than that, the class options were expansive and the options available for the students in business never ended. There was also an electronics/Information Technology aspect that I found less relevant in other universities I researched. This stimulated many different learning techniques and added much to the student’s skill sets for the modern workforce.” -Audrey C., student at Florida State University
stars-4

Student Review: “I recently completed the business accounting program with Florida State University. I was happy to get accepted and be able to go to school at Florida State at the Business School on the main campus. The classrooms are excellent and are up to date with the newest technology. The faculty was a hit or miss. I had some professors that were excellent and would be there for the students. Some of the other faculty were too busy with other projects or adjuncts who did not seem to be available to the students after hours. The classes for the most part were difficult. We were assigned to groups and had to work out ledgers and budgeting together. I really like working with my classmates but due to the size of the school I rarely had the same students in my class. Overall I would say I am glad to have taken classes at FSU and would do it again.” -John M., student at Florida State University
stars-4

Schiller International University
8560 Ulmerton Rd
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 736-5082
https://www.schiller.edu/

Student Review: “My experience can be rated as average, but I am not really happy about having to take so many electives courses which will not enhance my productivity. I can’t take two similar classes of mathematics and applied calculus. I know society is faced with social, economic, political and racial problems, so I am more interested in learning practical approaches to the present world and its transitions than focusing on mathematical formulas.” -Student at Schiller International University
stars-4

University of Florida
1900 Museum Rd
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-3261
http://www.ufl.edu/

Student Review: “My experience at the University of Florida was phenomenal. Not only did I learn a very large amount, but I also had fun while doing so. The course material was extremely relevant and most of the professors were very friendly and approachable. At times, there was a lot of coursework and I often had to stay up late to complete all of my work. However, there were also times when there was not a lot of work and I was able to have fun. The career resource center was a great way for me to interact with different companies and also seek out some internships. I would not trade my experience for any other college.” -Sean G., student at University of Florida
stars-5

Student Review: “The majority of the Business School’s courses are recorded and put up online. This means that you have lots of flexibility with your schedule while also having the chance to attend live lectures. The accounting program offers everything one would expect from a modern university. The professors or TAs all hold office hours so that you can come and talk to them in case you have trouble with the material. Financial accounting is taught using the GAAP which could be phased out in a few years but is still the standard for the United States. That could be a positive or negative, depending on whether the US actually switches over and whether you want to work in US or internationally. The introductory courses at UF are pretty big but once you specialize you can get more one on one time with the teachers.” -Daniel O., student at University of Florida
stars-4

Student Review: “I liked the program and it is extremely well-ranked, which has helped me in securing employment. The prestige and quality of the program made accounting much more enjoyable, knowing that I would be in a good position for getting a job. There were a wide variety of courses taught by well-esteemed faculty, and I was continuously impressed by the availability of professors and their willingness to help students outside of the classroom. Office hours are prevalent and professors are extremely helpful, in addition to being knowledgeable and well-qualified to teach. Overall, I rate the program at the University of Florida highly.” -Michael K., student at University of Florida
stars-4

Student Review: “The University of Florida accounting program was very challenging but an incredible experience because I learned a lot of interesting tools. The teachers were experts on their subject and the teacher´s assistants were always available if you had questions. Teachers were friendly but strict in their matter of teaching. They allowed homework submission in person or online which was very helpful. They explained the advantages of using old and modern tools to do work. Most of the homework was based on recent incidents and we were paired with students from different universities on off-campus projects. I went to several accounting seminars that our teachers recommended and I was delighted to learn more. Many teachers in the accounting program won several prizes throughout their careers, so I knew I was learning from the best. Online courses were available but they were not as good as the on campus courses.” -Student at University of Florida
stars-4

University of Miami
1320 S Dixie Hwy
Coral Gables, FL 33124
(305)-284-2211
https://welcome.miami.edu/

Student Review: “The University of Miami Accounting program was a top notch program for anyone considering accounting. The courses were given by professors who were at the top of their profession and who liked to interact with students. They were very accessible outside of class as well, They practice an open door policy where you could stop by whenever you liked. The program was challenging, but in a good way because this prepared you for entry into the work force upon graduation. The students in the progarm are very helpful and friendly. Instead of having a competitive atmosphere, the school fosters an environment where people help one another. The program held many networking events and most students graduated with a job lined up. I highly recommend the Accounting program at the University of Miami. You won’t regret it.” – Student at University of Miami
stars-5

University of Tampa
401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 253-3333
http://www.ut.edu/

Student Review: “My experience in the accounting program at the University of Tampa was a great experience for me and my career in accounting. I thoroughly enjoyed most of my professors, but I felt like a few of them were not successful in getting a clear message across to the students. The professors that I had that were not so great and often taught in the same way. They came to class and did not really engage us, which made the courses extremely boring and was a detriment to the overall learning experience. Other than a handful of bad professors, my experience in the accounting program was awesome! Most of my professors really cared about my development as a student, therefore motivating me to do better and focus on learning the material. All in all I am glad I chose this program, but just hope they improve on some of the professors they hire.” -Student at University of Tampa
stars-4

University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-2301
https://www.usf.edu/

Student Review: “Overall, there are some very good programs at USF but in my experience the administration and financial aid departments are terrible. I have taken classes in just about every area of the school from chemistry to religious studies and now in business. There are some very good teachers who are passionate and really help the students beyond what is required. You have to be very careful who you take for your courses though because some of the teachers can be very mean and unhelpful to their students. Be prepared to wait in line for hours if you have questions about financial aid or advising. Also be prepared to be shuttled from one office to the next because nobody knows what they are doing and defer people just so they don’t have to answer questions.” -Neal S., student at University of South Florida

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Undergraduate Accounting Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/business-accounting
3. US News & World Report Best Accounting Programs: 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, Florida: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm