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Georgia Accounting Schools

This guide to accounting schools in Georgia provides high-level information on your options for pursuing the accounting degree or certificate you need to move your accounting career forward. This page will help you find the right program for your personal interests and career goals with overviews of popular programs, certificates, and degrees offered in the state. Online accounting schools are another option to consider, which may offer scheduling options and flexibility better suited to your needs.

Quick School Facts

  • 47 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Georgia.
  • 27 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Georgia.
  • 34 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 37 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 36 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • Three schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: Emory University (7), Georgia Institute of Technology (41), University of Georgia (44)
  • Three schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): Emory University (18), Georgia Institute of Technology (27), University of Georgia (52)

Read on to find out more about accounting schools in Georgia as well as career information and salary projections for accountants.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Georgia

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 Georgia have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • Georgia Southern University (College of Business Administration)
  • Georgia State University (J. Mack Robinson College of Business)
  • Kennesaw State University (Coles College of Business)
  • The University of Georgia (Terry College of Business)
  • University of West Georgia (Richards College 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 Georgia in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Georgia 82.8%
  2. Emory University
  3. Georgia Southern University
  4. Georgia Institute of Technology
  5. Mercer University
  6. Valdosta State University

This list includes the top schools in Georgia with at least 20 candidates. There were 25 schools in Georgia that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 10.0% to 82.8% (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.

Georgia Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Georgia

The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, located in Griffin, offers a Master of Accountancy program as well as a special, five-year program for those who receive their undergraduate degree from UGA. As part of the curriculum, students earn 30-credit hours in courses such as advanced accounting, taxation, auditing, forensic accounting, fraud examination, and international finance. Students also complete an internship as part of the program.

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University, located in Kennesaw, offers a Master of Accounting degree. Kennesaw State University is home to the largest accounting program in the state of Georgia and gives students the option of participating in an accelerated program, which takes approximately a year to complete. The program prepares students for all professional accounting certifications including the CPA, CMA, CFE, and CIA exams.

Georgia Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Savannah State University

Savannah State University, located in Savannah, offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. Graduates of the program are fully versed in accounting topics such as auditing, tax planning and compliance, general accounting, cost accounting, consulting, and finance. The school also has a Student Accounting Association that connects students to opportunities in the field of accounting.

Georgia College

Georgia College, located in Milledgeville, is a liberal arts university that also offers a major in accounting. Students of the program can pursue an accounting degree while continuing to enhance their liberal arts experience. The program consists of intensive studies in accounting theory, technical skills, financial accounting, auditing, and taxation. Graduates of the program can also choose to participate in the five-year, fast-track program to receive their master’s within five years.

Top-Ranked Accounting Schools in Georgia

Following is a list of the best-rated accounting schools in the state of Georgia.
US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • University of Georgia #16 (2012)

US News Best Accounting MBA Programs

  • Georgia State University (Robinson) #27 (2012)
  • University of Georgia (Terry) #32

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • Emory (Goizueta) #1 (2012)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology #22
  • University of Georgia (Terry) #52
  • Georgia State University (Robinson) #81

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Georgia

Accounting graduates can choose from one of many career paths. In addition to opening their own practice, accountants can work for major accounting firms in Georgia including Ernst & Young, KPMG, Grant Thornton, and Cbiz Atlanta. Several Fortune-500 companies call Georgia home as well. Accountants can seek employment with major companies like Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Delta Air Lines. Government employment opportunities include positions with state correctional facilities, the public school system, FBI, and the Department of Defense.

Georgia Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Athens-Clarke County 500 $54,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta 22,780 $72,710
Augusta-Richmond County 1,090 $66,000
Savannah 980 $67,420
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 720 $63,440

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

Schools with Accounting Degree Programs in Georgia

Chattahoochee Valley Community College
2602 College Dr
Phenix City, AL 36869
(334) 291-4900
www.cv.edu

Student Review: “I thoroughly enjoy their accounting program. It is decently challenging and very rewarding. The teaching staff is excellent and the amount of work involved is admirable. Also the professors are very approachable and have great office hours for students who want to come in for help. The times and days offered for their classes are very accommodating. Also at Chattahoochee Tech they have a staff dedicated to getting students a job. The staff sponsors career fairs and internships and create other opportunities for accounting students. In the program, students learn about things like auditing, information systems, and managerial accounting. They also offer online courses for people who cannot make it to classes. I personally did not take any online classes but I hear they are pretty good.” -Student at Chattahoochee Valley Community College
stars-4

Dalton State College
650 College Dr
Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 272-4436
https://www.daltonstate.edu/index.cms

Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Dr
Clarkston, GA 30021
(404) 297-9522
www.gptc.edu

Student Review: “Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a wonderful post-secondary institution for those looking to obtain a degree and further their career. The accounting program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College prepares students for a variety of careers in accounting of course, but this school specializes in preparing students for today’s technology-driven workplace. In the accounting program you will learn a plethora of other skills in addition to accounting, such as income tax preparation, record keeping, and data interpretation in planning and controlling businesses. The degree program generally takes about two years to complete, including summer semesters. The instructors are more than adequate to educate, and the classrooms are environments best suited for learning. I have enjoyed every minute that I have spent at GPTC, and would recommend the school to anyone.” -Timothy P., student at Georgia Piedmont Technical College
stars-4

Middle Georgia State College
100 College Station Dr.
Macon, GA 31206
(478) 471-2700
https://www.mga.edu/

Student Review: “Middle Georgia State offered an adequate and inexpensive education, and the accounting program, though challenging, definitely prepared me for the workforce and helped me develop relevant and immediately usable skills. The accounting faculty do a good job of requiring you to really know the material and not shortchanging you. It isn’t always fun to spend hours and hours studying, but you do learn. As evidence of the accounting programs strength, I recently completed an internship and was able to do all the tasks handed me with no problem. When I finished, my boss complimented me on my accounting knowledge. Though MGS isn’t a big name, you save a lot of money and you can advance with a degree from it. I recently was accepted to grad school at UGA. There is a reason I only gave my school 3 stars. Some of the non accounting staff for the business core are just place fillers who don’t do anything. The administration is new, and not very well organized yet. You will have many frustrating visits to financial aid, the registrar, ect. Overall, if you work hard and build your resume while in school, MGS is a great platform.” -Student at Middle Georgia State College
stars-3

University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
210 S Jackson St
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-3000
www.uga.edu

Student Review: “The accounting program at the University of Georgia is amazing. It is very easy to form an extensive network with both staff, students, and professionals in the business world. Speakers often come to campus to recruit and give students insight into various companies that they can work for, and there are several events held each semester for accounting majors only. Courses are challenging but offer a comprehensive overview of all areas of accounting, such as tax accounting and financial accounting. The only improvement is that more classes should be offered so that a graduating student would have enough credits to take the CPA exam right after graduation. Also, there should be more online accounting courses available instead of just the entry level courses.” -Hannah Z., student at University of Georgia
stars-5

Student Review: “The Terry School of Business at University of Georgia is one of the most arduous and prestigious programs in the South. The accounting program definitely lives up to its reputation. To be even accepted and be competitive as an accounting major, a student has to get a B or higher in their Accounting One and Accounting Two classes. The Accounting One class at Terry was, in the history of all my classes, the hardest class I ever took. If any aspiring accounting major has intentions of going through with their accounting education, that class will test their willpower.” -student at University of Georgia
stars-3

University of West Georgia
1601 Maple St
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-5000
https://www.westga.edu/

Student Review: “I went to the University of West Georgia for a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. The program was everything that I expected it to be when I first started going to school there. I’d always loved math as a kid so it felt like the right field to get into for me. My first two years were mostly just core classes so I didn’t have a strong impression of the program during that time. However, in my last two years, I really grew to like the environment and the professors that I had for the required courses. I found them to be very dedicated people who were willing to help me out if I needed it and visited their offices. The school had an internship program for accounting as well, but I was unable to get involved with that because of a scheduling conflict. Overall I rated the experience as a 4 out of 5 because I felt that my core classes in my earlier years weren’t all that necessary in the end.” -Student at University of West Georgia
stars-4

Student Review: “I attended the University of West Georgia for a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Overall I’d describe the experience as being fairly eventful and very opportunistic. Initially I was uncertain of what I wanted to do for my major but I ended up settling with accounting after talking with several friends and an advisor about it. My first two years consisted almost entirely of core classes that I didn’t really enjoy, such as literature, history, general mathematics, etc. However, after my initial 2 years at UWG, I got involved in my accounting courses and then I really started to grow an interest in my schoolwork. My professors helped out in that aspect as well, since most of them seemed enthusiastic about their work as compared to my general classes. I could have gone to a few other schools in my area for this degree but I chose UWG for financial reasons and I’m glad I did in the end. I made a lot of friends during my time here and I got to learn more than I imagined I would thank to my helpful professors.” -Student at University of West Georgia
stars-4

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