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Maine Accounting Schools

The colleges and universities of Maine offer a wide variety of programs in accounting. The following overview of accounting schools in Maine outlines key data about accounting programs in the state paired with information about other options such as online education that may be appropriate choices for your skills, career goals, and interests. You may also find that online accounting schools provide an education in a format that allows you to more readily balance commitments outside of school.

Quick School Facts

  • 8 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Maine.
  • 6 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Maine.
  • 1 school offers a certificate in accounting.
  • 9 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 9 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013.
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools).

Continue reading this page to learn more about accounting schools in Maine and potential career tracks for accountants.

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 Maine in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Thomas College 81.8%
  2. University of Maine
  3. University of Southern Maine
  4. Saint Josephs College of Maine

There were four schools in Maine that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 40.0% to 81.8% (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.

Maine Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

Saint Joseph’s College

Saint Joseph’s College offers a Master of Accountancy degree designed to be taken online in an accelerated format. The Saint Joseph’s College Master of Accountancy degree program puts an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as leadership and ethics. Online courses in the program last 10 weeks and involve problem-based learning and writing assignments. Saint Joseph’s College is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges and also offers select programs on its campus in Standish, Maine. Saint Joseph’s College was founded in 1912 as a traditional four-year school, and started addressing the needs of distance learners in 1976.

University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine offers a Master of Business Administration – Accounting degree through the University of Southern Maine School of Business. This degree program recognizes the growing complexity of the accounting discipline and aims to prepare students to address complexities through the development of a strong foundation in accounting and business. University of Southern Maine has three main campuses in Maine, at Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn, and Portland.

Maine Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Husson University

Husson University offers three bachelor’s degree programs in accounting: A Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Computer Information Systems, and a hybrid five-year course of study beginning with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting which leads directly to a Master of Business Administration with an accounting concentration. Each of these three programs offers students the opportunity to customize their learning experience to match their career goals. Husson University’s campus is in Bangor, Maine. Husson University’s focus is on preparing professionals for today’s challenges through a commitment to excellence and ethical behavior.

University of Maine

The University of Maine offers a Bachelor of Accounting degree through the Maine Business School. The emphasis of the University of Maine Bachelor of Accounting degree program is on accounting data collection and analysis to promote decision making and information control. Accounting majors need 18 credits of accounting courses beyond the introductory courses which may include classes in cost accounting, taxation, and non-profit accounting. The University of Maine’s primary campus is in Orono, Maine, and is the flagship institution for the University of Maine system. The University of Maine is consistently recognized for excellence in various fields by the Princeton Review, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Forbes.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Maine

Maine accounting grads are enabled to start careers as public, private, and government accountants, as well as go into business on their own. MacDonaldPage & Co LLC, often simply called Macpage, is one of New England’s leading accounting and consulting firms, with offices in South Portland and Augusta, Maine. Macpage is dedicated to supporting new staff through thorough orientation, mentoring, and training programs. Macpage is an active recruiter of well-qualified accounting grads for internship and full-time positions, and welcomes candidate resumes. Baker Newman Noyes Accountants & Advisors has been recognized as one of the fastest growing firms in New England by INSIDE Public Accounting and as one of Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For. Baker Newman Noyes is active in the communities it serves, with offices in Manchester, Portland, and Portsmouth, Maine, as well as an office in Boston. Baker Newman Noyes welcomes resumes from qualified applicants. BerryDunn has been in business for over three decades and offers a full suite of accounting and consulting services to its clients. BerryDunn maintains offices in Bangor and Portland, Maine, as well as offices in Boston, West Virginia, and New Hampshire. The firm recruits accountants from all backgrounds for its regular openings.

Maine Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Bangor 240 $56,320
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford 1,430 $63,560
Portsmouth 390 $67,630
Rochester-Dover 250 $65,840

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

Maine Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Saint Joseph’s College
278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME 04084
(207) 892-6766
https://www.sjcme.edu/

University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04104
(207) 780-5646
https://usm.maine.edu/

Husson University
1 College Cir
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-7000
http://www.husson.edu/

The University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1110
https://umaine.edu/

Student Review: “The accounting program at the University of Maine is one of the best in New England. I greatly benefited from being a part of it. The things I liked most about my accounting classes, was the “do it yourself” learning style. Professors would go over concepts in class, but 80% of the learning experience was done on my own time. I would apply what I learned in class, to problems and homework assigned to me. I truly got out of the class, what I put into it. I have learned first hand that in the business world, answers are rarely given to you. You have to find the best solutions for yourself. The accounting program at the University of Maine really helped develop my problem-solving skills. Another thing that was great about the University of Maine was the connections for after school. There were always job posting updates on our school website, so it was easy to find a summer internship or that first real job.” -Jared D., student at University of Maine
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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/