New Hampshire Accounting Schools

The universities and colleges in New Hampshire offer numerous accounting programs from first-year to post-graduate study to help you develop the proficiency and knowledge you need to excel in your accounting career. This overview of accounting schools in New Hampshire provides key information on schools in the state so that you can make an informed choice. Online accounting schools may also be an option to consider, especially for self-motivated learners looking for flexible scheduling.

Quick School Facts

  • 10 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in New Hampshire.
  • 6 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in New Hampshire.
  • 9 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 11 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 6 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): Dartmouth College (9).

Read on to find out more about accounting schools in New Hampshire and career options for graduates in the state.

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 New Hampshire in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Dartmouth College 100%
  2. University of New Hampshire
  3. Saint Anselm College
  4. Plymouth State University

There were 6 schools in New Hampshire that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 11.1% to 100.0% 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.

New Hampshire Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire is home to the prestigious Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. The school offers graduate degrees in both Finance and Accounting. The Master of Science in Accounting degree prepares students to take the CPA and to be highly valuable in their field when they begin to seek work. Many local companies offer both internships and full-time positions to students and graduates of the program on a regular basis. The University also offers a Business undergraduate degree with a specialization in Accounting and many of the Bachelor’s program students choose to enter the school’s Master’s program as well.

Dartmouth College

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth offers MBA degrees in a few select specializations. Getting an MBA with an Accounting focus at Tuck is desirable to many students because of the school’s uniquely intimate program. Most students live on campus and class sizes are small. This all serves to create a sense of community where students are free from distractions and can flourish among peers with similar goals. Faculty members are respected members of the business and accounting fields, with years of successful teaching experience.

New Hampshire Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University offers an undergraduate degree in accounting for students who want to get their degree and get out into the workforce. Students of the program also include people who are furthering their education to improve their position at the company they already work for. The program offers flexible scheduling to help accommodate the needs of working students. Graduates can also continue on to complete graduate studies at the school.

University of New England

University of New England’s Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree is a fast-track for students to gain valuable experience and knowledge that they will need to be viable members of today’s job market. Internship opportunities are often offered directly to students within the program and classes focus on hands-on learning coupled with close teacher-student relationships. The school also offers an extended program for students to earn their Master’s in Accounting through the University.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in New Hampshire

According to the New Hampshire Department of Labor, two of the state’s top occupations are accounting and auditing1. There are sizeable locally-based firms like Feeley & Driscoll, as well as local branches of some very large national firms like Ernst & Young in New Hampshire. Companies like these provide many long-term accounting and finance positions for local graduates.

New Hampshire CPA Requirements

In New Hampshire, CPA candidates need only have 120 credit hours and a Bachelor’s degree in in order to sit for the exam. Beginning in mid-2014, the requirement for new candidates will be raised to 150 credit hours. Beyond the educational guidelines, it is required that accountants have at least 1 year of experience in the field before they can practice as a Certified Public Accountant. This experience can be gained in through public or private work, or a combination of both as long as the candidate has accumulated at least 2,080 hours during the year.

New Hampshire Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy 28,530 $77,780
Manchester 620 $66,280
Portsmouth 390 $67,630
Rochester-Dover 250 $65,840

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

New Hampshire Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

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University of New Hampshire
83 Main St
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2050

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 646-1110

Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH)
2500 N River Rd
Manchester, NH 03106
(603) 626-9100

Student Review: “As an undergraduate student at Southern New Hampshire University, I found that classes were challenging and professors were fair, open-minded, and engaging. All of my professors were actively engaged in research or practice in their fields, and the use of adjunct faculty who were employed outside of academia was helpful to business department students. Adjuncts taught about two-thirds of the courses I took, and made up about half of active faculty. Most adjuncts were experienced lecturers and long-term University employees. Most courses followed the Harvard Business School case study method, which I found to be an effective and efficient way of learning. There were many hands-on projects, and the Career Services center was top notch, both key to finding gainful employment after graduation. The blended learning environment offered in hybrid courses was also a great experience, cutting classroom time (and commuting time for many students) in favor of online lectures and discussion board postings, while still scheduling about half of the class in a brick and mortar setting for group projects and face-to-face interactions with the professor. I felt this strategy worked well, and that the technology was well implemented. In sum, I can recommend this program without reservation.” -Raymond P., student at Southern New Hampshire University

University of New England (Henniker, NH)
98 Bridge St
Henniker, NH 03242
(603) 428-2000

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