Rhode Island Accounting Schools

Rhode Island’s colleges and universities offer a variety of accounting programs, from general accounting to specialized accounting like tax auditing, valuation, and compliance. The following outline of accounting schools in Rhode Island contains key information that can help you make an educated decision on the school and program that are right for you. Alternatively, you may find that a flexible online accounting school is the right match for your interests and skills.

Quick School Facts

  • 3 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Rhode Island.
  • 5 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Rhode Island.
  • 2 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 2 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 7 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • 1 school ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: Bryant University (63).
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools).

Read more about accounting schools in Rhode Island by continuing below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • The University of Rhode Island (College of Business Administration)

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 Rhode Island in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Providence College 66.5%
  2. Bryant University
  3. University of Rhode Island
  4. Salve Regina University

There were seven schools in Rhode Island that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 22.6% to 66.5% 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.

Rhode Island Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Rhode Island

Business students at the University of Rhode Island can earn a Master of Science degree in Accounting. The curriculum is designed to reflect the kinds of situations that students will likely encounter in the business world. Many master’s students transfer directly from the school’s undergraduate business programs. Graduates of the MSA program often find great success in the corporate world. Local firms are known to recruit URI students for accounting and finance positions.

Rhode Island College

Students can earn a Master of Professional Accountancy degree at Rhode Island College. The school aims to provide a degree program that is affordable and comprehensive. The curriculum prepares aspiring accountants for many careers in accounting and finance. CPA hopefuls also find the program to be an excellent way to earn the credits necessary to sit for the exam. Bachelor’s degree students qualify for admittance if they have kept at least a 3.0 GPA during their undergraduate studies. The undergraduate degree is not necessary if a candidate has scored sufficiently on the GMAT.

Rhode Island Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

University of Providence

The University of Providence has a comprehensive bachelor’s program in Accounting that attracts many prospective students. The degree is geared toward preparing students for careers in multiple areas of the discipline. Graduates are able to work as financial analysts, public and private accountants, tax specialists, along with a host of related positions. Many choose to continue forward in earning a Master’s degree in Accounting and/or to seek public certification.

Roger Williams University

A Bachelor of Science in Accounting can also be obtained from Rhode Island’s Roger Williams University. The program is run through the school’s Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. The program gives students the tools and skills necessary to thrive and grow within multiple sectors of the market. For those students who will continue their education with a graduate degree, the Roger Williams Accounting program makes an ideal foundation for a master’s accounting program.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in Rhode Island

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs
Bryant University #109 (2012)

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is home to several very large corporations that employ many accounting degree graduates in the state. Citizens Financial Group and Providence Equity Partners both have their headquarters in Rhode Island, providing more finance and accounting jobs each year. Other large employers in the state including CVS Caremark, Amica Mutual Insurance, and the Hasbro toy company.

CPA Requirements in Rhode Island

Many students and graduates choose to seek their CPA or CMA in order to further their potential to advance their careers in the industry. Rhode Island requires that candidates have 150 hours of academic experience and one year of work experience to qualify for CPA testing. Many of the state’s publicly certified accountants hold integral positions in top firms. Others find great success in running their own independent accounting firms or tax centers. Rhode Island also has many government outfits, which are always in need of qualified financial and tax experts.

Rhode Island Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Norwich-New London 630 $59,410
Providence-Fall River-Warwick 3,860 $68,950

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

Rhode Island Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Ave
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 437-5224

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at CCRI. I’m in my last semester there right now and couldn’t be happier with my chosen major (Accounting) and university. I’ve found most of my professors to be extremely helpful, as I’m a slow learner. They always slow down if I ask them to. The coursework is tough and fast paced, so it demands hard work and diligence. However, the professors are usually there during their office hours to help students out. However, there is a negative to CCRI (this is rampant in Accounting/Business courses) which is buying “necessary textbooks” for class and then never using them. All in all, it is a good school and I would recommend it.” -student at Community College of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
35 Campus Ave
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-1000

Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 456-8000

University of Providence
1 Prospect St
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2409

Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd
Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 824-3500

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/