Vermont Accounting Schools

Vermont’s colleges and universities offer a broad array of programs in accounting, from general accounting to specialized programs that can help you obtain roles in accounting such as controller, budget manager, or assurance officer. This overview of accounting schools in Vermont will help you find a program that matches your skills and career goals. Alternatively, some students find that online accounting schools are a more convenient and efficient way to earn a certificate or degree to support their accounting careers.

Quick School Facts

  • 4 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Vermont.
  • 4 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Vermont.
  • 1 school offers a certificate in accounting.
  • 3 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.
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools).

Find out more about accounting schools in Vermont and careers for accounting graduates by reading below.

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

  1. Saint Michaels College 80.4%
  2. University of Vermont
  3. Champlain College
  4. Castleton State College

There were five schools in Vermont that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 30.8% to 80.4% 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.

Vermont Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Vermont

The Master of Accountancy program at the University of Vermont is a 30 credit hour program aimed at preparing students to serve multiple roles in the accounting and finance fields. If the student has already completed his or her graduate studies, this will complete the 150 semester hours that will soon be required to sit for the CPA in the state. Local companies frequently contact the university’s Career Services department to find qualified individuals to fill internship positions.

Castleton State College

Students can earn a Master of Science in Accounting at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. The program uses multiple approaches to give its students a deeper understanding of accounting and finance principles. The curriculum is also designed to give students plenty of opportunities to master collaborative and problem solving. Once they have completed the program, students will have earned all of the credits needed to take the state CPA examination. In addition to CPA preparation, there are courses available to help students prepare to earn other professional certifications like Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Vermont Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Champlain College

Champlain College offers busy students the chance to earn their Accounting undergraduate degree online. Classes are structured to help students gain the insight, knowledge, and diverse skills that they will need to be competitive in the business world. The online degree is attractive to those students who are already working and/or have families at home, making traditional classes inconvenient if not impossible to attend.

Norwich University

Norwich University also has an Accounting department through which students can earn their Bachelor of Accounting degree. The program focuses on instilling the skills needed to stay on top of the constant changes within the business world. It also works toward preparing students to take the state’s CPA examination. The program is available in a fully online format which makes Norwich’s program popular among working students.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Vermont

Vermont’s diverse business community allows ample opportunities for accounting graduates. The state is home to the Eastern United States’ largest ski resort, Killington as well as Burton Snowboards headquartered in Burlington, Vermont. Several banks and healthcare related businesses in the area also ensure a constant need for professional accountants. Gallagher Flynn & Company, LLP is one of the largest accounting firms in the state and posts open positions on their site.

Vermont CPA Requirements

In 2014, Vermont will join the majority of US states in requiring CPA candidates to have at least 150 credit hours in order to qualify for testing. Two years of experience is requisite before a person can become board certified. The work must be approved by the state’s CPA board. Applicants may also be subject to a background check as well as an ethics questionnaire.

Vermont Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Burlington-South Burlington 1,020 $66,300
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 790 $66,090
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 810 $61,070

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

Vermont Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

University of Vermont
85 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 656-3131

Castleton State College
62 Alumni Dr
Castleton, VT 05735
(802) 468-5611

Champlain College
163 S Willard St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 860-2700

Norwich University
158 Harmon Dr
Northfield, VT 05663
(802) 485-2000

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/