What Are the Top Schools with Accounting Associate's Degrees?

Students can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associates of Science (AS) degree in accounting or at 2-year or 4-year colleges. Learn what to look for when selecting a school, and explore three top schools, then review a list of other top schools in the U.S. offering a two year degree in accounting. Schools offering Accounting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Characteristics of a Top Accounting School?

When selecting a school, you should expect to see programs that include coursework in financial accounting, payroll, business law, calculus, auditing and financial statements among others. Also look at faculty and school awards, internships, job placement for graduates as well as graduation rates. School rankings are also a good indicator of the schools success.

Three Top Schools for Associate Degrees in Accounting

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake, WI

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) offers an associate's degree in accounting at its Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses, as well as online. The curriculum requires courses in accounting systems, financial accounting, cost accounting, government accounting, tax accounting and payroll accounting. You'll also learn how to use the accounting programs QuickBooks and Peachtree, as well as Microsoft Excel. A few general education courses are also part of the graduation requirements. Per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), WITC granted 21 associate's degrees in accounting in 2017-2018.

  • AA in Accounting

Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA

Southwestern College offers an Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) in Accounting. The AA program prepares students for further study at 4-year institutions, while graduates of the AS curriculum are ready for immediate employment. Courses common to both programs include accounting principles, managerial accounting and business law, as well as general education subjects. The AA program also requires classes in economics, statistics and calculus. AS students complete courses in intermediate accounting, investments and federal income tax, as well as a practical work component.

Southwestern College's School of Business and Information Systems, which includes both accounting programs, also offers Certificates of Achievement in Accounting and in Micro Technician Bookkeeper. According to NCES, Southwestern College granted 43 associate's degrees in accounting in the 2017-2018 school year.

  • AA in Accounting
  • AS in Accounting

Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting that can be completed on campus or online. Students in this 2-year degree program learn to interpret financial statements, complete audits and prepare accounting reports. Courses required for graduation include principles of accounting, income tax, payroll, computerized accounting and business communications.

Per NCES, Southeast Technical Institute granted 36 associate's degrees in accounting in the 2017-2018 school year.

  • AAS in Accounting

Ten Schools with Accounting Programs

College/University Institution TypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Madisonville Community College 2-year, Public Madisonville ,KY$4,000
Southeastern Technical College 2-year, Public Vidalia, GA$3,000
Taft College 2-year, Public Taft, CA$1,000
Ogeechee Technical College 2-year, Public Statesboro, GA$3,000
Southwest Virginia Community College 2-year, Public Cedar Bluff, VA$5,000
Chaffey College 2-year, Public Rancho Cucamonga, CA$1,000
South Florida State College 4-year, Public Avon Park, FL$3,000
CUNY College of Staten Island 4-year, Public Staten Island, NY$7,000
Broward College 4-year, Public Fort Lauderdale, FL$3,000
Patrick Henry Community College 2-year, Public Martinsville, VA$5,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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