Students who want to pursue accounting programs in Georgia have dozens of options. The fact that the state has more than two dozen colleges offering distance learning options can help prospective students achieve a stronger education-work-life balance. Students might also be attracted to the state's well-respected public educational and research institutes in major cities, while others may wish to enroll in the state's private African-American colleges.
Use this page as a guide to find the top accounting schools in Georgia for various accounting degrees and specialties, as well as the state's major employment centers for accountants and auditors.
Quick facts about accounting schools in Georgia
Student who wish to study accounting in Georgia have a wealth of choices, from distance learning to large public colleges and universities in the state's biggest cities to rustic private colleges in smaller rural Georgia towns. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are:
- 32 technical colleges in Georgia that offer certificate-based accountancy coursework
- 38 schools that offer associates and bachelor degree programs
- 15 institutions that offer graduate- and doctoral-level degrees
- For distance learners, there are 26 schools that feature online coursework with a range of educational options from certificates to master's degrees
Metropolitan employment centers for Georgia accountants
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 37,040 accountants and auditors working in Georgia in May of 2013 at median hourly wages of $31.78. The top five metropolitan employment centers and median wages for accountants and auditors include:
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, there were 28,460 accountants and auditors working in Georgia's largest metropolitan area at median annual wages of $67,670.
- The six-county Chattanooga, Tenn.-Georgia metropolitan area employed 1,300 accountants at median annual wages of $55,790.
- The Augusta and Richmond County, S.C. metropolitan region employed 1,190 accountants and auditors are median annual wages of $55,930.
- Greater Savannah employed 870 accountants at median wages of $61,920 per year.
- The Columbus region employed 730 accountants at median wages of $66,790 annually.
Accounting programs in Georgia
According to IPEDS data presented by NCES, there are 74 accredited accounting schools in Georgia -- though only 67 of them awarded accounting degrees in 2012-2013 academic year.
The five standout accounting schools in the state, ranked by amount of accounting degrees awarded in 2012-2013 according to IPEDS, are as follows:
|School||Accounting Degrees Awarded (2012-2013)||2012 Graduation Rate||About|
|Georgia State University||435||53%||Georgia State University in Atlanta is one of the South's leading pubic research institutions. The School of Accountancy provides study in accounting education and research, with degree paths in bachelor of arts in accounting, master of professional accountancy, master of science in information systems audit and control, master of taxation and doctorate of philosophy in accounting.|
|University of Georgia||308||83%||The University of Georgia's J.M. Tull School of Accounting offers four degree options for accounting students: bachelors of business administration in accounting; joint bachelor of business administration/master of accountancy; master of accountancy; doctorate of accountancy. UGA's main campus is located in Athens, about 60 miles north of Atlanta and had a total enrollment of 34,536 in fall of 2013.|
|Kennesaw State University||259||43%||The highly regarded School of Accountancy at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business features two degree options: bachelor's of business administration in accounting and master's of accounting. Kennesaw State University, located north of Atlanta, had a student enrollment of 24,629 in fall of 2013.|
|Georgia Southern University||152||50%||Georgia Southern University's School of Accountancy enrolls more than 300 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The school has a full-time staff of 22 accounting and legal studies professors. Located south of Atlanta, Georgia Southern provides education to more than 20,500 students in 48 states and abroad.|
Accounting programs in Georgia can position students to work in the field of accountancy in Atlanta, where the vast majority of the state's accountants are employed, or in any other part of the state. According to job forecast site Projections Central, employment of accountants in Georgia is expected to grow by nearly 26 percent -- 10,110 new jobs -- from 2012 through 2022. More than 2,800 accountants are expected to be employed each year in Georgia.
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"The School of Accountancy," Georgia Southern University, November 26, 2014,http://coba.georgiasouthern.edu/soa/
"J.M. Tull School of Accounting," University of Georgia, November 26, 2014, www.terry.uga.edu/academics/offices/accounting
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