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Online Colleges for Accounting

The world of business is built on numbers — a lot of numbers. Accountants are the professionals who crunch those numbers and use them to show performance, spot problems or make predictions. In short, accountants play an integral role in most companies and government agencies.

Students with a degree in accounting often find a wide range of jobs beyond basic bookkeeping and accounting. Many work as financial or budget analysts, financial advisers, cost estimators and auditors. Those who earn a certified public accountant (CPA) designation may even have additional opportunities for advancement.

There are many types of degrees and concentrations to consider when pursuing an education in the field of accounting. Online colleges in accounting, in particular, can provide a flexible and accessible way to attain a degree.

What follows is a look at the best online colleges for accounting (including schools that ranked high on affordability), an expert's view of this field of study, a look at the different degree types, information about earning a CPA certification, and career options for those with a degree in accounting.

Best Online Colleges for Accounting

Students interested in careers in finance and accounting can earn online bachelor's degrees in accounting without even leaving their homes. Using data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and our unique methodology (details at the bottom of this page) to weigh the performance of these schools against each other, we have compiled and now present to you our list of the top 10 best online colleges for accounting.

1

Broward College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,753
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
20
School Type
4-year

Broward College in Fort Lauderdale leads our list of best online colleges for accounting degrees based on a number of key metrics. It was No.11 out of 292 institutions for both cost of in-state tuition and percent of accounting degrees awarded in 2015, and it also has an open admissions policy, which means the college accepts any applicants as long as they have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

The Associate of Science in accounting technology degree from Broward College requires 60 total credit hours to complete. The program can be completed in two years if students follow suggested course sequencing, which includes six credit hours of study in the summer session between their freshman and sophomore years. However, Broward College also offers an accelerated accounting program that can be completed in just 15 months. Students who complete the accounting program at Broward College are eligible to sit for the QuickBooks Certified User exam. Broward College also offers technical certificate programs in the following accounting disciplines:

  • Accounting applications
  • Accounting technical operations
  • Accounting technology specialist

All accounting classes at Broward College are offered fully online through BC Online, the college's portal for distance education.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

111 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301
2

Strayer University-Tennessee

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$12,975
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
32
School Type
4-year

Strayer University has 76 campus locations in 15 different states from New Jersey to Florida to Texas. The university serves distance learners throughout the United States from its proprietary iCampus online learning portal. Strayer University offers online accounting degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's level.

  • The associate degree is expected to take 42 months to complete, and is meant to provide students with a foundation in financial requirements and procedures.
  • The bachelor's degree is expected to take 54 months to complete, and intends to provide students with more in-depth study, as well as coursework in financial laws and accountability.
  • The master's degree is directed at students who wish to study advanced financial concepts and corporate governance.

This University scored No.25 out of 292 schools for percent of accounting degrees awarded to its graduated student body in 2015, and No.77 out of the same 292 for graduation rate. It also possesses an open admissions policy and offers the second-highest number of degree programs out of the schools on this list. These factors all contributed to award Strayer University second place on our list of best colleges for accounting.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

2620 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Ste. 1100
Memphis TN. 38118
3

Moraine Park Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,322
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30.27%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
10
School Type
2-year

Moraine Park Technical College has three campus locations in Wisconsin, and the college has a strong web presence through its Online College website. The college's fully online Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting requires 69 total credits to complete. This program is built to give students a broad overview of the many different aspects of accounting, including payroll, auditing, taxes, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and accounting procedures and software. Moraine also offers an online accounting assistant diploma program, and all coursework in this diploma program is directly transferable into the A.A.S degree program.

Moraine Park Technical College ranks favorably in our methodology all around, scoring in the top third for all metrics and boasting an open admissions policy in the bargain. It's also notable that students not located in Wisconsin are not charged out-of-state tuition to attend Moraine Park Technical's Online College.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

235 N. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI. 54936-1940
4

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,840
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
49.18%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
43
School Type
2-year

Georgia Piedmont Technical College serves residents of DeKalb, Rockdale, Morgan and Newton counties from two campus locations. This institution offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting that requires 64 total credit hours to complete. Students must complete 15 credit hours in general education, 28 credit hours in core accounting classes and nine credit hours in accounting electives. The college also offers an accounting diploma that requires 42 credits to complete. There are also several certificate programs (each requiring 21 credit hours to complete) available through Georgia Piedmont Technical, including:

  • Office accounting specialist
  • Payroll accounting specialist
  • Computerized accounting specialist
  • Tax preparation accounting specialist

In addition to having an open admissions policy, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is noteworthy for its affordability, coming in No.26 on the metric out of all 292 surveyed schools. The college also is a member of the Technical College System of Georgia, so students who complete coursework at GPTC can seamlessly transfer credits from the college to the University System of Georgia to further their education.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

435 N. Indian Creek Dr.
Clarkston, GA. 30021-2397
5

National American University-Albuquerque

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,320
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
32
School Type
4-year

National American University has 31 campus locations in 10 states, and it serves its distance learners through NAU Online. NAU Online offers a wide range of study options, from diplomas through master's degrees, and it specifically offers fully online accounting degree programs at both the associate and bachelor's level.

National American University's online accounting degrees focus on core principles of auditing, taxation, cost and finance. The Associate of Applied Science degree is expected to take about 24 months to complete, while the Bachelor of Science degree is expected to take just over 44 months, or about 3.5 years. National American University's claim to fame on this list is achieving No.4 for the percent of accounting degrees awarded in 2015; fourth place out of 292 is quite impressive for a school that does not primarily focus on accounting programs!

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

Location:

4775 Indian School Rd. NE Ste. 200
Albuquerque NM 87110-3976
6

Klamath Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,687
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
67.08%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
2
School Type
2-year

Klamath Community College serves students of southern Oregon, as well as students throughout the U.S., via its online learning portal. Thanks to its open admissions policy, any student who has earned at least a high school diploma or a GED certificate can enjoy Klamath's affordable tuition (No.78 in our entire study!) Accounting students in particular should find themselves in good company at Klamath, considering that the school scored No.48 for percent of accounting degrees awarded in 2015.

The college offers a fully online Associate of Applied Science degree program in accounting, as well as certificate programs in accounting and income tax preparation. Students in the A.A.S. program study a wide range of accounting classes that examine common principles of accounting and computer accounting applications. They also study a range of business coursework, including fundamentals of management, business ethics and law, business communications, marketing and human resources management. The A.A.S. program is expected to take two years to complete.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities

Location:

7390 S. Sixth St.
Klamath Falls, OR. 97603-7121
7

Rasmussen College-North Dakota

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,360
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
61
School Type
4-year

Rasmussen College has 24 campus locations in six states, and it serves distance learners through its online college with more than 30 fully online degree programs. Students who pursue accounting degrees or certificates from Rasmussen College can choose from a mix of fully online or blended classes that include on-campus instruction. The college also offers flexible classes for students who wish to move more quickly or slowly through the program material. Rasmussen College offers three study paths in accounting:

  • Certificate
  • Associate Degree
  • Accelerated bachelor's degree completion program (Students who wish to enroll must have completed the requirements for an associate degree or have completed at least 40 semester credits)

Like many other colleges on this list, Rasmussen College has an open admission policy; unlike the other colleges on this list, Rasmussen was ranked third out of 292 institutions for percentage of accounting degrees awarded in 2015. Furthermore, Rasmussen is one of the most versatile colleges we ranked: with its many program permutations, Rasmussen has the single highest number of accounting programs of all the schools on this list.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Comission 

Location:

4012 19th Ave. SW
Fargo ND 58103-7196
8

University of the Potomac-Washington, D.C. campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,884
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
62.58%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
33
School Type
4-year

Located in the heart of the capital of the United States, the Washington, D.C. branch of the University of the Potomac offers a fully online Associate of Science in accounting program through its online college, with multiple start dates each year. Students must complete 60 semester credit hours to satisfy degree requirements, including:

  • 18 credits in general education
  • 18 credits in core business, marketing and economics
  • 21 credits in accounting
  • 3 credits in electives

In addition to its associate degree program, the University of the Potomac also offers a fully online advanced certificate in business accounting and an accounting clerical support certificate. Both require 18 credit hours, or six classes, to complete. Its number of programs isn't the only reason to recommend this university, however: it also scored in the top sixth of schools for percent of accounting degrees awarded in 2015, and in the top third of schools for graduation rate.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

1401 H St. NW
Washington D.C. 20005
9

Haywood Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,410
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51.08%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
14
School Type
2-year

Haywood Community College offers three study programs in accounting that can culminate in either a diploma, a certificate or an A.A.S degree. The Associate in Applied Science degree requires between 67 and 70 credit hours of study to complete. Students who follow the college's suggested course sequencing can complete the degree in two years, including two classes in the summer session between their freshman and sophomore years. Coursework is centered on study in business law, economics, finance and management. The diploma program requires between 37 and 38 credits to complete, while the accounting certificate program requires 15 to 16.

Haywood Community College scored ninth place on our list of the top 10 best online colleges for accounting based largely on the affordability of its in-state tuition, ranking No.42 out of 292; having an open admissions policy certainly didn't hurt either.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

185 Freedlander Dr.
Clyde NC 28721-9901
10

Chattahoochee Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,682
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
38.94%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
14
School Type
2-year

If you want an example of the prominence of online classes in today's world, look no further than Chattahoochee Technical College. Over 14,330 students enrolled at CTC during the 2016-2017 academic year, and more than half of that number took at least one online class during that year.

Chattahoochee Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting, as well as an accounting diploma and four different accounting certificates. The A.A.S. degree requires 64 total credit hours to complete. Study includes 15 credits in general education coursework, plus 31 credit hours in accounting and business classes. The accounting diploma requires 46 credit hours to complete, and the certificate programs require between 14 and 16.

This splendidly named college (the name is thought to come from a Muskogean phrase meaning "rocks-marked" or "rocks-painted") rounds out our list with a strong showing in our metrics for tuition as well as percentage of accounting degrees awarded in 2015. It's also a member of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

980 S. Cobb Dr. SE
Marietta, GA. 30060
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Deb Kiss

Accounting and Finance Department Chair

Davenport University

Q:  What qualities make Davenport's online accounting major an outstanding program?

A:  Our online accounting bachelor's degree was created to move seamlessly into our Masters of Accountancy. Students can specialize in Internal Auditing or Management Accounting within the accounting program. The Donald W. Maine College of Business also offers an additional degree in Accounting Fraud Investigation. Launched in 2014, all accounting students are eligible for the Employment Guarantee. Students who apply and meet the requirements of the Employment Guarantee program will be eligible for additional education benefits if they are unable to obtain employment within six months of graduation.

Q:  What support does Davenport offer its online student body?

A:  We offer a complete suite of student services that support our online students. These include:

  • academic and financial aid advising 
  • career services for resume review, internship opportunities and job placement 
  • dedicated online library services for research and writing assistance 
  • wellness counseling for stress and life challenges

Q:  How does the online accounting program differ from the on-campus program?

A:  Just like on-campus options, all programs at the Global Campus of Davenport University meet the learning outcomes and objectives of the curriculum. Programs in the Donald W. Maine College of Business and College of Technology all require an internship or project-based field experience learning option. Students will be advised of states where internships may be limited due to state authorization policies.

Degree Overview: Accounting

The coursework assigned during degree programs in accounting is designed to prepare students with knowledge of general business concepts and the intricacies of various accounting practices. Upon graduation, students should have a good foundational understanding of how to conduct financial operations for an organization, how to use accounting software, and more.

Online Accounting Courses

Although accounting degree programs vary by institutions, you will find that many of the required major courses will be similar in nature. Most accounting students working toward a bachelor's degree will have to take accounting classes, as well as some business courses and liberal arts classes to fulfill their core requirements. Having a well-rounded education is necessary since accountants often work within teams or with clients, and need to have good communications and problem solving skills.

Among the things you'll typically learn if you enroll in a traditional accounting program include managerial accounting, budgeting, accounting systems, financial analysis, financial reporting, internal and external auditing, taxation and more. Sample accounting courses that may be required or offered as an elective may include:

  • Financial accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Accounting information systems
  • Principles of accounting
  • Internal auditing

Other course requirements in related business areas might include:

  • Business communications
  • Business law
  • Ethics

Graduating with an accounting bachelor's degree can help you launch a career, but for those aspiring to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), advanced schooling will usually be necessary. Since most states require a minimum of 150 credit hours to take the CPA exam, which is more than you'd earn in a bachelor's degree program, many accounting students go straight through or back to school to earn a master's degree in accounting, or an MBA with an accounting concentration.

Advanced degrees in accounting usually follow curriculum standards aimed at preparing students to sit for the CPA exam. There are many of the same courses you'd find in a bachelor's program (since some master's students majored in other fields as undergraduates and need to learn those foundational accounting skills). However, for those with an accounting background looking to develop more technical skills, most programs offer ample electives and concentration areas devoted to topics such as auditing, taxation, and financial statement analysis.

Career-Related Skills to Develop

Pursuing a degree or advanced degree in accounting is a wise way to become exposed to marketable skills that can be applied in today's workplace. Here are some of the most important skills to pay attention to during your program:

  • Attention to detail: Accounting is all about the tiny numerical details. One misaligned number in a column could cause an entire organization to commit fraud by mistake; conversely, one seemingly insignificant number in a sea of numerals could be the critical clue that cracks a company-wide conspiracy.
  • Ethics: Dealing with money, especially in the amounts that accountants review, requires a strong sense of morality and ethics. Since accountants are somewhat akin to the police of the financial world, it's vital that they be able to hold themselves to that ethical standard in order to help keep the corporations of the world, both large and small, as honest as possible.
  • Communication skills: In order to report their analyses and findings, accountants must file large amounts of paperwork and keep open lines of communication between themselves, their firms and their clients. Believe it or not, the job is not all being hunched over endless manila folders in a solitary office; communication skills are a vital part of an accountant's daily routine.
  • Technological skills: Since records are mostly kept electronically in today's world, knowing how to work with the files and programs that these records are preserved by is one of the most important accounting skills to learn.

Accounting Specializations

If you're interested in pursuing a career in accounting or a related field, you should consider earning an accounting certification. These credentials will open up many career doors, increase your income potential, and signify that you are recognized as a top professional in your field.

Here are three accounting certifications to consider:

CPA - Certified Public Accountant

The most well-known accounting certification, the path toward becoming a CPA is a long one. First, you must complete a program of study in accounting at a college or university, usually up to the master's level since 150 semester hours are required (which is more than a typical bachelor's program provides). Then, you must pass the Uniform CPA Exam. Finally, you must obtain a certain number of professional work hours in public accounting (the required amount and type of experience varies by state) to be awarded your state's CPA license.

Under the CPA Mobility Act, most states allow a licensee to work across state lines for temporary projects or out-of-state clients, but if you move, you will likely need to apply for a new license. Check the AICPA's map to see which states have firm mobility.

CMA - Certified Management Accountant

For accounting pros who wish to focus on financial accounting and management, the Certified Management Accountant designation is a good one to pursue. It demonstrates that you are qualified to make strategic business decisions. In order to earn a CMA, you must have a college degree, two years of work experience, and completion of the Institute of Management Accountant's (IMA) two-part certification exam.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

If you're interested in a career investigating financial fraud, earning a CFE certificate is the way to go. To become a CFE, you must join the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and pass the CFE Exam.

Accounting Career Outlook

The various careers related to accounting all have promising futures, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. Here are a few career options for students studying accounting.

Accountant or Auditor
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$76,730
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
498,000
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
10.7
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
These professionals prepare and examine financial records to ensure that the records are accurate and complete. In addition to calculating taxes, accountants and auditors make sure the taxes are paid on time. Accountants also keep a company's financial records organized. Many accountants and auditors are responsible for advising management on ways to save money, increase revenue or otherwise improve a company's operations. These professionals can advance their careers by earning their CPA certification, getting an advanced degree, or performing their work extremely well. Some accountants and auditors go on to become top executives or financial managers.
Budget Analyst
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$77,170
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
16,700
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2.5
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
These professionals work with an organization's managers to create budget proposals and make recommendations for a budget. They can work for governments, universities and businesses. Analysts play a key role in helping managers determine funding levels for each segment of their group's budget. Once a budget is established, analysts track spending and adjust the budget as demands change. Budget analysts typically work in offices and start their careers with limited responsibilities. However, as they gain experience, they can advance to higher-paying roles with more responsibility.
Tax Examiner and Collector
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$57,950
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
27,800
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
-6.2
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
Most of these professionals work for government revenue agencies. They ensure that citizens and businesses pay their full tax obligations. This involves auditing a company's or an individual's books or tax returns to spot insufficient payments. The job also involves collecting late tax payments or refunding overpayments. While tax examiners usually focus on individuals and small businesses, revenue agents work for federal and state tax-collection agencies. Revenue agents focus on complex returns for large businesses and corporations. Revenue officers, or collectors, meanwhile are charged with pursuing taxpayers who have underpaid their taxes.
Sources and Methodologies

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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