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The 46 Best Affordable Online Master’s in Accounting

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Accounting professionals are the unsung heroes in corporations all over the world. An online master’s in accounting can build more upward mobility (and a higher salary!) into your career as an accountant. Make sure to run the numbers before enrolling—there is a 500% difference between the cost of the most affordable and most expensive schools!

GetEducated compared 98 master’s program in accounting from 74 regionally accredited online schools to create this ranking. Below is our editorially independent list of the 46 Best Buys for an affordable online accounting degree. Each online master’s in accounting costs less than the national average.

Average Cost (In-state): $24,983.83
Least Expensive: Texas A&M University-Texarkana ~$8,728.92
Most Expensive: DePaul University ~$54,080.00

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online master’s in accounting. The online accounting degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online Master’s in Accounting

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Texas A & M University-Texarkana
(TX)
$8,728.92
$22,419.28
In-State
Out-of-State
2
Emporia State University
(KS)
$10,297.50
$14,100.00
In-State
Out-of-State
3
Florida Atlantic University
(FL)
$11,094.60
$30,744.30
In-State
Out-of-State
4
University of West Florida
(FL)
$11,538.00
$14,364.90
In-State
Out-of-State
5
American Public University System
(WV)
$13,300.00
$12,400.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
6
University of South Dakota
(SD)
$13,327.50
All Students
7
Boise State University
(ID)
$13,500.00
All Students
8
Texas A & M University - Commerce
(TX)
$13,649.04
$28,589.04
In-State
Out-of-State
9
Lindenwood University
(MO)
$13,925.00
All Students
10
Wilmington University
(DE)
$14,180.00
$9,200.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
11
Colorado State University-Global Campus
(CO)
$15,000.00
$13,500.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
12
Shorter University
(GA)
$15,320.00
All Students
13
Western Governors University
(UT)
$15,580.00
All Students
14
Plymouth State University
(NH)
$16,560.00
$18,930.00
In-State
Out-of-State
15
Gardner-Webb University
(NC)
$16,990.00
All Students
16
University of Maryland Global Campus
(MD)
$17,028.00
$24,264.00
In-State/Military
Out-of-State
17
Liberty University
(VA)
$17,050.00
$8,350.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
18
Southern Utah University
(UT)
$17,405.00
All Students
19
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
(MN)
$18,300.00
All Students
20
Mid-America Christian University
Master of Science in Accounting 14
(OK)
$18,540.00
All Students
21
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
(ME)
$18,579.00
$15,803.40
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
22
Post University
(CT)
$18,750.00
All Students
23
Ottawa University
(KS)
$19,445.00
All Students
24
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
(MA)
$19,520.00
All Students
25
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$19,701.50
$22,440.50
In-State
Out-of-State
26
Strayer University - Online
(DC)
$19,800.00
All Students
27
Franklin University
(OH)
$19,855.00
All Students
28
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
(NY)
$20,328.00
$23,298.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29
Nichols College
(MA)
$20,400.00
All Students
30
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$20,445.00
$15,005.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
31
Georgia Southern University
(GA)
$20,610.00
All Students
32
University of Hartford
(CT)
$20,850.00
All Students
33
Bellevue University
(NE)
$21,240.00
All Students
34
California Baptist University
(CA)
$21,280.00
All Students
35
Saint Leo University
(FL)
$21,665.00
$16,715.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
36
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$22,722.00
$17,070.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
37
Stetson University
(FL)
$23,520.00
All Students
38
Champlain College
Master of Science in Accounting 14
(VT)
$24,000.00
All Students
39
Stevenson University
(MD)
$24,120.00
All Students
40
Davenport University
(MI)
$24,190.00
All Students
41
Bay Path University
(MA)
$24,450.00
All Students
42
University of Providence
Master of Science in Accounting
(MT)
$24,450.00
All Students
43
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
(MA)
$24,545.00
All Students
44
Western New England University
(MA)
$24,720.00
All Students
45
University of Connecticut
(CT)
$24,750.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
University of Akron
(OH)
$25,000.00
All Students
Albertus Magnus College
(CT)
$25,370.00
All Students
Maryville University
(MO)
$25,550.00
All Students
Regis University
(CO)
$25,550.00
All Students
Purdue University Global
(IN)
$25,690.00
$17,840.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
National University
(CA)
$26,308.00
$13,834.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$26,484.00
$19,890.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Auburn University
(AL)
$26,525.00
All Students
University of Scranton
(PA)
$26,850.00
All Students
New England College
(NH)
$27,350.00
All Students
Edgewood College
(WI)
$27,900.00
All Students
Northcentral University
(CA)
$28,830.00
$18,150.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Colorado Technical University
Master of Science in Accounting 17,14
(CO)
$29,030.00
$22,080.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Rutgers University
(NJ)
$29,350.00
All Students
Walden University
Master of Science in Accounting 17
(MN)
$29,400.00
$25,125.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(IL)
$29,728.00
All Students
University of Arizona
(AZ)
$30,000.00
All Students
George Mason University
(VA)
$30,240.00
$54,637.50
In-State
Out-of-State
Golden Gate University
Master of Science in Accounting / Financial Accounting & Reporting 14
(CA)
$30,890.00
All Students
City University of Seattle
Master of Professional Accounting 14,17
(WA)
$30,960.00
All Students
Rider University
(NJ)
$33,050.00
All Students
Nova Southeastern University
Master of Taxation 14,16
(FL)
$34,140.00
All Students
University of Cincinnati
(OH)
$34,437.00
$41,694.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Golden Gate University
(CA)
$35,090.00
All Students
St. John's University
(NY)
$37,665.00
All Students
St. John's University
(NY)
$40,095.00
All Students
Seton Hall University
Master of Science in Professional Accounting
(NJ)
$40,454.00
All Students
Bentley University
(MA)
$44,450.00
All Students
Golden Gate University
Master of Accountancy / Financial Accounting & Reporting 14
(CA)
$46,200.00
All Students
DePaul University
(IL)
$46,800.00
All Students
Northeastern University
(MA)
$46,800.00
All Students
University of Southern California
(CA)
$54,000.00
All Students
DePaul University
(IL)
$54,080.00
All Students

14  Program is no longer accepting new students. 

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

15 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
16 International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
17 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2017 review of regionally accredited online master’s in accounting programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master’s degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a master’s degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

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