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Accounting Schools in the District of Columbia

Students in accounting degree or certificate programs in accounting can learn the foundations of the discipline before embarking on a potential career in the field. Major accounting career areas include financial reporting, management and government accounting, tax preparation, credit analysis and more.

Degree options vary, based upon a prospective student's personal and professional goals. Accounting schools in D.C. may offer several types of accounting programs that culminate in a certificate, diploma, associate, bachelor's or master's degree. Additionally, depending on the school, students may study in on-campus, online or programs in a hybrid format.

D.C. Schools: Accounting Programs

As of 2013, 12 post-secondary schools in D.C. offer at least one accounting-related program according to the National Center for Education Statistics (nces.gov, 2013). These accounting programs fall into the following categories: accounting, accounting and business/management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and other related services, and auditing.

More information about each school can be found below.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

American University

District of Columbia

www.american.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$32,688

Career Technical Institute

District of Columbia

www.careertechnical.edu

< 2-year, Private for-profit

$21,822

Catholic University of America

District of Columbia

www.cua.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$35,160

Gallaudet University

District of Columbia

www.gallaudet.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$11,876

George Washington University

District of Columbia

www.gwu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$31,443

Georgetown University

District of Columbia

www.georgetown.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$25,993

Howard University

District of Columbia

www.howard.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$24,202

Potomac College-Washington

District of Columbia

www.potomac.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$19,312

Trinity Washington University

District of Columbia

www.trinitydc.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$15,980

University of the District of Columbia

District of Columbia

www.udc.edu

4-year, Public

$18,963

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, 2013, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Certification and Licensing Requirements for D.C. Accountants

Only Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) can file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), but all accountants may seek CPA credentials with the goal of becoming more competitive on the job market reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh, 2012).

To apply for licensure in the District of Columbia, prospective CPAs need to meet the requirements outlined by the District of Columbia Board of Accountancy. According to the American Institute of CPAs, they need to first pass the Uniform CPA Exam. In order to qualify for the exam, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from an approved school and earned 150 total credits, with a specific number in accounting. Next, they need to gain one-year or more of professional accounting experience. At this point, candidates can apply for licensure (thiswaytocpa.com, 2013). For the latest requirements, contact the D.C. Board of Accountancy.

As the BLS states, individuals can also investigate certification for particular accounting specialties, which are offered by professional organizations such as the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in D.C.

As the nation's capital, D.C. is the primary hub for U.S. government activities. Graduates with accounting degrees in the District of Columbia may explore working directly for a government agency or for a private firm that handles public sector clients. Accountants can also focus on public policy areas such as health care or a specialization such as tax law.

Bert Smith is one D.C. firm that advertises its experience in handling government-related work. Graduates of accounting schools in D.C. may also decide to seek work at one of the "Big Four" firms -- Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG -- as all of them have offices in or near the city. More information on these and other accounting firms in the D.C. area can be found below.

Accounting Firms in D.C.

City

Website

ABS Tax and Accounting Services

Sterling, VA

abstaxandaccounting.com

Accounts International

Washington, DC

accounts-intl.com

Aronson

Rockville, MD

aronsoncompany.com

Baker Tilly

Tysons Corner, VA

bakertilly.com

Bert Smith & Co.

Washington, DC

bertsmithco.com

Bond Beebe

Bethesda, MD; Fairfax, VA

bondbeebe.com

Calibre CPA Group

Washington, DC

calibrecpa.com

Castro and Company

Alexandria, VA

castroco.com

CliftonLarsonAllen

Calverton, MD; Arlington, VA

cliftonlarsonallen.com

Daniel Black & Associates

Washington, DC

danblackassociatescpa.com

Deloitte

Washington, DC

deloitte.com

Denburg & Low

Washington, DC

denburg.com

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Tysons Corner, VA

dhgllp.com

Drolet and Associates

Washington, DC

drolet-and-associates.com

E. Cohen and Company, CPAs

Rockville, MD

ecohencpas.com

Ernst & Young

Washington, DC

ey.com

Gilliand & Associates

Falls Church, VA

gillilandcpa.com

GKA

Washington, DC

gkacpa.com

Grant Thornton

Washington, DC

gt.com

KatzAbosch

Timonium, MD

katzabosch.com

Kearney & Company

Alexandria, VA

kearneyco.com

KPMG

Washington, DC

kpmg.com

Kroznek, Fisher & Lopez

Washington, DC

cpakfl.com

Lydon, Fetterolf Corydon

Rockville, MD

lyndoncpa.com

McGladrey

Bethesda, MD

mcgladrey.com

McQuadeBrennan

Washington, DC

mcquadebrennan.com

Murray, Jonson-, White & Associates

Falls Church, VA

mjwcpas.com

PBMares

Fairfax, VA

pbmares.com

PricewaterhouseCoopers

McLean, VA

pwc.com

Raffa

Washington, DC

raffa.com

Renner & Company

Alexandria, VA

rennercpa.com

SC&H Group

McLean, VA

scandh.com

Tate & Tryon CPAs and Consultants

Washington, DC

tatetryon.com

The CST Group

Reston, VA

cst-cpa.com

The Roberson Group

Washington, DC

trgpllc.com

Watts Group

Fairfax, VA

watts-group.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in D.C.

The District of Columbia has the highest concentration of accountant and auditor jobs in the nation, according to 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/oes, 2013). According to the district's Department of Employment Services, 955 new accountant and auditor jobs should be created in D.C. between 2010 and 2020. As a group, accountants and auditors in D.C. earned the nation's highest annual salaries in May 2012. Additional employment outlook and salary information for accountants and related professions in D.C. can be found below.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, District of Columbia (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors

$87,370

$71,040

8%

16%

Cost Estimators

$70,020

$63,080

21%

36%

Budget Analysts

$88,230

$72,100

7%

10%

Credit Analysts

$86,230

$69,500

20%

23%

Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks

$51,440

$36,640

12%

14%

Financial Examiners

$127,640

$84,220

23%

27%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

N/A

$56,050

10%

7%

Financial Analysts

$104,750

$89,410

24%

23%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Washington Department of Employment Services, 2012

* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

District of Columbia Board of Accountancy

http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/accountancy/

District of Columbia, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_dc.htm

District of Columbia, Department of Employment Services, 2010-2020 Industry and Occupational Projections, 2012

http://does.dc.gov/publication/dc-industry-and-occupational-projections-2010-2020

Exam and Licensure Requirements - District of Columbia, American Institute of CPAs

https://www.thiswaytocpa.com/exam-licensure/state-requirements/DC/

"Metro DC Area Accounting Firms," Modern DC Business, August 16, 2010

http://www.moderndcbusiness.com/metro-dc-area-accounting-firms.html

National Employment by Occupation, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm

National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (May 2012), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm

"Top Small Business Accounting Firms in Metro Washington DC," Chief Optimizer, Jonathon B. Smith, Jan. 14, 2013

http://www.chiefoptimizer.com/1050/trusted-advisors/top-small-business-accounting-firms-in-metro-washinton-dc/#axzz2dQPlsAoa