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Accounting Schools in Georgia

Aspiring CPAs, tax auditors, budget analysts, and other financial professionals may be able to take their first step towards a rewarding career by completing an accounting degree. Studying accounting could possibly even lead to teaching or management opportunities.

Accounting degree options vary by both the program of study and the specific school or university. Degrees in accounting traditionally range from the associate to master's degree level. However, some accounting schools in Georgia may also offer coursework at the certificate or diploma level. While course material varies based on the school and program, students can generally expect to learn about accounting principles, business law, managerial and financial accounting, taxation, and similar topics.

Georgia Schools: Accounting Programs

As of 2013, more than 70 post-secondary schools in Georgia offer accounting-related program(s) according to the National Center for Education Statistics (nces.gov, 2013), including technical colleges and large public universities.

These programs fall into one or more of the following categories: accounting, accounting and business/management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and other related services, and auditing. Some schools offer their accounting programs in an online format.Browse the school listings below for more information.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Tifton

www.abac.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$7,518

Albany State University

Albany

www.asurams.edu/

4-year, Public

$12,468

Albany Technical College

Albany

www.albanytech.edu

2-year, Public

$2,068

Altamaha Technical College

Jesup

www.altamahatech.edu

2-year, Public

$4,752

American InterContinental University-Atlanta

Atlanta

www.aiuniv.edu/Atlanta

4-year, Private for-profit

$19,232

Athens Technical College

Athens

www.athenstech.edu/

2-year, Public

$5,739

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta

www.atlantatech.edu/

2-year, Public

$6,466

Augusta State University

Augusta

www.aug.edu

4-year, Public

$9,265

Augusta Technical College

Augusta

www.augustatech.edu

2-year, Public

$5,858

Bainbridge College

Bainbridge

www.bainbridge.edu

2-year, Public

$4,968

Berry College

Mount Berry

www.berry.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,879

Brenau University

Gainesville

www.brenau.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$15,874

Brewton-Parker College

Mount Vernon

www.bpc.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$7,467

Brown Mackie College-Atlanta

Atlanta

www.brownmackie.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$19,007

Central Georgia Technical College

Macon

www.centralgatech.edu

2-year, Public

$2,187

Chattahoochee Technical College

Marietta

www.chattahoocheetech.edu

2-year, Public

$4,230

Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta

www.cau.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$25,847

Clayton State University

Morrow

www.clayton.edu

4-year, Public

$11,710

College of Coastal Georgia

Brunswick

www.ccga.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$9,098

Columbus State University

Columbus

www.columbusstate.edu

4-year, Public

$11,027

Columbus Technical College

Columbus

www.columbustech.edu/

2-year, Public

$7,627

Dalton State College

Dalton

www.daltonstate.edu/

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$4,562

Darton State College

Albany

www.darton.edu

2-year, Public

$6,414

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley

www.fvsu.edu

4-year, Public

$13,307

Gainesville State College

Oakwood

www.gsc.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$7,915

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville

WWW.GCSU.EDU

4-year, Public

$15,527

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Rome

www.gntc.edu/student-services/index.php

2-year, Public

$4,631

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Clarkston

www.gptc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,363

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro

www.georgiasouthern.edu

4-year, Public

$15,866

Georgia Southwestern State University

Americus

gsw.edu/main/

4-year, Public

$11,799

Georgia State University

Atlanta

www.gsu.edu

4-year, Public

$14,290

Gwinnett College-Lilburn

Lilburn

www.gwinnettcollege.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$20,193

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville

www.GwinnettTech.edu

2-year, Public

$4,554

Herzing University-Atlanta

Atlanta

www.herzing.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$22,495

Interactive College of Technology-Chamblee

Chamblee

www.ict-ils.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$11,454

Interactive College of Technology-Gainesville

Gainesville

www.ict-ils.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$10,871

Interactive College of Technology-Morrow

Morrow

www.ict-ils.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$11,796

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw

www.kennesaw.edu

4-year, Public

$14,742

LaGrange College

Lagrange

www.lagrange.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,644

Lanier Technical College

Oakwood

www.laniertech.edu

2-year, Public

$6,182

Mercer University

Macon

www.mercer.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,581

Middle Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins

www.middlegatech.edu

2-year, Public

$4,921

Moultrie Technical College

Moultrie

www.moultrietech.edu

2-year, Public

$11,346

North Georgia College & State University

Dahlonega

www.northgeorgia.edu

4-year, Public

$11,259

North Georgia Technical College

Clarkesville

www.northgatech.edu

2-year, Public

$3,277

Oconee Fall Line Technical College

Sandersville

www.oftc.edu

2-year, Public

$2,217

Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro

www.ogeecheetech.edu

2-year, Public

$6,347

Oglethorpe University

Atlanta

www.oglethorpe.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,767

Okefenokee Technical College

Waycross

www.okefenokeetech.edu

2-year, Public

$4,640

Reinhardt University

Waleska

www.reinhardt.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,856

Savannah State University

Savannah

www.savannahstate.edu/

4-year, Public

$9,642

Savannah Technical College

Savannah

www.savannahtech.edu

2-year, Public

$7,616

Shorter University

Rome

www.shorter.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$16,015

South Georgia Technical College

Americus

www.southgatech.edu

2-year, Public

$4,290

South University-Savannah

Savannah

www.southuniversity.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$23,080

South University-Savannah Online

Savannah

online.southuniversity.edu/

4-year, Private for-profit

$28,705

Southeastern Technical College

Vidalia

www.southeasterntech.edu

2-year, Public

$6,492

Southern Crescent Technical College

Griffin

www.sctech.edu

2-year, Public

$9,033

Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta

www.spsu.edu/

4-year, Public

$10,210

Southwest Georgia Technical College

Thomasville

www.southwestgatech.edu/

2-year, Public

$2,717

Thomas University

Thomasville

www.thomasu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$9,944

University of Georgia

Athens

www.uga.edu

4-year, Public

$12,674

University of West Georgia

Carrollton

www.westga.edu

4-year, Public

$11,218

Valdosta State University

Valdosta

www.valdosta.edu

4-year, Public

$14,147

Wesleyan College

Macon

www.wesleyancollege.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$13,084

West Georgia Technical College

Waco

www.westgatech.edu

2-year, Public

$4,457

Westwood College-Atlanta Midtown

Atlanta

www.westwood.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$23,801

Westwood College-Northlake

Atlanta

www.westwood.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$23,469

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Valdosta

www.wiregrass.edu

2-year, Public

$3,106

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Georgia Accountants

Accountants are required by law to be Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) if they file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If not filing with the SEC, accountants may still want to earn their CPA license, as it can often improve job prospects (bls.gov/ooh, 2012).

The Georgia Board of Accountancy outlines several educational and experience requirements for those seeking a CPA license. Candidates need to first take and pass the Uniform CPA Examination, which calls for a bachelor's degree with the equivalent of an accounting concentration. To apply for a license, candidates must have completed 150 semester hours of postsecondary education, including 30 semester hours of accounting coursework and 24 hours of general business coursework. They need professional experience as well -- typically one year with 2,000 hours of continuous, supervised accounting work. Contact the Georgia Board of Accountancy website for the most up-to-date licensing requirements.

Accountants may also seek certification in order to specialize, though it's often optional. Among the organizations that offer certification are The Institute of Management Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Georgia

Individuals who earn accounting degrees in Georgia may be able to pursue a range of career opportunities, from bookkeeping positions at environmental nonprofits to management roles at global technology companies. Georgia is also home to many accounting firms, including the "Big Four" of Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. More information on these and other accounting firms in Georgia can be found below.

Accounting Firms in Georgia

City

Website

AgeeFisherBarett, LLC

Atlanta

afbllc.com

AGH, LLC

Atlanta

aghllc.com

BatesCarter

Gainseville

batescarter.com

Brady, Ware & Schoenfeld, Inc.

Alpharetta

bradyware.com

Cherry Bekaert

Atlanta, Augusta

cbh.com

Coastal Georgia Accounting

Savannah

coastalgaaccounting.com

Deloitte

Atlanta

deloitte.com

Ernst & Young

Alpharetta, Atlanta

ey.com

Frazier & Deeter

Alpharetta, Atlanta

frazierdeeter.com

Grant Thornton

Atlanta

grantthornton.com

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

Atlanta

hawcpa.com

Hancock Askew & Co. LLP

Atlanta, Savannah

hancocaskew.com

HLB Gross Collins, P.C.

Atlanta

hlbgrosscollins.com

KPMG

Atlanta

kpmg.com

McNair, McLemore, MiddleBrooks & Co. LLC

Macon, Perry

mmmcpa.com

Porter Keadle Moore, LLC

Atlanta

pkm.com

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Atlanta

pwc.com

Rhonda D. McClendon & Associates

Newnan

mcclendoncpa.com

Robinson Grimes & Company

Columbus

robinsongrimes.com

Sadowski & Company

Savannah

sadowskico.com

SC&H Group

Norcross

scandh.com

Siok, Podczervinski, Williams & Associates

Alpharetta

ga-cpa.com

Smith Adcock and Company, LLP

Athens, Atlanta

smithadcock.com

TJS & Company

Dublin

tjscpa.com

Trinity Accounting Group

Athens

trinityaccountinggroup.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Georgia

According to 2012 data from the Georgia Department of Labor (dol.state.ga.us, 2012), the state's economy should generate about 4,700 new accountant and auditor positions between 2010 and 2020, with nearly 1,200 jobs openings a year due to job growth and job replacements. As a whole, business and financial occupations, which includes the careers below, should see faster-than-average growth in the state.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Georgia (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors

$72,340

$71,040

14%

16%

Cost Estimators

$58,140

$63,080

25%

36%

Budget Analysts

$69,210

$72,100

4%

10%

Credit Analysts

$65,910

$69,500

21%

23%

Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks

$38,100

$36,640

9%

14%

Financial Examiners

$86,910

$84,220

19%

27%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

$46,730

$56,050

3%

7%

Financial Analysts

$79,100

$89,410

16%

23%

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

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

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013

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

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012

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

How Do I Obtain CPA Licensure?, Georgia Secretary of State, Georgia Board of Accountancy

http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/accountancy/licensure.htm

National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: United States, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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

State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Georgia, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

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

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

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

Occupational Outlook, Georgia Department of Labor, 2012

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/em/occupational_outlook.htm

2013 Georgia Society of CPAs Firm Guide

http://issuu.com/georgiasocietyofcpas/docs/final_2013_firm_guide

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

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