Accounting Degrees in Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland

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12401 Willowbrook Rd SE
(301) 784-5000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Business Accounting Certificate, Accounting Letters of Recognition

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education

Anne Arundel Community College

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101 College Pky
(410) 777-2222

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Technology Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Baltimore City Community College

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2901 Liberty Heights Avenue
(410) 462-8300

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

Carroll Community College

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1601 Washington Rd
(410) 386-8000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Cecil College

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One Seahawk Drive
(410) 287-6060

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Chesapeake College

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1000 College Circle
(410) 822-5400

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Basic Certificate, Accounting Advanced Certificate, Accounting Letter of Recognition

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

College of Southern Maryland

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8730 Mitchell Rd
(301) 934-2251

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificates

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management-Maryland

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4550 Montgomery Avenue
(301) 652-8477

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

MBA with Accounting Concentration, Master's degree in Accounting, Master's degree in Accounting and Financial Management, Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Frederick Community College

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7932 Opossumtown Pike
(301) 846-2400

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Letter of Recognition in Accounting, Computerized Accounting Certificate, Business Accounting Certificate, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Frostburg State University

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101 Braddock Road
(301) 687-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Hagerstown Community College

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11400 Robinwood Dr
(301) 790-2800 x530

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting and Business

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Harford Community College

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401 Thomas Run Rd
(443) 412-2000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Howard Community College

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10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
(443) 518-1000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus

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18618 Crestwood Dr
(301) 766-3600 x0

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Asocciate degree in Accounting , Master's in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Loyola University Maryland

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4501 N Charles St
(410) 617-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

McDaniel College

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2 College Hill
(410) 848-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting Economics

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Montgomery College

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51 Mannakee Street
(240) 567-5000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Morgan State University

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1700 East Cold Spring Lane
(443) 885-3333

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Mount St Mary’s University

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16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
(301) 447-6122

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Prince George’s Community College

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301 Largo Rd
(301) 336-6000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting and Taxation Letter of Recognition, Associate degree in Accounting Professional, Accounting Certificate, Accounting Letter of Recognition, CPA Preparation Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Salisbury University

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1101 Camden Ave
(410) 543-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International)

Sojourner-Douglass College

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500 N Caroline St
(410) 276-0306

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education

Stevenson University

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1525 Greenspring Valley Rd
(410) 486-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Higher Education/Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Strayer University-Maryland

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4710 Auth Pl 1st Fl
(301) 423-3600

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Community College of Baltimore County

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7201 Rossville Blvd.
(443) 840-2222

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate, Business Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Towson University

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8000 York Rd
(410) 704-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's degree in Accounting and Business Advisory Services

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

University of Baltimore

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Charles at Mount Royal
(410) 837-4200

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate, Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Accounting Specialization, Master's degree in ACcounting and Business Advisory Services

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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J.T. Williams Hall
(410) 651-2200

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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1000 Hilltop Circle
(410) 455-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Ceritificate, Management Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

University of Maryland-College Park

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College Park
(301) 405-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's of Science in Business/Accounting, MBA with Accounting Concentration, Ph.D. with Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

University of Maryland-University College

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3501 University Blvd East
(301) 985-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Management, Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems, Master of Science in Management: Accounting, Certificate in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting and Information Systems

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

University of Phoenix-Maryland Campus

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8830 Stanford Blvd
(410) 872-9001

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's degree in Accounting, MBA in Accounting, Master's in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Washington Adventist University

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7600 Flower Ave
(301) 891-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Bachelor's in Business Administration/Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Wor-Wic Community College

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32000 Campus Drive
(410) 334-2800

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Educational Requirements

Maryland is an excellent place to become a CPA. In order to sit for the CPA exam and become a certified public accountant in the state, some educational requirements set forth by the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy must be fulfilled. The minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree with 120 semester hours of successfully completed coursework, or 180 quarter hours. A major in accounting or a recognized equivalent is required, as are 27 semester hours toward accounting courses and related subjects. At least three semester hours must be in ethics. There are several curriculum groups approved by the Maryland Board of Accountancy; you can find them by clicking here.

Salary

While cost of living is generally higher in Maryland than the national average, accountants will enjoy a generous salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the 2011 average annual salary for Maryland accountants was $75,630, which is well about the national average. Maryland was listed as 2011’s fifth top-paying state for accountants. The Baltimore metropolitan area saw average salaries hover at just about $73,000, while the parts of Maryland encompassed in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area had an average annual salary of $83,930. Because of its amenable business and corporation laws, as well as its geographic convenience to D.C., Maryland can be a profitable place to become a CPA.

CPA Licensing in Maryland

To become a licensed CPA in Maryland, all applicants must complete the application process, fulfill the education and experience requirements, pass the Uniform CPA Exam, and pay all associated fees. Becoming a certified public accountant in Maryland means successful completion of all of the following requirements:

  • At minimum, a bachelor’s degree, with at least 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) of undergraduate or graduate coursework completed. At least 27 semester hours must be dedicated to accounting and related courses. At least three semester hours must be completed in ethics training. All requirements can be found here, through the Maryland Board of Accountancy. (These can be confusing; please read them thoroughly.)
  • A one-year experience requirement, with verified work in accountancy in one of several sectors: public accountancy, governmental work, or other approved fields.
  • All transcripts must be available for review at the time of your Uniform CPA Exam.
  • Pass all sections of the Uniform CPA Exam.
  • Complete and submit an online application. Pay all relevant application and licensure fees.
  • Please review this list of common mistakes that delay or prevent CPA licensure in Maryland.
  • If seeking reciprocal licensure, or mobile licensure from another state, please consult the Maryland Board of Accountancy, which maintains strict guidelines.

Continuing Education Requirements

Like most states, Maryland requires continuing professional education courses for CPAs to retain proper state licensure. To renew your CPA license in Maryland, you must complete 80 hours of continuing professional education, with at least four of these hours in ethics courses. College credit and self study are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please visit the Maryland Board of Accountancy’s continuing professional education policy page for more information these policies and available courses.

Accounting Jobs in Maryland

A hub of accounting and business operations for the United States, Maryland has more than nine accountants employed per 1,000 residents in the state. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more accounting job opportunities with higher salaries than most of the rest of the country. Government jobs will be a constant in the region, and Maryland is also home to many offices of top accounting firms. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche both have offices in Maryland, and many accountants can find work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as consultants or policy accountants. The MACPA is a society for CPAs in Maryland, and accountants in the state should look there for relevant links, job postings, and events for professionals in the field. Additionally, the Maryland Society of Accountants also provides support, resources, and statewide community for those seeking work or currently working in the state.