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Ranking and Reputation

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We’re #1 for all the right reasons.

The UNC Kenan-Flagler STEM Designated MAC program is ranked #1 according to LinkedIn’s ranking of the Best Graduate Universities for Accounting Professionals.  LinkedIn ranked universities based on “how successful recent graduates are at landing desirable Accounting jobs.” That means our alumni work at the best firms. No opinions. Just facts drawn from LinkedIn’s wealth of data.

We’re also very proud of our online format, which was recently named the #1 online Master of Accounting program by University HQ and Academic Influence. And, UNC Kenan-Flagler finished as one of the best ranked schools with an online Master of Accounting program in U.S. News & World Report‘s ranking of non-MBA online business programs. These honors reflect our commitment to delivering an online experience that closely mimics that of our top-ranked on-campus format, with world-class faculty, live classes, and a powerful curriculum.

Beyond the rankings

A solid ranking is important and we’re proud to be recognized among the nation’s top programs. However, there’s more to a graduate program than its ranking. Behind the numbers, several important features tell an even richer story about our MAC program:

1. We connect our students with employers.

All of the Big 4 accounting firms as well as middle-market accounting firms and numerous major corporations recruit UNC Kenan-Flagler MAC students. Most students graduate with a signed job offer in hand. On average, 98% of our students are employed within three months of graduation.
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2. We propel your career forward.

For students who are working to advance their careers, we have extensive resources that help you build on your strengths. Our MAC-specific career services team provides education and guidance for students and graduates at all levels, including resume workshops, research tools, recruiting events, and customized career advising.
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3. No one can touch our alumni network.

Graduates of the UNC Kenan-Flagler MAC Program work everywhere: large firms and small companies, entry-level posts and executive boardrooms, close to home and coast to coast. These former students are not only shaping the accounting profession and the business world, but they’re also providing valuable advice and assistance to more recent Tar Heel graduates.
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4. We build leaders with the soft skills employers are looking for.

We go beyond the basics. Our students develop essential business skills: communication, translation of technical concepts, influence and negotiation, problem solving and analysis, and teamwork.
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5. We deliver a remarkable student experience.

The culture of our MAC Program is both inspiring and enjoyable. On our beautiful campus in charming Chapel Hill and through our state-of-the-art online interface, student-to-student and student-to-professor interactions are collaborative and supportive.
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In addition to the accounting-specific rankings from LinkedIn and Accounting Degree Review, The Economist ranked the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s alumni network #10 “based on the extent to which our students benefit from the size, global reach and helpfulness of our alumni network.” The UNC Kenan-Flagler network includes over 40,000 students and alumni living in over 80 countries worldwide.

World-class faculty
The University of Texas at Dallas rankings explore faculty research volume. In their most recent results, UNC Kenan-Flagler ranked #12 in “Accounting Faculty Research”.

Student satisfaction
In a recent survey, 96% of our students agreed with two important statements: “I am accomplishing my professional goals.” and “I would recommend the UNC MAC Program to my friends and colleagues.

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The mark of the AACSB means one thing: excellence. The UNC Master of Accounting Program has passed the rigorous criteria and standards of the AACSB accreditation board and we are proud to display their logo beside our own. Programs that bear their seal meet or exceed their strict standards of strategic management and innovation; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement. Whether you are considering a career in accounting, or sharpening your business skills to advance your career, choosing the UNC Master of Accounting Program means choosing excellence.

More accolades

  • #1 “Top 50 Online Master’s Accounting Colleges of 2022” (University HQ)
  • #1 “25 Best Online Master’s Degree Accounting Programs” (Academic Influence)
  • #2 “Best Online Master’s in Accounting Programs in 2023” (Fortune)
  • #6 “2023 U.S. News & World Report — Best Online Master’s in Business Programs” with an Online Master of Accounting Program
  • #7 “Top Affordable Master’s in Accounting” (Master’s in Accounting Degrees)
  • #9 “Top Master of Accounting Program for Tax Hiring” (Top in Tax)

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We regularly host webinars and live events. Ask your questions and learn more about the profession, the degree and our program.

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At all levels, our graduates have achieved remarkable success in accounting roles, on finance teams, and in the business world.