UTEP Ranked No. 20 Among Most Affordable Accounting Programs
Last Updated on July 13, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Originally published July 13, 2020
By Darlene Barajas
The University of Texas of El Paso houses the nation’s No. 20 most affordable accounting program, according to Discover Accounting, a notable online information provider that offers career advice and education resources for students interested in accounting.
UTEP garnered a prominent position on Discover Accounting’s list of the 101 Most Affordable Accounting Colleges. Programs were included based on their favorable acceptance rates, online reviews, graduation rates, average salaries for graduates, available online programs, retention rates, and the cost of the education provided.
UTEP’s accounting program falls within the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the University’s College of Business Administration (COBA).
“This well-deserved recognition is a testament to our accounting program’s accomplishments in fulfilling the University’s mission of access and excellence,” said James Payne, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business Administration.
Students in the program can earn a variety of accounting degrees, including a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, a Master of Accountancy, a certificate of accountancy, and a doctorate in business administration with a major in accounting. The program’s competitive academic offerings have spurred steady growth as evidenced by a record number of graduate students who enrolled in fall 2019.
“Within UTEP’s mission of access and excellence, the accounting programs continue to deliver a high-quality education to undergraduate and graduate students from the Paso del Norte region and beyond,” said Giorgio Gotti, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. “The number of enrolled students, undergraduate and graduate, the successful placement of our Ph.D. students, and the continuous collaboration with accounting professionals and stakeholders in the region are evidence of the quality of our programs and their positive impact on our community.”
Gotti added that more than a rise in enrollment, the program has drawn quality students who have earned more than $30,000 in scholarships during the past year. One of those students is Edgar Quiroga, a Master of Accountancy student, who was named a 2019-20 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Scholar.
“The accounting program in COBA is filled with professors who are passionate about accounting and ready to help any student who may have questions,” Quiroga said. “Throughout my college career, I constantly had many challenging courses that would test my limits, but because I had the professors that I did, I was able to overcome them. This accounting program at UTEP is the reason why I know what I want to do with my life!”
To learn more about the College of Business Administration accounting programs, visit: utep.edu/business/accounting-and-information-systems/index.html.