Studying Accounting in Puerto Rico


Even as Puerto Rico’s economic growth outlook is slated for major improvement as foreign businesses taking advantage of the tax incentives available here are expected to invest $10 million in the commonwealth by 2017. Among the sectors that are expected to continue experiencing strong growth thanks to foreign investment include:

  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Education and health services
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities
  • Finance and insurance

These expanding sectors require the expertise of accountants and other financial professionals, so the accounting trade has enjoyed growth right alongside them. According to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Department of Labor and Human Resources, accountants and auditors secured a spot among the highest employment occupations in 2013. Financial managers continue to make the list among the top 25 highest paying occupations, earning an average, annual salary of $67,737.

The GDP of the finance and insurance sector also continues to grow, revealing a 7.2 percent increase between FY 2012 and FY 2013.

Some of the fastest growing companies in Puerto Rico, as of 2013/14 include (according to investment and new jobs):

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Eli Lily
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • CooperVision
  • Vention Medical
  • IBM/True North
  • AON Hewitt
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Propper International
  • SNC Technical Services
  • Lufthansa Technik

To become a certified public accountant (CPA) in Puerto Rico, you must be licensed through the Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico Departamento de Estado. This requires you to complete 150 hours of general college education that results in a bachelor’s degree at minimum and that includes at least 32 semester hours in accounting and at least 32 semester hours in general business. In addition to sitting for the Uniform CPA Examination, you must also complete at least one year of full-time experience in public accounting, industry/private practice, or academia (a minimum of 1,820 qualifying hours).

As of 2014, Puerto Rico became the 52nd U.S. jurisdiction to approve individual CPA mobility, which allows licensed CPAs to operate in other U.S. jurisdictions without having to obtain a reciprocal license.

The Colegio de Contadores Publicos Autorizados de Puerto Rico (College of Certified Public Accountants of Puerto Rico) is an active professional organization offering networking and continuing education opportunities. 

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30 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


American University of Puerto Rico (Bayamon, PR / Manati, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Atlantic University College (Guaynabo, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bayamon Central University (Bayamon, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Caribbean University (Bayamon, PR / Carolina, PR / Ponce, PR / Vega Baja, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Management Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Dewey University (Bayamon, PR / Carolina, PR / Hato Rey, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Business Administration - Accounting
Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc (San Juan, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate in Computerized Financial Accounting
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla (Aguadilla, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas (Barranquitas, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
International Masters in Business Administration - Accounting
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon (Bayamon, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting - CPA
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting - Internal Audit
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo (Fajardo, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Guayama (Guayama, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Technician
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro (San Juan, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Technical Certificate in Accounting
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce (Mercedita, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accounting
Master of International Business Administration - Accounting
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German (San German, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting - Accounting Financial
Master of Accounting - Management Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico (Arecibo, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Technician
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
John Dewey College-Juana Diaz Branch (Fajardo, PR / Juana Diaz, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Business Administration - Accounting
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami Campus (Hato Rey, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (Arecibo, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, PR / Ponce, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Public Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Business Administration - Dual in Accounting
Bachelor of Public Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez (Carolina, PR / Cupey, PR / Gurabo, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting/Master of Accounting - Combined Degree Program in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Universidad Adventista de las Antillas (Mayaguez, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
University of Phoenix (Guaynabo, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
AA - Accounting
BS - Accounting
BS - Business/Accounting
MBA - Accounting
MS - Accountancy
(some programs offered online)
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (Cayey, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accounting
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla (Ramey, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon (Bayamon, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accounting
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao (Humacao, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (Mayaguez, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus (Rio Piedras, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
University of Puerto Rico-Utuado (Utuado, PR)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Associate of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Accounting
University of Sacred Heart (Santurce, PR)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

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