Find Accounting Programs

Accounting schools in Alaska

Accounting is often called the "language of business," as having a keen understanding of monetary transactions and the profits, losses, expenses and liabilities associated with them can play a key role in driving major organizational policies.

Individuals who are looking to begin or advance their education in the field can choose from several accounting schools in Alaska. Accounting credentials in the state can be found at the certificate, associate and bachelor's levels. Depending on the school and program, students may be able to select fully-online programs, on-campus instruction or a hybrid of both.

During their studies, students can expect to be introduced to the core tenets of accounting, which often include financial accounting, managerial accounting, payroll accounting, taxation, auditing, accounting information systems and business ethics.

Alaska Schools: Accounting Programs

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that six schools in Alaska offer accounting-related programs, with three presenting distance learning opportunities. These schools provide instruction in one or more of the following sub-categories: accounting, accounting and business/management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and other related services, auditing.



School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Alaska Pacific University



4-year, Private not-for-profit


Charter College-Anchorage



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


Ilisagvik College



2-year, Public


University of Alaska Anchorage



4-year, Public


University of Alaska Fairbanks



4-year, Public


University of Alaska Southeast



4-year, Public


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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Alaska Accountants

Graduates of accounting schools in Alaska may choose to continue their training to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Under federal law, any accountant who files reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, must be a CPA. In addition, CPA licensure may be an advantage when it comes to pursuing job opportunities according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The first step in gaining CPA licensure in Alaska, as laid out by the Alaska Board of Public Accountancy, is to take the Uniform CPA Examination administered by the American Institute of CPAs. To sit for the Uniform CPA Exam, students need a bachelor's degree from an approved school and have met one of the following criteria:

  • Earned the equivalent of an accounting concentration
  • Completed at least 15 semester or 22 quarter credit hours in accounting-related subjects
  • Have at least one year of public accounting experience.

Students who are within 18 semester or 27 quarter credit hours of graduation may also be able to sit for the exam if at least 15 semester or 22 quarter hours have been earned in accounting.

After passing the Uniform CPA Examination, students need to meet other requirements to become eligible for licensure, including:

  • Earning 150 total academic credits.
  • Having two years of approved accounting work experience.
  • Being at least 19 years of age.
  • Passing an AICPA ethics exam.

In addition, Alaska offers reciprocity with other states for CPAs. Continuing education is required for renewal of licenses. For complete rules and regulations on becoming a CPA in Alaska, please contact the Alaska Board of Public Accountancy.

Potential Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Alaska

Accounting degrees in Alaska could help prepare individuals for many job opportunities in the state. Depending on the type of degree earned and a candidate's professional background, graduates could pursue careers such as:

  • Internal Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Cost Accountant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Financial Controller

Careers like these are found in an assortment of work environments, including government, private businesses, tax preparation practices, and even nonprofits. Pursuing a position a dedicated accounting firm is also an option. KPMG, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms, has an office in Anchorage, but it's far from the only accounting firm in the state. Here is a sampling of others located in Alaska.

Accounting Firms in Alaska



Altman, Rogers & Co.

Anchorage, Juneau








Elgee Rehfeld Mertz



Kerr McVey Sheaffer & Associates



Kohler, Schmitt & Hutchison



Robinson Associates



Rulien + Associates

Anchorage, Eagle River


Schneiter & Moad CPAs



Skipworth & Associates



Swalling and Associates



Walksh Kelliher & Sharp



Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has named accountants and auditors two of "Alaska's Top Jobs" between 2010 and 2020 due to high average wage and job growth scores. Two hundred and fifty new accountant and auditor jobs are expected to be created during this span, with 678 total projected openings when replacement opportunities are taken into consideration. These jobs should grow at a slightly faster rate than the state average.

Additional job growth and salary data for accountants and auditors, as well as several related professions, can be found below:


Mean Annual Wage, Alaska (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors





Cost Estimators





Budget Analysts





Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks





Financial Examiners





Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents





Financial Analysts





Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 2012

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


Accountants and Auditors, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013


Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012


Alaska, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012


Alaska's 10-Year Occupational Forecast 2010 to 2020


Alaska Occupational Forecast 2010 to 2020


College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013


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


Statutes and Regulations: Public Accountancy, Alaska Board of Public Accountancy, February 2013


United States, May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013



Search for Accounting Schools in Alaska

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            MS in Accounting - Government Specialization


            Online Education That Fits Your Life

            For 80 years, we’ve been preparing students for career success. We’ve led the wayso that our students can too.

            Globally Renowned Purdue to Acquire Kaplan University

            Purdue University, one of the nation's most respected universities, will acquire Kaplan University and create a new, nonprofit, public institution within the Purdue system. Pending regulatory approvals, this exciting transition is expected to take place later this year. This change will be seamless—during the transition, you will still be able to enroll at Kaplan University, earn a high-quality education, and meet your educational and career goals.

            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            MA Accountancy - Audit
            • Become the leader you know you can be @ Ashford University
            • Apply Now! Classes Start Every Tuesday!
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Science in Accounting
            • Offers M.B.A. and bachelor’s programs in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing, Accounting, and more
            • Ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs and Graduate Business Programs for 2017 by U.S. News and World Report
            • Coursework covers topics like project management, management fundamentals, and business strategies
            • Business students complete a capstone class that demonstrates their knowledge of business concepts
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Business Management & Accounting (AAS)
            • Students are issued a new laptop at the beginning of their programs.
            • All online services and study materials are available 24/7, with faculty available five days a week.
            • All programs available online, with the MBA program offered on campus in Salt Lake City.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
            • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2010.

            Our family of non-profit colleges admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            MS Accounting - Auditing
            Give your career a boost with an education from Southern New Hampshire University. We offer certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in over 100 programs in a wide variety of subjects.
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Bachelor of Accounting
            • Ranked one of the Best for Vets schools in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
            • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
            • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
            • Provides IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
            • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            B.S. in Accounting
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Science in Accountancy

            Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

            At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

            Saint Mary's University's long history of innovation in education continues with the launch of our new iPad® application, allowing for learning on the go. Our commitment to our Lasallian Catholic tradition of continuous learning, ethics and advancing the common good also endures.

            • Online Courses
            Master of Governmental Accounting (Online)
            • Ranked among the Best Business Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the #1 Public MBA program in the NYC region in 2014 by the U.S. News and World Report.
            • Educates about 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students per academic year at two campuses in New Jersey as well as five satellite locations in New Jersey and Singapore.
            • The only public university in New Jersey in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group comprising of North America’s 63 leading research universities.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Accountancy

            Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs. You can choose one of five graduate degree programs from a selective institution ranked among the Top 10 Universities in the North and Top 20 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report.


            The online, master’s degree curriculum is taught by highly credentialed faculty and reflects the same rigorous academic standards as the on-campus programs. Nearly all of The University of Scranton’s instructional faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their fields – so you can excel in yours.

            • Online Courses