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Accounting Schools in Kansas

Accounting is a broad field that encompasses numerous careers and industries. Earning a degree in accounting could help prospective professionals enter a variety of employment paths, from tax preparation to non-profit work, government accounting to work in a private accounting firm.

Accounting schools in Kansas may offer different educational programs at multiple degree levels, including certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor's and master's degrees. Coursework for accounting programs may include topics such as financial reporting, managerial accounting, budgeting, cost and revenue analysis, taxes and tax accounting and ethics.

Kansas Schools: Accounting Programs

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (as of 2013), the colleges and universities listed below are some of the schools in Kansas that offer certificate, diploma, and degree programs in such areas as accounting, accounting and business management, accounting and finance, bookkeeping, accounting technology, and auditing.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Allen County Community College

Iola

www.allencc.edu

2-year, Public

$6,059

Baker University

Baldwin City

www.bakeru.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,964

Barton County Community College

Great Bend

www.bartonccc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,442

Benedictine College

Atchison

www.benedictine.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,500

Bethany College

Lindsborg

www.bethanylb.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,763

Brown Mackie College-Kansas City

Lenexa

www.brownmackie.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$18,934

Brown Mackie College-Salina

Salina

www.brownmackie.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$18,367

Butler Community College

El Dorado

www.butlercc.edu/

2-year, Public

$6,150

Colby Community College

Colby

www.colbycc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,180

Cowley County Community College

Arkansas City

www.cowley.edu

2-year, Public

$6,183

Dodge City Community College

Dodge City

www.dc3.edu

2-year, Public

$8,426

Emporia State University

Emporia

www.emporia.edu

4-year, Public

$11,522

Fort Hays State University

Hays

www.fhsu.edu

4-year, Public

$11,084

Friends University

Wichita

www.friends.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,665

Highland Community College

Highland

www.highlandcc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,208

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson

www.hutchcc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,652

Independence Community College

Independence

www.indycc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,074

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park

www.jccc.edu

2-year, Public

$9,756

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Kansas City

www.kckcc.edu

2-year, Public

$13,496

Kansas State University

Manhattan

www.k-state.edu

4-year, Public

$14,639

Kansas Wesleyan University

Salina

www.kwu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,036

Labette Community College

Parsons

www.labette.edu

2-year, Public

$4,456

McPherson College

McPherson

www.mcpherson.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,349

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Olathe

www.mnu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,751

National American University-Overland Park

Overland Park

www.national.edu

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

$19,546

National American University-Wichita

Wichita

www.national.edu

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

$20,805

Neosho County Community College

Chanute

www.neosho.edu

2-year, Public

$7,401

Newman University

Wichita

www.newmanu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$15,918

Ottawa University-Kansas City

Overland Park

www.ottawa.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

NA

Ottawa University-Online

Ottawa

4-year, Private not-for-profit

NA

Ottawa University-Ottawa

Ottawa

www.ottawa.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$15,701

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg

www.pittstate.edu

4-year, Public

$10,602

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School

Liberal

www.sccc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,332

Southwestern College

Winfield

www.sckans.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,845

Tabor College

Hillsboro

www.tabor.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,509

University of Kansas

Lawrence

www.ku.edu/

4-year, Public

$16,326

University of Saint Mary

Leavenworth

www.stmary.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$16,188

Washburn University

Topeka

www.washburn.edu

4-year, Public

$13,158

Wichita Area Technical College

Wichita

www.watc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,525

Wichita State University

Wichita

www.wichita.edu

4-year, Public

$8,645

Wright Career College

Overland Park

www.wrightcc.edu

2-year, Private not-for-profit

$11,768

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Kansas Accountants

Individuals who hold accounting degrees in Kansas may qualify for jobs right out of college, but becoming a CPA may better one's employment prospects, bls.gov notes. Those who choose to pursue certification must meet their state's specific CPA requirements.

The path towards CPA certification in Kansas features five major milestones, as explained by the Kansas Board of Accountancy.

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree and complete 150 hours of college coursework
  2. Passing the CPA exam
  3. Completing the AICPA's Professional Ethics Course.
  4. Following achievement of these prerequisites, an aspiring CPA must complete one year of work experience
  5. The final step to complete certification and licensure for the CPA is applying for a permit to practice.

For specific coursework requirements and other important details, students should visit the Kansas Board of Accountancy website.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Kansas

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 11,000 accountants and auditors were employed throughout the state, as of May 2012. Students pursuing accounting degrees in Kansas may be able to pursue a variety of career opportunities following graduation, including employment at local accounting firms.

Kansas is home to several accounting firms, including Mayer Hoffman McCann (in Wichita, Topeka and Leawood), BKD CPAs & Advisors (Wichita), and Novogradac & Company (Overland Park). Other firms in Kansas include, but are not limited to, the following:

Accounting Firms in Kansas

City

Website

Kennedy & Coe, LLC

Salina

www.kcoe.com

Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.

Wichita

www.aghlc.com

Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball

Great Bend

www.abbb.com

Lindburg & Vogel

Hutchinson

www.lv-cpas.com

Taylor, Perky & Parker

Overland Park

www.tppcpa.com

Peterson Peterson & Goss

Wichita

www.ppglc.com

McFadden & Associates

Lawrence

www.cpamcfadden.com

Kennedy McKee & Co.

Dodge City

www.kmc-cpa.com

Greenfield Davidson & Reusch

Ottawa

www.gdrcpa.com

Accounting Associates Payroll Professionals AAPP

Wichita

www.aappinc.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Kansas

The BLS reports that employment of auditors and accountants is expected to increase steadily in the coming years, by about 16 percent nationwide in the 2010-2020 decade. Job prospects should be particularly strong for CPAs, and candidates who hold master's degrees in accounting may have an extra advantage over the competition, according to research from the BLS.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Kansas (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010 - 2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010 - 2020

Accountants and Auditors

$64,680

$71,040

13.7%

16%

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$33,100

$36,640

10.8%

36%

Financial Analysts

$74,670

$72,100

21.8%

10%

Credit Analysts

$57,480

$69,500

23.8%

23%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Kansas Labor Information Center, 2013

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

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

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

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Exam Information, Kansas Board of Accountancy, 2010

http://www.ksboa.org/exam_info.htm

Frequently Asked Questions, Kansas Board of Accountancy, 2012

http://www.ksboa.org/faq.htm

Kansas, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ks.htm

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes433031.htm

Budget Analysts, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132031.htm

National Web Directory, Kansas Accounting Firms

http://www.nationalwebdirectory.net/getcategory.php?state=Kansas&category=accounting

Kansas Labor Information Center, Kansas 10 Year Job Outlook (2010-2020), 2013

https://klic.dol.ks.gov/gsipub/index.asp?docid=367

 

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