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Accounting Schools in Mississippi

Accounting schools in Mississippi offer students the chance to develop a strong analytical and theoretical knowledge base in areas such as financial reporting, cost analysis, auditing, federal taxation, information systems and accounting ethics. A range of program types are available, including those at the certificate, undergraduate and graduate levels. Some schools may allow students to earn their credential completely online, while others may offer a hybrid teaching format, blending online and offline classes.

These programs can be a good starting point for anyone looking to enter careers in accounting or finance. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant or tax examiner is an option for students who earn bachelor's or master's accounting degrees in Mississippi, while those with a certificate or associate degree can seek positions as bookkeepers, auditing clerks or similar positions. Graduates of Ph.D. programs could go on to conduct advanced research or teach in a university setting.

Mississippi Schools: Accounting Programs

Numerous schools in Mississippi have programs that could help guide students toward an accounting-related career. This includes programs in accounting, auditing, accounting and business/management, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and finance, and accounting and other related services. Below is a list of schools compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics that offer certificate or degree programs in at least one of these subjects:

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011,2012)

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State

www.alcorn.edu

4-year, Public

$13,057

Antonelli College-Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg

www.antonellicollege.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$21,590

Antonelli College-Jackson

Jackson

www.antonellicollege.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$19,683

Belhaven University

Jackson

www.belhaven.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,770

Coahoma Community College

Clarksdale

www.coahomacc.edu/

2-year, Public

$900

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Wesson

www.colin.edu

2-year, Public

$3,237

Delta State University

Cleveland

www.deltastate.edu

4-year, Public

$13,151

East Mississippi Community College

Scooba

www.eastms.edu/

2-year, Public

$4,504

Hinds Community College

Raymond

www.hindscc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,845

Holmes Community College

Goodman

www.holmescc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,716

Itawamba Community College

Fulton

www.iccms.edu

2-year, Public

$7,732

Jackson State University

Jackson

www.jsums.edu

4-year, Public

$10,583

Millsaps College

Jackson

www.millsaps.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,770

Mississippi College

Clinton

www.mc.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$14,443

Mississippi Delta Community College

Moorhead

www.msdelta.edu

2-year, Public

$4,376

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston

www.mgccc.edu

2-year, Public

$6,620

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State

www.msstate.edu/

4-year, Public

$14,708

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus

www.muw.edu

4-year, Public

$8,948

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena

www.mvsu.edu

4-year, Public

$10,595

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville

www.nemcc.edu

2-year, Public

$6,161

Northwest Mississippi Community College

Senatobia

www.northwestms.edu

2-year, Public

$4,798

Southwest Mississippi Community College

Summit

www.smcc.edu

2-year, Public

$4,911

University of Mississippi

University

www.olemiss.edu

4-year, Public

$12,640

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg

www.usm.edu

4-year, Public

$11,911

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Mississippi Accountants

Students who earn accounting degrees in Mississippi may have the opportunity to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Federal law requires any accountant who files reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission to be a CPA, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since many employers seek out applicants who are CPAs, the license might also offer an advantage to those with an eye toward specific employment or advancement.

The Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy outlines requirements for CPAs in the state. Those pursuing CPA licensing in Mississippi must be residents or have an establishment for regular business activity in the state. Candidates must also be of good moral character -- determination of this might include a background check or criminal check.

Licensure applicants must also pass the national CPA examination and meet other state requirements. For example, they must complete at least 150 semester hours of postsecondary education and hold a bachelor's degree or higher, with a concentration in accounting. Of the required 150 hours, at least 48 hours must be in upper-division or graduate-level accounting and business coursework and three hours must be in each of the following subjects: financial accounting, management or cost accounting, taxation, auditing and government or not-for-profit accounting.

In addition to the educational requirement, applicants for the CPA license must have at least one year of full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed CPA. That year of supervised work must be completed within five years prior to applying for the CPA examination. CPA holders must renew their license annually and complete at least 40 hours of continuing education per year in order to qualify for renewal.

For additional details on licensing requirements in the state, contact the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Mississippi

Graduates of accounting schools in Mississippi could find employment in accounting specializations ranging from internal auditing to tax preparation to public accounting. Other career possibilities include becoming a budget analyst, financial advisor or cost estimator.

Positions in these and similar fields could be available in a variety of work settings, including government agencies, private businesses and even nonprofits. Accounting grads could also look for work at one of the state's many accounting firms. Two of the "Big Four" accounting firms -- KPMG and Deloitte -- have offices in the Magnolia State. Other accounting firms in the state include:

Accounting Firms in Mississippi

City

Website

Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC

Gulfport, Wiggins

www.avlcpa.com

Aune CPA Firm

Oxford

www.aunecpa.com

Baumann & Company, PLLC

Picayune

www.baumanncompany.com

Bruno and Tervalon

Jackson

www.btcpas.com

Black & Associates, PA

Southaven, Water Valley

www.jblackcpa.com

Corbin & Associates

Madison

www.corbin-associates.com

Culumber, Fletcher, Harvey & Associates, P.A.

Biloxi

www.cfhpa.com

Dennis Meek & Company, P.A.

Richland

www.dennismeekcpa.com

Eubank, Betts, Hirn, Wood, PLLC

Jackson

www.eubankbetts.com

Faust & Associates

McComb

www.faustcpa.com

GranthamPoole

Ridgeland, Oxford

www.granthampoole.com

Hodges Pilgrim & Company, PLLC

Tupelo

www.hodgespilgrimcpa.com

KWSB Certified Public Accountants

Meridian

www.kwsbcpa.com

M.M. Winkler & Associates

Tupelo

www.mmwinkler.com

Watkins & Co.

Flowood

www.watkinsandco.com

Watkins, Ward and Stafford

West Point

www.wwscpa.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Mississippi

About 18 percent of workers employed in Mississippi's business and financial sector in 2012 were accountants and auditors, according to the BLS, and a number of others were employed in related positions. According to data from the BLS and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, several accounting-related occupations are set to grow from 2010 through 2020. The following chart compares financial compensation and growth rates for some of these professions in Mississippi and the U.S.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Mississippi (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors

$59,480

$71,040

6%

16%

Budget Analysts

$60,380

$72,100

15%

10%

Financial Analysts

$66,460

$89,410

12%

23%

Personal Financial Advisors

$82,750

$90,820

19%

32%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

$43,840

$56,050

4%

7%

Cost Estimators

$58,580

$63,080

14%

36%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Occupational Employment Projects, 2013

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

Sources:

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

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

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

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

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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

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

Mississippi Occupational Employment Projections: Year 2010 Projected to Year 2020, Mississippi Department of Employment Security

http://mdes.ms.gov/media/8490/_28_State_of_Mississippi.pdf

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

http://bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm

Rules and Regulations of the Mississippi State Board of Accountancy, Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy, 2012

http://www.msbpa.ms.gov/Pages/Rules.aspx

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

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

 

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