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Accounting Schools in South Dakota

Part number-crunching, part business analysis, accounting incorporates several academic and professional disciplines. Those looking to pursue accounting-related careers in South Dakota can take the first step by exploring college programs. Accounting schools in South Dakota include community colleges, technical schools and four-year universities, some of which offer their programs online.

No matter which option you choose, there are a number of topics accounting programs commonly cover, including accounting information systems, business law and ethics, macro- and microeconomics, cost management, financial accounting, and business analytics.

South Dakota Schools: Accounting Programs

Accounting schools in South Dakota can be found in many cities. They offer certificate, diploma or degree programs in accounting, accounting and business management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and related services, and/or auditing. Below is a list of these schools, gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Augustana College

Sioux Falls

www.augie.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,251

Black Hills State University

Spearfish

www.bhsu.edu

4-year, Public

$14,028

Colorado Technical University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls

www.coloradotech.edu/

4-year, Private for-profit

$19,776

Dakota State University

Madison

www.dsu.edu

4-year, Public

$12,142

Globe University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls

www.globeuniversity.edu

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

$23,842

Kilian Community College

Sioux Falls

www.kilian.edu

2-year, Private not-for-profit

$28,189

Mitchell Technical Institute

Mitchell

www.mitchelltech.edu

2-year, Public

$7,837

Mount Marty College

Yankton

www.mtmc.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,961

National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension

Ellsworth Air Force Base

www.national.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

NA

National American University-Rapid City

Rapid City

www.national.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$19,924

National American University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls

www.national.edu

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

$19,829

Northern State University

Aberdeen

www.northern.edu

4-year, Public

$13,006

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle

www.olc.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$2,510

Sinte Gleska University

Mission

www.sintegleska.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

$13,932

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton

www.swc.tc

2-year, Public

$7,362

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls

www.southeasttech.edu

2-year, Public

$10,176

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls

www.usiouxfalls.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,062

University of South Dakota

Vermillion

www.usd.edu

4-year, Public

$14,658

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City

www.wdt.edu

2-year, Public

$12,043

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for South Dakota Accountants

Some accounting grads in South Dakota choose to become a Certified Public Accountant. While legally required if filing reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, many gain licensure with the goal of improving their employability. To become eligible for licensure as a CPA in South Dakota, individuals must take several steps:

  1. First, they need to pass the Uniform CPA Examination. Before taking the exam, individuals must graduate from an accredited institution with at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or an equivalent course of study. They also need to earn 150 total credit hours. As most bachelor degree programs can be finished in 120 credit hours, individuals may want to continue their education and complete a master's program to gain the necessary credits.
  2. Next, students need to accumulate at least 2,000 hours of accounting experience.
  3. Within 90 days of gaining the necessary experience, students must complete an ethics exam and apply for a CPA certificate (license).

Complete details on licensing requirements can be provided by the South Dakota Board of Accountancy.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in South Dakota

Individuals with accounting degrees in South Dakota could qualify for a variety of positions, depending on the credential earned and their previous work experience. Tax advisor, financial controller, external auditor, junior accountant -- these are only a small sampling of potential job titles. Some may go on to work in nonprofits or healthcare, and others could find jobs with government agencies or pursue entrepreneurship. Seeking a position at an accounting firm in the state is another option.

While none of the "Big Four" accounting firms have an office in the state, there are a number of smaller firms, including:

Accounting Firms in South Dakota

City

Website

Auten Accounting Solutions

Sioux Falls

www.autenaccountingsolutions.com/

Brandt Solomon & Anderson

Sioux Falls

www.bsallp.com/welcome

Casey Peterson & Associates

Rapid City

www.caseypeterson.com/

East Vander Woude Grant & Company

Sioux Falls

www.evwg.net/default.htm

ELO Certified Public Accountants

Chamberlain

www.elocpa.com/

Fenenga DeSmet & Company

Winner

www.fenengadesmet.com/home

Harrington & Associates

Huron

www.harringtonassociatesltd.com/

Ketel Thorston, LLP

Rapid City

www.ktllp.com/

Nelson & Nelson

Sioux Falls

www.nelsoncpas.com/

Pfeiffer, Hofer, Humpal P.C

Sioux Falls

www.cpapha.com/home

Snow, Huether & Coyle

Huron

www.snowhuethercoyle.com/home.html

Vilhauer Raml & Snyder P.C.

Watertown

www.watertowncpa.com/index.php

Wholenberg Ritzman & Company, LLC

Yankton

www.wrccpa.com/index.html

Wilson Hanson & Blom, LLP

Rapid City

www.whbcpa.com/home

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in South Dakota

According to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, several accounting-related careers are expected to be in higher-than-average demand from 2010 to 2020, including:

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Management Analysts

Additional details on job growth and state wages for these careers -- and how they compare to national levels -- can be found below.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, South Dakota (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Projected National Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Accountants and Auditors

$57,540

$71,040

10%

16%

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$28,960

$36,640

8%

14%

Management Analysts

$68,360

$88,070

13%

22%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, 2013

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

Sources:

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

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

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

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

2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 29, 2013

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

South Dakota, 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 29, 2013

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

Occupational Employment Projections, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, 2010-2020,

http://dlr.sd.gov/lmic/occupation_projections.aspx

Occupational Employment Projections - High Demand Occupations, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation May 2013

http://dlr.sd.gov/lmic/occupation_projections_high_demand_all.aspx

South Dakota Board of Accountancy, Accessed Dec. 17, 2013

http://accountancy.sd.gov/