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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.



School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Augustana College

Sioux Falls


4-year, Private not-for-profit


Black Hills State University



4-year, Public


Colorado Technical University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls


4-year, Private for-profit


Dakota State University



4-year, Public


Globe University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls


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


Kilian Community College

Sioux Falls


2-year, Private not-for-profit


Mitchell Technical Institute



2-year, Public


Mount Marty College



4-year, Private not-for-profit


National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension

Ellsworth Air Force Base


4-year, Private for-profit


National American University-Rapid City

Rapid City


4-year, Private for-profit


National American University-Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls


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


Northern State University



4-year, Public


Oglala Lakota College



4-year, primarily associate's, Public


Sinte Gleska University



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


Sisseton Wahpeton College



2-year, Public


Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls


2-year, Public


University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls


4-year, Private not-for-profit


University of South Dakota



4-year, Public


Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City


2-year, Public


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



Auten Accounting Solutions

Sioux Falls


Brandt Solomon & Anderson

Sioux Falls


Casey Peterson & Associates

Rapid City


East Vander Woude Grant & Company

Sioux Falls


ELO Certified Public Accountants



Fenenga DeSmet & Company



Harrington & Associates



Ketel Thorston, LLP

Rapid City


Nelson & Nelson

Sioux Falls


Pfeiffer, Hofer, Humpal P.C

Sioux Falls


Snow, Huether & Coyle



Vilhauer Raml & Snyder P.C.



Wholenberg Ritzman & Company, LLC



Wilson Hanson & Blom, LLP

Rapid City


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.


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





Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks





Management Analysts





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.


College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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



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