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Accounting Schools in Wyoming

This overview of accounting schools in Wyoming contains information about accounting programs within the state so that you can make an informed choice about where to pursue an accounting degree. Degree programs are available in general accounting as well as specialty areas of accounting, like forensic accounting or public accounting, which may be a match for your career goals. You may also find that online degree programs like the Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Walden University are a good fit for your needs.

Quick Facts:

  • There are eight colleges and universities with accounting degree programs in Wyoming.
  • 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in accounting.
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Wyoming 53%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Wyoming 30%1
  • Highest net price per year*: College America-Cheyenne $24,4871
  • Lowest net price per year*: University of Wyoming $11,2031
  • Smallest undergraduate student population*: College America-Cheyenne 881
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for accounting programs in Wyoming: $12,855-$12,8552
  • One School ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 200): University of Wyoming (156)
  • One School ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 500): University of Wyoming (298)

*For 4-year colleges and universities with accounting degree programs.

Continue reading to learn more about accounting schools in Wyoming as well as potential career tracks and professional specialties.

Schools with the Highest 2013 First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with an Advanced Degree

1. University of Wyoming 81.3%

There was only one school in Wyoming that had graduates take the CPA exam for the first time (with an advanced degree). The 81.3% pass rate was higher than the national pass rate of 54.6% for all candidates (with a bachelor’s or master’s degree). The first-time pass rate is a helpful metric for comparing the success of graduates of a CPA program although the numbers may be skewed with smaller programs. For extensive statistics for all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Top Masters in Accounting Programs in Wyoming

University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
University of Wyoming offers a Masters of Science in Accounting degree particularly geared towards students who have obtained a bachelor’s in accounting; however, the program can be taken by non-accounting majors if prerequisites are met. The minimum 30 credit hour degree program includes courses in accounting and business, which may be complemented by electives in other closely related areas. Courses offered include Seminar in Managerial Accounting, Fraud Examination, Survey of International Accounting, and Advanced Problems in Accounting. Students may pursue the degree full or part time. Under full-time study, it is possible to complete the degree in two full semesters plus a summer semester. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Uniform CPA exam. Students and alumni receive dedicated career planning support and services from the Johnson Career Center within the College of Business. US News ranks University of Wyoming #161 in National Universities. Tuition at the University of Wyoming is affordable, especially given its low student-faculty ratio and small class sizes.

Top Accounting Firms for Graduates in Wyoming

Porter Muirhead Cornia & Howard focuses on building long-term client relationships from its offices in Casper, Wyoming. The firm recruits for degree holding individuals who have passed the CPA exam. After a recent acquisition, Casey Peterson & Associates, Ltd. is still growing. This firm offers a range of benefits and is a member of the BDO Seidman Alliance. MHP Certified Public Accountants is an independent member of the McGladrey Alliance, which gives this small firm a large firm reach. MHP is hiring for quality candidates.

How to Become a CPA in Wyoming

The Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants oversees the process for becoming a Certified Public Accountant in the state. There are six main steps to complete in order to earn a Wyoming CPA license.

1. Complete a 150-semester hour or 225 quarter hour educational program of acceptable coursework in accounting.
2. Establish Wyoming residency.
3. Accumulate the required hours of experience.
4. Complete the AICPA ethics course and exam.
5. Apply for a license.
6. Pass the Uniform CPA Examination.

1. Complete a 150-semester hour or 225 quarter hour educational program of acceptable coursework in accounting.

Completing a 150-semester hour program of education is the first step to becoming a Wyoming CPA. The program of education must include the award of a bachelor’s degree or higher as well as a concentration in accounting, defined as 24 semester hours in upper division or graduate level accounting courses. Candidates must also complete 24 semester hours of business courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Topics in accounting that satisfy the accounting concentration in the education program completed include:

  • Financial accounting and reporting for business organizations;
  • Financial accounting and reporting for government and not-for-profit
    entities;
  • Auditing and attestation services;
  • Managerial or cost accounting;
  • Taxation;
  • Fraud Examination;
  • Internal controls and risk assessment;
  • Financial statement analysis;
  • Accounting or tax research and analysis;
  • Accounting information systems;
  • Ethics.

Topics in business that may meet the 24 semester hour business requirement include:

  • Business law;
  • Economics;
  • Management;
  • Marketing;
  • Finance;
  • Business communications;
  • Statistics;
  • Quantitative methods;
  • Technical writing;
  • Information systems or technology;
  • Ethics.

2. Establish Wyoming residency.

Applicants for an initial CPA license in Wyoming must have in-state residency. Residency can be established by holding a Wyoming driver’s license, maintaining a current and valid Wyoming street address, maintaining employment or holding an employment offer from a Wyoming firm, or being a student of a Wyoming college or university.

3. Accumulate the required hours of experience.

All applicants for a CPA license in Wyoming must complete one year or 2,000 hours of work experience prior to applying for a license. The experience must be verified by a currently licensed and active CPA. The experience must utilize skills in accounting, auditing, review, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, and/or consulting. Accounting work performed in government, industry, academia, or public accounting typically satisfies the requirements.

4. Complete the AICPA ethics course and exam.

The Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants uses the AICPA professional ethics course and exam to satisfy its ethics requirement for new CPA applicants. Candidates may order the required course materials through the AICPA website.

5. Pass the Uniform CPA Examination.

Applicants who are ready to take the Uniform CPA Exam, which is a licensure requirement in all 50 states, should submit the Examination Application. Once approved to test, applicants will receive an Authorization to Test to schedule and take the exam through NASBA. All four sections of the exam must be passed within an 18 month rolling period.

6. Apply for a license.

The last step to becoming a CPA in Wyoming is completing the Original Certificate Application. The application includes a verification of work experience section that must be signed by a supervising, licensed CPA.

Note that new Wyoming licensees must complete a 4 hour regulatory and professional ethics course approved by the Board within six months of initial licensure. You can find additional information at the Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants website.
(Source: Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants)

Wyoming Accountant Salary and Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth

16.4%

Accountants and Auditors in Wyoming from 2010-20203

Few accountants work in Wyoming compared to neighboring states, but the average salary is higher than in many other areas, ranging between $57,830 and $61,030 per year. Most accountants in Wyoming work in either Cheyenne or Casper, although accountants do find work throughout the state. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for accounting professionals will grow considerably nationwide over the next few years.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/search/t-traditional/sm2-accounting/st-wy/
3. Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Research & Planning: http://doe.state.wy.us/lmi/projections/WY_Occ_Proj_2010_2020.pdf