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Accounting Schools in Oklahoma

This page about accounting schools in Oklahoma will supply you with the information you need to make an informed choice on the right school for your skills, interests, and career goals. There are many nationally-recognized accounting schools in Oklahoma that are ranked competitively for providing quality education to students. Online accounting schools and programs may also provide the accounting education you are looking for in a more flexible format than offered by some traditional on-campus programs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 44 not-for-profit colleges and universities with accounting degree programs in Oklahoma.1
  • 9 not-for-profit schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in accounting.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Tulsa, 69%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Central Oklahoma, 32%1
  • Highest net price per year*: Oklahoma City University, $27,2341
  • Lowest net price per year*: Southeastern Oklahoma State University, $8,2891
  • 1 school ranked in Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2017: University of Tulsa (99)
  • 3 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018: Oklahoma State University (#81 in-state, #85 out-of-state), University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (#67 in-state, #60 out-of-state), University of Oklahoma (#52 in-state, #49 out-of-state)
  • No schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2019 (top 100).

*For four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities with accounting degree programs.

Continue reading for more information on accounting schools in Oklahoma including career options, employment projections, and profiles of popular accounting programs in the state.

Schools with the Highest 2015 First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with an Advanced Degree

  1. University of Oklahoma-Norman (83.6%)
  2. Oklahoma State University (78.1%)
  3. University of Tulsa (69.2%)
  4. Northeastern State University (20.0%)
  5. University of Central Oklahoma (10.0%)
  6. Oklahoma Christian University (7.1%)

There were six schools in Oklahoma that had first-time candidates for the CPA exam (with an advanced degree) in 2015. The pass rate at these schools ranged from 7.1% to 83.6%. For comparison, the pass rate for all candidates in the nation was 48.4% in 2015 (with a bachelor’s or advanced degree). When researching schools, you can reference the first-time CPA exam pass rate to compare programs, although a small number of candidates at a school can lead to misleading percentages. For a full breakdown of CPA exam pass rates at all schools, see the 2015 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Top Master’s in Accounting Programs in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City, OK)

Oklahoma City University is home to a competitive and focused Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program, which is offered through the Minders School of Business. With an optional tax track and evening classes taught by professors with experience in their fields, the Oklahoma City University accounting program is best in class. The core curriculum focuses on financial leadership with courses like Financial Policy for Managers; Auditing Policies, Frameworks, and Practices; and Accounting Ethics. Students may use electives to pursue specialized topics of interest, such as energy accounting and international accounting. Program graduates have high pass rates on the Uniform CPA Exam as well as high job placement rates. Graduate scholarships are offered to qualifying students and tuition rates at the school were recently significantly reduced. In addition, graduate class sizes are limited to provide a quality learning experience. US News ranks Oklahoma City University #28 (tie) in Regional Universities (West).

University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)

University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Business prepares students for careers as CPAs through its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with an intensive accounting core. The degree is comprised of seven courses that total 35 credit hours. The core curriculum includes courses in Quantitative Modeling, Accounting and Finance, and Prices, Profits, and the Market Economy. A capstone experience in analyzing and proposing solutions to business problems integrates the inter-disciplinary knowledge gained through the completion of the core curriculum. Students may take a full- or part-time course load and can access learning opportunities through the school’s Small Business Development Center and Center for Leadership and Business Research. US News ranks University of Central Oklahoma #77 (tie) in Regional Universities (West) due to its affordable tuition, full schedule of student services, and academic integrity. Known simply as “Central” to students and faculty, the school’s focus is on innovation in learning.

University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)

University of Oklahoma offers a Master’s of Accountancy (MAcc) which has been ranked within the top five Masters of Accountancy programs of its size in the US by The Public Accounting Report. Led by the faculty of the university’s Steed School of Accounting, students receive in-depth training in accounting theory and practice as well as an understanding of the wider business environment. Admission to the 33-credit hour program is open to students of all undergraduate majors. Under a full-time course load, the degree can be completed in as few as three semesters. Graduate accounting electives such as Fraud Examination, Contemporary Auditing Issues, Derivatives, and Business Data Analysis provide a well-rounded accounting education. Students may choose a functional area of focus such as Assurance Services/Financial Reporting or Taxation. The program consistently prepares graduates to outperform peer averages on the Uniform CPA Exam. US News ranks University of Oklahoma #124 (tie) in National Universities.

Top Accounting Firms for Graduates in Oklahoma

Hogan Taylor LLP is the largest regional assurance practice in Oklahoma and has been recognized for its outstanding ethics, charitable contributions, and ranking as one of the best places to work in Oklahoma. The firm’s college recruitment program focuses on one-on-one interviewing in comfortable settings. With two offices in Shawnee, Finley & Cook PLLC is a local Oklahoman firm with a national reach. Finley & Cook frequently searches for bright recent graduates to join its team. Gillispie & Ogilbee is a well-known name in Oklahoma, as the firm strives to provide high-quality services in a range of business areas to all of its clients.

How to Become a CPA in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Accountancy Board oversees the process for becoming a Certified Public Accountant in the state. There are seven main steps to complete in order to earn an Oklahoma CPA license.

  1. Complete a 150-semester hour educational program of acceptable coursework in accounting.
  2. Submit an application for qualification.
  3. Submit the Candidate for Examination Application.
  4. Pass the Uniform CPA Examination.
  5. Accumulate the required hours of experience.
  6. Complete the AICPA ethics course and exam.
  7. Apply for a license.

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

Completing a 150-semester hour program of education in accounting is the first step to obtaining CPA licensure in Oklahoma. The 150-hour program must include the award of at least a bachelor’s degree, as well as 76 semester hours at the upper division or graduate level. The 150 hours must include at least 30 semester hours in accounting above the principles or introductory level, with at least one course in auditing or assurance. Candidates must also take nine upper division semester hours from the following:

  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Business law
  • Finance
  • Business management
  • Marketing
  • Business communication
  • Risk management
  • Insurance
  • Management information systems
  • Computer science

2. Submit an application for qualification.

After completing the education requirements, candidates must submit a Qualification Application for Eligibility (CPA) to the Oklahoma Accountancy Board. Official transcripts from all schools attended must be sent to the Board in support of the qualification application. Once a qualification application is approved, a candidate will receive notification that they are eligible to apply for the Uniform CPA Exam.

3. Submit the Candidate for Examination Application.

Once notified of qualification for the Uniform CPA Exam, the next step is to apply to the exam using the Candidate Examination Application. Approved candidates will receive instructions on completing the application process and submitting the required exam fees to NASBA.

4. Pass the Uniform CPA Examination.

Once approved for the Uniform CPA Exam and upon submitting the required fees, candidates will receive a Notice to Schedule to schedule and take the Uniform CPA Exam. This exam is a requirement for licensure in all 50 states. All four parts of the exam must be passed within an 18-month rolling period in order to receive credit for passing the exam.

5. Accumulate the required hours of experience.

At least one year (1,800 hours) of experience in accounting is required to qualify for a CPA license in Oklahoma. The experience must include the provision of services and/or advice involving skills in accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, and/or consulting. Work experience in government, industry, academia or public practice qualifies. All experience claimed for the purposes of this requirement must be verified by a licensed CPA.

6. Complete the AICPA ethics course and exam.

The Oklahoma Board of Accountancy requires that candidates for licensure complete the AICPA Professional Ethics course, which is a self-study course. Candidates can order the course materials through the AICPA website.

7. Apply for a license.

Once candidates receive notification of a passing score on the Uniform CPA Exam from the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, the final step is to apply for a license. Qualified candidates will receive further instructions and an application form from the Oklahoma Accountancy Board. The application must be accompanied by an Experience Verification Form signed by the candidate’s supervisor(s) or another licensed individual in a position to verify qualifying work experience.

Oklahoma licensed CPAs must complete at least 120 hours of continuing education for each three-year reporting period to remain in good standing, with at least 20 hours reported for each individual year. Four of these hours must be in ethics. You can find additional information at the Oklahoma Accountancy Board website.

Oklahoma Accountant Salary and Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth

11.6%

Accountants and Auditors in Oklahoma from 2016-20262

Oklahoma is a competitive state for the attention of recent graduates seeking employment, as about 13,510 accountants and auditors are currently working within the state according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.3 The average salary of accountants in the state is $70,480 annually.3 Job openings for accountants and auditors are projected to grow nationwide, and in Oklahoma that growth is projected to be 11.6% through 2026.2 Many of these positions are likely to be in the metro areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, where the majority of accountants in the state find work.3

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017, 13-2011 Accountants and Auditors: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm