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 an online degree program is a good fit for your needs.
- There are 7 not-for-profit colleges and universities with accounting degree programs in Wyoming.1
- 1 not-for-profit school offers a master’s or advanced degree in accounting.1
- Highest graduation rate*: University of Wyoming, 58%1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Wyoming, 25%1
- Net price per year*: University of Wyoming, $13,4411
- No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2017.
- No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.
- 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 to learn more about accounting schools in Wyoming as well as potential career tracks and professional specialties.
Schools with the Highest 2015 First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with an Advanced Degree
- University of Wyoming (50.0%)
There was one school in Wyoming that had graduates take the CPA exam for the first time (with an advanced degree) in 2015. The 50.0% pass rate was slightly higher than the national pass rate of 48.4% for all candidates in 2015 (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 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 Wyoming
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
University of Wyoming offers a Masters of Science (MS) 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. With 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 #183 (tie) 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 has offices in Gillette, Wyoming and Rapid City, South Dakota. MHP Certified Public Accountants is an independent member of the RSM US Alliance, which gives this small firm a large firm’s 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.
- Complete a 150-semester hour or 225-quarter hour educational program of acceptable coursework in accounting.
- Establish Wyoming residency.
- Accumulate the required hours of experience.
- Complete the AICPA ethics course and exam.
- Apply for a license.
- 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
- Auditing and attestation services;
- Managerial or cost accounting;
- Fraud Examination;
- Internal controls and risk assessment;
- Financial statement analysis;
- Accounting or tax research and analysis;
- Accounting information systems;
Topics in business that may meet the 24 semester hour business requirement include:
- Business law;
- Business communications;
- Quantitative methods;
- Technical writing;
- Information systems or technology;
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.
Licensed CPAs in Wyoming must complete 120 hours of continuing professional education each three-year period, which should include four credits of professional ethics. You can find additional information at the Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants website.
Wyoming Accountant Salary and Job Outlook
Projected Job Growth
Accountants and Auditors in Wyoming from 2016-20262
Few accountants, only 1,750, work in Wyoming compared to neighboring states, but the average salary is higher than in many other areas, at $67,510 per year.3 Most accountants in Wyoming work in either Cheyenne or Casper, although accountants do find work throughout the state.3 The demand for accounting professionals are expected to grow considerably nationwide over the next few years; accountant and auditor positions in Wyoming specifically are projected to grow by 9.3% through 2026.2
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