In Kansas, accounting studies are commonly offered through bachelor's and master's degree programs; associate degree programs are also common, but are designed to prepare students for continued studies or for work as bookkeepers or accounting clerks. Undergraduate certificates, degree program minors and doctorates are also available. Accounting may be the main area of study, or it may be offered as a concentration within a larger business administration program.
The institutions listed below are the 10 largest community colleges and universities in Kansas offering accounting programs, some of which prepare students for the CPA exam.
Located in Baldwin City, this university offers an accounting major program. Students get to study business, accounting, finance and economics in preparation for the workplace. Undergraduate students can also opt to take additional courses if they want to become eligible for the CPA exam.
Barton County Community College
Found in Great Bend, this college has an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Technical Accounting. This degree program provides practical courses in microcomputer accounting applications, accounting and payroll procedures. Students also complete a capstone course. The Associate in Science (AS) in Accounting degree program offers coursework in economics, accounting and business. The AS program is intended for students who plan on transferring, while the technical accounting program is intended for those who hope to enter the workforce after graduation.
Butler Community College
Located in El Dorado, this college has accounting assistant certificate, AS and AAS programs. The certificate and AAS programs are meant to prepare students for entry-level employment as accounting assistants or bookkeepers. Students may take courses like accounting, business math and payroll accounting. The accounting AS degree program is designed for students who want to transfer to a 4-year degree program, but it can also lead to employment opportunities. All of these accounting programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs.
Emporia State University
Emporia State University's accounting minor program has courses in financial, cost and intermediate accounting. The accounting major program can teach students about core business and accounting topics like auditing, federal income taxes and accounting information systems. Students can also choose to complete an internship for practical work experience. Individuals who are looking for extra coursework in order to qualify for the CPA exam may be interested in an accounting concentration within the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Some students may need to take accounting prerequisites before taking graduate coursework, depending on their undergraduate background. This program covers accounting theory, business policy and advanced financial management.
Fort Hays State University
Found in Hays, this university provides accounting programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Students in the minor or certificate programs may take courses like cost accounting, income tax procedure and governmental accounting. The school offers an accounting bachelor's degree as well as dual-degree program in accounting and finance. The undergraduate accounting program also has a concentration option in public accounting for students who want to qualify for the CPA exam. The university's MBA program has a concentration in accounting, and it includes courses like advanced auditing and advanced tax procedures. The MBA accounting option can also qualify students to take the CPA exam.
Kansas State University
Located in Manhattan, this university has an accounting bachelor's degree program with courses in auditing, taxation and accounting research. Students pursuing the bachelor's degree are encouraged to complete an additional year of study in order to earn the Master of Accountancy degree, which would prepare them to pursue the CPA designation. The master's program is also available to all students who hold a bachelor's degree. However, non-accounting students may need to take prerequisites in business, economics and statistics. Graduate students can complete the program in a year and get to specialize in financial accounting/auditing, management accounting/controllership, taxation or enterprise information systems.
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg State University offers a minor in accounting or internal auditing, a bachelor's in accounting and an MBA with a specialization in accounting. The minor requires 21 credits of coursework and includes courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting and accounting systems. The bachelor's program in accounting has courses in accounting law, advanced financial accounting and information systems auditing/controls. The MBA program has a specialization in accounting, and students may take courses like accounting law and managerial accounting. Students who begin planning early on during their undergraduate studies may be able to complete the bachelor's and MBA programs in only five years.
University of Kansas
Located in Lawrence, this university has a bachelor's degree program in accounting with concentrations in entrepreneurship, information systems, international business, human resources and supply chain management. In addition to taking accounting courses, undergraduate students must also learn a foreign language or complete international studies. The Master of Accounting program takes one year to complete, and students may qualify for the CPA exam. The doctoral degree program in accounting offers tracks in auditing or finance. PhD students are required to complete research, seminars, exams and a dissertation. The PhD program in accounting is intended for students who plan on working as scholars or research professionals.
Found in Topeka, this university offers a bachelor's degree in accounting. Students can learn about accounting principles like income tax laws and internal control systems. The program also teaches students how to utilize accounting data and current technology involved in accounting processes.
Wichita State University
Wichita State University's accounting minor program has courses in business software, financial accounting and managerial accounting. The bachelor's program in accounting may contain courses that cover accounting principles in auditing, tax planning and budgeting. The Master of Accountancy program contains courses like advanced auditing, taxation of estates/trusts, thesis research and tax research. Students who complete the bachelor's and master's programs should be prepared to take the CPA exams.
Students usually need a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field to qualify for employment as accountants or auditors. However, those who want to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) need to have at least 150 semester hours of coursework and pass the Uniform CPA Examination. Accountants need to have the CPA designation if they file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Accounting Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Baker University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; fringe town||Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting||$27,160*|
|Barton County Community College||2-year; public; fringe rural|| Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technical Accounting Specialist,
Associate in Science (AS) in Accounting
|$3,200 in-state; $4,192 out-of-state*|
|Butler Community College||2-year; public; distant town||Accounting Assistant Certificate B,
AAS in Accounting Assistant,
AS in Accounting
|$3,235 in-district; $3,565 in-state; $5,185 out-of-state*|
|Emporia State University||4-year; public; remote town|| Minor in Accounting,
BS in Business - Accounting,
Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in accounting
|$5,936 in-state; $18,524 out-of-state*|
|Fort Hays State University||4-year; public; remote town||Minor in Accounting,
Certificate in Accounting,
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting or Accounting/Finance,
MBA with a concentration in accounting
|$4,654 in-state; $13,657 out-of-state*|
|Kansas State University||4-year; public; small city|| BS in Accounting,
Master of Accountancy
|$9,350 in-state; $23,429 out-of-state*|
|Pittsburg State University||4-year; public; distant town|| Minor in Accounting or Internal Auditing,
BBA in Accounting,
MBA with a concentration in accounting
|$6,508 in-state; $16,978 out-of-state*|
|University of Kansas||4-year; public; small city|| BS in Business - Accounting,
Master of Accounting,
PhD in Accounting
|$10,825 in-state; $26,659 out-of-state*|
|Washburn University||4-year; public; midsize city||BBA in Accounting||$6,350 in-state; $14,222 out-of-state*|
|Wichita State University||4-year; public; large city|| Minor in Accounting,
BBA in Accounting,
Master of Accountancy
|$7,528 in-state; $15,851 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.