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Montana Accounting Schools

Those interested in pursuing an accounting degree or certificate in Montana have an array of school and program options from which to choose. The following guide to accounting schools in Montana contains key information so that you can choose the school and program that are the right fit for your interests and career goals. After researching your options, you may find that an online accounting school is the right fit. Many students report that online accounting programs offer increased flexibility and greater opportunities for independent study than traditional on campus programs.

Quick School Facts:

  • 10 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Montana.
  • 3 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Montana.
  • 10 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 6 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013.
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools).

Read more about accounting schools in Montana by continuing below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Montana

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 180 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB. The following accounting programs in Montana have been accredited by the AACSB:

The University of Montana (School of Business Administration)

Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Montana in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Montana Missoula 68.1%
  2. Montana State University
  3. Carroll College
  4. Montana State University Billings
  5. University of Great Falls

There were 5 schools in Montana that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 44.4% to 68.1% according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Montana Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Montana

The University of Montana, located in Missoula, has a Master of Accountancy program that is renowned nationwide because of the impressive CPA passing rates of its graduates. The program also boasts a 90% employment rate1 within the first three months of completion. Undergraduate degrees in accounting are available through the University’s School of Business Administration. Most students who complete the undergraduate program at the University are accepted to its master’s program if they apply.

Montana State University – Bozeman

The Master of Accountancy program at Montana State University Bozeman is also known for its students’ high CPA pass rates. Most graduates pass all sections on their first try, and many receive job offers from local firms while they are still in school. MSU also offers undergraduate courses in accounting and related disciplines like finance. Program candidates must have already completed an undergraduate program or have plans to complete their remaining undergraduate courses concurrently as they begin their graduate studies.

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Montana Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

University of Great Falls

The University of Great Falls offers students three routes to take in obtaining an undergraduate degree in accounting. They can either major in accounting, minor in accounting, or major in accounting with a public accounting concentration. The last has a course load specifically designed to help students prepare for eventual public certification. All routes give students the opportunity to learn and practice several key business skills as they prepare for their chosen career path. The program uses a model of personalized guidance through small class sizes. The University has partnerships with many local businesses, who regularly grant internships to program participants.

Carroll College

Carroll College’s accounting undergraduate program focuses on preparing students for the CPA exam, as well as for careers in multiple areas of the market. Class sizes are small, so that students can work closely with instructors. The program is known for its emphasis on the principles of critical thinking and ethics in business in addition to the requisite math and finance studies. Local firms often recruit Carroll accounting students for internships while they are still attending classes.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Montana

Generally speaking, neither a graduate degree nor a CPA certification is necessary to work in the accounting field. However, many firms will demand that applicants possess at least one of the two – and those who wish to work as public accountants must become certified. Although a graduate degree is not required to take the exam, students will need to have completed at least 150 credit hours at an accredited institution to qualify. In Montana, CPA candidates must also have one year of experience in their field before they are considered to be fully certified. This is often achieved through internships at local firms, which many students complete while still attending program courses.

The state of Montana is rich with career opportunities for accounting program graduates. The tourism and hospitality industry, which thrives given the state’s popular national parks, employs a great many accounting experts. Montana is also home to several large financial institutions, insurance agencies, and other top employers of accountants. Accounting firm KPMG has locations in both Helena and Billings. The operations center for Avitus Payroll, a major employer of tax experts and accountants, is in Billings as well. There are also many government agencies – both state and federal – that regularly hire accounting grads for long-term positions.

Montana Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Billings 550 $65,980
Great Falls 220 $60,730
Missoula 390 $56,880

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

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Montana Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

The University of Montana (Missoula, MT)
32 Campus Dr
Missoula, Mt 59812
www.umt.edu

Montana State University (Bozeman, MT)
101 Montana Hall
Bozeman, Mt 59717
(406) 994-0211
www.montana.edu

University of Great Falls (Great Falls, MT)
1301 20th St S
Great Falls, Mt 59405
(800) 856-9544
www.ugf.edu

Carroll College (Helena, MT)
1601 N Benton Ave
Helena, Mt 59625
(406) 447-4300
www.carroll.edu

References:
1. University of Montana: http://www.business.umt.edu/programs/graduate/macct-program/default.php
2. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
3. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: http://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/