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Oklahoma Accounting Schools

There are many colleges and universities in Oklahoma offering certificate and degree programs for students interested in beginning or advancing careers in accounting. This summary of accounting schools in Oklahoma can help you find the information you need to make the right choice for your interests and career expectations. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, you might also consider online accounting schools for their scheduling flexibility, reduced commuting time, and opportunities for independent learning.

Quick School Facts:

  • 29 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Oklahoma.
  • 15 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Oklahoma.
  • 19 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 10 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 19 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • One school ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: University of Tulsa (55).
  • Three schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): University of Oklahoma (67), Oklahoma State University (88), University of Tulsa (93).

Learn more about accounting schools in Oklahoma and careers for accounting graduates by continuing below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma have been accredited by the AACSB:

Oklahoma State University (Spears School of Business)
University of Oklahoma (Michael F. Price College of Business)

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 Oklahoma in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree (schools with at least 20 candidates):

  1. University of Oklahoma Norman 73.3%
  2. Oklahoma State University
  3. University of Tulsa
  4. University of Central Oklahoma

There were 14 schools in Oklahoma that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 6.3% to 73.3% (including schools with fewer than 20 candidates) 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.

Oklahoma Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa provides a full Master of Accountancy program during which students will learn advanced principles of the finance side of business and explore real-life scenarios that will help them to think through problems and adapt as needed. A strong focus is placed on accountability and ethics in business. Certain core classes must be passed in order to qualify for acceptance, but a bachelor’s degree is not necessary in every case. For outstanding students already enrolled in the school’s undergraduate accounting program, there are provisions allowing them to begin studying for their Master of Accountancy during their senior year.

Eastern Central University

Oklahoma’s Eastern Central University has added a full Master of Accountancy degree to its offerings. The program readies students to work in the accounting and finance fields as well as for eventual CPA testing. Undergraduate accounting students at the school can transfer into the master’s program while still working through their undergraduate degree. ECU’s graduate program sets itself apart by providing flexible class schedules to help working students to be able to earn their degree without disrupting work and/or family obligations.

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Oklahoma Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma has a respected accounting undergraduate program. The four-year program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in several areas of accounting and finance. Over the course of their studies, students will participate in a variety of learning experiences geared toward making them able to make informed decisions in their career based on fundamental principles and critical thinking methods.

Oklahoma State University

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University has a multi-faceted program through which students can earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Over the course of their studies, program attendees will be given the opportunity to earn 120 credits. Students seeking public certification often choose to continue on and earn a master’s degree which will fulfill the remainder of the 150 credit-hour requirement to take the state CPA exam. Students wishing to enter the workforce after earning their undergraduate degree enjoy high job placement rates.

Top-Ranked Accounting Schools in Oklahoma

Following are the best-rated accounting schools in the state of Oklahoma.
Businessweek Top Undergraduate Accounting Programs
University of Oklahoma (Price) #93 (2012)

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Oklahoma

Oklahoma serves as headquarters to the large banking and finance firm, BOK Financial Corporation, which employs many accounting program graduates from local colleges and universities. Other companies based in Oklahoma that regularly hire finance, tax, and accounting experts include Hitachi Computer Products, Alamo Rent-A-Car, and Hilti North America. Local and federal government departments in the state are always in need of qualified accounting professionals to fill long-term positions.

CPA Requirements in Oklahoma

Many students opt to sit for the CPA in order to become certified for public accounting work. CPAs are in high demand in the public and private sectors throughout Oklahoma and its surrounding states. To take the exam, candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree plus 150 hours of field experience. Additionally, testers must be legal residents of Oklahoma state and must pass a background check and ethics test before qualifying. One year (at least 1,800 hours) of experience is also mandatory in order to be considered to sit for the exam.

Oklahoma Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Fort Smith 600 $62,930
Lawton 180 $50,890
Oklahoma City 5,060 $61,020
Tulsa 4,890 $57,640

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

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Oklahoma Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Cameron University
2800 W Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505
(580) 581-2200
www.cameron.edu

Student Review: “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Cameron University. I took several accounting classes during my time there, from August 2004 to May 2008. Cameron University is a small campus, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality. The professors truly cared about their students, and often went out of their way to help in any way needed. Also, the accounting program encouraged networking with local business people in the field and even brought them in as guest speakers. Cameron also offered many opportunities to learn and take part in activities outside the classroom. Overall, I would give Cameron University’s accounting department an enthusiastic recommendation.” -Student at Cameron University

University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
800 S Tucker Dr
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-2000
www.utulsa.edu

Eastern Central University (Ada, OK)
1100 E 14th St
Ada, OK 74820
(580) 332-6347
www.ecok.edu

University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)
100 North University Dr
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 974-2000
www.uco.edu

Oklahoma Panhandle State University
323 Eagle Blvd
Goodwell, OK 73939
(580) 349-2611
www.opsu.edu/‎

Student Review: “I attended Oklahoma Panhandle State Univeristy’s accounting program. I really enjoyed the clases I took online classes because I was still able to attend normal classes and tutoring sessions if needed. There were always teachers or tutors available to me. This was a plus as I needed a lot of extra help. The school is a small school and the staff were able to help me sucessfully complete my program. I believe that without the individual time I would not have passed my accounting classes in college. The program went above and beyond with this aspect.” -Student at Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
219 Student Union
Stillwater, OK 74074
(405) 744-5000
www.okstate.edu

Northeastern State University
600 N Grand Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464
(918) 456-5511
www.nsuok.edu

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my experience in the accounting program at Northeastern State University. While there, I learned about the principles of accounting and how to apply them to a job situation. I feel that I was challenged by the work given to me, but the professor was very helpful in guiding me to understand the material. He would always stay after class to help anyone that needed it. The one thing that I disliked about the program was the group projects. The projects should be incorporated, but that aspect was not well thought out. There were many groups of three or four, but many times only one or two people were helping with the projects. When the professor was told about it, nothing was fixed and the people who did not participate still got full credit for the projects. I really enjoyed the program other than that, and I would strongly recommend the accounting program to anyone.” -Student at Northeastern State University


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