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Kansas Accounting Schools

The accounting schools in Kansas offer a broad array of programs in accounting to match the needs and interests of students from diverse backgrounds. These programs can prepare you for a satisfying career in a range of accounting roles, including controller, tax accountant, and assurance officer. Some students find that online accounting schools offer similar programs with flexible academic opportunities better matched to personal scheduling needs.

Quick School Facts

  • 22 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Kansas.
  • 19 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Kansas.
  • 9 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 19 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 23 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).

Keep reading this page to find more information about accounting schools in Kansas, including profiles of popular programs and majors.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Kansas

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 Kansas have been accredited by the AACSB:

Kansas State University (College of Business Administration)
University of Kansas (School of Business)
Wichita State University (W. Frank Barton School 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 Kansas in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Kansas 74.0%
  2. Pittsburg State University
  3. Kansas State University
  4. Benedictine College

There were 9 schools in Kansas that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 20.0% to 74.0% 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.

Kansas Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

Friends University

Friends University offers a Master of Business Administration in Accounting degree that emphasizes functional accounting skills while equipping students to obtain positions of leadership in a business environment. The Friends University Master of Business Administration in Accounting develops students’ advanced accounting and communication skills while laying the foundation for strong organizational decision making. Friends University’s campus is in Wichita, Kansas, and offers students access to cutting edge learning and technology at competitive tuition rates.

Wichita State University

Wichita State University offers a Master of Accountancy program designed to further an understanding of accounting in students through exposure to general education, accounting, business, and management principles. This Master of Accountancy degree offers students the choice of two concentration areas, Accounting Information Systems or Taxation. Located in Wichita, Kansas, Wichita State University is the only urban research university in Kansas. This urban location provides students with educational, social, and cultural opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere in the state.

Kansas Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

University of Kansas

The University of Kansas’ School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree that prepares students for careers in accounting and auditing. The curriculum includes courses in several areas of accounting including financial, managerial, taxation, auditing, and information systems. Many well-known organizations regularly hire graduates from this program through on-campus recruitment visits. The main campus of The University of Kansas is in Lawrence, and is known as a hub for public research. Its many educational programs are nationally recognized.

Washburn University

Washburn University’s School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting degree which combines an education in accounting with an education in business to better equip students for accounting challenges. The course of study for the Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting includes generally accepted accounting principles and income tax, internal controls, accounting technology, and accounting ethics. Professors of the program help students network with professional accounting organizations and facilitate internship placement. From its campus in Topeka, Kansas, Washburn University has become established through its liberal arts and professional programs. In fall 2013, Washburn University’s School of Business will start to offer a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree which will allow undergraduate students to simultaneously pursue a master’s degree with just one additional year of school. The MAcc program also provides an evening-based path for working professionals that can be completed in 12 to 60 months.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in Kansas

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs
University of Kansas – Lawrence #38 (2012)
Kansas State University #73

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Kansas

There are many opportunities for Kansas accounting grads to start their own accounting firms, or work in public, private, or government accounting. Berberich Trahan & Co., P.A., also known as BT&Co., is one of the largest accounting firms in Northeast Kansas, and attributes its growth to its efforts to revitalize the practice of accounting through the firm’s personality and culture. BT&Co. offers its staff workplace benefits more commonly associated with Silicon Valley than Kansas, such as in-office arcade games, in addition to competitive benefits. BT&Co. invites accounting grads interested in a challenging career to contact the company. Grant Thornton, the international accounting, auditing, and consulting firm, maintains an office in Wichita, Kansas. Grant Thornton’s recruiting focus is on individuals who want to be challenged and inspired by their work and by their peers. Grant Thornton regularly recruits new hires for its Wichita office. Kennedy and Coe LLC is one of the Top 100 accounting firms in the US, with six office locations across Kansas plus additional offices in Colorado. Kennedy and Coe puts the focus on its clients, who have businesses in multiple industries. Kennedy and Coe frequently recruits accounting grads for its openings.

Kansas Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Kansas City 11,030 $61,710
St. Joseph 480 $53,160
Topeka 1,020 $54,520
Wichita 2,320 $61,150

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

Kansas Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Johnson County Community College (Overland Park)
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 469-8500
http://www.jccc.edu/

Student Review: “All my classes were 100% online, which was important for me, since I worked during the day. The professors responded to emails within 24 hours and were always willing to assist with questions or problems. The online format worked well for me and the classes had a strict schedule for students to follow as to not get behind. One problem that I encountered frequently was that the grading on tests and quizzes were often wrong. For example, I would answer a question correctly but the answer would be marked as incorrect. A simple email to the professor was able to solve that problem.” -student at Johnson County Community College
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Friends University (Des Moines)
2100 W University St
Wichita, KS 67213
(316) 295-5000
https://www.friends.edu/

Wichita State University (Wichita)
1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3456
http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/

The University of Kansas (Lawrence)
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2700
https://www.nwciowa.edu/

Student Review: “I have greatly enjoyed my experience at the University of Kansas. Their accounting program offers many options for courses and they offer a MAC program that coincides with taking the CPA exam. They like students to take a course to familiarize themselves with opportunities that an accounting degree can provide. This class prepares students to have an idea of what they will use the degree for along with valuable interview skills that can be used at the schools business career fair. The companies at the business career fair offer great opportunities and if nothing else plenty of practice interviewing. Most of the professors I have had are great but like any school, I would imagine, some of the courses are taught by grad students. I would recommend researching grad students on an individual basis as some are good and others will leave you learning the majority of the material on your own or worse. Most of the professors are wonderful and really make sure you learn what you need to know. It isn’t easy to get in to the school of business but the opportunities are well worth the hard work. The advanced business electives allow students the opportunity to explore some fun and interesting applications in accounting. KU is a great school and I guarantee that if you graduate from the University of Kansas you will have had a wonderful college experience. Over 90% of students who graduate with a Masters are able to get jobs within their first year out of college.” -Amelia H., student at University of Kansas
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Washburn University (Topeka)
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1010
http://www.washburn.edu/


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