Mississippi Accounting Schools

The colleges and universities in Mississippi offer many different programs of study for students interested in pursuing a certificate or degree in accounting. This guide to accounting schools in Mississippi provides essential information on available accounting programs so that you can evaluate your options and make an educated choice. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, online accounting schools are another option you may wish to consider for their reduced commuting time and opportunities for self-directed study.

Quick School Facts

  • 19 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Mississippi.
  • 5 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Mississippi.
  • 2 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 13 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 11 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): University of Mississippi (101).

Continue reading to find profiles of popular programs, available majors, and more about accounting schools in Mississippi.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Mississippi

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 Mississippi have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • Mississippi State University (College of Business)
  • The University of Mississippi (School of Business Administration)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (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 Mississippi in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Mississippi 64.2%
  2. Mississippi State University
  3. University of Southern Mississippi
  4. Mississippi College
  5. Jackson State University

This list includes the top schools in Mississippi with at least 20 candidates. There were 9 schools in Mississippi that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 32.6% to 64.2% (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.

Mississippi Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi offers a Masters in Professional Accountancy (MPA) program accredited by the AACSB and anchored by a prestigious faculty that emphasizes close relationships with students. In addition to fulfilling the education requirements instituted by the CPA exam, students are provided opportunities to network with accounting professionals in public, corporate and government positions to further their career prospects while working toward their degree. These individual interactions with potential employers provide the scaffolding for future network ventures and contribute to the consistently high employment record of recent graduates. The USM program highlights the importance of overall career success for its students and extends beyond the classroom to enhance student opportunity and marketability.

Mississippi College

Mississippi College’s MBA with an Accounting Concentration includes accounting courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation and auditing and is structured to prepare students to pursue professional careers in public, private, governmental and nonprofit sectors. This night program allows students to complete the degree in 1-2 years while maintaining a full-time occupation. In addition to the Accounting specialization, the integrated curriculum includes an emphasis on written and oral communication, problem-solving, awareness of proper business ethics and an understanding of global business perspectives.

Mississippi Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi features the separate Patterson School of Accountancy to adequately prepare students for the breadth of career opportunities within the wide scope of accounting. The Bachelor of Accountancy program instructs students in the four major fields of accountancy: public, management, governmental and taxation, imparting the knowledge and skills require immediately enter the workforce or pursue higher degrees in a variety of subjects. Students at Ole Miss benefit from the unique resources of two national research centers housed within the School of Accountancy: the National Tax History Research Center, and the National EDP Audit Archival Center. Graduates from this program have continued on to occupy leadership positions in international accounting firms, CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, and heads of governmental and non-profit organizations.

Mississippi State University

The Adkerson School of Accountancy at Mississippi State University emphasizes a holistic approach to education that includes instruction in multiple facets of accounting, principles of communication, experience in business collaboration and exposure to new and developing technologies and regulations. The undergraduate program prepares students for positions in public, private and governmental accounting. Graduates and current students benefit from a network of alumni connections and an established internship program that fosters leadership and intrapersonal skills and often leads to direct job opportunities for qualified students.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has projected a total growth of 21.7% for accountancy jobs through 2018,1 a value above the national projections released by the US Department of Labor. Currently, agriculture remains the largest and most profitable industry in Mississippi and employs the greatest number of accountants throughout the state. Major corporations include Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms. The Mississippi gaming industry also provides a unique opportunity for specialized account management, taxation, and auditing in both private and governmental spheres. Accounting Today included Vicksburg-based May & Company in their list of 2011 Best Accounting Firms to Work For. Larger regional firms Grantham, Poole, Randall, Reitano, Arrington, & Cunningham, PLLC., and Nicholson & Company, PLLC., continue to display positive hiring and training trends for recent graduates seeking to enhance careers in public accountancy. Leading firms KPMG, BKD, Horne, and the Kemp Group all have offices within Mississippi and cumulatively employ a large percentage of Mississippi’s accountants.

Mississippi Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Hattiesburg 200 $52,280
Jackson 1,920 $56,390
Memphis 3,130 $62,120
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 840 $52,640

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

Mississippi Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

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University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
118 College Dr
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-1000

Mississippi College (Clinton, MS)
200 Capitol St
Clinton, MS 39056
(601) 925-3000

Student Review: “I can truly say the Accounting program at Mississippi prepared me for my career. First, I’ll say I attended two other universities before and my experiences in the programs there don’t compare to my experience here. The accounting program is one of the largest at the universities, but you could never tell. Professors are really hands-on. Because the curriculum is quite rigorous, professors are sure to answer questions in class (which is rare at many big universities) and you always have the opportunity to visit them to speak during office hours. One thing I especially loved about my experience there, is that about three months prior to graduation, the head of the accounting department meets with each student and inquires about how confident they feel in their ability to pursue their future career and any topics they may not be clear about. Mississippi College is also a Christian university so that plays a large part in the close-knitted family, caring atmosphere there. I would honestly recommend the accounting program there to anyone interested.” -student at Mississippi College

University of Mississippi (University, MS)
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7211

Mississippi State University
B. S. Hood Rd
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
(662) 325-2323

1. Mississippi Department of Employment Security: http://mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/occupational-projections/
2. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
3. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: https://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/