Nebraska Accounting Schools

The colleges and universities in Nebraska offer a wide variety of accounting programs, from programs in general accounting to programs in specialty accounting practice such as private accounting, financial operations, and valuation. This overview of accounting schools in Nebraska provides important information about your options so that you can make an educated decision. You may also wish to consider the improved flexibility and reduced commuting time that can be offered by online accounting schools.

Quick School Facts

  • 5 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Nebraska.
  • 13 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Nebraska.
  • 3 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 7 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 14 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).

Learn more about accounting schools in Nebraska, popular programs, and career options within the state by reading below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Nebraska

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 Nebraska have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • Creighton University (College of Business Administration)
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (College of Business Administration)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (College 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 Nebraska in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Creighton University 68.7%
  2. University of Nebraska Lincoln
  3. University of Nebraska Omaha

This list includes the top schools in Nebraska with at least 20 candidates. There were 12 schools in Nebraska that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 22.7% to 83.3% (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.

Nebraska Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln offers a comprehensive graduate program enabling students to obtain their Master of Professional Accountancy while preparing for the CPA examination. Accounting bachelor’s degree candidates can enter the master’s program while in the final year of their undergraduate studies as long as they have maintained good academic standing with the university. For students who already hold a BS in accounting, the MPA program will require an additional 36 hours of coursework.

University of Nebraska – Omaha

The University of Nebraska – Omaha also has a well-respected accounting program where students can earn their Master of Accounting and become fully eligible to sit for the state CPA exam. The program accepts qualified applicants who have graduated from accredited undergraduate programs. Students can complete their undergraduate degree in Business Administration with an Accounting specialization at the school. If they plan to complete their BS, qualifying students can apply to the master’s program before they have finished their undergraduate work.

Nebraska Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Nebraska Wesleyan

Nebraska Wesleyan offers bachelor’s degrees with a special focus on Accounting through the school’s Business, Accounting, and Economics Department. The program prepares students for an immediate career in the business world, as well as for furthering their education through a graduate degree if they so desire. The department works with local businesses to create internship opportunities for students in the program. Graduates usually find employment in their field soon after finishing.

Peru State College

Peru State College has a full accounting undergraduate degree that prepares students for a career in the public or private accounting world. There is an option to complete a standard BS in Accounting, or students can opt to focus on Public Accounting. The Public Accounting degree requires additional credit hours and aims to better prepare students to one day sit for the state CPA exam.

Top Ranked Accounting Programs

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln #119

Careers Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Nebraska

Nebraska has several career opportunities available for accounting program graduates in both the public and private sectors. There are a large number of state and local government agencies that keep many accounting specialists on their staff. Large accounting firms like Ernst & Young and Deloitte are located in the state, and often hire local graduates for both internships and full-time positions. Food manufacturing giant ConAgra is located in Omaha and employs numerous accounting and tax specialists every year. Hormel, another highly successfully food distributor, is in Fremont and is also a big employer of accounting degree-holders.

CPA Requirements in Nebraska

In order to take the CPA in Nebraska, students must have at least a bachelor’s degree and have completed 150 applicable credits at a qualified institution. Most CPA candidates choose to obtain a master’s degree in order to fulfill the full credit requirement and also to further their career potential. In order to be eligible to take the exam, a person must have at least 4,000 hours of related experience completed within a two-year period.

Nebraska Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Lincoln 1,510 $61,100
Omaha-Council Bluffs 4,500 $67,920
Sioux City 430 $63,540

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

Nebraska Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
1400 R St
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 472-7211

University of Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
6001 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-2800

Nebraska Wesleyan (Lincoln, NE)
5000 St Paul Ave
Lincoln, NE
(800) 541-3818

Peru State College (Peru, NE)
600 Hyot St
Peru, NE 68421
(800) 742-4412

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/