Kansas students and others interested in accounting careers may be interested in a listing of accredited accounting degree programs in Kansas.

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Many of the required classes are similar in subject matter but are delivered in diverse ways. Some of the schools stress experiential learning more than others. Many offer opportunities to study abroad so that business students can get an understanding of the international business environment. All of the undergraduate programs explain that the requisite courses to meet the degrees will not satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA exam.

Emporia State University

School of Business

This school says the small size of its classes is important because students remain engaged with the faculty and their peers. The Emporia School of Business features two learning labs: the Focus Lab for marketing research and the newly-remodeled Richel Lab with its cutting-edge technology. Career placement is highly valued and the school has fostered relationships throughout the state that lead to internship opportunities. Classes are offered in online, in-classroom settings, or in hybrid format. There are also several classes and programs available at the Overland Park satellite campus.

Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting Major

This degree prepares students for entry-level positions in accounting as well as giving them the knowledge and technical skills they need to sit for the CPA exam. The school notes that the CPA exam requires a minimum of one-hundred-fifty credit hours and students will have to complete additional undergraduate classes or finish the master’s program to satisfy the requirement. The one-hundred-twenty-four credit hour program includes forty-eight to fifty-five hours in general education classes, thirty-six hours of business core requirements, twenty-four accounting major classes and nine to sixteen elective hours, eleven of which must be non-business. (Statistics and economics are not counted as business classes). In addition, students may take a semester-long internship during their senior year. Tuition is $2,807 in-state and $8,694 out-of state.

Accounting Minor

There are sixteen hours required in this minor. Required classes are Financial and Managerial Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting I and Cost Accounting. There is also a required elective chosen from Information Systems, Intermediate Accounting II, Federal Income tax Accounting and Managerial Accounting II. Only students earning bachelor degrees in business or a BS in Education—Business education may take more than thirty credit hours of business courses. This rule is in effect even for non-business students earning a minor in the school of business. A student with a business major will only need ten credit hours to satisfy the requirements for the minor since six of the requisites are business courses. In addition, some of the courses required for the minor may only be taken after the student has achieved junior standing.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact

Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia KS 66801
620-341-1200

http://www.emporia.edu/business/programs/accounting/

Kansas State University

College of Business Administration

This business college was founded in 1962. The programs are enhanced by business professionals who act as advisors. One of the prime values espoused by the school is that of team-building. Undergraduate programs run the gamut of business studies so that students may make informed career choices after being exposed to the different areas. There are sixty-seven full-time faculty members and an enrollment of approximately 2603 undergraduate plus one-hundred twenty-two graduate students in the business school student body. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked this as the number one business program in Kansas.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

This is a one-hundred twenty-six credit hour program. There is a required Pre-Professional Program which is fifty-four credit hours. In addition, there are thirty credits of business core classes and twenty-four in the major field, six credit hours of economics electives and twelve hours of unrestricted electives. The program is actually a five-year master’s degree path but students may leave after four years with a BS degree. The school advises that, since the MAcc degree has become a standard for employment in the accounting industry, and since the CPA exam requires a minimum of one-hundred-fifty credit hours, students remain in the school and complete the last year, earning their master’s degrees. All students at the university are required to take BAPP classes in addition, which are proficiency courses in expository writing and oral communication. The tuition for twelve credit hours is $4,292.70 for Kansas residents and $10, 765.20 for out-of-state students.

Accreditation

  • Higher Learning Commission North Central Association.
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact

College of Business Administration
109 Calvin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6180

https://cba.k-state.edu/

Pittsburg State University

Gladys A Kelce College of Business

This school was listed in the Princeton Review’s Best 296 Business Schools for 2013. Entrepreneurial Magazine rated it as one of the top schools in entrepreneurship. In fact, their goal is to become the “premier public business college” in the region. One of the school’s core values is the concept of team-building. There are three departments in the business school: Accounting and Information Systems, Economics, Finance and Banking and Management and Marketing.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

This pre-professional degree prepares students for an accounting career. The degree includes one-hundred-twenty-four to one-hundred-twenty-six credit hours. Eighteen are in basic skills like speech and English composition (including research writing) and nine are in math. There are thirty-eight to forty-five credit hours of other liberal arts classes like natural and physical science, social studies, political science, “Producing and Consuming,” business and computer/technology classes. Classes in the humanities and cultural studies are requisites as well. Following the general classes there are “Common Body of Knowledge” studies in accounting and economics. This school has an innovative tuition system. Students are charged a flat rate for ten credit hours. After that, there is no further charge, even if you students take eighteen or more credit hours. The tuition is $2,953 in-state and $7,893 out-of-state.

Minor in Accounting

This degree is for non-business students, such as education majors who want to add accounting skills to their educational resumes so that they may pursue careers in areas like education administration, and for business majors who want to increase their job marketability with additional business knowledge and skills. The course is twenty-one credit hours. Fifteen of these are in the required courses of financial and managerial accounting, Intermediate Managerial Accounting I, Intermediate Finance I and II, and Information Technologies and Accounting Systems. There are two required three-credit electives chosen from the following classes: Business Taxation, Internal Auditing, Intermediate Managerial Accounting II and Fraud Examination to complete the minor.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International

Contact

Pittsburg School of Business
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway St.
Pittsburg, KS 66762
620-235-6171

http://www.pittstate.edu/college/business/

University of Kansas

School of Business

The University of Kansas School of Business boasts global business connections which enrich the educational experience for students and afford them many networking and employment opportunities. The school features a “study-abroad” program that includes locations in France, Italy, India, China, Germany, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic. It is one of only thirty-six universities included in the membership of the Association of American Universities. The school stresses lifelong learning and has programs in business leadership, business honors and multicultural business for undergraduates.

Accounting Bachelor of Science in Business

This one-hundred-twenty credit hour program begins with KU Core Classes which help new college students acclimate to the higher education learning environment and assures they have competencies in writing and in spoken communication. Beyond that, there are liberal arts classes in math and psychology and a natural science lab. There are twenty credit hours in foundational business skills, eighteen in core business, nineteen in the accounting concentration and six advanced business classes. The required capstone project is Business Policy and Management. There is also a required “International Dimensions” course which can be fulfilled through acquiring or demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language, study abroad or in taking university classes in international studies. At the culmination of the program graduates will be qualified to work in the accounting field, but to be a professional accountant they must sit for the CPA exam which requires one-hundred-fifty credit hours. Annual tuition is $10,901 in-state and $25,667 out-of-state.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact

School of Business
University of Kansas
1300 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-7500

http://www.business.ku.edu/

Washburn University

Washburn School of Business

This school partners with the Washburn University Small Business Development Center and the Washburn University Foundation for workshops and seminars to broaden the educational experience. It boasts small classes taught by full-time professors and business professionals. There are seven undergraduate programs at the school that access cutting-edge technology. The School of Business offers the opportunity for students to manage an actual equities portfolio. There are also internships and opportunities to work and study abroad.

Bachelor of Business Administration with Emphasis in Accounting

This is a one-hundred-twenty-four credit hour program which begins in assuring that students have written and oral communication skills. The courses are divided into four sections each of which satisfies a stipulation of the school goals and values: problem-solving abilities, ethical decision-making, global awareness and technological abilities. Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Business Administration with Emphasis in Accounting should understand and apply current accounting procedures within the scope of income tax laws with competency and ethics. Requisites courses are in four components: correlates, lower core classes, upper core classes and major-specific. At the end of the program there is a WTE elective and a field exam. Tuition for the degree program is $237 per in-state credit hour and $535 per out-of-state credit hour.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact

Washburn School of Business
Henderson 114 Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
784-670-1308
Email through website
http://www.washburn.edu/academics/college-schools/business/index.html

Wichita State University

W. Frank Barton School of Business

This century-old school says it has the widest range of undergraduate degrees in Kansas. Because it is located in a large metropolitan area there are many opportunities for diverse business experiences. The Barton School of Business has both MBA and EMBA programs in addition to its undergraduate degrees. The goal of the school is that students will become “entrepreneurial international lifelong learners.” There is a “Cooperative Education” program that includes paid and unpaid internships, semester or year-long study-abroad opportunities and a national student exchange with one-hundred-seventy other schools.

Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting

This one-hundred-twenty-four credit hour program includes a required three-credit class in how to be a business student. The degree requires that fifty percent of the business courses be completed at Wichita State and the basic skills (writing and oral communication competencies) must be completed within the first forty-eight credit hours. “Advanced Standing” courses include introductions to many business classes including business software. There are liberal arts general courses followed by business core and major specific classes. There are also ten elective credit hours that can help students tailor their degrees to the careers they want. Regular undergraduate tuition is $187.40 per credit hour and out-state tuition is $465.20.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact

W Frank Barton School of Business
Clinton Hall
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, KS 67260
316-978-3200

http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/academics/business/

This listing of accounting programs will enable the prospective student to begin choosing a program that will meet his or her educational needs and learning style. That appropriateness is one way to assure that students will be successful. Each of the schools in this list of accredited accounting degree programs in Kansas has a detailed and helpful website to explore.