If you are considering continuing after your bachelor’s program to complete a master’s degree, or if you have been in the workforce gaining valuable experience and have postponed your degree, the following list of accredited accounting degree programs in Kansas may help you select a program that will meet your needs.

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It is worthwhile to finish a master’s program; according to some sources, graduate students in accounting make $500,000 more over a lifetime than professionals with an undergraduate degree. Most of the programs listed can be earned as traditional degrees or through working adult programs with evening classes, online courses or as hybrid degrees.

Kansas State University

College of Business Administration

Kansas State University was ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as # 142 of National Universities. The school, founded in 1863, has more than 250 undergraduate majors to choose from as well as 60 graduate programs. Most classes have fewer than fifty students. The business school is large with more than 67 full-time faculty members. Its top-listed focus is the ethics of business. Its assurance of learning statement says graduates will have the following skills: written and oral communication proficiencies; teamwork; quantitative reasoning; financial analytical skills; computer skills; ethical research skills and a global perspective.

Master of Accountancy

In this degree program students learn to solve “abstract, unstructured problems” and how to keep on learning throughout their lifetime. The program takes one year of full-time study to complete, and there are three specialty tracks available including accounting: financial reporting and auditing; taxation and controllership and enterprise information systems. The degree program is accredited separately from the business school by the AACSB. The program contains 30 credit hours with the following requisite courses: Advanced Financial Reporting; Seminars in Professional Accounting; twelve credits in accounting electives and six credits each in business and non-business electives. Students must apply to the graduate school first, and most enter with an undergraduate degree in accounting or business. If they do not have this background, they must take business foundational courses such as statistics before beginning the MAcc coursework.

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Contact

College of Business Administration
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS, 66506
785-532-7190

Pittsburg State University

Kelce College of Business

Pittsburg State University is ranked as #84 of Regional Universities Midwest by the U.S. News and World Report. The Princeton review also lists it in the top 295 universities. The school was founded in 1903. Its student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1 and most classes have less than fifty students. The College of Business has study-abroad opportunities that may be taken any time during the degree program in China, France, Korea and Taiwan and special accounting international study programs in England, Ireland, Scotland and other places. Students are encouraged to participate in these opportunities.

Master of Business Administration in Accounting

The goal for this program is to graduate professionals with knowledge of financial analysis, marketing and reporting, the domestic and the global business environments, the creation of goods and services and their distribution, the impact of technology on business, human behavior in groups and quantitative analysis. Students apply first to the graduate school and then to the program. The courses are taught in traditional formats as well as advanced degree and working professional versions. The program contains thirty-four credits and can be completed by full-time students with backgrounds in accounting or business in one year. Students without that background will complete the degree in eighteen months to two years and must take a series of foundati0onal courses in addition to the MBA core and electives. The degree program fulfills the 150 hour educational requirement for sitting for the CPA examination.

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Contact

Kelce College of Business
Pittsburgh State University
1701 Broadway Street
Pittsburgh, KS, 66762
620-235-4592

http://www.pittstate.edu/college/business/mba-program/

University of Kansas

School of Business

The U.S. News and World Report ranks this university as #106 of National Universities, and # 88 of best Business schools. The school was founded in 1866 but the business school did not come into existence until 1924. Programs are offered in traditional format, online, evening and hybrid formats. The school features study-abroad opportunities in four countries, including China, Germany, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic. The school also pairs students with university alumnus mentors in a unique program to help design their careers.

Master of Accountancy MAcc

This program meets the educational requisites for the CPA exam in most states. All courses are can be taken at the Lawrence campus and in traditio9nal daytime, evening classes or online. Full-time students will complete the degree in one year, bu8t those without a business or accounting background will take longer because they must take foundational classes before beginning the degree courses. The preparatory courses include seven business courses and six accounting courses. There are thirty credit hours in the program over four tracks: Advising and Consulting; Audit; Corporate Track and the Tax Track. Working professionals take two evening classes per week. Students in the online programs may begin their degree at any time during the year.

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Contact

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

http://edwardscampus.ku.edu/overview-masters-accounting

Wichita State University

W. Frank Barton School of Business

This university, founded in 1895, was ranked by the U.S.News and World Report in the second tier. The student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1 and most classes have fewer than fifty students. Departments within the business school include Accounting; Economics; Finance, Real Estate and Decision-Making; Management and Marketing. There are also several centers on the campus for advanced learning in many of these areas. The school boasts the widest range of undergraduate degrees in the state. It is names for the chairman emeritus of the Rent-A-Center Corporation.

MS in Accounting

As at other schools, students apply first to the graduate school for admission before applying to this program. This thirty-credit offering requires the following courses: Financial Reporting and Accounting—Contemporary Issues; Management Control Systems; Tax Research; Advanced Principles of Auditing; Advanced Accounting Information Systems; graduate electives outside business and graduate electives in the business discipline. There are two concentrations for specialization including Accounting Information Systems and Taxation. The department has limited assistantships available. If students do not have backgrounds in accounting or business, they must take a set of foundational courses before beginning the MS degree requirements. Applicants to the program should have an undergraduate degree, preferably in accounting or business, with a 3.2 cumulative GPA and satisfactory GMAT scores.

Accreditation

  • AACSB

Contact

W. Frank Barton School of Business
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, KS, 67260
316-978-3724

http://webs.wichita.edu/depttools/depttoolsmemberfiles/gradschool/GBAccountancy.pdf

The schools offering the accounting degrees in this list are all state universities and will have significantly lower tuition than private universities. They are all located in or near metropolitan areas where internships and real-world learning experiences are plentiful. Most offer study- abroad components that allow students to get a global perspective on the accounting environment and the issues that affect it on an international level. This list of accredited accounting degree programs in Kansas can be a valuable tool to students looking for programs that are right for them.