Accounting Schools in Wyoming
|1 – Comparison of Schools and Programs|
|3 – Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rates|
|4 – School Profiles|
|5 – Wyoming CPA Requirements|
|6 – Career Opportunities for Graduates|
This guide is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of accounting degree programs in the state of Wyoming. Wyoming students have a few options for undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs to help them accomplish their educational and career goals. Working professionals can find programs with online, night, and weekend courses to provide added flexibility.
- 7 not-for-profit colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Wyoming.1
- 3 schools offer a certificate in accounting.1
- 5 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.1
- 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree in accounting.1
- 1 school offers a graduate degree in accounting.1
- No schools ranked in College Factual’s Best Accounting Schools 2023.2
- No schools ranked in the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges for Accounting Majors 2023.3
- No programs ranked in US News & World Report’s Best MBA Accounting Programs 2023.4
- No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs 2023.5
- No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Undergrad Accounting Programs 2022-2023.6
- No schools are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Business and Accounting.7
- 1 accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).8
- No schools have accounting programs accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).9
Comparison of Wyoming Accounting Schools and Programs
The table below provides detailed information on not-for-profit accounting programs in Wyoming to help you compare your options. Programs that appear in bold text offer hybrid or online options. For further school statistics, including median SAT, ACT, and GMAT scores, see our Wyoming business schools page.
|School||Accreditation||Accounting Degree(s)||Acceptance Rate10||Grad Rate1||Avg Net Price1||Median Debt*10||Median Earnings 10 Years After Entry10|
|Casper College||ACBSP||AAS-Accounting and Bookkeeping;|
AB-Accounting and Bookkeeping;
UG Cert-Accounting and Bookkeeping
|Central Wyoming College||—||AS-Accounting;|
UG Cert-Accounting and Bookkeeping
|Eastern Wyoming College||—||AS-Accounting||N.Av.||34%||$6,367||$7,000||$32,422|
|Laramie County Community College||—||AAS-Business: Accounting Services;|
AS-Business and Accounting
|University of Wyoming||—||BSB-Accounting;|
|Western Wyoming Community College||—||UG Cert-Accounting||N.Av.||34%||$5,993||$9,000||$9,000|
*Median Debt: The median debt is the cumulative federal loan debt, excluding PLUS loans, at the time of graduation for students who completed an undergraduate program (certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degree) as reported by College Scorecard for academic year 2020-2021 based on National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) data.
**Median Earnings 10 Years After Entry: Median earnings are the middle value of earnings, at which half earned more and half earned less, measured 10 years (2020-2021) after the first year of study (2010-2011) for all students, institution-wide, who received federal loans and who are employed but not enrolled in school. Note that this value includes those who completed their program of study as well as those who discontinued study without receiving an award.
Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) releases reports including data on candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Exam.11 The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Wyoming in 2019 (the most recent report available*) for candidates with a bachelor’s degree, with the overall pass rate for first-time test-takers in Wyoming being 56.1%:
- University of Wyoming 64.6%
*As NASBA makes significant changes to the CPA Exam as part of the CPA Evolution initiative, new candidate score reports by state are not anticipated until at least mid-2024.
Schools in Wyoming with Accounting Degrees
To give you an idea of the breadth and depth of accounting degrees offered in Wyoming, we have profiled select programs below. Be sure to visit the websites of programs of interest for more detailed information on courses, admissions requirements and deadlines, and faculty.
Undergraduate Accounting Programs
Eastern Wyoming College
At Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), you can pursue an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Accounting. In addition to general education coursework, the AS in Accounting curriculum includes classes such as Principles of Accounting, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Principles of Management, and Principles of Marketing. This 60-credit program can be completed in four semesters and a “C” average GPA must be maintained to graduate. Designed as a transfer degree, most students who graduate with the AS in Accounting at EWC complete the last two years of their bachelor’s degree at another school. EWC has a transfer agreement with the University of Wyoming (UW) that allows students to easily transition to UW’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting program.
Students at Northwest College (NWC) can earn an Associate of Science (AS) in Accounting. This two-year program is ideal for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university. NWC’s AS in Accounting curriculum covers general education requirements in addition to subjects in accounting, business, economics, and management. This 60-credit program includes classes such as Principles of Accounting; Management and Organization; and Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management. NWC has a transfer agreement in place with the University of Wyoming (UW) that allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting with an additional two years of study. Students planning to continue to a bachelor’s degree program at other colleges or universities must complete all prerequisite coursework to be eligible for transfer. NWC graduates go on to work as accountants, auditors, financial consultants, entrepreneurs, and business managers.
Graduate Accounting Programs
University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming’s (UW) College of Business offers an online Master of Science (MS) in Accounting that helps prepare students for CPA licensure. This 30-credit program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting and can be completed in one to two years on a full or part-time basis. Students learn proper procedures for auditing and taxation, as well as developing professional communication skills through classes such as Advanced Managerial Accounting, Auditing, and Tax. After taking the required coursework, students are able to choose electives related their areas of interest, such as international accounting, managerial fraud, or accounting information systems. GMAT or GRE scores are not required to apply and students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer. Graduates of this program go on to work in positions such as CPAs, chief financial officers, federal agents, and business managers.
Online and Hybrid Accounting Programs
At Casper College, students can earn an Undergraduate Certificate, Associate of Applied Science (AAS), or Associate of Business (AB) in Accounting and Bookkeeping. These programs can be completed either on campus or fully online. The Accounting and Bookkeeping Certificate is a one-year program that teaches students foundational business and entrepreneurial concepts needed for a successful bookkeeping practice. The curriculum also includes a course that prepares students for the Certified Bookkeeper examination. The AAS degree prepares students for entry-level positions in the accounting industry, while the AB program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. Both programs take two years to complete and include required classes such as Principles of Accounting, Computer Information Systems, and Legal Environment of Business. Casper has a transfer agreement in place so that AB in Accounting and Bookkeeping students can continue to the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting program through the University of Wyoming (UW).
Laramie County Community College
Students at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) can earn an Associate of Science (AS) in Business and Accounting or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business – Accounting Services either on campus or fully online. The AS in Business and Accounting is designed for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university. The curriculum includes general education classes along with foundational concepts in business, accounting, finance, management, and marketing. Graduates of this program often continue to a bachelor’s degree program and go on to work as investment analysts, accountants, auditors, and marketing managers. The AAS in Business – Accounting Services prepares students to enter the workforce in entry-level positions such as bookkeepers and accounting, payroll, and auditing clerks. Students in both programs may take classes such as Principles of Accounting, Legal Environment of Business, and Global Economic Issues. Students in the AAS program also have the option to complete a business internship.
Wyoming CPA Requirements
To sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Wyoming, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university and complete 24 semester hours of accounting courses and 24 semester hours of business courses. To qualify for licensure, they must complete a total of 150 semester hours of college education. They must also earn a score of 75 on all four sections of the Uniform CPA exam and all sections must be completed within 18 months. One year (2,000 hours) of full-time work experience that is verified by a licensed CPA is also required. After the license has been issued, it must be maintained by completing continuing professional education (CPE).
Career Opportunities for Accounting Graduates in Wyoming
Wyoming is home to many businesses and attractions that offer career opportunities for accounting graduates. Arch Resources, a leading coal producer in the US has locations in Wyoming and is one of its top employers. Ferrellgas, the country’s largest producer of propane, is also another major employer in the state. Wyoming is also home to a large number of healthcare-related companies as well as national parks and other popular recreation areas that may offer accounting job opportunities. Graduates also have the option to pursue state or local governmental accounting and CPAs may choose to open private accounting firms.
Wyoming Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area
|Metro Area||Accountants & Auditors Employed12||Average Annual Salary12|
Wyoming Schools with Accounting Degree Programs
Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Student Review: “Western Wyoming Community College’s Associate’s in Accounting program was a mixed experience for me. I attend online and some of the Professors are amazing and have a great curriculum lined out for their class. There are equally as many who are impossible to get in touch with and who seem to find ways to dock points from students making achieving higher than a B in their class impossible. The thing I like the least is the discussion boards that you are required to post to at least 2 – 3 times a week. Often these discussions have nothing to do with the current week’s subject. Another issue that I have run into is the lack of substantial posts and participation from classmates, affecting my ability to do my best. A large portion of your grade depends on responding to classmates, so if they decided to not post substantial posts/responses you have to go above and beyond to make sure that you still get all your points. The inconsistent testing policy, that requires you to go to the outreach center for some exams while allowing you to take others in your own time on your personal computer, is also a disappointment.” -Student at Western Wyoming Community College
Popular Accounting Degree State Pages:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. College Factual Best Accounting Schools 2023: https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/business-management-marketing-sales/accounting/rankings/top-ranked/
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 382 Colleges 2023 Edition. Penguin Random House, 2022.
4. US News & World Report’s Best MBA Accounting Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/accounting-rankings
5. US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs 2023: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/online-bachelors-business-rankings
6. US News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Accounting Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/business-accounting
7. Association to Advance College Schools of Business, Accredited Universities and Schools, Business & Accounting: https://www.aacsb.edu/accredited
8. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Accredited Schools, Separate Accounting: https://acbspsearch.org/
9. International Accreditation Council for Business Education, Members: https://iacbe.org/accreditation/member-status-information/results/
10. Department of Education College Scorecard: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
11. The NASBA Candidate Performance Report, 2019 University Edition: https://nasbareport.com/
12. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2022 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Wyoming: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wy.htm