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Either program consists of 30 required credit hours and can be completed in as little as one year (full-time) or can be extended to two years (part-time). This can vary from student to student, but may not exceed the 6 year time limit for University of Wyoming master's degrees. 

Yes! The MS in Accounting and the MS in Finance program can be completed 100% online. Additionally, the CFP graduate certificate is offered 100% online.

The MS in Accounting degree not only meets the statutory requirements to allow students to sit for the CPA exam in most jurisdictions, it also does an excellent job of preparing our students to pass the exam. Completion of the MS Accounting program satisfies the 150 hour requirement embedded in the concept of "substantial equivalency."  Under "substantial equivalency," the license granted by the state of one's "principal place of business" enables an individual CPA to practice across state lines, physically or via electronic technology, without requiring him or her to obtain a reciprocal license, as long as the original state of licensure is deemed "substantially equivalent." If a CPA moves or relocates his or her principal place of business to another state and establishes a practice or employment there, then the CPA must obtain a reciprocal license in that state. However, in this case, the application process would be streamlined if the CPA comes from a "substantially equivalent" state.  Recent legislation in Wyoming has resulted in "substantial equivalency" between Wyoming and a majority of the remaining jurisdictions.  Even if you aren't interested in becoming a CPA, our MS in Accounting program will provide you with valuable skills and knowledge to broaden your career options.

To sit for the CPA exam, one must complete an undergraduate or graduate degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours of accounting courses, including introductory financial and managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, cost accounting, accounting information systems, tax accounting, and auditing. A minimum of 24 semester hours of other business core courses are also required.

To become licensed as a CPA in Wyoming, one must complete an undergraduate or graduate degree that includes 24 semester hours of accounting beyond the two introductory courses (a minimum of 30 total semester hours of accounting), with a minimum of 150 semester hours overall. The UW MS in Accounting program satisfies this requirement.

The University of Wyoming Masters in Finance program provides students with advanced training built on the foundations of principles and practices of modern finance. The program is rigorous, yet practical and encompasses the fundamentals as well as cutting-edge topics in investment analysis, portfolio management, financial modeling, risk management, and fixed income securities. The MS in Finance program aims to make you well prepared to evaluate and react to change with confidence and to develop effective solutions to meet the needs of markets and industries.

The Certified Financial Planner designation is a professional certification for financial planners conferred by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards in the United States. Please view the CFP Board web page for additional information

Obtaining the CFP graduate certificate from the University of Wyoming College of Business fulfills one of the three "E" requirements of becoming a CFP as determined by the CFP Board. Our graduate certificate satisfies the "Education" requirement, but one would still need to satisfy the "Exam" and "Experience" elements to become a CFP professional.

For the 100% online programs, in-state residents are charged a tuition rate of $282 per credit hour and out-of-state residents are charged $449 per credit hour. Tuition rates are subject to change - please see the fee schedule for all Graduate Students located on the Cost of Attendance page.

Please refer to our Apply Now webpage for additional information on prerequisites and admission requirements.

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Department of Accounting and Finance

1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3275

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-2482


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