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Upcoming Department Seminars

The department's main seminar series, usually held on Fridays 10:30am - 12:00 p.m., features guest speakers from other universities.  All interested individuals are welcome to attend these seminars.

Schedule

 

CPA Information

The University of Wyoming Accounting Department takes tremendous pride in the success of our graduates.

To ensure that our graduates are prepared to take the CPA Exam we offer a number of links to accounting related information:


Frequently Asked Questions

Which states have passed the 150-hour education requirement?

Visit AICPA to see a list of the states with the 150-hour requirement.

How do I become a CPA in Wyoming?

Please visit the Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants website for more information about the requirements needed to obtain a CPA certificate in the state of Wyoming.  The Exam Candidates section provides resource links about the Uniform CPA examination.

What is the cost for attending UW?

Costs of attending the University of Wyoming.

Will the undergraduate accounting degree allow me to sit for the CPA exam?

No. To become a CPA in Wyoming you must have a bachelor's degree, 30 semester hours of accounting, 24 semester hours of business study, 150 semester hours of college education, and one year of full-time work experience. We have implemented a 30 semester hour master of science in accounting program that you can complete in one year. This will satisfy the CPA exam requirement and, more importantly, give additional depth to your program. Of course, the master of science in accounting program is available for all of our students, not just those who are interested in public accounting.

How long does it usually take to complete the M.S. in accounting program?

Typically two full semesters plus a summer session, but that can vary from student to student.

What are the benefits of receiving an M.S. in accounting from UW?

The M.S. 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 you to pass the exam. Furthermore, 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 M.S. program will provide you with valuable skills and knowledge to further your career options.

What costs will I incur for the M.S. in accounting at UW?

Please see the fee schedule for all Graduate Students located here (you'll have to scroll down the page a bit), Tuition and Fees

What are the admission requirements for the M.S. in accounting degree?

A bachelor's degree in accounting with core areas completed; GMAT total score of 550 or better or GRE combined score of 300 or better; an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0; official transcripts; for international students a TOEFL score of 540 (written) or 76 (Internet-based); three work- or school-related letters of recommendation; completed M.S. in Accounting application; and completed Graduate Admissions application and applicable application fee.

 


 

Student Accounting Organizations

In addition to the broad selection of student groups sponsored by the College of Business, the Department of Accounting is home to two very special groups: Beta Alpha Psi and a student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. These two organizations are a great benefit to students both professionally and socially.

Beta Alpha Psi is an outstanding student honorary group. Membership is by invitation only and is based on academic achievement. Our chapter of this national student honorary frequently earns national "Superior Chapter" honors, and it is recognized as one of the finest student groups on campus.

Our student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants is open to all students with an interest in management accounting. The group has fared very well in recent regional competitions.

To find out more:

Beta Alpha Psi:

Mac Festa
Department of Accounting and Finance
University of Wyoming
Dept. 3275
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
mfesta@uwyo.edu

Institute of Management Accountants:

Tommy Raulston
Department of Accounting and Finance
University of Wyoming
Dept. 3275
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
traulsto@uwyo.edu

Assesment Plans

Undergradute Assesment Plan

Learning objectives

Embedded Course

Measurement Metric

1. Students will be proficient in the application of cost accounting concepts

ACCT 4540

Comprehensive variance analysis problem

2. Students will be proficient in the application of financial accounting concepts

ACCT 3830

Statement of Cash Flows Problem; Error Correction Problem

3. Students will be proficient in the application of governmental accounting concepts

ACCT 4050

Financial Statement Project

4. Students will present ideas orally in an effective manner for a professional audience.

ACCT 4600

Final Project Presentation

5. Students will present ideas in writing in an effective manner for a professional audience.

NA NA

Graduate Assesment Plan

Learning objectives

Embedded Course

Measurement Metric

1. Students will be proficient in the application of auditing concepts

ACCT 5060

Audit Simulation

2. Students will be proficient in the application of tax accounting concepts

ACCT 5070

Tax Returns

3. Students will present ideas orally in an effective manner for a professional audience.

ACCT 5070

In-Class Presentations

4. Students will present ideas in writing in an effective manner for a professional audience.

ACCT 5066

Written Project

5. Students will pass the CPA exam

NA CPA exam results

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