Accounting Degrees in Iowa

AIB College of Business

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2500 Fleur Drive
(515) 244-4221

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting and Business Leadership, Associate degree in Accounting and Financial Services, Associate degree in Accounting and Information Technology, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Briar Cliff University

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3303 Rebecca St
(712) 279-5321

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities

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2119 E. Kimberly Rd.
(563) 344-1500

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Diploma in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Buena Vista University

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610 W 4th St
(712) 749-2400

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Central College

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812 University
(877) 462-3687

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Clarke University

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1550 Clarke Dr
(563) 588-6300

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Coe College

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1220 First Ave NE
(319) 399-8000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Managerial Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Des Moines Area Community College

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2006 Ankeny Blvd
(515) 964-6241

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting and Bookkeeping Diploma, Accounting Certificates, Accounting Income Tax Preparer Certificate, Associate degree in Accounting Information Systems, Associate degree in Accounting Specialist, Associate degree in Accounting Paraprofessional

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Dordt College

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498 4th Ave NE
(712) 722-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Drake University

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2507 University Avenue
(515) 271-2011

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Eastern Iowa Community College District

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306 W River Dr
(563) 336-3300

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bookkeeping diploma, Associate degree for Accounting Specialists

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Ellsworth Community College

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1100 College Ave
(800) 322-9235

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting diploma

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Graceland University-Lamoni

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1 University Place
(641) 784-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Grand View University

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1200 Grandview Ave
(515) 263-2800

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting or Management Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Hawkeye Community College

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1501 E Orange Rd
(319) 296-2320

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Accounting Technician diploma

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Indian Hills Community College

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525 Grandview Ave
(641) 683-5111

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Accounting, Accountin Assistant diploma

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Iowa Central Community College

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One Triton Circle
(515) 576-7201

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Iowa Lakes Community College

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19 S 7th St
(712) 362-2601

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Specialist diploma

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Iowa State University

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3410 Beardshear Hall
(515) 294-5836

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Iowa Wesleyan College

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601 N Main Street
(319) 385-8021

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Iowa Western Community College

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2700 College Rd
(712) 325-3200

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Technician diploma, Associate degree in Para-Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus

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7009 Nordic Drive
(319) 277-0220

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus

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3165 Edgewood Parkway SW
(319) 363-0481

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

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1801 E Kimberly Rd Ste 1
(563) 355-3500

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

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4655 121st Street
(515) 727-2100

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Kaplan University-Mason City Campus

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Plaza West 2570 4th Street SW
(641) 423-2530

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Kirkwood Community College

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6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
(319) 398-5411

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Technical Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Loras College

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1450 Alta Vista
(563) 588-7100

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Luther College

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700 College Drive
(563) 387-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Maharishi University of Management

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1000 N 4th St
(515) 472-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

MBA with Accounting Specialization, MBA for Accounting Professionals

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Marshalltown Community College

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3700 S Center St
(641) 752-7106

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Morningside College

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1501 Morningside Ave
(712) 274-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Mount Mercy University

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1330 Elmhurst Dr NE
(319) 363-8213

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

North Iowa Area Community College

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500 College Dr
(641) 423-1264

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar

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1625 Hwy 150
(563) 562-3263

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree for Accounting Specialists, Associate degree for Accounting Clerk

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Northwest Iowa Community College

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603 W Park St
(712) 324-5061

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Northwestern College

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101 Seventh St SW
(712) 707-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Saint Ambrose University

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518 W Locust St
(563) 333-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Simpson College

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701 North C St
(515) 961-6251 x1517

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Post-Baccalaureat Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Southeastern Community College

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1500 West Agency Road
(319) 752-2731

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools-AQIP

Southwestern Community College

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1501 W. Townline Street
(641) 782-7081 x413

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting and Info Tech

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Dubuque

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2000 University Ave
(563) 589-3000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Iowa

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101 Jessup Hall
(319) 335-3500

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree of Business Administration with major in Accounting, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Northern Iowa

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1222 W 27th St
(319) 273-2311

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus

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6600 Westown Pkwy
(515) 267-8218

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Accounting, MBA with a concentration in Accounting, Master's degree in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Upper Iowa University

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605 Washington St
(563) 425-5200

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - AQIP

Wartburg College

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100 Wartburg Blvd.
(319) 352-8200

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Western Iowa Tech Community College

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4647 Stone Ave
(712) 274-6400

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting diploma, Accounting Specialist Associate degree

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

William Penn University

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201 Trueblood Ave
(641) 673-1001

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in General Accounting or Public Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Educational Requirements

Becoming a CPA in Iowa requires fulfilling requirements to sit for the uniform CPA exam, passage of the four-part CPA exam, and an accepted application for licensure through Iowa’s State Board of Accountancy. In order to sit for the CPA exam and gain licensure in Iowa, the state requires that all applicants have, at minimum, an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the Board. Bachelor’s degrees must be in business or accounting, with at least 24 semester hours in accounting. Courses must include: financial accounting, taxation, auditing, and management accounting.

If an applicant’s undergraduate degree is not in business or accounting, 24 additional semester hours must be completed in business-related courses. (These applicants must also complete the 24 hours of specialized accounting courses listed above.) Though a graduate degree isn’t required, applicants with a graduate coursework and completed degrees must also complete at least 24 semester hours in accounting, with at least one course in the specialized accounting fields listed above. All degrees must be conferred by accredited universities or colleges recognized by the Board. Transcripts will be reviewed at the time of the exam.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average annual salary for accountants in the state is $61,550. Most accountants employed in major businesses, government, or industries, should enjoy a competitive salary and have the opportunity for a good quality of life. Accountancy is a constant need throughout many industries, and for firms both large and small. Iowa’s accountants can expect to make an average salary nearly identical to the 2010 national median pay for accountants, which is $61,690 per year.

CPA Licensing in Iowa

To apply for licensure as a CPA in Iowa, applicants must satisfy the educational requirements (listed above) to take the CPA exam. Requirements for licensure in Iowa include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher with a concentration in business or accounting from an accredited, Board recognized college or university. At least 24 semester hours must be completed in accounting courses, including courses in each of the following: financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and taxation. Click here for further information about educational requirements.
  • Transcripts, available for review upon examination.
  • Pass the four-part CPA exam.
  • Pay the appropriate application fee. Click here for a fee schedule.
  • Note: While Iowa has educational requirements, there is no residency requirement to become a public accountant in the state.

Continuing Education Requirements

As with most states, in order to maintain and renew your CPA license in Iowa, all certified accountants must complete continuing professional education hours. CPA certificates must be renewed on an annual basis in Iowa; there is no required annual registration fee. All Iowa CPAs must complete 120 hours of continuing education credits during a three year period. Specific requirements for hours can be found here; in general, accountants should expect to complete at least 24 hours of continuing professional education credits per year. Registration can be renewed electronically. Inactive CPAs have the ability to reinstate their licensure, upon completing continuing education hours, paying a renewal fee, and submitting the appropriate documents.

Frequently asked questions by licensed Iowa CPAs regarding specific requirements for license renewal can be found here. These rules are also described here. Another resource for those seeking licensure renewal can be found here.

Accounting Jobs in Iowa

The BLS reports that almost 10,000 individuals were employed as accountants in Iowa in 2011. Almost all major industries require some accountancy practices, and licensed accountants will enjoy better occupational opportunities than unlicensed workers. Government, large agricultural firms, municipalities, and energy companies are just a few of the industries that employ accountants in Iowa. The Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants keeps practicing accountants in the state informed through its webpage and Facebook page.