Accounting Degrees in Montana

Carroll College

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1601 N Benton Ave
(406) 447-4300

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Flathead Valley Community College

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777 Grandview Dr
(406) 756-3822

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology, Certificate of Applied Science in Payroll Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Fort Peck Community College

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605 Indian Street
(406) 768-6300

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Technician Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC)

Miles Community College

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2715 Dickinson Street
(800) 541-9281

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Montana State University

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Montana State University
(406) 994-0211

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Business with an option in Accounting, Master's in Accountancy (Professional)

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Montana State University-Billings

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1500 University Drive
(406) 657-2011

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Assistant Certificate, Associates of Applied Science in Accounting Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree with an option in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology

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2100 16th Ave S
(406) 771-4300

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Montana Tech-College of Technology

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25 Basin Creek Rd
(406) 496-3711

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science degree in Business and Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Rocky Mountain College

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1511 Poly Drive
(406) 657-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Managerial Accounting, Master of Accountancy, Master of Accountancy with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Stone Child College

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8294 Upper Box Elder Road
(406) 395-4313 x270

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting and Information Management

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

The University of Montana

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Missoula
(406) 243-0211

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting and Information Systems, Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Master's of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

University of Great Falls

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1301 Twentieth St S
(406) 761-8210

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Masters of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

University of Montana-Helena College of Technology

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1115 N Roberts Street
(406) 444-6800

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Educational Requirements

The Montana Board of Public Accountants outlines the state’s requirements for becoming a CPA. To become a licensed CPA in Montana, applicants must pass the Uniform CPA Examination, as well as the AICPA Ethics Exam. In addition, applicants must have completed 150 semester hours of education, including upper-level courses and business-related courses, and earned a degree from an accredited institution with an accounting concentration.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage for accountants and auditors nationally is $70,130; in Montana, it is $57,830. Perhaps because of its low population density, employment of accountants in Montana is lower and less concentrated than the national average, with 3,050 accountants and auditors employed in the state. Nationally, employment of accountants is expected to grow into 2020, and those with a CPA should have the best job prospects.

CPA Licensing in Montana

Montana is a two-tiered licensing state. This means CPA licensure in Montana is obtained by getting a certificate, which involves passing the Uniform CPA Examination as a Montana candidate and meeting the education requirements, as well as obtaining a permit to practice, which requires 2,000 hours of acceptable accounting and auditing experience. Applicants who have a license in another jurisdiction or have passed the CPA exam in another jurisdiction may receive a license by transfer of grades or transfer of licensure; the education and experience requirements are the same. CPAs must pay an annual license renewal fee.

To obtain a certificate, an applicant must meet the following education requirements:

  • Completed 150 semester hours or 225 quarter hours of education
  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution with an accounting concentration (acceptable accrediting agencies include the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours of upper-level or graduate-level accounting courses, with at least one class in each of these subjects: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in business-related courses

Continuing Education Requirements

CPAs in Montana with a permit to practice are required to have 120 hours of continuing professional education with a subset of two hours in ethics in any rolling three-year period (based on the calendar year). Proof of compliance is required at the time of annual renewal. Programs for continuing professional education must meet the standards set out in the Statement of Standards for Continuing Professional Education, which is issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Accounting Jobs in Montana

Montana’s economy is supported largely by the oil, natural resources, and agriculture industries. Accountants in the oil and gas industry may take part in revenue accounting, manufacturing and supply accounting, tax accounting, and more. Accountants can also take on a variety of jobs as accountants or financial managers in the commercial farming, logging, and coal industries.