Studying Accounting in Mississippi


Business Insider ranked Mississippi’s economy as the worst in the country in its 2015 analysis of all the state economies.  However, one bright spot is that Mississippi’s unemployment rate is down to 5 percent as of March 2017 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics) – about half of what it once was.

Mississippi's economy is heavily service-based. Health care is a dominant industry in the state which prides itself on its high concentration of major healthcare companies and the groundbreaking research conducted in Mississippi. According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the healthcare sector employed nearly 132,000 people as of March 2017.

Private-sector employers include the Beau Rivage and Hollywood Casinos, Ashley Furniture and Howard Industries. Regionally well-known Carr Riggs Ingram LLC is headquartered in Ridgeland. GranthamPoole makes Jackson its home office, and Horne LLP, one of Mississippi's largest certified public accounting (CPA) firms, has over 500 professionals and makes its home in Ridgeland.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 data reported the average accountant's income in Mississippi at $56,380. Earning power varies across the state. Accountants in the Gulfport area earned the highest wages averaging $62,090.  In contrast, Hattiesburg’s accountants earned $55,780 on average, while those in Jackson averaged $54,100.

CPA exam candidates must have at least 150 semester hours of college and a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution recognized by the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy. At least 48 semester hours must be in advanced accounting and business courses including financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management accounting and government/nonprofit accounting. Licensure requires that you be a resident of Mississippi and that you can document a year of 'meaningful experience' under a licensed CPA.

The Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (http://www.ms-cpa.org/) is an active professional organization that offers networking opportunities and continuing education options in chapters throughout the state. The Mississippi Association of Public Accountants (http://msapa.net/) offers programs for small firms and sole practitioners.

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27 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Alcorn State University (Alcorn State, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accounting
Antonelli College (Hattiesburg, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Business in Business Office Technology - Accounting
Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Coahoma Community College (Clarksdale, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Wesson, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accountancy
Master of Professional Accountancy
Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Arts in Accountancy
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Associate of Business Administration - Accountancy
Associate of Business Administration - Accounting
Holmes Community College (Goodman, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business & Office Technology - Accounting Technology
Associate of Arts in Business Administration / Accounting
Itawamba Community College (Fulton, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Jackson State University (Jackson, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Professional Accounting
Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Millsaps College (Jackson, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Accountancy
Mississippi College (Clinton, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting
Mississippi Delta Community College (Moorhead, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office Technology - Accounting Technology
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology
Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accountancy
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
Master of Professional Accountancy
Master of Professional Accountancy - Systems
Mississippi University for Women (Columbus, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Northeast Mississippi Community College (Booneville, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Northwest Mississippi Community College (Senatobia, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts in Accountancy
Pearl River Community College (Poplarville, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology - Accounting Technology-Advanced Business Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology - Accounting Technology-Business Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology - Accounting Technology-Computerized Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology - Accounting Technology-Payroll Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology - Accounting Technology-Tax Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology - Business Marketing and Management Technology
Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office Technology - Accounting Technology
Rust College (Holly Springs, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science Business Administration - Accounting
The University of Mississippi (University, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accountancy
Doctor of Philosophy in Accountancy
Master of Accountancy
Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Economics - Accounting
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting(Gulf Coast)
Master of Professional Accountancy
Virginia College (Biloxi, MS / Jackson, MS)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
AS - Acct Specialist
Associate of Science in Accounting
(some programs offered online)
William Carey University (Hattiesburg, MS)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

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