Studying Accounting in Nebraska


Nebraska's economy is doing very well. The state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and is tied for 8th lowest rate as of March 2017 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The overall outlook for Nebraska is stable, but accounting in particular may have a more dynamic outlook. The number of new jobs in accounting in Nebraska in 2014 2011 was growing at a rate 1.7-fold greater than that for jobs as a whole according to the Nebraska Department of Labor's. 

Nebraska is the country's fourth largest agricultural state, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service in 2015. Other industries in the state include food processing, chemical production including pesticides and fertilizers, and machinery manufacturing. Nebraska's central location also makes it a transportation hub. Fortune 500 companies in Nebraska include Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific, ConAgra, Peter-Kiewit Sons’, and Mutual of Omaha. 'Big Four' firms Ernst & Young and Deloitte share the market with regional certified public accounting (CPA) firms such as Lutz & Co. and Bland & Associates.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median income in Nebraska as $58,740 as of May 2016. You may earn slightly more per year in Omaha at $69,560 than Lincoln, where the average salary is $62,700. Omaha has three times as many opportunities for accountants as Lincoln.

In order to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy requires you to log 150 semester hours and earn a bachelor's degree. You must have at least 30 semester hours of advanced accounting courses and 36 hours of general business. The experience requirement is higher than what is typical: you need 4,000 hours of work experience under a licensed CPA, preferably in public accounting, though work for government or in a private company are also acceptable.

The Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants (http://www.nescpa.org/) has a full calendar of conferences, classes and networking events. The Nebraska Society of Independent Accountants (http://www.nebsia.net/) offers events, education and support for sole practitioners and smaller firms.

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24 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
M.B.A. - Accounting Concentration
(some programs offered online)
Central Community College (Grand Island, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Associate of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Chadron State College (Chadron, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (Accounting) - Certified Public Accountant Path
(some programs offered online)
College of Saint Mary (Omaha, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems - Accounting
Concordia University-Nebraska (Seward, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Doane College (Crete, NE / Lincoln, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting (Professional Studies)
Grace University (Omaha, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Bible/Accounting
Hastings College (Hastings, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Professional Accounting
Kaplan University (Lincoln, NE / Omaha, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
AAS - Accounting
Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Accounting
B.S. - Accounting
B.S. - Accounting - Auditing
B.S. - Accounting - Managerial Accountancy
B.S. - Accounting - Public Accountancy
B.S. - Accounting - Tax Accountancy
MS - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Mid-Plains Community College (North Platte, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business - Accounting
Midland Lutheran College (Fremont, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Northeast Community College (Norfolk, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Completion Certificate in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
Peru State College (Peru, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Scinece in Business Administration - Accounting
Union College (Lincoln, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
University of Nebraska-Kearney (Kearney, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Accountancy
Major in Accountancy
Master of Professional Accountancy
Master of Professional Accountancy/Juris doctorate - Dual in Accountancy/Juris Doctorate
University of Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Accounting
University of Phoenix (Omaha, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
AA - Accounting
BS - Accounting
BS - Business/Accounting
MBA - Accounting
MS - Accountancy
(some programs offered online)
Wayne State College (Wayne, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Public Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Public Accounting
Western Nebraska Community College (Scottsbluff, NE)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology - Accounting Specialist
Associate of Arts in Business Administration Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Administration Accounting
Certificate in Business Technology - Accounting Assistant
Certificate in Business Technology Accounting
(some programs offered online)
York College (York, NE)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

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