Accounting Degrees in Oklahoma
Over 815 licensed CPA firms service the nearly 4 million residents of the state of Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma has one of the fastest growing economies in the U.S., with top per capita income growth (now at $39,006) and gross domestic product growth (at $147.5 billion in 2010). A labor force of 1.7 million work in industries such as aviation, energy, electronics, food processing, transportation equipment and telecommunications. Oklahoma is also responsible for a great deal of natural gas, crude oil and wheat production.
Naturally, four Fortune 500 companies and six Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Oklahoma, along with all of the “Big Four” international CPA firms (Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young) that maintain offices in the state. Accountants will find major opportunities working in Oklahoma as the state continues to be a leader in the field of energy.
Oklahoma at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$39,006|
|Fortune 500 Companies||4|
|Licensed CPA Firms||815|
Accounting Programs in Oklahoma
Search our comprehensive school directory to explore the accounting programs in Oklahoma, including campus-based, online and hybrid programs.
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Accounting Salaries and Employment
Oklahoma accountants and auditors can anticipate a 13.8% rise in employment between 2012 and 2022, leading to the creation of over 18,000 new positions. This growth rate is very close to that of the national averages; job opportunities will become available in such top-paying cities as Toledo, Dayton, the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area, Akron and Cincinnati. Oklahoman accountants can also look forward to earning an average annual wage ranging between $33,460and $97,810 in the state’s current economy.
Projected Job Growth for Accountants
Accounting Salaries by Specialty
Associate Degree Recommended
Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks
Bachelor's Degree Recommended
Tax Examiners and Collectors
Master's Degree Recommended
Accountants and Auditors
Personal Financial Advisors
Top-paying cities for accountants
- Toledo, OH$75,530
- Dayton, OH$72,850
- Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH$69,480
- Akron, OH$69,400
- Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN$69,170
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Oklahoma
Oklahoma residents interested in sitting for the uniform CPA exam prepared by AICPA must meet the requirements listed below. In addition to initial certification, Oklahoma supports the transfer of grades policy as well as reciprocal licensure. The list of schools ranked by CPA Exam pass rates below show a number of colleges and universities in the state with top CPA Exam passing rates.
Candidates who are not successful in their first attempt to pass all four sections of the exam within the designated 18 month period may apply to take the exam again; a fairly common practice. The passing rates ranked below include scores of first-time exam takers as well as those returning to test again.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Oklahoma
To qualify for CPA licensure in Oklahoma, candidates must meet the eligibility requirements outlined below:
- Be a resident of the state of Oklahoma
- Fulfill the 150 hour educational requirement
- Participate in international programs
- Complete at least 30 semester hours in accounting courses
- Complete 1 year of experience in the accounting industry
- Take and pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 hours (including bachelor's degree)|
|Participates in International Programs||Yes|
|Hours in Accounting||30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting courses above principles of accounting or introductory accounting (1 course is to be in auditing or assurance)|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||150 hours (must complete education requirement prior to sitting for exam)|
|Experience Requirements||1 year public accounting experience gained through employment in government, industry, academia or public practice.|
|Ethics Exam||Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure|
CPA exam fees in Oklahoma
- Application Fee $50
- Auditing & Attestation $192
- Financial Accounting & Reporting $192
- Regulation $173
- Business Environment & Concepts $173
Special Fees: $50 application fee for each section of the exam being registered for applies unless a student is applying to take all four sections. Students must sit for at least one section every 18 months to remain an active candidate.
Certifying and Professional Organizations
The Oklahoma Accountancy Board is responsible for licensing, continuing professional education, peer reviews and administering the the CPA exam throughout the state. Once certified, or those who are trying to become certified can join the Oklahoma Society of CPAs – a statewide professional organization dedicated to elevating the professional competence of CPAs in the state, maintaining high ethical standards and promoting a positive public image for its members.
Oklahoma Accountancy Board
201 N.W. 63rd Street Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73116