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With a CPA exam pass rate of 85.7 percent – the best in the state – for master's students taking the test for the first time, and an overall pass rate for our students exceeding the state and national averages for all sections, the OSU School of Accounting is committed to helping build the future of accounting. 

We are dedicated to preparing people to make a difference in the world by teaching essential interpersonal skills alongside a high-quality accounting education backed by impactful research and outreach.

Committed to students

ACE

The School of Accounting Collaborative for Excellence (ACE) is designed to help all Spears students in their accounting courses succeed by providing them with peer tutoring, mentoring, and career advice.

Beta Alpha Psi

BAP is an honorary organization for accounting students and professionals that promotes accounting at OSU through engaging members, industry and educational institutions to develop members into ethical, professional and confident leaders. Membership is open to accounting students who are currently enrolled in or previously passed Foundational Accounting Skills (ACCT 3003).

Alumni

OSU’s accounting program has a proud tradition of building the future of accounting, producing more than 6,500 graduates since its inception in 1926. With the support of our engaged alumni, the accounting program continues to prepare accounting students to make a difference in the world. Every year since 1979, the school has honored outstanding graduates as Distinguished Alumni at the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.

Department initiatives

Research

Accounting faculty conduct research published in top accounting journals. Recent faculty publications have covered many relevant topics including whether severance pay affects the timeliness of bad news disclosures by companies, auditor responses to FCPA risk, the Asian financial crisis, the accuracy of going concern opinions, experiential education in accounting, and internal auditors’ internal control evaluations.

Faculty research

Outreach

The School of Accounting faculty serves businesses, governments and non-profit organizations through education and outreach, including the Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference, the Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference and the Ph.D. Alumni Research Conference.

Conferences & workshops

Scholarships

The School of Accounting annually awards nearly $200,000 in scholarships to more than 70 accounting students. The school has made a long-term commitment to obtaining financial resources so our students will have an affordable education.

Scholarships

Professional exams

We encourage our students to obtain one or more professional certifications including certifications as a CPA, CMA, and CIA. The CPA credential is a symbol of trust and professionalism in the world of business; the CMA® credential is the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals; and the CIA designation is the hallmark designation in the field of internal auditing. These certifications open up opportunities that can lead to influential jobs in every industry.

CMA Exam CPA Exam Certification Guide

Featured announcements

Sarah Johnson receives Career Champion Award

January 26, 2021

Oklahoma State University Career Services recently awarded Spears Business professor Sarah Johnson with the Career Champion Award for 2020. Johnson is the assistant department head and an instructor of professional practice in the School of Accounting.

Alum Carlos Johnson receives award for contributions to accounting profession

November 5, 2020

OSU alumnus Carlos Johnson was presented the William H. Van Rensselaer Public Service Award for his leadership and efforts to advance the accounting profession.

Spears alumni to address accounting ethics class

October 30, 2020

Oklahoma State University School of Accounting graduate Katie McKnight will talk to an OSU accounting class Monday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. as part of the business ethics speaker series, “Three Stories and Some Q&A” sponsored by the Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics in the Spears School of Business and the OSU Student Center for the Public Trust.

 

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