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New Mexico Accounting Schools

The universities and colleges of New Mexico offer a wide variety of programs that can provide you with quality opportunities to learn general and specialist accounting skills that can promote your personal career in accounting. This overview of accounting schools in New Mexico will help you navigate your options so that you can arrive at an educated decision on where to attend school. Online accounting schools are another option to consider, which can offer improved flexibility for self-motivated learners.

Quick School Facts:

  • 15 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in New Mexico.
  • 7 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in New Mexico.
  • 10 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 14 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 8 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013.
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools).

Continue reading this page to find out more about accounting schools in New Mexico and how you can start your career in accounting.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in New Mexico

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 180 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB. The following accounting programs in New Mexico have been accredited by the AACSB:

New Mexico State University (College of Business)
The University of New Mexico (The Robert O. Anderson School of Management)

Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in New Mexico in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Eastern New Mexico University 81.8%
  2. St Johns College
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. New Mexico State University

There were 6 schools in New Mexico that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 11.1% to 82.4% according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

New Mexico Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University’s Master of Accountancy program seeks to broaden the traditional accounting curriculum to help students better prepare for the changing world of business. By instilling students with the skills they will need to work through unforeseen challenges, the program hopes to give them a competitive edge. Job placement numbers are high and many students find positions within local companies prior to graduation.

University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management offers two paths for students seeking graduate degrees in accounting. The Master of Accounting program allows students to choose from one of three concentrations: professional accounting, tax accounting, or advanced accounting. Alternatively, there is an MBA with a focus on accounting available for students seeking a more broad degree integrated with general business management elements.

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New Mexico Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

New Mexico Highlands University

The School of Business, Media, and Technology at New Mexico Highlands University has an undergraduate program in accounting. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in the industry, as well as for continuing their education if they plan to attend graduate school. Small class sizes and local internship opportunities make the program very attractive to students from all walks of life.

University of the Southwest

The University of the Southwest offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. The rate of job placement for graduates is good and there are many opportunities for internships with local firms. Students can continue with their studies at the school if they so desire by completing an MBA with an Accounting specialization, which will build upon the skills and techniques learned during the institution’s undergraduate program.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in New Mexico

The state of New Mexico has plenty of career opportunities for graduates in all areas of accounting. It is home to many large accounting firms, including Johnson, Miller, & Co. There are also many branches and departments of both federal and state government entities that are major employers of accountants and finance specialists. The state’s travel and tourism industry also creates many attractive jobs for experts in business, taxation, and accounting.

CPA Requirements in New Mexico

In New Mexico, an undergraduate degree is required to take the CPA exam. Candidates do not need to have the state’s requisite 150 credit hours completed in order to sit for the exam, but will have to complete them before they are able to be certified. They must also have undergone at least 2,000 hours of qualifying experience in their field within a period of one to three years. Like most states in the US a person must be at least 18 years of age to be allowed to take the exam. However, one does not need to be a resident or a have a business in the state to qualify as long as the other requirements are met.

New Mexico Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Albuquerque 3,130 $65,150
Farmington 110 $56,080
Santa Fe 670 $59,920
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 $52,170

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

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New Mexico Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)
725 College Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-3311
www.nmsu.edu

Student Review: “My experience in the accounting program in the College of Business at New Mexico State University was a great start to a career. The courses were a little fast-paced, but the learning environment was good and very conducive to reaching the goals set in classes for projects and homework. Teachers in the Business Department were almost always available to help and answer questions and many of them already had experience in accounting careers and other business work. This offered the advantage of having good references. The only problem was that some of the courses were strictly done online and teachers were not as responsive to online queries as they were while in class. Sometimes it would take days to get a reply and often the homework related to the question was already closed by the time there was an answer. Occasional online glitches also resulting in significant grading errors. Altogether, though, the accounting program was very supportive and provided good opportunities in and after college.” -student at New Mexico State University

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
1 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-0111
www.unm.edu

New Mexico Highlands University (Las Vegas, NM)
Box 9000
Las Vegas, NM 87701
www.nmhu.edu/

University of the Southwest (Hobbs, NM)
6610 N Lovington Hwy
Hobbs, NM 88242
(575) 392-6561
www.usw.edu


References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: http://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/