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Arizona Accounting Schools

The following outline of accounting schools in Arizona provides high level information for new or continuing students looking to find the right school for their educational and career goals. The colleges and universities in Arizona offer broad opportunities to specialize in areas such as financial forensics, personal finance, and information technology. You may also find that online accounting schools are a good fit for your scheduling needs and career aspirations.

Quick School Facts

  • 22 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Arizona.
  • 13 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Arizona.
  • 21 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 22 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 10 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • 2 schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: University of Arizona (50), Arizona State University (77)
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): Arizona State University (30), University of Arizona (44), Thunderbird School of Global Management (88)

Continue reading to learn more about accounting schools in Arizona and career options for graduates.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Arizona

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 Arizona have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • Arizona State University (W.P. Carey School of Business)
  • The University of Arizona (Eller College 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 Arizona in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Arizona 66.4%
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Northern Arizona University

This list includes the top schools in Arizona with at least 20 candidates. There were seven schools in Arizona that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 24.1% to 66.4% (including schools with fewer than 20 candidates) 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.

Comparison of Not-for-Profit Schools with a Bachelor’s in Accounting Degree Program

School Student Faculty Ratio In-State Undergrad Tuition (2012-13) Bachelor’s in Accounting Awarded (2011-12) Graduation Rate (for freshman in 2005) Cohort Default Rate (2009)
Arizona State University 25 to 1 $9,724 284 57% 5.9%
Northern Arizona University 20 to 1 $9,272 83 52% 7.4%
University of Arizona 20 to 1 $10,035 166 61% 6.0%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Arizona Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

Arizona State University

Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, near Phoenix, Arizona, offers a Master of Accountancy for those interested in careers in accounting or consulting. The nine-month program includes fresh, cutting-edge curriculum covering 10 courses. Required classes include advanced auditing, information security, advanced financial accounting, forensic accounting, controls analysis, and non-profit accounting. Students completing the program also benefit from the school’s successful job-placement program, which places nearly 100-percent of graduates.

Arizona Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

University of Arizona

Eller College of Management, located in Tucson, Arizona, offers a rigorous 4-year accounting program for those seeking a bachelor’s degree. The program consists of 21-credit hours earned in accounting courses and 27-credit hours earn in professional core courses. Students also take 6-credit hours of electives. Courses include financial accounting, managerial accounting, and taxation among others.

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University’s W.A. Franke College of Business, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, offers a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program. The course requires 120-credit hours of education in core accounting courses, general education, and electives. The program takes four years to complete and includes courses in international economics and finance, as well as taxation, financial accounting, managerial accounting, and auditing.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in Arizona

US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • Arizona State University #16 (2012)

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • Arizona State University (Carey) #62 (2012)
  • University of Arizona (Eller) #92

Career Opportunities for Accounting Graduates in Arizona

After graduation, accounting students have several career choices available to them. Major accounting firms in Arizona like Gaintner Bandler Reed, Ascot Tax & Accounting, and Henry & Horne always need talented accountants. Graduates can choose to work for major government entities like the State Department, Department of Defense, and other state agencies. Graduates who earn the CPA certification also have the option of starting their own accounting business.

Arizona Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Flagstaff 260 $56,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale 14,550 $61,610
Tucson 2,520 $63,110
Yuma 160 $63,750

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

Arizona Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Arizona State University
4701 W Thunderbird Rd
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 543-5500
https://www.asu.edu/

Student Review: “The Arizona State University Business Accounting and Management program proved to be very different from what I thought it would be. The whole process was somewhat lengthy, as I had to see a career counselor, a guidance counselor, and a schedule coordinator. Once I was enrolled full time, classes were very easy to schedule and work around. The internship process was great, as there were many participating companies eager to take new students under their wings and teach them how to perform properly in the industry. I graduated a semester early due to the coordination that I had with my schedule. Overall, I loved the program and what I took out of it.” -Joshua S., student at Arizona State University
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Northern Arizona University
2020 S Avenue 8 E
Yuma, AZ 85365
(928) 317-6400
https://nau.edu/

University of Arizona
1401 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-2211
www.arizona.edu

YavaPai College
1100 E. Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 445-7300
https://www.yc.edu/

Student Review: “I have attended two semesters at Yavapai College and overall, I have been impressed with the curriculum and faculty. The classes are challenging yet manageable, and there are ample online programs for those students who do not have time for traditional classes. Yavapai College has an impressive library that is well suited for studying and contains many volumes. I was in the accounting program and I must say that I learned a lot. Additionally, there were ample office hours available for any questions that I had. Also, the scholarship opportunities that the school can provide through their foundation partners are immense. I got very good grades and was able to procure enough scholarships to completely pay for my books and tuition. Overall, it’s a great school with a great staff!” -student at Yavapai College
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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: https://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/