Arkansas Accounting Schools

This page about accounting schools in Arkansas is designed to equip you with the information you need to make an informed choice on the right school for you. There are many institutions of higher education in Arkansas that can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become an accountant or pursue a professional career in other roles such as financial controller, external auditor, or analyst. Online accounting schools can also be a suitable choice that offers built-in flexibility for students with busy schedules.

Quick School Facts

  • 27 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Arkansas.
  • 8 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Arkansas.
  • 18 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 3 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 18 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • No schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): University of Arkansas (66).

Read more about accounting schools in Arkansas by continuing below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Arkansas

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 Arkansas have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • University of Arkansas (Sam M. Walton College of Business)

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 Arkansas in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Central Arkansas 66.2%
  2. University of Arkansas
  3. Harding University
  4. Arkansas State University

This list includes the top schools in Arkansas with at least 20 candidates. There were 11 schools in Arkansas that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 0% to 81.3% (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.

Arkansas Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of Arkansas Walton College

University of Arkansas Walton College, located in Fayetteville, offers a 30-hour Master of Accountancy degree program that takes only one year to complete for students who qualify for the accelerated portion of the program. Coursework includes financial accounting, financial theory, management accounting, cost accounting, accounting information systems, auditing, and taxation.

University of Central Arkansas

The University of Central Arkansas, located in Conway, Arkansas, offers a Master of Accountancy degree. The school, ranked as one of the best regional universities by US News and World Report, is the only four-year, public college that offers a residential college system for all students. Courses include corporations and shareholder taxation, estate and gift taxation, managerial economics, financial decision making, advanced accounting, and governmental accounting. Students can choose to specialize in one of two elective tracks including taxation and industry.

Arkansas Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Arkansas State University College

Arkansas State University College of Business, located in Jonesboro, offers a Bachelor of Science Accounting degree. The program prepares students for a wide range of accounting careers. The faculty is focused on helping students learn how to demonstrate professionalism and prepare for the CPA exam by earning 126 credit hours in the Bachelor of Science in accounting program on their way to the 150 credit hours required by most states. The school recommends its track for the Bachelor of Science plus the Master’s of Accountancy (MaCC) to fulfill the requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Classes include financial accounting, managerial accounting, business communications, auditing, and taxation.

Harding University

Harding, a faith-based institute, offers a Bachelor’s of Accounting through the Carter College of Business Administration. Located in Searcy, the school is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Accreditation. Courses include general-education courses, faith-based courses, and courses in accounting such as auditing, financial analysis, financial accounting, and managerial accounting.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in Arkansas

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • University of Arkansas (Walton) #106

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Arkansas

Many accounting graduates choose to work for themselves by opening up their own accounting, income tax, or consulting business. Major accounting firms are also a main source of employment. Arkansas firms include Jones & Co., Ervin & Company, and Bell, Foster, Bowman, Fleming, P.A. Top employers in the state include Tyson Foods, Acxiom Corporation, and J.B. Hunt Transport Services. The government is a top employer of accounting graduates and opportunities include the State of Arkansas, the IRS, and the FBI.

Arkansas Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers 970 $61,220
Hot Springs 110 $51,920
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway 2,420 $59,790
Memphis 3,130 $62,120
Texarkana-Texarkana 230 $61,220

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

Arkansas Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AK)
1125 W Maple St
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 575-2000

The University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AK)
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035
(501) 450-5000

Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AK)
2105 Aggie Rd
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 972-3024

Harding College (Searcy, AK)
915 E Market Ave
Searcy, AR 72143
(501) 279-4000

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/