Accounting Degrees in Arizona

Anthem College-Phoenix

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1515 E Indian School Road
(602) 279-9700

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Arizona State University

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University Drive and Mill Avenue
(480) 965-9011

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Accountancy, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Arizona Western College

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2020 S. Avenue 8E
(928) 317-6000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Brookline College-Phoenix

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2445 W. Dunlap Ave.
(602) 242-6265

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Brown Mackie College-Tucson

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4585 E Speedway Blvd.
(520) 319-3300

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Central Arizona College

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8470 N Overfield Rd
(520) 494-5444

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Chandler/Gilbert Community College

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2626 E Pecos Rd
(480) 732-7000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Coconino Community College

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2800 S. Lone Tree Rd.
(928) 527-1222

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

N/A

DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management-Arizona

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2149 West Dunlap Avenue
(602) 870-9222

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (MBA), Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (MBA) inlucding preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, Master's of Accounting and Finance (MFAM) including preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Estrella Mountain Community College

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3000 N Dysart Rd
(623) 935-8000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Everest College-Mesa

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5416 East Baseline Ste. 200
(480) 830-5151

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Everest College-Phoenix

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10400 N. 25th Avenue
(602) 942-4141

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

GateWay Community College

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108 N. 40th Street
(602) 392-5000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate and Bachelor's in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Glendale Community College

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6000 W Olive Ave
(623) 845-3000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Grand Canyon University

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3300 W Camelback Rd
(800) 800-9776

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, MBA with Accouning emphasis

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Maricopa Skill Center

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1245 E Buckeye
(602) 238-4300

Institution Type:

< 2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Maricopa Skill Center is a division of GateWay Community College. GateWay is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Mohave Community College

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1971 Jagerson Ave
(928) 757-4331

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Northern Arizona University

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Knoles Drive
(928) 523-9011

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Certificate - Professional Program in Accounting (to meet 150 hour CPA requirement)

Accrediting Agency:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

Northland Pioneer College

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2251 E. Navajo Blvd.
(928) 524-7311

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools

Paradise Valley Community College

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18401 N 32nd St
(602) 787-6500

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Assoication of Colleges and Schools

Phoenix College

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1202 W Thomas Rd
(602) 264-2492

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Pima Community College

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401 North Bonita Avenue
(520) 206-4500

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Rio Salado College

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2323 W 14th St
(480) 517-8000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Scottsdale Community College

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9000 E Chaparral Rd
(480) 423-6000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Business - Accounting Track

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Arizona

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1401 E University
(520) 621-2211

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Accounting, Master's in Accounting, Doctorate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Phoenix-Online Campus

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3157 E. Elwood Street
(866) 766-0766

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with Concentration in Accounting, Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.

University of Phoenix-Phoenix-Hohokam Campus

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4615 East Elwood Street
(480) 557-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with Concentration in Accounting, Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.

University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus

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300 S. Craycroft Road
(520) 881-6512

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with Concentration in Accounting, Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.

Western International University

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9215 N Black Canyon Hwy.
(602) 943-2311

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration in Accounting, Master's of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Western International University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Western International University was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org

Yavapai College

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1100 E Sheldon St
(928) 445-7300

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

N/A

Educational Requirements

Before you can apply to be an Arizona CPA, you have to meet specific education and work experience requirements defined by the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. The Board has slightly different and more rigorous educational requirements than those needed to take the Uniform CPA Exam. To sit for the exam, Arizona candidates need to have a bachelor’s degree and at least 24 semester hours in accounting courses. Whereas those seeking CPA licensure need a bachelor’s degree and 150 total hours of postsecondary education, which includes a minimum of 36 hours in mostly upper-level accounting courses and 30 hours of related courses.

Salary

According to a report by theBureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona accountants made a median annual wage of $61,320 in 2011. There were also 18,630 accountants employed in Arizona that same year. Job prospects should be excellent for licensed CPAs and those who’ve earned professional recognition.

CPA Licensing in Arizona

The first step toward CPA licensure in Arizona is meeting all of the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam. Arizona candidates must meet the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • Complete 24 accounting semester hours of which 12 come from intermediate accounting theory, advanced accounting, cost accounting, auditing theory and practice, income taxes, or advanced accounting classes, or any combination of board-satisfactory courses; and another 18 hours in related courses.

Once you’ve fulfilled the educational requirements mentioned above, you must take the CPA exam and complete these next steps to be granted certification:

  • Pass all four parts of CPA exam.
  • Complete 150 total hours of postsecondary education, which includes a minimum of 36 hours in mostly upper-level accounting courses and 30 hours of accounting-related courses.
  • Complete at least one year of work in the office of a CPA or public accountant, or in private industry or a government agency that has provided adequate public accounting experience. The Board may accept part-time employment, volunteer, or intern work as a substitute as long as it is deemed equivalent public accounting work experience.
  • Pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.

Continuing Education Requirements

Arizona CPAs have to renew their permit to practice public accounting every two years by continuing their professional education. Here, CPAs are required to complete 80 hours of continuing professional education during the two-year period after each biennial license renewal.

Accounting Jobs in Arizona

Arizona has many exciting career opportunities for accountants, most of which are located in the Phoenix metro area. The biggest industries for accountants in Arizona are in finance and insurance, technology, state and local government, and manufacturing. Arizona is also home to many big, national accounting firms like Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young.