Accounting Schools in Las Vegas, NV with Degree Program Summaries

Nov 01, 2018

The Las Vegas area has two schools that offer accounting programs within around five miles of downtown. Learn about the degree programs and coursework requirements for these institutions to make an informed education decision.

Las Vegas Accounting Programs

Las Vegas only has a couple of options available for students interested in studying accounting. Both schools are within 15 minutes of the downtown area. This article gives an overview of their program requirements and provides a table of relevant school attributes, such as graduation rates and campus environment.

  • Those who prefer a large campus and desire to earn either a bachelor's or master's degree might want to study at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. The campus is about six miles from the city center.
  • For students solely interested in undergraduate offerings, the College of Southern Nevada has an associate's degree program in accounting. The school is around 12 miles from downtown Las Vegas.

Comparison of Schools

Take some time to look over this table; it contains facts about tuition and fees, acceptance rates and other stats that could affect the decision-making process when selecting a Las Vegas-area college.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas College of Southern Nevada
School Type Four-year; public Four-year, primarily associate's; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 30,471* 33,914*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,665 in-state; $21,853 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$5,776 in-state; $19,964 out-of-state (graduate)*
$3,285 in-state; $10,063 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 93%* 74%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 81%* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 74% of full-time students* N/A*
Overall Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 42%* 9%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

The University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public research school. Its College of Business, also known as the Lee Business School, offers an undergraduate and graduate accounting program through its Accounting Department, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

The first two years of the school's undergraduate accounting program provide instruction in general business administration and introduce managerial and financial accounting concepts. Students also learn about business operations, marketing, economics and information systems. The final two years of the program are focused on accounting and include specialized courses along with a capstone project. Internship opportunities are also available.

With additional coursework, graduates of this program can pursue certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Nevada requires CPA candidates to have at least 150 hours of coursework, which is 30 more than the 120 hours required for this program. Graduates also might be able to seek the Certified Management Accountant or Enrolled Agent designations.

Master of Science in Accounting

The graduate accounting program at UNLV provides training for careers in taxation as well as corporate, managerial, government or public accounting. The 30-credit hour program can help students acquire the coursework needed to sit for the CPA exam in Nevada and other states that require 150 hours. Non-degree seeking students looking to complete the 150-hour CPA requirements can enroll in individual graduate courses, but they're highly encouraged to earn a degree.

College of Southern Nevada

As the largest public institution of higher education in the state, College of Southern Nevada (CSN) operates three campuses in the Las Vegas region plus extension sites across several counties. CSN's Department of Accounting, Finance and Computer Office Technology offers an associate's degree program in accounting.

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Students undertaking the school's two-year accounting degree program study accounting theories and procedures through a curriculum requiring 61-65 credit hours. In addition, candidates can develop skills needed to manage and execute financial or business transactions. The curriculum includes comprehensive accounting instruction and covers taxation and accounting technologies, including QuickBooks, microcomputer accounting systems and IRS computerized tax preparation programs.

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