School and Ranking Information
At least 24 schools in the Phoenix area have programs related to accounting and finance. The vast majority of those schools are either 2-year colleges mainly offering associate degrees or for-profit schools. The top school in the area for accounting and finance degree programs, however, is a 4-year public school. This top school consistently receives excellent business school rankings. Based on available programs and rankings, the following school is the top school in the area for accounting and finance:
- Winner : Arizona State University is a public research institution located in Tempe, which is less than 14 miles outside of Phoenix, AZ. Students can earn bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in accounting and finance through the W.P. Carey School of Business. The school has a top 30 undergraduate and graduate business school.
School Info Chart
|Category||Arizona State University|
|Rankings||#2 in Up and Coming Schools; Tied for #29 in Best Undergraduate Business Programs; #27 in Best Graduate Business Schools*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$9,811 (in-state), $23,312 (out-of-state)*|
|Accounting and Finance Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|
|Accounting and Finance Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||1,544**|
|Most Popular Accounting and Finance Degree Level in 2013||Master's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||59%**|
|Noteworthy||Almost 10,000 total students makes the Business School one of the largest in the nation***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Arizona State University
Arizona State University
- A diverse faculty has allowed the Business School curriculum to teach cross cultural skills
- Despite the student body's size, a large faculty keeps class sizes small and personal
- Almost 100,000 total alumni littered across the world allows for a large professional network after graduation
Arizona State University (ASU) is home to 13 colleges, schools and institutes - including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, W.P. Carey School of Business and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. The W.P. Carey School of Business comprises eight departments, including economics, agribusiness, marketing and management. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), it is home to faculty members who have won the Faculty Research Award, Huizingh Award for Classroom Innovation and Nobel Prize in Economics. Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees thorough the departments of accountancy and finance.
The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy is comprised of a general studies core, business core and accounting core. The 120-credit program covers fundamental business subjects such as marketing, economics and finance. The accounting core teaches theories of managerial accounting, uses of accounting information systems and practices related to financial reporting and auditing. Qualified students who have completed 72 credits of coursework may be admitted into the Accounting Scholars Program in which they are granted early admission into the accountancy graduate program.
The Master of Accountancy prepares students for CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification. The full-time, nine-month program covers the principles of taxes, auditing, information technology security and accounting for non-profit organizations. Students analyze financial records and transactions, examine cases of accounting fraud, measure the efficiency of reporting practices in organizations and evaluate problems in accounting research.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting is an 84-credit program consisting of core coursework, advanced coursework, comprehensive examinations and a doctoral dissertation. Accounting seminars cover a broad range of accounting research topics, including financial research and topics related to managerial accounting. Students are required to write research papers during the summer months in their first two years of the program. Additionally, students undergo an academic evaluation toward the end of each year of the program.
The Bachelor of Science in Finance teaches students to invest and manage money, manage portfolios, assess financial risks, evaluate financial markets and analyze the security of assets. Qualified students in their junior and senior years can participate in an internship program and honors students can enroll in an investment portfolio program; all students can participate in an investment banking scholars program.
The Master of Business Administration, Emphasis in Finance is available online and in the evenings. The program is available on two tracks: a 21-month program and an 18-month, accelerated program. Core courses teach business ethics, decision-making for managers, quantitative statistics and financial reporting. The finance emphasis covers the fundamentals of state and federal taxes, investments, portfolios and global finance. The W.P. Carey Leadership Academy exposes students to effective leadership strategies and promotes career development through networking opportunities and feedback from students and mentors. Participants can also complete an investment management fund experience.