Accounting Schools in Arkansas

Accounting Schools in Arkansas

Accounting schools in Arkansas may help aspiring financial professionals benefit from the combination of knowledge and skills offered through their programs. During their studies, students may learn about reading financial statements, how to present information to shareholders, business law, and principles of taxation.

Postsecondary institutions in Arkansas may offer a number of different types of accounting programs, including full time, part time, or online. Students might be able to pursue certificates, bachelor's and even graduate degrees, depending on the school.

Arkansas Schools: Accounting Programs

Below is a table showing the schools located in Arkansas that offer accounting-related programs, based on information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. These schools feature program(s) in one or more of the following areas: accounting, accounting and business/management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and other related services, auditing.



School Website

University Type

Net Price


Arkansas Baptist College

Little Rock

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit


Arkansas Northeastern College


2-year, Public


Arkansas State University-Beebe


2-year, Public


Arkansas State University-Main Campus


4-year, Public


Arkansas State University-Newport


2-year, Public


Arkansas Tech University


4-year, Public


Black River Technical College


2-year, Public


College of the Ouachitas


2-year, Public


Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas

De Queen

2-year, Public


Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute

Forrest City

< 2-year, Public


Harding University


4-year, Private not-for-profit


Henderson State University


4-year, Public


Hendrix College


4-year, Private not-for-profit


John Brown University

Siloam Springs

4-year, Private not-for-profit


Lyon College


4-year, Private not-for-profit


National Park Community College

Hot Springs

2-year, Public


North Arkansas College


2-year, Public


NorthWest Arkansas Community College


2-year, Public


Northwest Technical Institute


< 2-year, Public


Ouachita Baptist University


4-year, Private not-for-profit


Ozarka College


2-year, Public


Pulaski Technical College

North Little Rock

2-year, Public


South Arkansas Community College

El Dorado

2-year, Public


Southeast Arkansas College

Pine Bluff

2-year, Public


Southern Arkansas University Main Campus



4-year, Public


University of Arkansas


4-year, Public


University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock

4-year, Public


University of Arkansas at Monticello


4-year, primarily associate's, Public


University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff

4-year, Public


University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville


2-year, Public


University of Arkansas Community College-Hope


2-year, Public


University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Fort Smith

4-year, Public


University of Central Arkansas


4-year, Public


University of the Ozarks


4-year, Private not-for-profit


Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, 2013,

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Arkansas Accountants

The BLS indicates that accountants who go on to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) can expect to have an edge in the hiring process over those who do not pursue this certification. CPAs need a state license to practice, which includes taking the Uniform CPA Examination. Arkansas publishes minimum requirements that must be met before an applicant can sit for the exam. This includes earning a bachelor's degree from an approved school, with 30 credit hours of upper-level accounting courses (or 20 hours of graduate courses) and 30 hours of business courses. After successfully passing the exam, CPA candidates must meet other requirements to gain licensure, including earning a total of 150 college credits and completing one year of accounting-related work experience. For further details on becoming a CPA in Arkansas, please contact the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Arkansas

Students who earn their accounting degrees in Arkansas may find themselves able to look for a variety of specializations within the field, depending on their education level and career preferences. Potential career opportunities could include managerial accountant, IT auditor, bookkeeper, payroll clerk, budget analyst, tax examiner or revenue agent.

Numerous nationally-recognized accounting firms reside in Arkansas. Three of the "Big Four" global firms maintain offices in the state. These include Deloitte, one of the largest accounting firms in the country, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The following table shows other accounting firms that are located in Arkansas:

Accounting Firms in Arkansas



Hudson, Cisne & Company, LLP

Little Rock

Jones & Co.


Ervin & Company


Emrich & Scroggins, LLP

El Dorado, Warren

Richard H. Meads


Bell, Foster, Bowman, Fleming, P.A.

Little Rock

Erwin & Company

Little Rock

Jason Bauer, CPA

Little Rock

Able Bookkeeping


Ballard & Company, Ltd

Mountain Home

Beall, Barclay & Company, PLC

Fort Smith

Bell & Company, PA

Bell & Company, PA

Bonds & Company, CPAs, PA



North Little Rock

Richard L Maxwell & Associates, PLLC


Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Arkansas

Once someone has earned their degree in accounting, there are a number of careers they may be able to pursue. Below are a few of the potential positions, along with their projected growth and salary data:


Mean Annual Wage, Arkansas (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Projected National Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Accountants and Auditors





Budget Analysts





Financial Analysts





Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks





Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, 2013

* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.


Accountants and Auditors, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

Budget Analysts, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012,

Budget Analysts, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013,

Financial Analysts, Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012,

Financial Analysts, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013,

2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 29, 2013,

Arkansas, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

The Best Accounting Firms to Work For, Forbes, Jacquelyn Smith, April 17, 2012,

State of Arkansas, Long-Term Industry and Occupational Projections, 2010-2020

Rules and Regulations, Arkansas State Board of Accountancy, Effective August 17, 2013

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

National Employment by Occupation, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012