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2015 CPA Pass Rates

Nevada students and alumni taking the CPA exam for the first time pass at a slightly rate higher than the national average.

Pass rate for first-time testing
YearUNRNational average
2017 58.5% 52.9%
2016 54.2% 54.4%
2015 55.8% 55.0%
2014 55.2% 52.9%
2013 50.3% 54.6%

Source: AICPA

Mission Statement

The accounting unit develops successful accounting professionals, produces quality intellectual contributions, and engages in collaborative relationships with the accounting profession. The focus of the faculty is to maintain a responsive accounting program that provides students with the technical and conceptual knowledge needed for a successful career in accounting with the problem-solving and communication skills necessary to apply their knowledge in a professional setting. The faculty  is also committed to research and other forms of scholarly activity that add to the body of academic and practitioner knowledge and foster continuous improvement in teaching. Finally, the faculty engages in service to the accounting profession, business community, academic organizations, and the University.


Accounting offers students the opportunity both to develop practical skills and acquire general knowledge in Accounting, a field with extensive career and post-graduate research opportunities. Graduate students are invited to explore our Master's of Accountancy or the upcoming Master's in Tax Accountancy program.

The accounting major provides students with the theories and procedures necessary to prepare them for the many facets of the accounting profession, such as public, industrial, managerial, tax and government accounting. Moreover, the College of Business allows for a hybrid accounting/information systems major, with a curriculum developed with the Information Systems unit of the College of Business, for those students interested in using both accounting and information skills in a single career path.

Graduating students are prepared to obtain employment in a competitive job market, start a business, or continue their education in graduate and professional degree programs. Typical professions that accounting students embark upon with their undergraduate degree include Certified Public Accountant, management accountant, financial analyst, internal auditor, government agent (FBI, IRS) and tax accountant. Examples of job opportunities for students majoring in accounting information systems include technology-based positions in both managerial and financial accounting, electronic auditing, computer security, systems consulting, and forensic accounting.

Accounting News

Updated 8/2018
  • The Accounting faculty is pleased to welcome Eric Horne and Savannah Guo.
  • The MAcc program was recognized as one of the top most affordable options in the country for 2018-2019 by
  • The Accounting unit has 24 federal tax students participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for course credit. These students are preparing federal tax returns for low-income taxpayers and saving them the cost of having to pay for their tax return to be prepared.
  • Two new faculty members joined the accounting unti this fall: Binod Guragai and Brett Rixom.
  • Accounting faculty members and the Small Business Development Center are conducting research about business entity choice of start-ups and entrepreneurs. The survey is currently still open.
  • The accounting unit is offering a new elective taught by Marcus Brooks, available to undergraduate and graduate students, covering ethics and professional responsibility in accounting.