Accounting, Banking, and Finance

The success of small and large businesses relies heavily on the expertise of finance and accounting professionals — they play an important role in tracking businesses' income and expenses and applying current finance and accounting industry practices, principles, laws, and security to evaluate the performance of businesses and make informed financial decisions to help prepare businesses to achieve long-term business and financial goals.

The Accounting, Banking, and Finance program will teach you the necessary skills to help get your foot in the door in a variety of accounting or finance career paths, including accounting in the public, private, and governmental sectors, forensic accounting, or as a financial analyst or financial manager.

Make it happen — enroll in the Accounting, Banking, and Finance program today!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Associate Degrees and University Transfer
Banking and Finance
Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.

As a GateWay Community College student in this field, you are able to start your bachelor's degree at a significant savings. Through partnerships with our state universities, you are able to transfer many of your credits earned at GateWay. 

Review the course requirements for complete details, and work with an advisor regarding pathways to transfer credits to one of the state universities. 

By earning a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and completing additional requirements, you have the opportunity to sit for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) licensure exam. CPA's work in the public or private sector and many are self-employed. For more information, see the  AZ State Board of Accountancy criteria.

Free Tax Preparation

In partnership with the City of Phoenix, you also will have an opportunity to participate in tax preparation for those who qualify through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), as GateWay is an approved site. You will provide tax preparation assistance, free of charge. Details for 2022 dates to come. Call (602) 286-8945 for information.

Watch this video to learn more about being an accountant.

Watch this video to learn more about the accounting, business and IT programs at GateWay.

Program Location

Washington Campus

Program Cost Estimates*

Certificate of Completion in Accounting:  $2,281
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting: $5,860

*Please note that these are only estimates and may not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization. GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.