NAU and Paradise Valley Community College partner to offer business degree

Northern Arizona University and Paradise Valley Community College are offering students an opportunity to earn a four-year degree in business administration on the PVCC campus starting this fall.

The 2+2 partnership allows students to attend PVCC for the first two years and pay lower tuition, while earning a bachelor’s in business administration from NAU without having to leave the PVCC campus. Class sizes are small, so students receive personalized attention from faculty and staff at both schools.

“This program fits perfectly with the mission of the College of Business Administration to provide the highest quality undergraduate business education in the Southwest,” said Mason Gerety, dean of the College of Business Administration at NAU.

“This partnership offers students an outstanding choice for earning an associate’s and bachelor’s degree from two great schools.” said Doug Small, NAU’s assistant dean for Distance Learning. “It makes sense to draw upon the existing resources of both schools to provide students with a quality education.”

“In addition to access and affordability, this program brings our students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree at one of Arizona’s finest universities,” said Patti Marsh, chair of PVCC’s Business/IT Division.

Northern Arizona University and Paradise Valley Community College have a long-standing relationship of more than 10 years, when PVCC first invited NAU to locate administrative offices on the campus. Since then, NAU and PVCC have partnered on bachelor’s degrees in elementary and early childhood education, sociology, organizational communication and now business.

For information on the bachelor’s degree in business administration, call the NAU-Paradise Valley office at (602) 493-2728 or visit