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Department of Accountancy

Welcome From the Chair

The Department of Accountancy has been preparing students for careers in accounting and taxation since 1950. Today’s department, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), offers degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.

Our faculty is our main resource. Our professors have received their degrees from some of the best doctoral programs in the US, including Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. Members of our faculty have also taught in some of the best business programs, such as Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, INSEAD, Stanford, and Yale. Please visit our faculty page for more information about our superb faculty.

Besides top-notch faculty and a full range of courses, we support a number of other activities that help our graduates develop successful professional careers. We support student organizations (Beta Alpha Psi and the Institute of Management Accountants) that give students the opportunity to meet and learn from successful practitioners, many of whom are our graduates. In addition, we host an annual series of seminars at which leaders of the academic accounting community present their current research.

We have prepared this web site to provide essential information about our department. If you do not find what you’re looking for, please contact us.

Angela Gore
Chair, the Department of Accountancy

Mission Statement

Our primary mission is to advance scholarship through high quality accounting research and to deliver an outstanding education that challenges students intellectually and prepares them to be successful business professionals. Our secondary mission is to provide service to the university and academic and professional communities

Degree Program Mission

We offer degree programs tailored to the goals of different types of students. By offering undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs, we strive to enrich students‘ professional and academic opportunities. Programs are designed to add depth and breadth to students‘ knowledge, provide opportunities for them to participate in accounting-oriented student organizations, and prepare them for careers in accountancy and financial management fields. The Bachelor of Accountancy provides a rigorous, thorough accounting program supported by a broad liberal arts core and a basic business curriculum. The Master of Accountancy provides a professional program with flexibility for individual student career objectives in public accounting, private accounting, and tax practice. The program serves part-time and full-time students. The Doctor of Philosophy in the field of accounting prepares students for the academy by providing a thorough foundation in the theory and practice of accountancy. Recognizing the central role accounting plays in management, departmental faculty provide a wide range of courses to support the school’s Master of Business Administration and other masters programs.

History of the Department

In 1950, the School of Business established a Department of Accountancy. Its graduates hold positions of leadership in the public and private sectors. The department has thirteen full-time professors as well as experienced adjunct professors from academia, business and government. It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting, taxation, and business law.

Students of the Department of Accountancy are continuously reminded of the interdependence of business and government, as the campus is located near the White House, the Capitol, and many key executive agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Treasury, State, Labor and others. Also nearby are important regulatory agencies (including the Security and Exchange Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission), prominent research organizations and “think tanks.” Many students of the Department of Accountancy gain valuable working knowledge of such institutions through internships, “co-ops” and full- or part-time employment.