Accounting is the universal language of business — essential for communicating the science of financial data among organizations and individuals. It is a language understood and applied by leaders around the world as a means for determining wealth, profitability, and liquidity. As such, accounting is instrumental within any organization for determining growth and stability.

The Department of Accounting aims to provide notable contributions to the university, public, and accounting profession. We’ve designed an environment that engenders creativity and innovation. Close relationships among students and faculty foster ingenuity through a sharing of interests and aspirations.

Recognition of Excellence

The accounting programs offered through our department are nationally recognized for their excellence. Our undergraduate and graduate programs both rank within the top ten in the nation.

  • 8th Nationally for “Best Masters in Accounting Degrees, 2016” by College Choice
  • Top ten (public) for undergraduate and graduate programs in annual survey of accounting professors, Public Accounting Report (2015)
  • 4th top public program in faculty research over the past 12 years (6th overall) in accounting program research rankings for all topical areas and methodologies, Brigham Young University (2015)


The accounting department oversees four distinct academic programs:

Our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and Master of Science (MS) in Accounting programs prepare students to become ethical leaders in a profession characterized by continuous change. Coursework helps students develop technological expertise, critical thinking and communication skills, and global awareness.

The Professional Program lets students simultaneously earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master’s of Science in any one of the business majors. During this five-year program, students attain the core knowledge necessary to compete globally in areas of audit, consulting, taxation, information systems and financial management. The Professional Program has an excellent career placement rate approaching 100%.

Our Ph.D. in Business Administration – Accounting Program combines rigorous, thought-provoking coursework with independent and guided research. The program nurtures accounting scholars who make significant contributions in research and education at leading universities.

Certificate programs offered through the Department of Accounting:


Mays is internationally ranked by Financial Times for the quality of its faculty research and productivity. We have also been cited in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report and CPA Personnel Report for the quality and strength of our programs and classroom experiences. Our faculty are dedicated to the education and success of our students. They are leaders in their respected fields and actively contribute to the continued development of the accounting discipline.

Student Resources

We highly recommend that students engage in extracurricular activities to broaden their academic and professional perspectives. The department of accounting, in conjunction with Mays Business School, offers numerous opportunities for engagement and accelerated learning.