Mays’ accounting graduate and undergraduate programs placed among the top 10 programs in the nation in the Public Accounting Report’s 2005 rankings. The undergraduate program ranked 7th, up from 13th in 2004, and the graduate program moved to 8th from its 10th place spot last year.

The rankings are based on an annual survey of accounting professors. Other programs in the top 10 for both undergraduate and graduate included Brigham Young University, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, Southern California and the University of Texas.  That’s of the more than 400 U.S. business schools accredited by AACSB International, including 167 with specialized accounting accreditation.

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs ranked high in the 2006 U.S. News and World Reportrankings: undergrad tied for 16th public program, and graduate came away ranked 11th.

Department of Accounting Head Jim Benjamin says that this is further evidence of the growing national reputation of the Texas A&M accounting programs. Both the success of the innovative Professional Program (an integrated bachelors/master’s program) and the productivity of the department’s faculty have driven the climb in the rankings, Benjamin says.