The Department of Accounting scored two 6th-place nationwide rankings for the quality of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, according to the Public Accounting Report‘s 25th Annual Professor’s Survey, released in November.

That’s a bump up for both programs over previous Public Accounting Report findings, which put the graduate program at 8th in the nation and the undergraduate degree at 7th in 2005. The annual peer-institution survey gauges the strengths and qualities of U.S. accounting programs based on the responses of accounting professors nationwide. Mays’ programs have shown a steady climb in the peer survey: in 2004, the BBA program was ranked 13th and the master’s program had just secured a spot in the top 10.

“It is really gratifying to be ranked so high by our peers in the academic world,” says James Benjamin, Andersen Professor and head of the accounting department. “It is also important for the reputation of our program, as the Public Accounting Report rankings are widely discussed in the accounting profession.”

Ahead of Mays’ accounting degrees in both BBA and master’s rankings for 2006 are the University of Texas, Brigham Young University, the University of Illinois, Notre Dame and Southern California.  Highly regarded programs including Indiana University, Ohio State, North Carolina—Chapel Hill and Wisconsin are also in the top ten.