The Department of Accounting at Mays Business School has recently been ranked favorably for undergraduate/graduate program quality and quality/productivity of faculty research.

Authors of a Brigham Young University paper analyzing research quality and productivity ranked the department 6th in the country when all topics and all methods were considered. Spanning the last 12 years, the program is ranked 4th and for the last 20 years, 6th using the same metric. This is an improvement over the department’s already notable 2009 ranks of 12th, 8th and 8th in the country for its “all topics — all methods” overall ranking using the last six years, 12 years and 20 years of publications.

Department of Accounting Head James Benjamin said he was pleased to have the program highly ranked for both the quality of programs and faculty research. “I believe our BBA and MS program rankings are driven by having high-quality students, an excellent and dedicated teaching faculty, and innovative and contemporary programs,” he said. “We are among the leading source schools for new CPAs in the U.S., and it is gratifying to be included among the schools ranked in the top ten in the PAR survey.”

The accounting department is fortunate to have a significant number of productive scholars who regularly publish their work in leading accounting journals and serve in editorial and leadership roles in the academic accounting profession, Benjamin added. “In addition to enhancing the reputation of our program, our faculty are able to often able to bring the knowledge gained through their research into their undergraduate and masters classes,” he explained.

The 2010 rankings also improved in the categories for archival research (studies based upon objective data collected from repositories or other sources)

  • For archival tax, Mays is 2nd, 1st and 2nd for productivity in the last 6, 12 or 20 years.
  • For archival audit, Mays is 3rd, 3rd and 2nd in the nation for the last 6, 12 and 20 years.
  • For archival all topics, Mays is 3rd, 2nd and 2nd in the nation for the last 6, 12 and 20 years.

Mays accounting department also fared well in Public Accounting Report‘s recent “Annual Survey of Accounting Professors,” which ranks accounting programs based on feedback from more than 1,700 accounting professors nationwide. In the 2010 ranking, Mays’ accounting master’s program ranking increased to #7 from #9 overall and the undergraduate program ranking improved to 8th from 15th.

About Mays Business School

Mays Business School consistently ranks as one of the top public business schools in the country — with undergraduate, full-time and executive MBA, and PhD programs all ranked in the top 20 U.S. public schools. Currently enrolling more than 4,100 undergraduate students and 900 graduate students, Mays’ mission is to create knowledge and develop future ethical business leaders for a global society.