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News from the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy

ASAC Surges in National Rankings


For the first time, the Adkerson School of Accountancy has achieved top 50 rankings for both the undergraduate and the master’s programs. The Commerce Clearing House Public Accounting Report’s 35th Annual Professors Survey has MSU debuting in its Top 50 national rankings at 28th for the master’s program and 31st for undergraduate.

Published in August, the report also shows an impressive ascent for Mississippi State among schools of comparable size. ASAC’s undergraduate program rose to 3rd this year for programs with 15 or fewer full-time accounting faculty, up from 14th in 2015. The master’s program is also now ranked 3rd for schools with 15 or fewer faculty, having been 12th last year.

This year the report initiated regional rankings as well. Among Southern schools, MSU stands at 7th for undergraduate and 8th for graduate.

The survey will help ASAC in recruiting students and faculty, as well as raise its profile in general.

“These rankings show recognition that we have a program with a strong history, which is continuing to advance,” states ASAC Director Shawn Mauldin. “Our students have excellent instruction in the classroom from engaged faculty, and they have opportunities to connect with professionals and gain real work experience. When they graduate, they’re not only prepared to begin accounting careers but also to develop into leaders in the field.”

Mississippi State awards about 100 undergraduate degrees and 35 to 40 master’s degrees in accountancy annually. This year, as in past recent years, ASAC graduate students had 100 percent job placement prior to completion of their education.

Top 50 Undergraduate Rankings (Excerpt)

28. Arizona State University (tie)
28. Oklahoma State University (tie)
29. Temple University
30. Mississippi State University
31. University of Arizona
32. Villanova University

Source:  CCH Public Accounting Report

Top 50 Master’s
Rankings (Excerpt)

26. University of Iowa
27. Miami University (Ohio)
28. Mississippi State University
29. University of Utah
30. Arizona State University (tie)
30. University of Arizona (tie)

Source:  CCH Public Accounting Report

Undergraduate Rankings

(Schools with 15 or Fewer
Full-Time Faculty)

  1. University of Wisconsin
  2. University of Virginia
  3. Mississippi State University
  4. Utah State University
  5. University of Oklahoma

Source:  CCH Public Accounting Report

Master’s Rankings 

(Schools with 15 or Fewer
Full-Time Faculty)

  1. University of Wisconsin
  2. University of Virginia
  3. Mississippi State University
  4. Utah State University
  5. College of William & Mary

Source:  CCH Public Accounting Report