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Accounting Department No. 1 Seventh Year Running

Text: No. 1 Accounting Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral

For the seventh consecutive year, the McCombs School of Business took a clean sweep in accounting, earning the No. 1 spots for its undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. programs in the Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey.

This marks the 12th time in 15 years that McCombs took first place across all three of the PAR categories.

"Over the years, McCombs' consistently high PAR rankings are recognition of our very talented faculty, staff, and students," says Robert Freeman, chairman of the Accounting Department. "It’s great to work with such dedicated people."

Undergraduate Ranking: No. 1

For 25 years in a row, McCombs has placed first or second in this ranking. Like the last three years, second place this year goes to the school's only undergrad rival, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by Brigham Young University in third.

Master's Ranking: No. 1

McCombs has led the nation at the master's level in 22 out of the past 23 surveys. BYU and Illinois again took second and third place, respectively.

This trio of schools so frequently dominates the rankings at the undergraduate and master's level that PAR editors refer to them as the "perennial top three."

"We are once again honored by this No. 1 ranking," says Jim Franklin, director of the school's Master in Professional Accounting program. Franklin credits an outstanding faculty, "who consistently excel at research and know how to transfer their vast knowledge and experience into expert classroom teaching" for the ranking success.

Doctoral Ranking: No. 1

McCombs has landed among the top four doctoral accounting programs since 1994 and has now taken the No. 1 spot eight years in a row. McCombs ranks above Stanford (No. 2), Illinois (No. 3), the University of Chicago (No. 4), and Michigan (No. 5).

About the Public Accounting Report

The PAR is billed as "the independent newsletter of the accounting profession since 1978." Their annual survey is the only one in which accounting faculty (rather than deans or students) rank the best accounting programs in the nation. Nearly 1,000 professors across nearly 200 U.S. institutions participated in the 2016 assessment.

Faculty participants are asked to rank five accounting programs at U.S. colleges and universities that "consistently turn out graduates who are capable of becoming accounting firm partners in the future."

For more information, see our ranking methodology.

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