While accounting is a popular field of study within business programs, just because a business school is top-ranked doesn’t necessarily mean that the accounting program is top-ranked as well. And just because a school has a top-flight business program does not automatically mean that the accounting program is highly-rated. Students, faculty and deans also have varying opinions on what makes a good accounting program or business school, which influences publications’ rankings depending upon what rating criteria they use.
While deans and faculty rated the accounting program at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business as No. 8 in the country, students surveyed by Bloomberg BusinessWeek rated the program (which requires 18 credits of accounting courses) tops in the nation. College deans and faculty gave the program at the University of Texas at Austin the highest rating on U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of Best Accounting Programs, but students in Bloomberg surveys disagreed, rating the program at No. 16. According to their website, UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business Accountancy program also ranked No. 2 in the nation on a Public Accounting Report survey of accounting professors.
Mendoza College of Business Department of Accountancy University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646 574-631-7324 business.nd.edu/Undergraduate_Studies/Academics/Accountancy_Major/
University of Texas at Austin Department of Accounting McCombs School of Business The University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station B6400 Austin, TX 78712-0211 512-471-5215 mccombs.utexas.edu/dept/accounting/contact.asp
Bloomberg’s student surveys ranked Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business as the best overall business school in the country, while the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School takes the top spot in U.S. News and World Report’s faculty and dean survey. Mendoza offers six undergraduate business majors and four graduate degrees, while the Wharton School offers more than 20 undergraduate concentrations, 18 MBA options and 9 doctoral programs.
Mendoza College of Business University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646 574-631-7505 business.nd.edu
Wharton School of Business 3730 Walnut Street ? University of Pennsylvania ? Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340 215-898-7608 wharton.upenn.edu
Other Top Accounting and Business Schools
Students, deans and faculty come close to agreeing on the prestige of Brigham Young University’s BS degree in Accountancy, with faculty and deans ranking the program third according to U.S. News and students ranking the program second in the nation according to Bloomberg.
Students in the Brigham Young program take what is known as the “Junior Core”: they enroll in six core accounting courses during their junior year and usually take no other classes during that time.
The University of California at Berkeley has a top overall business program according to deans, faculty and students, with students ranking the program sixth and deans and faculty giving Berkeley at No. 2 ranking on the U.S. News list (tied with MIT). Berkeley’s Haas School of Business offers undergraduate degrees, three different MBA programs, a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering and a Ph.D.
Marriott School 730 TNRB Brigham Young University Provo, UT 84602-3113 801-422-4285 marriottschool.byu.edu/bsacc/
Haas School of Business? 2220 Piedmont Avenue University of California at Berkeley? Berkeley, CA 94720-1900 510-642-7989 haas.berkeley.edu
Amy Martin holds a doctorate in English studies and has been writing professionally for 10 years. Her articles have appeared in several academic journals, including Academic Exchange Quarterly, Issues in Writing, and WPA: Writing Program Administration.