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Adkerson School of Accountancy Gaining Traction Among Nation’s Best

7-12-16 - The Adkerson School of Accountancy in Mississippi State’s College of Business has earned its first-ever rankings in the nationally recognized Commerce Clearing House Public Accounting Report.

The recently released 2015 report ranked MSU’s graduate and undergraduate accounting programs 12th and 14th, respectively, among programs across the country with fewer than 15 full-time faculty members. A division of the Wolters Kluwer tax solutions firm, CCH has published annual rankings of the nation’s best college accounting programs for almost 30 years.

“Having these rankings does a lot for student recruiting and a lot for our program’s big picture,” Adkerson School of Accountancy Director Shawn Mauldin said. “We have a long history of providing quality accounting education, we have dedicated faculty concerned with engaging students, and we offer students opportunities to engage with the professional world.”

The school of accountancy graduates about 100 bachelor’s candidates and 35-40 master’s candidates each year, Mauldin said. All of its spring 2016 graduates from its two master’s programs—taxation and public accounting—secured employment as early as a year before completing the program. Many of those graduates go to one of the “Big 4” public accounting firms—Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG or PricewaterhouseCoopers—while others land jobs with regional firms or as corporate accountants.

“The College of Business and Adkerson School of Accountancy offer an outstanding and stimulating learning experience for our undergraduate and graduate students, giving them an edge in the workforce after graduation,” said College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald. “The School of Accountancy’s recent rankings and 100 percent job placement further attest to our commitment to attracting and graduating the best and brightest students.”

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