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Adkerson School of Accountancy Earns National Reaccreditation

6-23-17 - Contact: James Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy has been reaccredited for another five years by the leading global accrediting body for business schools.

MSU is among 186 institutions around the world that hold Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for both its accounting program and business school. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the world’s largest business education network and the longest-serving accrediting body for business schools with undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

AASCB accreditation is the highest marker of excellence in business education. The accreditation standards require quality in management, innovation, learning, teaching and professional engagement.

“Separate AACSB accounting accreditation confirms the Adkerson School of Accountancy’s commitment to a continuous improvement process through an extremely rigorous peer review process,” School of Accountancy Director Shawn Mauldin said. “The externally validated hallmark of excellence in accounting ensures that we are providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate accounting programs.”

Housed in MSU’s College of Business, the Adkerson School of Accountancy graduates approximately 100 bachelor’s degree candidates and 35-40 master’s degree candidates every year. The accounting program has a 100 percent job placement rate. The school offers a bachelor’s in accountancy and an accounting minor for undergraduate students. For graduate students, the school offers professional accountancy and taxation master’s programs. The undergraduate and master’s programs both ranked are among the top 35 in the country by the Commerce Clearing House Public Accounting Report.

The school is named for Richard C. Adkerson, an MSU College of Business graduate and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. For more on the Adkerson School of Accountancy, visit

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