Department of Accounting

At its most fundamental, accounting is the development and communication of the financial and operational information necessary for management decisions in both the private and public sectors. Accounting seeks to measure the results of an organization's economic activities and convey this information to management, investors, creditors, regulatory agencies, consumers, and employees. Under this broad definition, the field includes such distinct areas as auditing, management accounting, financial accounting, international accounting, tax accounting, and public-sector accounting. See our mission statement.

Accounting Faculty Rank First Worldwide
According to a new study from a team of researchers at Brigham Young University, the Foster School of Business Department of Accounting ranks first in contributions to financial accounting research. The study ranks accounting programs around the world by topical area based on the number of articles published in top journals over 19, 12 and six years.

"The fact that Foster was ranked first in both long-term and short-term periods is evidence of our ongoing commitment to retain and recruit the best scholars in the field." said James Jiambalvo, dean of the Foster School.

Dave Burgstahler, Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting at the Foster School of Business, was recently awarded a 2014 Schoeller Senior Fellowship Award. The award is given annually to a renown senior scholar doing research that contributes to responsible leadership in business and society. The award provides research funds of 50,000 euros. Dave will receive his award at a ceremony in Nuremberg, Germany on May 22, 2014. Congratulations Dave!
View our 2013 accounting newsletter for accounting program rankings, the chair's message, Financial Reporting Conference details, outstanding graduate information and faculty updates.

The Tenth Annual Financial Reporting Conference will return to the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the downtown Seattle waterfront Friday, May 9, 2014. Speakers include FASB member Russell Golden and an SEC representative. Afternoon panel discussions focus on transparent disclosures in a complex world and private company accounting. Learn more about this event.
‚ÄčUndergraduate rankings
The Foster School ranks #11 in the nation in accounting, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2014.