The School of Accountancy's educational mission is to provide students with the knowledge, learning capabilities, and personal and professional skills necessary to excel in professional and academic careers. The school’s research mission is to create economic and social value through the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge related to accountancy theory, practice, and education. The school is committed to maintaining a close relationship with the accounting profession and to fulfill its service responsibilities to the academic community and society.
The School of Accountancy is nationally recognized for excellence. The school’s faculty have earned PhD degrees from the nation’s leading universities and are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. The faculty produce important scholarly work, collaborate with researchers from other top universities and foster learning environments that allow students to become the future leaders in the business world and academia.
Public Accounting Report
In the most recent Public Accounting Report Annual Professors Survey, the School of Accountancy is now ranked 13th for Undergraduate program, 11th for master's degree program and 17th for the doctoral program. When adjusted for faculty size, the school is ranked third for Undergraduate programs and fourth for Master's programs. The School offers a 150-hour program which awards both a master’s and bachelor’s degree upon graduation. The combination of rigorous degrees positions students for successful job placement in a competitive market with more than 95 percent employed at graduation.
Academic Analytics research productivity rankings
Another important development is the recent research productivity ranking among Top 10 in the nation, as reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The ranking is based on a comprehensive analysis of disciplines in over 155 universities by Academic Analytics, an independent consulting firm. For accounting, the rankings were based on publications during the period 2015-2018.
CPA Exam and Job Placement success
The University of Missouri is ranked among the top in the nation for CPA exam pass rates. Mizzou was ranked in the Top 5 in 2017 Q2 and, in most recent years, among the Top 10 in the large public schools category. The School of Accountancy has also had AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award winners (for high scores on the CPA exam) for several years. As reported in Accounting Today (February 2021), the School of Accountancy is ranked #2 in the nation out of 521 accounting programs (and #1 among the 251 largest accounting programs) on the CPA Exam Success Index. Domestic full-time job placement rates are routinely between 95-98 percent each year.