Department of Accounting

Professors Bill Resler, Frank Hodge and Zoe-Vonna Palmrose with MPAcc graduation speaker and CFO of Microsoft, Amy Hood.
Professors Bill Resler, Frank Hodge and Zoe-Vonna Palmrose with MPAcc graduation speaker and CFO of Microsoft, Amy Hood.

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.

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