The Accountancy Department’s mission is to provide a superior learning environment that prepares students to fulfill leading roles in the profession of accountancy and related fields; to advance research that impacts thought as well as practice; and to serve our school, our university, and the worldwide profession.
In 2012, Weatherhead’s undergraduate accountancy program was ranked #18 in the nation by Businessweek. Great traditions—the Accountancy Department was established in 1928—and continual “top 50” rankings have helped attract top students to form a premier cohort of accounting majors and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) students. Our program offers options to prepare graduates for career success in public or corporate accounting, taxation, financial analysis, management, and consulting. Our faculty provide a collaborative learning environment that fosters an appreciation of accountancy’s vital role in a world characterized by continuous change. Faculty also work with doctoral students in a selective tutorial program and are heavily involved in Weatherhead’s groundbreaking Doctor of Management program.
Departmental research interests include the effect of corporate reporting on capital markets, the development of accounting thought, critical and behavioral studies, public policy (including standard setting), accounting education, internal control structures, auditing and corporate governance, and Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). Our faculty write for educators and academics as well as for practitioners, participate in the process of setting auditing standards for the profession, and participate in the development of policy responses across a breadth of issues. They deliver and attend workshops and lectures by fellow faculty, visiting scholars, and prominent practitioners in the field, and have experience as editors for a variety of journals, publications, and series; the refereed journal Research in Accounting Regulation is edited by faculty in the department.
The Accountancy department sponsors the Braden Award. The award, named in honor of longtime professor Andrew Dale Braden, is given to an outstanding leader in the professional practice community who has made distinctive contributions to the knowledge and advancement of the discipline of accountancy. See our list of past winners.
Beta Alpha Psi
Weatherhead is also home to a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The Accountancy department works closely with student leaders of the chapter to honor outstanding students in accountancy as well as an alumnus of the year at an annual banquet.