U.S. News Ranks GU Graduate Accounting 13th in Nation

Aerial view of a portion of Gonzaga's campus with the Jepson Center for the School of Business Administration to the left. (GU photo)

March 20, 2018

Peer Universities Recognize
Gonzaga's MAcc and MSTax Programs 

SPOKANE, Wash. - U.S. News & World Report ranks Gonzaga University's Graduate Accounting program the 13th (tie) best in the nation. The ranking is a reflection of the Gonzaga Master of Accountancy (MAcc) and Master of Science in Taxation (MSTax) programs, which currently enroll approximately 100 students. 

The rankings, released today, are in U.S. News' 2019 edition of the book "Best Business Schools." 

The graduate business program specialty rankings, which include accounting, are based on ratings by business school deans and directors of accredited programs from the list of schools surveyed.

"We are honored to be considered one of the best graduate accounting programs in the country for the seventh time in the last nine years. This ranking is one indication of the quality of our students and faculty. It also points to our strong reputation with peer institutions throughout the country," said Gary Weber, Ph.D., director of Graduate Accounting Programs.

The Gonzaga accounting programs are separately accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction earned by only 185 institutions worldwide. One hundred percent of the 2017 graduates from the MAcc and MSTax programs secured employment in the accounting industry within three months of graduation. In addition, 71 percent of the programs' students passed the CPA exam on their first attempt, well above the national average of 45 percent. This placed Gonzaga in the top 35 nationally for first-time CPA exam pass rates for large programs.

Weber added, "Our curriculum and overall academic environment are designed to develop accounting graduates who are technically well-prepared, possess outstanding critical thinking skills, and become ethical leaders in the profession. Consistent with our Jesuit identity, we are proud of our graduates not only for their remarkable professional success, but also for the many contributions they make in service to others."

Gonzaga University's Graduate School of Business is home to innovative master's level programs in business and accounting. For more information, visit the Gonzaga Master of Accountancy (MAcc) and Master of Science in Taxation (MSTax) programs online or contact Haley Topliff at (509) 313-7047.