AACSB Accredited

The College of Business (COB) is one of 2% of business schools with both business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

1 of 2%

of programs with both Business and Accounting accreditation from AACSB International


Pass Rate in the nation on CPA Exam
NASBA 2019

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

No. 13 Pass Rate in the nation on CPA Exam–“first time testing events for universities with 60 or more candidates”, NASBA 2019. A post-graduation CPA exam review course is offered on campus every summer. 


Study.com ranked JMU’s accounting program No. 9 in its 2020 rankings for the best accounting schools in the country.


Best Accounting Schools in the Country

  • Associate Professor James Irving was selected as the recipient of the Dr. Otto Brenner Memorial Award, 2021 for Outstanding Undergraduate Professor.
  • Professor Nancy Nichols received the 2021 Distinguished Service Award, given annually by the provost to one faculty member per college. 
  • Each fall, the Meet the Firms event offers ACCT, FIN and CIS majors a unique opportunity to network with firms in a career fair format. 
  • Two 2019 JMU M.S. in accounting graduates are recipients of the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells award, which is given to those who score above 95.50% on all four sections of the Uniform CPA examination and pass all four in their first attempt. They were two of only 110 test takers worldwide who qualified for the award this year out of the 86,000 that sat for the exam. 
  • Accounting students support the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  Volunteer faculty, staff and students assisted over 300 low-income taxpayers in spring 2020. 
  • All of the accounting faculty hold professional certifications, either as Certified Public Accountants or Certified Management Accountants.
  • Assistant Professor Nicole Wright received JMU’s Kenneth R. Bartee Award for Teaching Innovation, 2019.
  • Associate Professor Sandra Cereola received the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2019.

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