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).

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1 of 2%
of programs with both Business and Accounting accreditation from AACSB International
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of accounting schools

college factual - 2020

college factual

JMU’s accounting program was ranked No. 21 out of 623 schools nationwide, or in the Top 5%, by college factual, 2020.

The program also ranks in the Top 5% for Highest Paid Graduates.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

No. 9 Pass Rate in the nation on CPA Exam–“first time testing events for universities with 60 or more candidates”, NASBA 2018. A post-graduation CPA exam review course is offered on campus every summer. 

Pass Rate in the nation on CPA Exam

NASBA 2018

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Best Accounting Schools in the Country



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

  • Two 2019 JMU M.S.A. 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Accounting students support the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  They assisted over 450 low-income taxpayers in spring 2019. 
  • 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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