Setting the Standard for Accounting Education


The Rankings

Current rankings of the UAlbany accounting program. Rankings are national unless otherwise indicated.
#44 Best Accounting Colleges in the U.S. College Factual
#4 Top 50 Accounting Schools
#5 Top 5 Graduate Accounting Programs in New York Graduate Accounting Degree Review
#8 Top 30 Master’s in Forensic Accounting Accounting Degree Review
#10 Top 50 Best Value Master’s in Taxation Degrees Value Colleges
#11 Best Accounting Colleges for the Money College Factual
#20 Best Accounting Schools for Veterans College Factual
#1 Internationally for research productivity with respect to published teaching cases Brigham Young University study

Why We Deserve the Accolades

Accounting Chair and Associate Dean Dennis Caplan is appreciative but not surprised by the praise. He said, “Our accounting department rankings are driven largely by high graduation rates, excellent job placement, and outstanding faculty. We serve a large percentage of first generation and economically disadvantaged students, and prepare them for successful careers. This helps put UAlbany among the Top-50 schools in the nation for social mobility. The quality of our faculty is exemplified by accounting professors Ingrid Fisher and Richard Schneible. Both have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.”

UAlbany accounting faculty are recognized for publishing teaching cases that bring their research into the classroom every day. A Brigham Young University study ranks UAlbany #1 internationally for research productivity with respect to educational cases over the past six years. Caplan said, “Authoring educational cases makes us better at teaching. The focus is always on student success.”

Caplan notes that students and the department benefit from the significant support from the public accounting firms that recruit our students and help fund our initiatives. These initiatives ensure that our accounting program maintains its high standards. A new service learning course that starts next fall will acquaint students with the work of local not-for-profits . There is already a service learning course in the M.S. in Taxation program, which trains students for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serving low-income wage-earners.

The accounting department has always embraced new technologies. Faculty continue to work at the forefront of emerging technologies and strive to ensure that our students are exposed to technologies with real-world implications. Faculty are developing additional data analytics components for the M.S. in Professional Accounting and the M.S. in Forensic Accounting programs. Last fall, the department presented a Friday Lunch and Learn program on block chain technology, featuring Information Systems & Business Analytics students who are working on an IBM-affiliated field project involving implementation of blockchain in a medical-records setting. This spring, our M.S. in Forensic Accounting students are participating in several machine learning and advanced analytics projects using Python and cloud-based analytics platforms.

The accounting department has also introduced its first on-line graduate accounting offering, a course on international taxation.

The extra attention paid to UAlbany accounting students pays off. Director of Accounting Programs Mark Hughes said, “Over and over, our alumni tell me the supportive culture of the accounting program made a huge difference in their ability to excel academically, to complete their CPA licensure, and to land excellent positions in the accounting field. Faculty accessibility and their personal interest in students, combined with enhanced programming help accounting majors achieve their career goals.”