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Here Are the Best Graduate Accounting Programs as Ranked By U.S. News & World Report

During our editorial meeting on Monday, Adrienne jokingly told me that, because I reported on the top accounting school rankings from and College Factual recently, I’ll now have to write articles on rankings any schmuck puts out. She’s probably right about that. Well, this week’s schmuck is U.S. News & World Report.

The publication dropped its 2020 Best Graduate Schools compendium yesterday, and along with it, university rankings across six disciplines—business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing.

A subcategory of the “Best Business Schools” list is accounting, where you can find what U.S. News considers the best accounting graduate programs in the country.

The rankings methodology the publication uses is pretty detailed and varies across disciplines. You can read about it here.

Those of you who are regular watchers of U.S. News’s accounting program rankings know that it only unlocks the top 12 or so schools for public viewing. If you want to see the full rankings, along with more data, you’ve gotta pay for it. But it does list the remaining schools in alphabetical order, unranked.

However, I reached out to the folks at U.S. News to get the publication’s expanded rankings, and they were nice enough to share it with us. So, we’re going to share it with you guys.

So, here are the top 51 graduate accounting programs as ranked by U.S. News:

1. University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business)
2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Gies College of Business)
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School)
4. Brigham Young University (Marriott School of Business)
5. University of Michigan (Stephen M. Ross School of Business)
6. University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)
7. University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)
8. Stanford University (Graduate School of Business)
9. New York University (Leonard N. Stern School of Business)
10. Ohio State University (Max M. Fisher College of Business)
11. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler Business School)
12. Indiana University (Kelley School of Business)
13. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business)
14. University of California-Berkeley (Haas School of Business)
15. Texas A&M University-College Station (Mays Business School)
16. Columbia University New York (Columbia Business School)
17. University of Florida (Warrington College of Business)
18. Gonzaga University (School of Business Administration)
19. University of Georgia (Terry College of Business)
20 (tie). Loyola Marymount University (College of Business Administration)
20 (tie). Loyola University Maryland (Sellinger School of Business and Management)
20 (tie). Fairfield University (Dolan School of Business)
23. Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management)
24 (tie). Harvard University (Business School)
24 (tie). Wake Forest University (School of Business)
24 (tie). Seattle University (Albers School of Business & Economics)
27 (tie). Loyola University Chicago (Quinlan School of Business)
27 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management)
27 (tie). Creighton University (Heider College of Business)
27 (tie). University of Scranton (Kania School of Management)
31 (tie). Arizona State University (W.P. Carey School of Business)
31 (tie). Boston College (Carroll School of Management)
31 (tie). CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin School of Business)
31 (tie). Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)-University Park (Smeal College of Business)
35 (tie). Auburn University (Raymond J. Harbert College of Business)
35 (tie). Saint Louis University (Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business)
35 (tie). Cornell University (Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management)
35 (tie). University of Washington (Michael G. Foster School of Business)
35 (tie). Marquette University (Graduate School of Management)
40. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin School of Business)
41 (tie). University of Arizona (Eller College of Management)
41 (tie). DePaul University (Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business)
41 (tie). Bentley University (McCallum Graduate School of Business)
41 (tie). Michigan State University (Eli Broad Graduate School of Management)
41 (tie). University of Virginia (Darden School of Business)
41 (tie). Xavier University (Williams College of Business)
47 (tie). University of California-Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)
47 (tie). University of Iowa (Tippie College of Business)
47 (tie). Duke University (Fuqua School of Business)
47 (tie). Vanderbilt University (Owen Graduate School of Management)
47 (tie). University of Texas at Dallas (Naveen Jindal School of Management)

Bask in the glory of your school being on this year’s U.S. News list. If it’s not, better luck next year. And let me know which schmuck’s rankings I should cover next.

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