Department of Accountancy

Prepare to launch your successful accounting career with our nationally ranked academic programs. Out of more than 1,000 accountancy programs nationwide, we're one of only 173 to earn the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accounting accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As you learn from our award-winning professors, you’ll gain the skills you need to thrive in the business world.

Rankings and Recognition

NIU's 2015 CPA exam pass rate for graduate students taking the exam for the first time was 69.4 percent, well above the national average. The pass rate for our bachelor’s degree students was also above the national and state averages.

Category Pass Rate*
National 55%
State (IL) 55.6%
NIU-Bachelor's degree 57.7%
NIU-Advanced degree 69.4%
*first-time takers, per National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

Based on feedback from 143 executives of corporate in-house tax departments, NIU's accountancy program was ranked nationally as:

  • 11th best undergraduate accountancy program
  • 9th best master of science in taxation program
  • 9th best master of accounting science program

NIU's undergraduate and graduate accountancy programs ranked among the Top 25 best in the nation according to the 2015 Annual Professors Survey conducted by Public Accounting Report (PAR). PAR's ranking places NIU’s undergraduate accounting program 19th best nationally and NIU’s master level accounting program 25th best nationally. Continuing a strong trend for more than two decades, NIU's accountancy program has ranked continuously among the very best programs in the country.

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