255 Brooks Hall
310 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602
Established in 1977, the J.M. Tull School of Accounting was one of the first in the nation to be distinguished as a separate professional school within a business college. We are committed to teaching and research that advance the accounting discipline and prepare future leaders for business and academe. The Tull School and its people are epitomized by the constant pursuit of excellence in all dimensions of accounting education.
Points of Pride
Our students rank No. 1 nationally in first-time pass rates among large programs for all parts of the CPA exam. They have received both state and national honors for their work.
Strong international recognition for faculty research productivity – ranking 4th among all private and public schools in publishing in the top academic accounting journal, The Accounting Review, during the past five years (2010-2015).
Five of our current and emeritus faculty members ranked in the top 5 percent of the most productive accounting scholars over the last 50 years.
Current and former faculty members have received numerous teaching and service accolades, including recognition among the Journal of Accountancy's "125 people of impact in accounting," the Georgia Society of CPAs Accounting Educator of the Year Award, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Terry College of Business MBA Teaching Award, and the University of Georgia Lilly Teaching Fellowship.
Three current or former faculty members are joint recipients of the AICPA Gold Medal and Accounting Hall of Fame designation. One is also a member of the Financial Executives International Hall of Fame.
Previous PhD students include two American Accounting Association Manuscript Competition Award winners, the AAA's most prestigious research award for sole-authored research.
In recent years, we have had ten MAcc students selected for post-graduate technical assistantships with the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. We’ve also had BBA students selected for prestigious internships with the PCAOB. Finally, a team of BBA and MAcc students recently won the IMA National Case Competition.
More than 100 partners in international, regional and local firms are graduates of the Tull School.
We have graduated more than 125 accounting educators from our PhD program. Our PhD program has a strong placement history, with recent graduates employed at University of Illinois, Michigan State University, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia, Texas A&M University, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tull School alumni include a recent chairman of the AICPA, current members of the Georgia State Board of Accountancy and officers in the Georgia Society of CPAs.
Tull alumni currently or previously have held positions as CEO or CFO of publicly traded companies such as the Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Cox Enterprises, Lionsgate, Mirant, Rare Hospitality, The Cheesecake Factory, Time Warner and Viacom.
Our emeritus faculty includes: the former editor and co-editor of The Accounting Review, the top academic journal in accounting; the former president of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association; a trustee of the American Taxation Association; and recipients of the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Educator Award and AAA Auditing Section’s Outstanding Educator Award.
Our faculty is ranked 6th in the world overall in academic research over the past five years based on 12 key academic journals. In particular research specialties, our faculty ranks:
- 4th in the financial archival area,
- 5th for research in the archival tax area, and
- 9th in the experimental audit area.
Our undergraduate, MAcc, and PhD programs rank 8th, 7th and 9th, respectively, among public institutions, according to Public Accounting Report.
More than 95 percent of accounting graduates obtain employment within three months of graduation.
J.M. Tull School of Accounting Offerings
Degree earned: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
If you’re a current undergraduate accounting major at UGA and are interested in pursuing a graduate degree, you are eligible to apply to the 5-year BBA/MAcc program during your senior year.
The 5-year program allows you to satisfy requirements for both the BBA and MAcc degrees concurrently.
Our Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is consistently ranked among the best programs in the nation and will equip you with the hard accounting skills needed to succeed as a CPA or in a senior financial position.
Research in the J. M. Tull School of Accounting focuses on issues of importance to the accounting and business community, such as the impact of accounting information on capital markets and on the behavior of decision-makers within firms.
Why Did You Choose Accounting?
There have been several times throughout my career where I have leaned on the skills and experiences I gained while earning my MAcc degree at UGA. The MAcc program developed my business writing and research skills and gave me great experience with teaming and presenting.Matt Johnston
I'm pursuing an accounting degree because it's the language of business, and with such a valuable key, I will be able to open many doors.Jaqueline Santos Leme
I chose accounting as a major because the course work is challenging and exciting and because of the stability of job opportunities.Dorothy Grace Goodwin
Obtaining an accounting degree has opened the door for me to pursue a myriad of careers from public accounting firms to industry positions, non-profits and government professions. Ultimately, accounting has given me a diverse set of analytical, professional and technical skills I will need to achieve my career aspirations. The best analogy I hear so often of accounting is that it is to Business what Latin is to the English language; it's the bedrock of how all business is conducted. Go Dawgs!Harrison Connor Zuk
No matter where you look – from Commencement to Homecoming to her own island alumni chapter – you’ll always find Ruth Bartlett (BBA ’76), UGA’s steadfast Alumni Association president, on the scene.
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