The School of Accounting at the University of Georgia was established in 1977 and named the J. M. Tull School of Accounting in 1978. The mission of the J. M. Tull School of Accounting is to pursue excellence in accounting education.

As a professional school in a major public research university, we are committed to teaching, research, and service that advances the accounting discipline and prepares future leaders for business and academia.

Points of Pride

Student Quality

In the past year, we have had our ninth MAcc student selected in eleven years for a post-graduate technical assistantship with the Financial Accounting Standards Board, a BBA graduate selected for a post-graduate assistantship with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, and a team of BBA and MAcc students win the IMA National Case Competition.


Impressive recognition for our faculty through teaching and service awards, including the American Accounting Association Outstanding Educator Award, the Georgia Society of CPAs Accounting Educator of the Year Award, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Terry College of Business MBA and Executive MBA Teaching Awards, and the University of Georgia Lilly Teaching Fellowships.


High standards in the classroom and excellent instruction. During the most recent year, the average instructor rating was 4.59 out of 5, and the rating for course rigor was 4.70 out of 5.


Accounting faculty have been nationally recognized with the following awards: the American Accounting Association (AAA) Outstanding Educator Award, AAA Auditing Section Outstanding Educator Award, American Accounting Association Competitive Manuscript Award, American Tax Association Outstanding Manuscript Award, etc.


Three current or former faculty members are joint recipients of the AICPA Gold Medal and Accounting Hall of Fame designation. One is a member of the Financial Executives International Hall of Fame.


Five of our senior faculty members are listed among the top 5% of most productive accounting researchers over the past 50 years.


Our faculty includes the former editor and co-editor of The Accounting Review, the top academic journal in accounting, as well as the former president of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association, a former trustee of the American Taxation Association, and a recipient of the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Educator Award.

Student Quality

Accounting PhD students have received impressive national recognition through individual student awards such as the AAA Competitive Manuscript Award, the Deloitte Foundation Fellowship, and the American Accounting Association/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Award for Innovation in Accounting Education.

Student Quality

Impressive placements for our students at highly regarded business schools (e.g., Texas A&M University, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Virginia, The University of Illinois, etc.).


Strong national recognition for our Accounting PhD program, which is ranked in the top 16 among all schools according Public Accounting Report.


Effective career services and high placement rates for BBA and MAcc graduates--over 90% for both programs.


Consistently ranked among the top 12 undergraduate and graduate accounting programs among all schools according to Public Accounting Report.

Student Quality

Impressive national recognition for passing the CPA exam. Most recently, our students rank 2nd nationally with 83.8% passing on the first attempt.


Strong national recognition for faculty research productivity—ranking 8th among private and public schools in publishing in the top academic accounting journal, The Accounting Review, during the past 5 years (2009-2013).


UGA alum brings life to the latest bulldog statue

Tax attorney Heather Ripley is also a talented artist. When the former UGA Foundation Fellow's proposal was chosen from a deep pool of qualified applicants to paint a fiberglass bulldog statue that will grace the lobby of the UGA admissions office, she jumped at the chance.

Spotlight on Associate Dean Mark Dawkins

Now associate dean for academic programs and an associate professor of accounting, Dawkins served as the Terry College's first director of diversity relations from 2004-2008. 

Spotlight on Cheryl Allen (PhD 1998)

Cheryl Allen spent five years as an accountant at Ernst & Whinney before getting her PhD at Terry. She credits a pair of married professors—the Gavers and the Bambers—with helping her succeed in grad school.