For national ranking, UCI is in the category for schools with 16 or fewer full-time accounting faculty, and was the only school in California to have the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) and undergraduate programs ranked in the top 25. The master’s program ranked 13th nationally, tied with the University of Colorado (CU) and Utah State University (USU) and the undergraduate accounting program ranked 25th.
Regional rankings include all schools, regardless of faculty size. In the western region, the school’s master’s program ranked 18th, an honor bestowed on only one other California school and again tied with CU and USU, while the undergraduate program ranked 24th.
“Our rise in the PAR ranking is a reflection of the caliber of our faculty and their research as well as the success that our graduates achieve in their careers,” said Eric Spangenberg, dean of The Paul Merage School of Business. “Our curricular focus on leadership in a digitally driven world includes new analytics coursework in accounting and auditing to meet the changing demands in the accounting profession and is attractive to both students and employers.”“This recognition of our programs as being among the best in the country is a credit to our very talented Merage faculty, staff and students and their dedication to accounting education,” said Patricia Wellmeyer, clinical assistant professor of accounting and faculty director of the MPAc program. “We strive for excellence in all we do and appreciate it when prestigious rankings like the PAR acknowledge our hard work.”
About The Paul Merage School of Business
The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees – that prepare business leaders for our digitally driven world. Through our programs, students acquire the exceptional ability to grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, digital information technology and collaborative execution. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to rank consistently among the top five percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. Additional information is available at merage.uci.edu.