Patterson School of Accountancy
- Wallace Mark Wilder - Dean and KPMG Chair of Accountancy
200 Conner Hall
University, MS 38677
The School of Accountancy offers a Bachelor of Accountancy (B. Accy), a Master of Accountancy (M.Accy.), a Master of Taxation (M.Tax.), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in accountancy.
The primary function of the school is to provide professional education required to prepare students for careers as professional accountants in public practice, financial institutions, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is placed upon both theoretical principles and concepts and practical applications to fulfill the need for reliable financial information. Professional courses offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels provide students with the accounting education required to commence and continue to develop in a wide range of accounting and business professional careers.
The Patterson School of Accountancy's programs have been accredited since 1944 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school's programs have received separate accounting accreditation since May 1983 by the AACSB. The University of Mississippi School of Accountancy was one of the first schools in the country to receive separate accounting accreditation at both bachelor's and master's degree levels. The school is also a full member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy.
Mississippi Public Accountancy Law - The public accountancy law authorizes the State Board of Public Accountancy to award certificates to certified public accountants upon qualification through passage of the CPA examination and appropriate professional experience. In addition, candidates must have completed a minimum of 150 educational hours with a concentration in accounting to become a certified and licensed CPA.