Financial Times Ranks BYU’s Accounting Number One

BYU’s Marriott School of Management now holds the “Best in Accountancy” title, according to the 2007 Financial Times global ranking of business schools.

Financial Times reports the top 10 schools in various categories in addition to its annual rankings of the top 100 MBA programs. This year, Marriott School alumni placed BYU first in the accounting category. Additionally, the school was recognized in the top 10 for MBA student salary percentage increase—calculated from students’ salaries at the beginning of the MBA to four or five years after graduation.

Kevin Stocks, director of the School of Accountancy, says the accounting recognition is a tribute to the quality of the institution, the students and the work of the faculty.

“We really have innovative and quality programs as well as great students who become great employees,” he says.

This is the ninth year Financial Times has ranked business schools, and the seventh year the Marriott School has been included. The school’s MBA program ranked 34th overall among U.S. schools and 57th worldwide. The criteria used in the rankings focus on alumni salaries and career development, the diversity and international reach of the school and its MBA program, and the school’s research capabilities. Additionally the rankings are based on data collected from business schools and alumni.

The Marriott School is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. The school has nationally recognized programs in accounting, business management, public management, information systems, organizational behavior and entrepreneurship. The school’s mission is to prepare men and women of faith, character and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled in the Marriott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

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