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Melissa Larson

Associate Teaching Professor,
School of Accountancy
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Melissa Larson graduated from BYU with her Master's in Tax in 1998. After graduation she worked for Larson & Company, a local CPA firm in Sandy, Utah where she obtained her CPA license. After two years of working for the firm (and 2 children later), Melissa returned to teach Accounting at BYU. Since 1999, Melissa has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Utah Valley State College, BYU Provo, University of Utah, BYU Hawaii and UC Berkeley extension. In addition, from 2009-2011 Melissa worked at Grant Thornton, Salt Lake City as a Senior Tax Manager. Melissa is married to Greg Larson (also an alumni of the MACC program) and has 4 children. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, reading, biking, skiing and does not enjoy running, but does it anyway.


  • Bachelor, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1998
  • Masters in Accounting, Taxation, Brigham Young University, 1998

Selected Publications


Academic - Post-Secondary

  • Adjunct Faculty, BYU Hawaii, 2011–2011
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Utah, 2001–2003
  • Adjunct Faculty, Utah Valley State College, 1999–2001


  • Senior Tax Manager, Grant Thornton, 2008–2011
  • CPA, Larson & Company, 1998–2001


  • Karl G. Maeser Professional Faculty Excellence Award, Brigham Young University, 2021
  • Deloitte Professional Fellowship, 2020
  • Teaching Award, Faculty Women's Association, 2020
  • Teaching Excellence Award, BYU Marriott School, 2019
  • Honorable Mention, 2018 Outstanding Instructional Contribution Award, American Accounting Association, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section, 2018
  • Honorable Mention, Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award, AICPA, 2015
  • Spirit of the SOA Award, School of Accountancy, Marriott School of Mangement, 2015
  • Merrill J. Bateman, Outstanding Faculty Student Choice Award, Marriott School, 2013

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant — State of Utah

BYU Citizenship

  • Inclusion Committee — Committee/Council Member — August 2017–July 2019
  • Women of the School of Accountancy (WSOA) — Student Org Advisor — September 2012–July 2018
  • ALPFA Advisor — Student Org Advisor — April 2012–July 2018
  • Masters of Accounting Admissions Committee — Committee/Council Member — May 2012–May 2015
  • Coordinator for Introductory Course — Undergraduate Coordinator — December 2014
  • Social Committee — Committee/Council Chair — July 2012–July 2014
  • Financial Coordinator Jr. Core — Other — July 2012–May 2014

Professional Citizenship

  • Western Region Meeting, AAA, Conference-Related Role, October 2015–May 2017
  • Teaching Learning Curriculum, AAA, Nominations Committee, Committee/Council Member, August 2015–August 2016


  • Textbook Consultant — Wrote questions for ACC 310 course--Norm Nemrow Accuracy checker and supplemental textbook update for Advanced Financial Accounting Textbook--Ted Christensen and David Cottrell — September 2011