Mission Statement

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Pamplin College of Business strives for excellence in fulfilling the three missions of a comprehensive land grant university by:

  • Providing a world class accounting and information systems education to our students.
  • Improving the accounting and information systems professions by conducting quality research and disseminating the results.
  • Delivering outreach services to accounting and information systems professionals and educators.

Student Profile

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems awarded its first undergraduate degrees in accounting in the early 1920’s. The Department graduates about 175 undergraduate students a year.  

Virginia Tech’s Accounting and Information Systems Programs attract many excellent students from Virginia and other states because they are demanding and future oriented. Seventy-seven percent of the undergraduate accounting students at Virginia Tech are residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Every semester, several international exchange students are enrolled in our Accounting and Information Systems Programs. During recent academic years, students from Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Singapore, Taiwan, and the West Indies have enrolled in accounting courses.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Our graduate programs have about 12 Ph.D. and 75 Master's students in residence.  Over 1,000 students have completed the Master's program. Of the students currently enrolled in the Master's program, at least half are women. Most are full-time students, and a few combine their studies with full-time employment in the area. Students come from a variety of backgrounds. They are graduates of public and private colleges and universities of all sizes and locations. About 20 percent hold undergraduate degrees in non-business disciplines.

Since awarding our first Ph.D. in Accounting in 1976, well over 100 students have completed the program. In a relatively short period of time, Virginia Tech has become an important supplier of university educators in accounting and information systems. Our graduates have accepted faculty positions at a diverse set of colleges and universities including:

University of Alabama, University of Delaware, University of Georgia, University of Houston, University of Illinois, University of Louisville, University of Nebraska, University of New Hampshire, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, University of Texas - San Antonio, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, Appalachian State University, Auburn University, Baylor Bentley University, Boston University, Case Western University, DePaul University, Drexel University, East Carolina University, Florida International University, Georgia State University, James Madison University, Lehigh University, Montana State University, Nanyang Technological Institute-Singapore, New Orleans University, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, San Diego State University, Seattle University, Syracuse University, Texas Tech University, UNC- Charlotte, UNC- Wilmington, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wake Forest University, West Virginia University, and William and Mary.

We are proud our graduates have been successful and productive in their faculty positions. They have published in a wide variety of major academic journals (including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Organizations and Society, Decision Sciences, Accounting Horizons, Journal of American Taxation Association, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal, and Strategic Finance). In addition, many of our graduates have co-authored accounting textbooks.

Diversity

The Pamplin College of Business regards diversity as a source of strength and pride. Building upon this commitment, the Pamplin College affirms the following principles:

  • All students, regardless of their background, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation, deserve and are promised equal opportunity to an education in the Pamplin College of Business.
  • We support an environment for students, faculty, and staff that is free from hostility and intolerance.
  • In the pursuit of a supportive and diverse community that respects each individual, education requires that ideas and opinions be openly discussed.

The Pamplin College is committed to the goal of developing its students, faculty, and staff in a manner that inspires them to successful participation and effective leadership in a pluralistic society.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Faculty

Department of Accounting and Information Systems faculty come from a wide variety of high quality universities including the Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, University of Georgia, University of Illinois and University of Michigan.  ACIS faculty have substantial practical experience from Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PWC as well as regional firms, the AICPA, industry and government.  For more information, please see each individual faculty member's webpageExpectation for faculty promotion and tenure are defined with reference to established College standards.