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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.

Students in ACIS 1504 learn about the systems development lifecycle by building prototypes with Zome toys.

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.