University’s graduate accountancy programs were recognized for their excellence
in national rankings this fall. The school’s MS in Taxation program was ranked
No. 2 and its MS in Accountancy No. 3 in the country in an annual survey of
U.S. corporate tax hiring authorities conducted by TaxTalent.com. DePaul’s undergraduateprogram also was highlighted at No. 6 nationally, up from No. 10 last year.
“Having our undergraduate and graduate programs recognized
shows that when it comes to taxation, DePaul is the premier school for
professionals at both beginning and advanced levels within the tax industry,”
says Kevin Stevens (MST ’86), director of the School of Accountancy
and Management Information Systems.
For the past three years, TaxTalent has provided annual
rankings of undergraduate and graduate tax and accounting programs based on a
poll of corporate tax hiring authorities. As the survey noted, by providing
annual rankings “directly from the employer perspective, we hope to bridge the
gap between academia and the corporate tax world.”
between the industry and the school can also be seen in the graduate program,
where DePaul tends to attract candidates who are already employed and attending
school part-time. “The fact that employers view us so highly means they’ll keep
sending their people to our program,” explains Ron Marcuson, director of the MST
Stevens agrees. “The purpose of the program is to provide
students with the knowledge they need to add immediate value to their jobs—they
can leave class at night and use what they learned at work the next day. The
rankings reflect that our tax program is imbued with the real world.”
A story in
Crain’s Chicago Business this September noted
that accounting is one of the hottest sectors for job growth. As the magazine reported, “The number of accounting grads surged 20 percent in the 2011-12
academic year, according to the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants. The total of 61,300 was nearly double the 35,000 a decade
been involved in educating accounting and tax professionals for years. William
Zink (BUS ’70, MST ’77), an adjunct professor, remembers his experience with DePaul
as a student. “I could see that DePaul was a no-nonsense school. The
instructors did what they taught, and that impressed the hell out of me. Its
professors continue to amaze me, as does the resiliency of the students. Now
I’m actually instructing them,” says Zink, who this year began teaching at
DePaul after retiring in August. He spent more than 40 years in public
accounting, most recently as Grant Thornton’s executive director in charge of
global tax training.
DePaul’s accountancy students benefit from an environment
that emphasizes knowledge and experience gained in the industry, Stevens says.
“The reason our students do so well is that the faculty in the classroom and
their fellow students are all tax professionals,” he explains.
recent TaxTalent rankings reflect programs in place last year, DePaul is continuing
to innovate. The school now offers online options for master’s degrees in both
accountancy and taxation.
giving students the education they want when they want it with more flexibility,”
says Marcuson. He also points to newer courses the school has added about accounting
for income tax, transfer pricing, unclaimed property, expatriate taxation and
comparative tax systems. “When the market demands something, we make sure our
students are trained in it,” he says. “Taxation as a discipline is not static,
so you can’t leave things the same. We’re always evolving.”
about DePaul’s MS in Taxation and MS in Accountancy degrees.
View the TaxTalent 2014 Educational
Survey as a PDF.