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We know accounting isn’t just about numbers — it’s about relationships. The personal connections between Broad accounting students, alumni, faculty and employers are what set us apart.

The nationally recognized faculty of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Michigan State University continually work to set our students up for success. We understand that, in the ever-changing fields of accounting and information systems, it’s crucial to provide students with skills and resources that keep them at the forefront of the industry. The department offers programs at every level — undergraduate through doctoral — and students graduate with outstanding knowledge, skills and unrivaled professionalism.

Department Information Sheet

  • 6
  • Best Master's in Accounting
  • (Tax Talent, 2018)
  • 8
  • in Managerial Accounting Research
  • over the last 12 years
  • (BYU Accounting Research Rankings, 2022)
  • 12
  • Undergraduate Accounting Program
  • among schools with 24 or more full-time faculty.
  • (Public Accounting Report, 2019)
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Marilyn Johnson

Collaborative Relationships

Regardless of your background or interests, we’re committed to helping you understand organizations by understanding accounting – the language that businesses, governments, and nonprofits use to tell their stories. We do this through collaboration. In fact, the mission of our department is “to create and disseminate knowledge in accounting and information systems through collaborative relationships.”

Our success is built on the relationships among our students, alumni, faculty, and employers. Our nationally renowned faculty working alongside incredibly bright and hard-working students. In addition, our dedicated alumni and employers collaborate with us to ensure that our graduates are prepared for the rapidly changing fields of accounting and information systems.

We welcome you to join us! Explore our website to learn more about our programs, faculty, and students. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need additional information.

Accounting @ Broad

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Our Vision

Our vision is to be a global leader in creating and disseminating expertise in making business happen.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create and disseminate knowledge in accounting and information systems through collaborative relationships.

Our Work

  • Graduates with outstanding knowledge, skills and professionalism
  • Thought leaders in education, research, professional standards and practice, and service
  • Expert and effective student mentoring and placement
  • Lifelong professional and personal development for alumni, staff and faculty

How We Accomplish Our Work

Collaborations among communities of:

  • Students
  • Faculty and staff
  • Practitioners

Our Stakeholders

  • Highly engaged public accounting firms, corporations and alumni
  • Talented and motivated students, staff and faculty, both current and prospective
  • The Broad College, Michigan State University and the state of Michigan
  • The academy and professional communities

Our Value Contributions

  • Learned profession of accounting and information systems practice
  • Intellectual capital in accounting and information systems
  • Influence on practice and professional communities
  • Global reputation
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We’ve produced premier accounting and information systems talent for more than half a century.

Accounting careers afford ambitious professionals a wealth of career possibilities. Even in challenging economic times, accountants typically enjoy a strong job market, and starting salaries are usually among the top salaries offered to college graduates. A degree in accounting, the “language of business,” provides an excellent base for upward mobility.

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Broad College is home to one of the nation’s top accounting programs. For more than 50 years, the Department of Accounting and Information Systems has been attracting bright, ambitious students and has been the state’s largest provider of certified public accountants (CPAs). Our AACSB-accredited undergraduate and graduate accounting degree programs are consistently ranked highly by the Public Accounting Report.

This competitive Ph.D. program prepares doctoral candidates to become productive researchers and educators at top research universities. Specializations include audit, financial accounting, managerial accounting and tax.

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Prepares scholars to become innovative and productive information systems researchers. Doctoral students work with ITM faculty who are nationally renowned for their publications, editorial positions, research grant funding and information systems community leadership.

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This accounting and analytics program prepares students with technical knowledge, critical thinking skills and global mindset to thrive. Choose from specializations in taxation, information systems, public and corporate accounting, and transaction services. The forward-looking curriculum prepares students to sit for the CPA or CMA exam.

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This master’s degree will prepare students for accounting and financial management careers within public accounting, corporations, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Courses taken in the program will count towards the education requirements of professional certifications such as the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

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This experiential program teaches problem-solvers how to use big data and analytics to solve business problems. Corporate projects each semester provide an opportunity to focus on business strategy, applied statistics and data mining to gain real-world experience and professional partnerships.

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The bachelor’s degree in accounting program prepares students for careers in public, managerial and governmental accounting.

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The nine-credit, online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics program is designed to meet the professional development needs of accounting professionals, and it also provides an alternative pathway for students seeking to meet the 150 Hour Rule for CPA certification.

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Our Faculty

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Sev Grabski

  • Professor
    Accounting and Information Systems
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Ranjani Krishnan

  • Ernest W. and Robert W. Schaberg Chair in Accounting
    Accounting and Information Systems
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Matt Anderson

  • Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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  • Professor
    Accounting and Information Systems

Research Expertise

Financial Accounting

Focusing on the link between accounting information and capital markets.


Focusing on the audit function, which sits between the accounting information produced by the firm and capital markets.

Managerial Accounting

Focusing on the link between accounting information and internal users


Focusing on corporate economic activities, which in turn drive accounting information.


Focusing on the link between accounting information and taxation authorities as well as the capital markets.

Information Systems

Focusing on systems that collect, store and generate accounting information.

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Alumni & Friends

A critical piece in achieving the vision and mission of our department is staying engaged with our networks of alumni and other friends of accounting at Broad. We want to stay in touch to know all the great ways Spartans are making business happen and build mutually beneficial relationships that can connect employers with our students.

We are also extremely grateful for the philanthropic support which helps us sustain excellence. The department proudly recognizes the generous alumni, friends and organizations that support the department and allow us to continually enhance our efforts.

Alumni & Friends

External Advisory Board

The Accounting and Information Systems External Advisory Board is comprised of leaders in the field of accounting. They hold positions in public accounting, industry, government and academia, giving them unique insight into the role our department plays in shaping the accounting profession. We rely on their guidance, advice and feedback.

Meet Our Board

Contact Information

  • Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Business College Complex
  • 632 Bogue St Rm N270
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone: (517) 355-7486
  • Fax: (517) 432-1101
  • Faculty Office Hours