Mission Statement

The mission of the Montana State University accounting program is to achieve excellence by:

  • Educating students in accounting theory and practice and developing the skills for lifelong learning.
  • Advancing the profession of accounting through research and publications.
  • Building strong relationships with students and other stakeholders.
  • Contributing to the achievement of the mission of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship as a whole.


To be regionally valued and nationally recognized as a professional learning community that improves accounting and business practice and knowledge by:

  • Continuously advancing the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs to ensure the highest levels of knowledge and competencies for professional accounting and business career success.
  • Establishing an environment that supports research and contributions to practice and education.
  • Fostering a spirit of service among faculty and students to the university, profession, and society.


  • Continuous improvement and recognition of excellence in teaching, research, and service.
  • Recognition of the diverse perspective of students, employers, and society as accounting program stakeholders.
  • Appreciation of professional certifications and core competencies needed for long-term professional success.
  • Responsiveness to changes in organizations and society.
  • A shared sense of community and collegiality among faculty, students, administrators, and other stakeholders.

Goals and Objectives

  • Attract and retain high quality students to the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs.
  • Deliver accounting courses that include critical thinking, communication skills, and competencies needed for success in careers.
  • Foster relationships with accounting students, alumni, employers, and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct and publish research that adds to accounting knowledge or contributes to practice or education.
  • Develop and promote volunteer, internship, and career opportunities for accounting students.
  • Promote faculty interaction with and service to the university, professional organizations, and society.