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Rigor. Ethics. And a perennial place among the nation’s best accountancy programs.

Our students are diverse and multifaceted, but they all have one thing in common: they ask more of business and of themselves. Through the Notre Dame undergraduate Accountancy program and the M.S. in Accountancy program—both ranked No. 4 in the nation by Public Accounting Report—they do just that.

And recruiters know that Mendoza grads understand how an organization operates and manages its resources. Our accountancy undergraduates achieved a 98% placement rate last year.

During your time as an accountancy student at Notre Dame, you’ll learn to analyze, evaluate and communicate the results of business activities. In other words, you will develop a highly-sought after critical thinking and decision-making skill set—and use that to advance the greater good.

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Numbers tell only part of the story.

As a top-4 accountancy program at a university consistently ranked among the best in the country, it’s easy to get caught up in numbers. But like all good accountancy programs, we’re more interested in the story the numbers tell.

Your Notre Dame accountancy story will be defined by human interaction: between professor and student, between peers, between you and the people, you serve during your time at Notre Dame.

Federation of Schools of Accountancy

A member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy

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An ethical approach

Yes, our rigorous curriculum will prepare you to solve complex accountancy challenges. But more importantly, the solutions you devise to these challenges will be informed by a deep sense of ethics strengthened during your time at Notre Dame.

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TAPping into your expertise—and your servant’s heart

Through the Tax Assistance Program (TAP) you’ll have the opportunity to provide tax preparation services to low-income individuals. In the process, you’ll gain real-world experience—and help local community residents receive much-needed tax refunds.

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Once a Domer, always a Domer

The strength, accessibility and engagement of the Notre Dame alumni network are virtually unparalleled. We take care of own, during and after your time on campus.

This wealth of diverse experiences creates accomplished—and satisfied—graduates. In fact, Notre Dame ranks No. three on national alumni satisfaction surveys. There we go with the numbers again.

Career Development

Last year, our accountancy undergraduates achieved a 98 percent placement rate. Over the last three years, our graduate students have achieved 100 percent employment. From careers in public accounting and corporate work to entrepreneurship and law, our graduates put their accountancy degree to work in a wide range of fields.

Full-time employment by firm typePercent of Students
Big 4 Accounting firms75
Other accounting firms3
Corporate Finance/Accounting9
Financial Services4
  • Andersen Tax
  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Amazon
  • Comcast NBCU
  • E&J Gallo
  • General Motors

Work hard, play hard

The accountancy program is rigorous, but you’ll still have plenty of time to take advantage of the legendary Notre Dame student experience. For example, you might:

What You’ll Learn

Through courses like Strategic Cost Management, Ethics in Accounting, and Federal Taxation, you’ll develop critical thinking, data analysis and decision-making skills that prepare you to hit the ground running. You’ll also enter the job market with expertise in data analytics that your peers at other institutions will lack.

At the University of Notre Dame, the Data Analytics in Accounting course enhances your ability to identify relevant information, and to find optimal solutions in settings involving uncertainty and risk. Analytical tools include data mining, simulation model building, and optimization.

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About that 150 hours…

Typically, 150 hours of college credits with an accounting concentration are necessary to be licensed as a CPA.

Students should discuss specific state requirements with Professor James O’Brien, accountancy assistant chairman.

Students in the Master of Science in Accountancy gain the requisite number of hours for licensing during the yearlong program.

Department Administration

Sandra C. Vera-Muñoz

Deloitte Foundation Department Chair of Accountancy

Sandra C. Vera-Muñoz is the Deloitte Foundation Department Chair of Accountancy. She currently teaches Strategic Cost Management (undergraduate) and has taught Sustainability: Accounting and Reporting in the Master of Science in Accountancy program. Her research focuses on corporate climate-change risk disclosures and assurance, and judgment and decision making. She received a B.B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, an MBA from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation on accounting knowledge and opportunity costs was honored with the AAA/ABO Outstanding Dissertation Award.
She has published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and the Journal of Business Ethics, among others. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International Accounting Research, and has served on the editorial boards of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, The Accounting Review, and Contemporary Accounting Research, among others. She has also served on the AAA/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee, the AAA/Publications Committee, the New Faculty Consortium Planning Committee, and as a faculty liaison with KPMG. At Notre Dame, Sandra currently serves in the Ryan Ethics Chair Search Committee and the Building Bridges Mentoring Program, and has served on the Sustainability Strategy Standing Committee.

Contact: (574) 631-9041 or


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James A. O’Brien

Assistant Department Chair and Associate Professional Specialist

James O’Brien (Jamie) teaches Business Law and law-related courses to undergraduate, Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Nonprofit Administration students. He is a CPA, as well as an attorney, and is actively involved in professional development and service within the accounting and legal communities. O’Brien serves the Accountancy Department as the assistant chair and also advises students concerning course selection, the CPA examination requirements, and other academic matters. He serves on the board of directors for Hannah and Friends, a local nonprofit. O’Brien is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Accountancy, summa cum laude, and also of the Notre Dame Law School, also summa cum laude.

Contact: (574) 631-9100 or James.A.O’



Barb Westra

Administrative Assistant

Contact: (574) 631-7324 or

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