Accounting at SMU Cox prepares students for their next career move.

Accounting curriculum at the Cox School is built on four key pillars: Conceptual Understanding and Technical Proficiency, Communication,  Ethical Leadership, and Analytics. Our objective is not just to prepare our students to succeed at the CPA examination but set them up to be leaders in their organizations and in their communities, regardless of whether they choose public accounting, consulting, finance or any other the career path.



Master of Science in Accounting Program

"In just nine months, I gained an education to achieve my career goals, a built-in professional network and job opportunities nationwide.” Alison Josal MSA '11

Degrees and Programs

MBA Concentrations in Accounting for Full-Time, Part-Time and Fast Track (1-year)

MS in Accounting

BBA Major in Accounting



The Accounting Department at SMU Cox offers a stimulating intellectual environment with engaged faculty. Our faculty are pursuing cutting edge research that is grounded in economic theory and in sound empirical methods.  Research of our faculty not only informs practice and policy but also their teaching and curriculum. Thus, our students are continually exposed to new knowledge and fresh insights

See Cox Accounting Faculty Publications on SSRN

Seminar Series

Meet our featured faculty

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Hemang Desai

Distinguished Professor of Accounting

Chair, Department of Accounting

The recipient of multiple awards for both his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Hemang researches and publishes on a wide range of topics within the area of capital markets. In addition to his academic achievements, he also teaches custom financial reporting courses for executives at Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments and more.

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Greg Sommers

Professor of Practice

Director, Master of Science in Accounting Program

Dr. Sommers has taught for more than 15 years in the SMU Cox Master's in Accounting program, where he is now director of practice. He is the co-author of a core textbook on financial statement analysis and valuation, and an active researcher in the field.

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Gauri Bhat

Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Bhat investigates financial reporting by financial institutions, risk management disclosures, and the role of accounting in credit default swap markets. She has taught financial statement analysis for banks, financial accounting, and management accounting courses at graduate and undergraduate level. Before entering academia, she worked at both KPMG and Citibank.