Accounting & Information Assurance Department

Welcome to the Accounting and Information Assurance (AIA) Department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The AIA Department offers courses and programs leading to BS, MS and PhD degrees. In addition, the AIA Department plays a significant role in providing accounting and information assurance courses with the Smith School’s MBA program.

These programs are designed, and have proven, to provide the foundation for our graduates to reach the top echelons of careers in accounting, management, and academia. According to the most recent recruiters' survey by The Wall Street Journal, the Smith School’s undergraduate accounting major ranked No. 7 in the U.S.

Brief Description of the Accounting Field

Accounting and Information Assurance, in a limited sense, is the analysis, classification and recording of financial events, and the reporting of the results of such events for an organization. In a broader sense, accounting consists of all financial systems for planning, controlling and appraising the performance of an organization. Among its many facets, accounting includes financial planning, budgeting, accounting systems, financial management controls, financial analysis of performance, financial reporting, internal and external auditing, and taxation.

Smith's accounting curriculum provides an educational foundation for careers in accounting and other management areas, whether in private business organizations, government and nonprofit agencies, or public accounting firms.

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Five Smith School Projects Get Nearly $73,000 in 2022 Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants

Seven professors with the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business who are working on projects that show the promise of…

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The Smith School Announces Eight New Faculty Members

As courses convene for the new academic year, the Smith School is welcoming eight new scholars to its faculty.

Sean Cao is…

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Why Accounting Reform Should Matter to Policymakers
It’s not often that accounting and the Constitution are talked about in the same sentence. But maybe they should be more often. Speaking…
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Insights & Research

Labor Market Competition Plays A Huge Role in Remote Work

Smith Researchers Find Peer Pressure Among Companies Determines Firms’ Work-From-Home Strategy

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A Tax-Day Lowdown from Smith’s Sam Handwerger

UMD TerpTax Lead Sorts Through Extended Due Dates and Implications for IRS-Owing Filers

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Insuring Against Cyber Breaches

Smith’s Lawrence A. Gordon Helps Explain the Economics of Cyber Insurance for India’s PCQuest

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With a Legal Expert in Leadership, Firms Are Less Likely to Overstate Earnings

When a General Counsel Is a Senior Leader, Firms Are More Conservative

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Contact Us

Department Chair
Michael Kimbrough
Phone:  301-405-8522

Associate Chair
James McKinney
Phone: 301-405-2217

Department Coordinator
Michael Rogers
Phone: 301-405-4072
Fax: 301-314-9414

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