WFUSB Master of Science in Accountancy students achieve number one CPA pass rate in the nation

11.20.2013 General, News Release, School News

Wake Forest students hold top pass rate among institutions with accounting programs

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Students in the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program at the Wake Forest University School of Business achieved the top pass rate in the nation among all universities that offer graduate or undergraduate programs in accounting on the Certified Public Accountant exam once again, according to the 2013 edition of Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance.

Wake Forest had the highest pass rate for universities with accounting programs among 791 institutions with ten or more candidates sitting for the exam, as well as the #1 pass rate for large programs (a total of 255 institutions with more than 60 candidates.) 

Wake Forest students have earned the top ranking eleven times since the School began offering a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) degree in 1997, more than any other university during the same time period.

According to Jack Wilkerson, Senior Associate Dean, Accountancy Programs, “’Performance-ready’ is one of the shorthand expressions we use to describe where we want our students to be as they’re finishing their academic work in the School of Business. The sustained outstanding performance of our accounting students on the CPA Exam is one clear indicator that our accounting graduates are in fact leaving Wake Forest performance-ready.”

Additionally, the 2013 edition of Public Accounting Report places the School’s undergraduate and graduate accounting programs in the top 20 overall and in the top 10 among midsized accounting programs.

Traditionally, 100% of Wake Forest’s MSA graduates have accepted job offers prior to graduation, with many students receiving multiple offers.

The Wake Forest accountancy programs, including the MSA program, are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  Students have the option of specializing in the career tracks of Assurance Services, Tax Consulting Services or Financial Transaction Services.

Wake Forest is currently accepting applications for admission to the Master of Science in Accountancy program.  More information may be found online at