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John R. Mills Memorial Fund

Our faculty was saddened by the passing of John Mills in early January 2014. John had been a professor at UNR for over thirty years. During his time as a faculty member, John taught and touched the lives of scores of students. In his honor, the John R. Mills Memorial Fund was created to finance an annual Outstanding Student Award for an accounting student who exemplifies the attribute of excellence that John sought to bring out in students. If you wish to contribute to the fund, your donations would be greatly appreciated.

Below are the two ways that individuals can make gifts to this fund.

  1. In Donation Information Section: select amount
  2. Under the designation drop box: select College of Business
  3. Under Additional Information:
    • Make sure the One-time gift is highlighted
    • Choose whether you want would like your gift to remain anonymous.
    • In the comments make sure to write: "John R. Mills Memorial Fund"

By Mail:
Check made out to: University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
reference line: John R. Mills Memorial Fund
Mail to: 
College of Business
c/o Mitch Klaich
University of Nevada, Reno/00024
Reno, NV 89557-0024

For any questions or concerns, please contact Mitch Klaich at:
(775) 682-6490

Mission Statement

The Accounting Unit prepares graduates for rewarding accounting and professional careers. Our educational programs furnish the solid knowledge base and conceptual infrastructure our graduates will need to make immediately valuable and lasting contributions as business professionals in a global economy. The Accounting Unit faculty carry out this responsibility through excellence in curriculum and teaching, along with a commitment to applied business research and through extensive service activities.


The Accounting department offers students the opportunity both to develop practical skills and acquire general knowledge in Accounting, a field with extensive career and post-graduate research opportunities. Graduate students are invited to look at the tracks available in our Master's of Accountancy or the upcoming Master's in Tax Accountancy program.

The accounting major provides students with the theories and procedures necessary to prepare them for the many facets of the accounting profession, such as public, industrial, managerial, tax and government accounting. Moreover, the College of Business allows for a hybrid accounting information systems major, with a curriculum developed with the Information Systems department of the College of Business, for those students interested in using both accounting and information skills in a single career path.

Students graduating from the department are prepared to obtain employment in a competitive job market, start a business, or continue their education in graduate and professional degree programs. Typical professions that accounting students embark upon with their undergraduate degree include Certified Public Accountant, management accountant, financial analyst, internal auditor, government agent (FBI, IRS) and tax accountant. Examples of job opportunities for students majoring in accounting information systems include technology-based positions in both managerial and financial accounting, electronic auditing, computer security, systems consulting, and forensic accounting.

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At a Glance

Department Chair:
Jeffrey Wong

Degrees Offered:

2012 CPA Pass Rates

Nevada students and alumni taking the CPA exam pass at a rate higher than the national average.

  • Pass rate for first-time testing
    • Nevada: 68.0
    • National Avg.: 46.5
  • Pass rate for all testing
    • Nevada: 68.0
    • National Avg. 46.5

Source: AICPA

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