History and Mission

The accounting Department provides talented students with the knowledge necessary to successfully compete in tomorrow's business environment. The department upholds its tradition of excellence by recruiting highly respected and knowledgeable faculty, preparing students for professional licenses in accounting, and supporting theoretical and applied research projects relevant to accounting profession. In order to keep up with the quick pace of domestic and international economic development and to meet the need for high-level executives in the field of accounting, the accounting Department established the master program (MBA, with major in accounting) in 1990. Aspiring to raise the standards of research and education in accounting, the department also established a doctoral program in 1993.

The core curriculum of the accounting Department can be divided into four different concentrations: general accounting, auditing, taxation, and accounting information systems. In order to give students a broad knowledge of business fundamentals, the department also offers various elective courses that combine accounting and other business disciplines. Because accounting is by nature an applied social, the department puts a tremendous emphasis on the connection between theoretical study and practical application. Most core courses are designed to include case studies, and experts in the field are frequently invited to speak and interact with students at seminars and roundtable discussions organized by the department. Furthermore, many students volunteer for VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance), helping individuals and small businesses file income tax returns, and gaining valuable experience in tax preparation process. Students wishing to obtain international exposure can participate in the exchange program between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and the Department of accounting at NTU. The program allows our students to simultaneously earn a Master of Science in accounting degree (MSA) from Illinois and an MBA degree with a concentration in accounting from NTU.


The main library of NTU houses over 3,366,000 volumes of books and 34,000 aticles of academic journals, which provide for a treasure of knowledge. In addition, the College presently maintains a Management library adjacent to the College of Management Building. It contains nearly 300 volumes of books in Chinese and 4,600 in English. It also has a collection of neraly 400 periodical journals, including 370 in English and 17 in Chinese.

Computer Center

In addition to the main computing center of the University and the College of Management, the department operates a computer center catering to faculty and students housed in the center are the following:

server (3), PC (30), NB (10), projector (2), laser printer (10), scanner (1), bluetooth mouse (4), pen recorder(6), digital camera (2), digital video (1), and photostat(3).

Undergraduate Programs

The Department offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. A student must compelete a minimum of 133 credit hours, of which 96 are required.

Undergraduate Core Courses

Principles of Accounting (6), Intermediate Accounting (6), Advanced Accounting (6), Cost & Management Accounting (6), Auditing (6), Economics (6), Statistics (6), Accounting Information Systems (3), Business Management (3)

Undergraduate Courses

Business law (3), Calculus (6), Financial Management (3), Outline of Civil Code B (3), Tax Regulation (3)

Master Programs (MBA and EMBA)

The Department of accounting offers a two-year program leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration in anccounting. A minimum of 45 coursework plus a master thesis is required for this MBA program.

Graduate Required Courses

Accounting Information Systems Seminar (3), Advanced Auditing (3), Advanced Financial Accounting theory (3), Advanced Management Accounting (3) Among elective courses, our MBA program requires at least 9 credits in the accounting category, 3 credits in the methology category, and 12 credits in management categroy.

Ph.D., Programs

The Department of accounting offers the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. a minimum of 43 credits of coursework, which includes 15 credits in required courses, 19 credits in imperative elective courses and 9 credits in general elective courses are required. In addition, a doctoral dissertation is also necessary for the fulfillment of the requirement of a Ph.D., degree.

  • Prerequisites :

    The following courses are prerequisites and can be waived with the approval of the chairman: Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting / Management Accounting, Auditing

  • Required Courses :

    Empirical Research in accounting (I) (3), Empirical Research in Accounting (II) (3), Analytical and Behavioral Research in Accounting (3), Thesis Writing (I) (3), Thesis Writing (II) (3)

  • Imperative elective Courses :

    Accounting Research Workshop (I) (1), Accouning Research Workshop (II) (1), Accounting Research Workshop (III) (1), Accounting Research Workshop (IV) (1), Research methodology courses have to be elected: Econometric theory (I) (3), Microeconomics (I) (3)

    At least two of the following research methodology courses have to be elected: Econometric Theory (II) (3), Econometric Theory (III) (3), Multivariate Analysis (3), Experimental Design (3)

International Partner Schools

NTU currently has collaboration agreements with 310 universities and colleges in 51 countries, and the NTU College of Management has over 80 partner schools worldwide. Each year the College provides an opportunity for 180 students to attend the international exchange program for a semester or one year. In addition to exchange opportunities, the Department of Accounting has the following dual degree and joint degree programs:

  • Dual Degree Programs with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Dual Master Degrees), and Waseda University, Japan (Dual Bachelor Degrees),and City University of Hong Kong,China(Dual Bachelor Degrees)
  • Joint Degree Programs with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (4 plus 1, Bachelor + Master), the University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Texas at Austin. (4 plus 1, Bachelor + Master)
Research Activities
  • The Accounting Theory and Practice Conference :
    Since 1989, the Accounting Theory and Practice Conference has attracted participants from all over the world and has been recognized as one of the major academic activities in Taiwan. The Department held the first nine conferences, including: the 5th Annual Conference (with AAA’s 1993 Executive Committee and Academic Accounting Conference), 6th Annual Conference (with California State University, Fresno), 7th Annual Conference (with International Federal Accountants, IFAC), 8th Annual Conference (with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), 9th Annual Conference (with Taiwan Accounting Association), and the 2012 Annual Conference (with Taiwan Accounting Association).
  • The Chinese Accounting Academic Conference :
    The Department is co-sponsoring the Chinese Accounting Academic Conference in Taiwan since 2013 with the National Chengchi University.
  • The 2007 APAJE Symposium on Accounting in Honor of Professor A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik :
    In recognition of Professor A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik’s far-reaching contributions to the field of accounting over the past 40 years, the Department hosted the symposium in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics in Taiwan in 2007.
  • The Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association Forum :
    The Department is hosting the 6th Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association Forum in Taipei, November 5-7, 2010.
  • The Illinois International Accounting Symposium :
    The Department is co-sponsoring the 2010 Illinois International Accounting Symposium in Taiwan on June 21-23, with the School of Accountancy and the V. K. Zimmerman Center for International Education and Research in Accounting, the University of Illinois, and the Department of Accounting at National Chengchi University.
  • Kyoto University and National Taiwan University Business Analysis Workshop :
    The Department launched the Workshop with the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University in 2006. The Workshop was held once in Kyoto and once in Taipei every year these years.
  • SUFE-CITYU-NTU Accounting Research Camp :
    The Department is co-sponsoring the Jonint Accounting Symposium in Taiwan since 2012 with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and the City University of Hong Kong.
  • Peking University and National Taiwan University Accounting Research Workshop :
    The Department has invited the Department of Accounting, Peking University, to hold the first Workshop in 2010, and the workshop was held once in Peking and once in Taipei every year these years
  • Workshops :
    At the weekly workshops, the faculty and Ph.D. students and international scholars are invited to present their papers.
  • International Visiting Chair Professorship :
    Recent visiting chair professors include: A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik, Hsinchun Chen, Dan Dhaliwal, Jere Francis, Chi Wen Lee, James Ohlson, Ross L Watts, S. P. Kothari, Suresh Radhakrishnan, Ira Solomon, Shyam Sunder, Hun Tong Tan, etc.
  • Other International Seminars/Symposiums :
    The following seminars and symposiums have been brought to Taiwan by the Department of Accounting: Understanding Practice and Institutions (Ross Watts, MIT), Frictions in Markets for Financial Information(Douglas Skinner, Chicago Booth), Earning Management Issues (Paul Zarowin, NYU), Project Discovery Teaching Seminar (Ira Solomon, UIUC), Supply Chain Issues (Kashi Balachandran, NYU), Financial Accounting Issues (Joshua Ronen, NYU), Accounting Research Seminar (Wayne Landsman, UNC), Outstanding Scholar Lecture Series (National Science Council, Taiwan).
Professional abilities

Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, Financial Management, General Management, Financial Planning and Analysis

Further studies
  • Graduate Institute of Accounting
  • Graduate Institute of Finance
  • Graduate Institute of Business Administration
  • Graduate Institute of Management
  • Graduate Institute of Law
Career options

Most students graduating from department of accounting or with an MBA in accounting seek jobs in accounting firms. There are also students choose to work in accounting or finance departments in companies, which others take the national exams to work in governmental accounting, auditing, tax, and SEC departments. After staying in CPA firms for three to five years, some transfer to other companies according to their interests and opportunities. Actually, it is not difficult for those in the accounting profession to transfer to other fields related to business. However, vice versa, those majoring in other fields might struggle to surpass accounting professionals. Our mission is to provide solid accounting training along with over-all management skills. With integrated accounting training, we are confident our students will become outstanding leaders in public or private institutions in future.


Established in: 1985

Chair: Shuen-Zen Liu

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Website: http://www.acc.ntu.edu.tw

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