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In accounting research, the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) ranks in the top four percent of 706 universities worldwide in the authoritative Brigham Young University survey. SAF places fourth globally in accounting information systems research, and twelfth globally in management accounting research.

In audit and tax research, SAF places second and third in Canada, and is in the top seven percent globally. Numerous SAF faculty members hold grants from SSHRC, CICA, and other funding agencies. They and their graduate students present their latest findings at academic and practitioner conferences, and publish their work in a wide range of scholarly journals.

Research Rankings

In 2014, Waterloo became one of only 11 universities in the world to earn a 5+ star rating in the QS Stars rating which evaluates universities against over 50 different factors.

SAF rankings in the 2015 Brigham Young University global accounting research survey:

  • 6th​ in the world
  • 2nd among Canadian universities
  • 1st in Canada for accounting information systems research
  • 1st in Canada for managerial accounting research
  • 1st in Canada for tax research
  • 2nd in Canada for financial accounting
  • 1st in Canada for PhD programs

Waterloo ranks in the top 150 in the subject of Accounting and Finance in the 2015 UK Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings.