Melissa Larson

Melissa Larson

Associate Teaching Professor,
Accountancy, School of
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Melissa Larson graduated from BYU with her Master's in Tax in 1998. After graduation she worked for Larson & Company, a local CPA firm in Sandy, Utah where she obtained her CPA license. After two years of working for the firm (and 2 children later), Melissa returned to teach Accounting at BYU. Since 1999, Melissa has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Utah Valley State College, BYU Provo, University of Utah, BYU Hawaii and UC Berkeley extension. In addition, from 2009-2011 Melissa worked at Grant Thornton, Salt Lake City as a Senior Tax Manager. Melissa is married to Greg Larson (also an alumni of the MACC program) and has 4 children. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, reading, biking, skiing and does not enjoy running, but does it anyway.


  • Bachelor, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1998
  • Masters in Accounting, Taxation, Brigham Young University, 1998

Selected Publications


    Academic - Post-Secondary
    • Adjunct Faculty, BYU Hawaii 2011 - 2011
    • Adjunct Faculty, University of Utah 2001 - 2003
    • Adjunct Faculty, Utah Valley State College 1999 - 2001
    • Senior Tax Manager, Grant Thornton 2008 - 2011
    • CPA, Larson & Company 1998 - 2001


  • Teaching Excellence Award, BYU Marriott School, 2019
  • Honorable Mention, Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award, AICPA, 2015
  • Spirit of the SOA Award, School of Accountancy, Marriott School of Mangement, 2015
  • Merrill J. Bateman, Outstanding Faculty Student Choice Award, Marriott School, 2013
  • Honorable Mention, 2018 Outstanding Instructional Contribution Award, American Accounting Association, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant State of Utah

BYU Citizenship

  • Jr. Core Admissions Committee Committee/Council Member May, 2015
  • Coordinator for Introductory Course Undergraduate Coordinator December, 2014
  • Inclusion Committee Committee/Council Member August, 2017 - July, 2019
  • Women of the School of Accountancy (WSOA) Student Org Advisor September, 2012 - July, 2018
  • ALPFA Advisor Student Org Advisor April, 2012 - July, 2018
  • Masters of Accounting Admissions Committee Committee/Council Member May, 2012 - May, 2015
  • Social Committee Committee/Council Chair July, 2012 - July, 2014
  • Financial Coordinator Jr. Core Other July, 2012 - May, 2014

Professional Citizenship

  • Western Region Meeting, AAA Conference-Related Role October, 2015 - May, 2017
  • Teaching Learning Curriculum, AAA, Nominations Committee Committee/Council Member August, 2015 - August, 2016


  • Textbook Consultant — Wrote questions for ACC 310 course--Norm Nemrow Accuracy checker and supplemental textbook update for Advanced Financial Accounting Textbook--Ted Christensen and David Cottrell September, 2011