Accountancy program

Undergrad major Undergrad minor

What can you do with an accounting degree?

Use your skills with numbers to help organizations manage their resources, monitor or report on finances. Such insights will help drive important business decisions. An accounting degree is a springboard into a successful career with traditionally excellent pay.

In UWL's accountancy program, you'll find a flexible approach to earning the required 150 credits for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. You'll find many opportunities to earn money while you learn whether in full-time, paid accounting internships or scholarships. An extensive accountancy scholarship program offers more than $100,000 each year to support student success.

The accountancy program is committed to helping students find opportunities and network, as well as offering the most relevant, up-to-date practical and theoretical skills in the field.

Accounting careers

Accountancy majors enjoy a wide variety of career opportunities and starting salaries are excellent. The profession also provides many opportunities for advancement. 

The vast majority of graduates begin their careers as staff accountants in public accounting firms. Others find employment in industry, high-tech companies, healthcare and more. 


Entry-level opportunities

  • Bank manager trainee
  • Private industry accountant
  • Public or staff accountant
  • Revenue agent
  • Internal auditor
  • Tax accountant
  • Technical account trainee

Long-term career development

  • Graduate study in accounting, taxation, business administration or law school
  • Budget director
  • Chief cost accountant
  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief plant accountant
  • Controller
  • Partner in CPA firm
  • Treasurer

What distinguishes UWL's accountancy program?

Accredited program

Both the undergraduate and graduate business programs of UWL's College of Business Administration are accredited by the AACSB International. ACCSB accreditation places UWL's programs in the top 5% of business programs in the world today. It is also attractive to employers looking to recruit accounting graduates.

$100,000 in scholarships available each year

The Accountancy Department has an extensive scholarship program for both incoming students and continuing students with over $100,000 typically available. Applications are completed online through the UWL Foundation website. An annual spring accountancy banquet honors scholarship recipients and acknowledges donors. 

A flexible approach to earning CPA certification

Wisconsin and Minnesota, along with most other states, require 150 credits as part of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. In Wisconsin, you have flexibility in earning your credits. With 120 required business and accountancy credits complete, you have the option of sitting for the CPA exam if ready. Students earn certification once they complete the remaining 30 credits, which can be in any area of study.

Nearly all students have paid internships

Area public accounting firms and industry partners provide excellent opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in the field. Most students will find a paid, full-time internship where they can potentially earn up to 12 credit hours toward the required 150 credits. During tax season, students might work up to 60 hours per week and make anywhere from $20-26 per hour. An Accountancy Department faculty internship coordinator works with Career Services to coordinate internships. For almost all students, an internship leads to a permanent job offer.

Career connections

Every fall accountancy students are able to connect with employers during an Accounting Career Expo. This expo, specifically for accountancy students, attracts about 40 companies.

Nearly all graduates land careers in the field

Annually, almost all accountancy graduates are placed in accountancy positions with public accounting firms, industry, high-tech companies, healthcare and more. Many students receive offers while working as an intern. See the Academic Advising and Career Services website for up-to-date information.

Professors are experts in the field

The majority of accounting faculty hold doctoral degrees in the field and certifications as CPAs with relevant experience in public or private accounting, in addition to consulting. The business law faculty have juris doctor (J.D.) degrees, as well as substantial legal experience. The faculty in both the accounting and business law area are active researchers.

International honor society offers networking, more

UWL has a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting and other financial information professionals, which sponsors presentations by professional accountants. BAP members also have the opportunity to travel to regional and annual meetings across the U.S.

A facility where modern and historic meet

UWL's College of Business Administration is located in the recently-renovated Wittich Hall. Changes to the facility preserve the history of UWL's second oldest building, while providing modern places to connect and study. The facility was renovated with student input. Student spaces include computer labs, study spaces, sales competition rooms, a finance lab and more.

A growing program attune to business needs

UWL's accountancy program has been able to grow by recruiting talented faculty and students and continually adapting curriculum to match current business and industry needs, as well as CPA exam changes.

High-caliber students

UWL's accountancy program attracts the best of the best. Students frequently have high ACT scores and strong academic records. A collective atmosphere of determination and work-ethic pushes all to achieve their best.

Free CPA exam course prep

Certified Public Accounting Exam review courses are considered a key step to preparing for the exam. Students who find work at public accounting firms frequently find that firms where they hold internships will pay the exam expenses.

Professional certifications

Completion of UWL's accountancy program, including 150 credit hours, meets the educational requirement for professional certification. Graduates are eligible to take the professional examinations that are prerequisites for designations of Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Successfully passing the CPA, CMA, CIA, or CFE exam is a valuable credential to possess when seeking permanent employment.

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