The MS in Management-Professional Accounting program is a one-year, full-time curriculum that develops highly professional and employable specialists in accounting, with the option to focus on either Assurance Services (audit) or Taxation.

This program is designed for students who already have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, and wish to gain additional skills and meet the 150-credit hour requirement to write the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination.

My Lubar has additional important information for potential and current graduate accounting students. It includes information on graduate program routes, internships, MSPA Orientation, teaching assistant and scholarship applications, as well as other useful information!

If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, but would like to enter the accounting profession, you will want to consider the Master of Science in Management – Accounting

For More Information

Graduate Student Services
Lubar Hall N251
(414) 229-5403


Required Courses (15 credits)

BUS ADM 724 Business Consolidations and Governmental Accounting
BUS ADM 753 Advanced Business Law
BUS ADM 821 Business Taxation
BUS ADM 840 Current Issues in Financial Reporting
BUS ADM 844 Auditing: Professional Standards and Practice

Elective Tracks (15 credits)

Students choose one elective track option from the following:

Assurance Services

Required Courses (9 Credits):
BUS ADM 720 Information Systems Auditing
BUS ADM 723 Forensic Accounting
BUS ADM 841 Financial Statement Analysis  *integrating course

Elective Courses (6 Credits)
Students choose two courses from the following:
BUS ADM 726 Strategic Cost Management II
BUS ADM 771 Investments
BUS ADM 772 Portfolio Management
BUS ADM 773 Options and Futures
BUS ADM 774 Global Financial Management
BUS ADM 775 Financial Strategy
BUS ADM 778 Financial Institutions and Markets
BUS ADM 779 Fixed Income Strategies
BUS ADM 848 Professional Accounting Practice
BUS MGMT 726 Study Abroad: Ernst & Young Graduate Accounting


Required (12 Credits):
BUS ADM 820 Tax Research, Practice, and Procedure
BUS ADM 823 Corporate Income Taxation
BUS ADM 826 Tax Planning for Individuals
BUS ADM 828 Taxation of Partnerships, S Corporations, & LLC’s

Electives Courses (3 Credits)
Students choose one course from the following:
BUS ADM 848 Professional Accounting Practice
BUS MGMT 726 Study Abroad: Ernst & Young Graduate Accounting

Additional degree requirements and course descriptions for the Master of Science in Professional Accounting can be found on the Graduate School website.

For More Information

Graduate Student Services
Lubar Hall N251
(414) 229-5403


With a strong combination of professional and academic experience, the accounting, taxation, and business law faculty at the Lubar School are well known for their commitment to helping students succeed in their studies and preparing them for the accounting profession. The practice of accounting is ever-changing. To stay on top of new developments, Lubar accounting faculty are CPA-certified in the profession and closely connected with public and corporate accounting professionals. As PhD-qualified faculty, they also collaborate with other research scholars on current topics in financial accounting, managerial accounting, non-profit accounting, auditing, individual and corporate taxation, business law, and corporate governance.

profile photoLarry AbbottAssociate ProfessorAccounting(414) 229-5165abbottl@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326H

Associate Professor, Accounting

profile photoColleen Boland(414) 229-2551bolandc@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326F

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoVeena L. Brown(414) 229-4471brownvml@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326E

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoBrian Daugherty(414) 229-5737daughert@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326D

Associate Professor, Accounting

profile photoPaul M. Fischer(414) 229-4545pfischer@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326C

Jerry Leer Professor, Accounting

profile photoCharles Konkol(414) 229-3825konkol@uwm.eduLubar Hall N328

Senior Lecturer, Accounting & Taxation

profile photoLeslie Kren(414) 229-6075lkren@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326G

Associate Professor, Accounting

profile photoAaron Mandell(414) 229-6292amandell@uwm.eduLubar Hall N314

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoSean McCarthy(414) 229-5005mccarth@uwm.eduLubar Hall N329

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoDaniel Neely(414) 229-4164neely@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326B

Associate Professor, Accounting

profile photoJonathan Saffold(414) 229-4394saffolj@uwm.eduLubar Hall N312


profile photoLaura Swenson(414) 229-3837swensola@uwm.eduLubar Hall N316

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoAmy Tegeler(414) 229-4249tegelera@uwm.eduLubar Hall N320

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoSheila Viel(414) 229-3874viel@uwm.eduLubar Hall N310

Lecturer, Accounting


Message from the Director

Paul Fischer

Thank you for your interest in the accounting area at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business!

The Lubar School has been the primary source of accounting talent in southeast Wisconsin for over 60 years, providing outstanding degree programs, meaningful experiential opportunities for students, a strong faculty commitment to teaching, and close relationships with accounting firms and businesses in our region.

Recognized for rigor and relevance, our program is respected for our highly-qualified and well-prepared graduates who contribute as CPAs and accounting professionals in businesses throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

On behalf of the accounting faculty, I welcome you to learn more about us.

Paul M. Fischer
Director of Accounting Programs
Jerry Leer Professor of Accounting

Accounting Area Mission

The accounting area of the Lubar School of Business engages in theoretical and applied research and provides high quality education that leads to successful accounting careers for our students. We blend experience-based learning, teaching innovations, employer and alumni involvement, professional ethics, international exposure, and career guidance to enhance our students’ professional preparation.

Accounting Advisory Council

Highly engaged with accounting firms and professionals throughout the region, we value the input and guidance of our Accounting Advisory Council, comprised of partners from each of the “big four” international CPA firms, partners from regional and local CPA firms, and certified public accountants who are leaders of major international companies in our region.

Full Array of Accounting Degree Programs

BBA in Accounting
Our BBA in Accounting can be completed in four years, including a full-time internship.  Once graduated, students are allowed to take the CPA exam in Wisconsin.  However, a total of 150 credits of college education are required to obtain a CPA license in Wisconsin.

MS in Professional Accounting
High-achieving accounting undergraduate students may continue their studies in the “fifth year,” full-time MS in Professional Accounting program.  The curriculum is focused on preparing students for success on the CPA exam. Students have the option to specialize in assurance services or taxation.  Many students in this program receive funding through scholarships or teaching assistantships.

MS in Accounting
This program is designed for students with non-accounting or non-business undergraduate degrees who wish to pursue a career in accounting.  The program can be completed in a flexible part-time schedule, or in as quickly as one year if attending full time.  Students prepare for and take the CPA exam while in the program.

MS in Taxation
The MS in Taxation is a highly specialized program for those interested in a taxation focus.  The program is offered in a flexible, part-time schedule to accommodate working professionals.