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Why study Accounting?

Accounting is often described as the “language of business.” Numbers as language? Well, not exactly. Accountants definitely need to be numbers savvy, but what they really do is provide information. As an accountant, you’ll gather and organize financial information, analyze that information, assess performance and efficiency, and make suggestions for change or improvement.

The field of accounting is where you can see exponential growth. With advancements in technology, continuing changes related to accounting rules and regulations, and rapid globalization, there is no shortage of new opportunities and challenges for accountants. And because understanding of the accounting “language” is so fundamental to business, a degree in Accounting is a great launch pad for any business career.

As a Lubar Accounting student, you’ll be prepared for professional opportunities in public accounting, corporate accounting, or non-profit and governmental accounting.

My Lubar has additional important information for potential and current accounting students.  It includes information on required courses, internships, orientation to Intermediate Accounting, and the CPA exam, as well as the accounting student handbook and other useful information!

Important:  Because most states require 150-credit hours of college-level courses to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, many of our BBA-Accounting students continue directly into our MS-Professional Accounting program. This program integrates taking the CPA exam into the curriculum. Students typically engage in a professional internship during the spring of their senior year or the “bridge” summer between their senior year and the master’s program.

For More Information

Undergraduate Student Services
Lubar Hall N297
(414) 229-5271
uwmbba@uwm.edu

Curriculum

Accounting Major Coursework (24 credits)

BUS ADM 300 Career and Professional Development: Accounting
BUS ADM 301 Intermediate Accounting
BUS ADM 402 Advanced Financial Accounting
BUS ADM 404 Cost Management
BUS ADM 405 Income Tax Accounting I
BUS ADM 406 Income Tax Accounting II
BUS ADM 408 Accounting Information Systems
BUS ADM 409 Auditing: Procedures and Applications
BUS ADM 410 Accountants’ Ethical Responsibilities

Students pursuing the Accounting Major will also take Business Foundation Courses and Business Core courses as part of the undergraduate degree.

Additional degree requirements and course descriptions for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Career

A Lubar BBA degree in Accounting positions you for a career in public accounting (where you’ll provide tax, auditing, and consulting services to your company’s clients), corporate accounting (where you’ll work as part of a team that provides reliable financial data for management to make decisions), or non-profit or governmental accounting. The UWM Lubar School of Business is the leader in providing accounting graduates to international public accounting firms and major corporations headquartered in Wisconsin.

Job titles of recent Lubar BBA-Accounting graduates:

Staff Accountant
Investment Accountant
Accountant
Account Manager
Accounting Manager
Financial Analyst
Client Service Consultant
Finance/Compliance Analyst

Companies that have hired recent Lubar Accounting graduates:

Baker Tilly
BDO
Cargill
Chortek LLP
CliftonLarsenAllen
Coakley Brothers
Columbia St. Mary’s
Deloitte
EY
Johnson Controls
Kohler Co.
Komisar Brady & Co.
KPMG
McGladrey LLP
Quad/Graphics
Reilly, Penner & Benton
RitzHolman CPAs
Robert W. Baird
Rockwell Automation
Schenck SC
Scribner, Cohen & Co.
Shepard Schwartz & Harris
Sikich
Strattec Security Corporation
SVA CPAs
UMB Fund Services
Vrakas/Blum
Wegner CPAs
Wells Fargo
Wipfli

Faculty

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 N329

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 photoDaniel Neely(414) 229-4164neely@uwm.eduLubar Hall N320

Associate Professor, Accounting

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

LecturerAccounting 

profile photoMichael S. Schadewald(414) 229-5005schade@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326F

Associate Professor,  Accounting & Taxation

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

Assistant Professor, Accounting

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

Lecturer, Accounting

Mission

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.