Accounting is often described as the “language of business.” 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, an accounting degree 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.

Program Type

Major

Program Format

On Campus
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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!

Accounting Major Coursework (24 credits)

BUS ADM 303 Career Planning for 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

Data Analysis Track – optional (12 credits)

BUS ADM 335 Visual System Development
BUS ADM 434 Database Management Systems
Choose two of the following elective courses:
BUS ADM 436 System Analysis and Design
BUS ADM 438 ITM Topics
BUS ADM 536 Business Intelligence
BUS ADM 537 Enterprise Systems Concepts and Issues

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.

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.

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 BBA-Accounting graduates

Actuant Corp.
Baker Tilly
BDO USA
Briggs & Stratton
Brookdale
Charter Manufacturing
Chortek LLP
CliftonLarsonAllen
Deloitte, LLP
EY
Extendicare Health Services Fiserv
Grant Thornton, LLP
Johnson Controls
Kohler Co.
KPMG
MillerCoors
Northwestern Mutual
PwC
Quad/Graphics
RitzHolman CPAs
Robert W. Baird
Rockwell Automation
RSM US LLP
Schenck S.C.
Scribner Cohen & Co.
Sikich
SVA Certified Public Accountants UMB Fund Services
U.S. Bancorp
Vogel Consulting Group
Vrakas CPAs & Advisors
Wegner CPAs
Wipfli
Wisconsin Department of Revenue

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.

Abbott, Larry
  • Professor, Accounting
Colleeen Boland
  • Assistant Professor, Accounting
Veena Brown
  • Associate Professor, Accounting
  • Director of Accounting Programs
Chloe Chiuminatto
  • Lecturer, Accounting
  • Assistant Director of Accounting Programs
Brian Daugherty
  • Associate Professor, Accounting
Paul Fischer
  • Jerry Leer Professor, Accounting
Leslie Kren
  • Associate Professor, Accounting
Aaron Mandell
  • Assistant Professor, Accounting
Sean McCarthy
  • Assistant Professor, Accounting
Daniel Neely
  • Associate Professor, Accounting
  • Dean's Research Fellow
Jonathan Saffold
  • Senior Lecturer, Accounting
Laura Swenson
  • Assistant Professor, Accounting
Amy Tegeler
  • Assistant Professor, Accounting
  • V. Kanti Prasad Junior Faculty Scholar

Message from the Director

Veena Brown

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.

Veena L. Brown
Director of Accounting Programs
Associate Professor of Accounting

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.


Contact

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

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