Accountants are in high demand for the crucial data they provide to help businesses plan operations and monitor performance. The field of accounting requires individuals to have a broad perspective of technical, managerial and social policy issues, strong mathematical competence, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The MS in Management – Accounting program is designed for students who have obtained baccalaureate degrees in fields other than accounting. Students can complete the program in just one year as a full-time student, or they can add a full-time internship and complete the program in 15 months. Our students are sought after by all size CPA firms, companies, government, and non-profit organizations. Why? Because employers appreciate that our graduates blend diverse undergraduate studies with a high-quality accounting master’s program that is directly focused on the precise demands of the CPA exam.
Suggested minimum academic profile*:
A grade point average of 3.0 and above is expected. (Many international 3-year bachelor’s degrees are accepted as equivalent to the U.S. 4-year bachelor’s degree.)
The program accepts both GMAT and GRE. The minimum scores for admission* are: GRE: 305 (verbal + quantitative scores),Quantitative score of 149, Verbal score of 142 for international students; GMAT: 500 total, Quantitative score of 36, Verbal score of 17 for international students
International students without a U.S. degree must take TOEFL or equivalent. Minimum TOEFL score for admission: Traditional: 550, IBT: 79. Minimum IELTS score for admission: 6.5
* We will consider applications that do not meet these criteria in special situations.
If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, you may be interested in:
MS in Management – Professional Accounting
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Full-time and part-time students can pursue one of several options for completing the MS Management – Accounting degree. They also have the opportunity to work as paid interns during the spring or summer terms..
Foundation Courses (0-19 credits)*
BUS ADM 201 (BUS ADM 703) Financial Accounting (B or better grade required)
BUS ADM 301 (BUS ADM 721) Intermediate Accounting (B or better grade required)
BUS ADM 350 (BUS MGMT 705) Corporate Finance
BUS ADM 391 Business Law I
BUS ADM 405 Income Tax Accounting I
ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics
Required Courses (27 credits)
BUS ADM 406G Income Tax Accounting II
BUS ADM 408G Accounting Information Systems
BUS ADM 722 Advanced Financial Accounting Theory
BUS ADM 724 Business Consolidations and Governmental Accounting
BUS ADM 725 Strategic Cost Management I
BUS ADM 728 Auditing Theory and Applications
BUS ADM 753 Advanced Business Law
BUS ADM 821 Business Taxation
BUS ADM 840 Current Issues in Financial Reporting
Elective Courses (3 credits)
BUS ADM 726 Strategic Cost Management II
BUS ADM 749 Data and Information Management
BUS ADM 771 Investments
BUS ADM 772 Portfolio Management
BUS ADM 795 Seminar-in-Management (Taxation topics)
BUS ADM 816 Business Intelligence Technologies & Solutions
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, & LLCs
BUS ADM 841 Financial Statement Analysis
BUS ADM 844 Auditing: Professional Standards & Practices
BUS MGMT 726 Study Abroad: Business Topics
*Courses can be waived with prior coursework that is equivalent to UWM. If the courses are not waived with prior coursework, you may discuss opportunities to satisfy the course requirements with an advisor.
Additional degree requirements and course descriptions for the Master of Science in Accounting can be found on the Graduate School website. For Business Master’s fees, please visit the tuition and fee website.
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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.
Sheldon B. Lubar Faculty Scholar
Assistant Director of Accounting Programs
Associate Professor, Accounting
Ronald E. Pawasarat Faculty Scholar
Assistant Professor, Accounting
V. Kanti Prasad Scholarly Achievement
Message from the Director
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.