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


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.


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
Account Manager
Accounting Manager
Financial Analyst
Client Service Consultant
Finance/Compliance Analyst

Companies that have hired recent Lubar Accounting graduates:

Actuant Corp.
Baker Tilly
Briggs & Stratton
Charter Manufacturing
Chortek LLP
Deloitte, LLP
Extendicare Health Services Fiserv
Grant Thornton, LLP
Johnson Controls
Kohler Co.
Northwestern Mutual
RitzHolman CPAs
Robert W. Baird
Rockwell Automation
Schenck S.C.
Scribner Cohen & Co.
SVA Certified Public Accountants UMB Fund Services
U.S. Bancorp
Vogel Consulting Group
Vrakas CPAs & Advisors
Wegner CPAs
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.

profile photoAbbott, LarryAssociate ProfessorAccounting(414) 229-5165abbottl@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326H

Professor, Accounting

Sheldon B. Lubar Faculty Scholar

profile photoBoland, Colleen(414) 229-2551bolandc@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326F

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoBrown, Veena L.(414) 229-4471brownvml@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326E

Associate Professor, Accounting

profile photoChiuminatto, Chloe(414) 229-3874chloechi@uwm.eduLubar Hall N310

Lecturer, Accounting

Assistant Director of Accounting Programs

profile photoDaugherty, Brian(414) 229-5737daughert@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326D

Associate Professor, Accounting

profile photoFischer, Paul M.(414) 229-4545pfischer@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326C

Jerry Leer Professor, Accounting

profile photoKren, Leslie(414) 229-6075lkren@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326G

Associate Professor, Accounting

profile photoMandell, Aaron(414) 229-6292amandell@uwm.eduLubar Hall N314

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoMcCarthy, Sean(414) 229-5005mccarth@uwm.eduLubar Hall N329

Assistant Professor, Accounting

profile photoNeely, Daniel(414) 229-4164neely@uwm.eduLubar Hall N326B

Associate Professor, Accounting

Ronald E. Pawasarat Faculty Scholar

profile photoSaffold, Jonathan(414) 229-4394saffolj@uwm.eduLubar Hall N312

Senior LecturerAccounting 

profile photoSwenson, Laura(414) 229-3837swensola@uwm.eduLubar Hall N316

Assistant Professor, Accounting

V. Kanti Prasad Scholarly Achievement

profile photoTegeler, Amy(414) 229-4249tegelera@uwm.eduLubar Hall N320

Assistant Professor, 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.