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The accounting program provides you with the accounting and general business knowledge you need to compete in today’s job market. It also helps you develop communication, interpersonal, technical and critical-thinking skills, all of which are highly valued by organizations seeking to employ accountants.

Top ranked

Our business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This mark of quality is achieved by fewer than 5 percent of all business schools in the world.

In demand and well paid

According to the Bureau of Labor and Business Statistics, the employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22% between 2008-2018. Much faster than the average for all occupations. The annual salary range for an entry-level accountant with a bachelor’s degree is $45,000-$55,000.

Get certified

The program prepares you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant professional certification examinations. In fact, our accounting program is ranked in the top 25 percent in the nation for the percentage of graduates who pass the CPA exam on their first try. Job prospects for accountants and auditors who are certified, especially CPA's, are the best!

The Internship Advantage

Internships are an integral part of the accounting major and are taken for credit. Your paid accounting internships will supplement academic knowledge and promote personal and professional development. Internships aid in the job search as many companies use internship programs as an opportunity to pre-screen prospective employees.

Hands on experience

Our students all participate in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. In 2011, we prepared over 700 tax returns for people in our local community. VITA allows students to earn 2 credits and fulfills the service learning requirement at UW-Eau Claire.

Innovative Facilities

The Baker Tilly Accounting and Finance classroom was created with a $77,000 gift made to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by Baker Tilly and 17 UW-Eau Claire alumni. This unique classroom also provides students an opportunity to network with an amazing company.

accounting student

accounting students


(comprehensive major;  requires no minor)


- Accounting
- Audit and Control

Course Work

General Education (GE) classes should be taken throughout a student’s undergraduate program. This will add some variety to the course load in the junior and senior years when most of the accounting and business classes will be taken.

Suggested freshman curriculum

Most students take 30 credits (15 credits each semester) their freshman year.* Many accounting students take the following courses during their first year:

- Principles of
  Microeconomics and
- University Writing
  depending on
  placement exam
  For test out options, see
- Short Course in Calculus
- Introduction to
  Psychology or
- Science course
- Statistics
- Physical Education/
- General Education
- Student Professional
  Development Program

* While the Accounting major requires only 120 credits, the CPA exam requires 150 credits.
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Our graduates

Accountants may choose to work for themselves rather than for employers. Accounting gives you the skills and knowledge you need to understand the finances of an organization.
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Places our grads go:

- Audit or tax, Baker Tilley,
  Larson Allen, KPMG,
  Deloitte, Ernst and Young,
  WIPFLI, Bouley Heutmaker,
- Staff Accountant, Cargill,
  Hormel Foods, Nestle
- Financial Business Analyst,
  Ecolab, Hydrite
  Chemical Co.,
  Cottage Grove, MN

Department contact information

Dr. Raj Aroskar


Special admission requirements

Application for admission to the College of Business is typically done the second semester of the sophomore year after meeting the following criteria:
1. Complete the following five courses with at least a 2.20 GPA in the five courses: Accounting 201 & 202; Economics 103 & 104; and Information Systems 240. 2. Present a 2.6 or better resident or total grade point average in all undergraduate course work completed prior to admission.
3. Complete 54 credits.
Check the College of Business admission requirements.

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