Earn your bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Accredited by AACSB International, our accounting program provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to stay at the forefront of the industry and stand out in today’s competitive job market.
Learn how to compile and analyze financial statements, evaluate a company’s internal controls and produce professional communications on technical accounting issues, including regulatory reporting. Internships, study abroad, the National Student Exchange program and projects with local businesses will provide you with professional experience and the opportunity to build your skillset. You'll also gain a competitive edge through workshops on networking, interviewing, career development and business etiquette.
Preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) professional certification examinations is a major focus of the program's curriculum. And you will find that our expert faculty go out of their way to ensure you have what you need to succeed.
With the employment of accountants and auditors continuing to rise, now is the perfect time to begin your degree in accounting.
Thousands of dollars in scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in accounting. For example, the John C. Dennison Memorial Accounting Scholarship awards $6,000 to a sophomore, junior or senior accounting major who comes from a disadvantaged background. This award is made possible thanks to the Estate of John Dennison. Mr. Dennison graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1972 with a major in accounting.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your accounting degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UWEC.
Accounting program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- This program is also available as a minor.
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree.
- Blu'$ Gold Financial Management
- Beta Alpha Psi Honorary (BAP)
- Student Accounting Society (SAS)
- Financial Management Association (FMA)
Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5% of all business schools worldwide.
Current, evolving curriculum. Accounting majors are forward-thinking, business-savvy individuals with a thirst for knowledge — and so are our faculty. Course curriculum focuses on ways you can stay sharp, current and on top of your game.
Access to internships. Gain valuable experience while earning credit towards your bachelor's degree with an accounting internship. Internships aid in the job search, as many companies use internship programs as an opportunity to pre-screen prospective employees. They are also an excellent way to narrow your career focus and build out your resume.
Networking opportunities. The Baker Tilly Accounting and Finance classroom, a space created specifically for accounting majors, gives you opportunities to learn, collaborate and network. Made possible by Baker Tilly and 17 UW-Eau Claire alumni, this unique classroom fosters connections to an amazing company and with other accounting students.
Relevant student organizations. There are a number of accounting- and finance-related student organizations on campus. These clubs meet regularly for learning, networking and volunteering opportunities. Make connections, hear from guest speakers and learn how to create a positive brand for yourself.
Service-learning projects. UW-Eau Claire's IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps prepare tax returns for people in need. In addition to helping others and gaining real experience, this volunteer opportunity allows you to earn two credits and fulfill your UW-Eau Claire service-learning requirement.
Connection to local employers. To help you meet potential employers and gain a better understanding of the different types of careers in accounting, we host an annual Public Accounting Career Fair — exclusive to those majoring in accounting. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
Your accounting degree from UW-Eau Claire will allow you to help both individuals and businesses arrive at effective financial solutions. Because many organizations need accountants, graduates find employment in a variety of industries and organizations. Explore careers in public accounting, financial accounting, managerial accounting, internal auditing and tax accounting.
Where are accounting alumni now?
- Financial advisory, Edward Jones, Wisconsin
- Staff accountant, Wipfli LLP, Wisconsin
- Senior assurance associate, Crowe Horwath LLP, Illinois
- Business management intern for event operations, Walt Disney World, Florida
- Business technology solutions consulting associate, RSM US LLP, Minnesota
- Partner, Ernst & Young, Minnesota
- Internal auditor
- Tax consultant
- Certified public accountant
- Financial business analyst
- Chief financial officer
- Loan administrator
- Bank examiner
By simply saying "yes," I experienced many opportunities that UWEC has to offer. I started college as a student-athlete, studied abroad in England, completed an internship in my major and was president of two business student organizations.
UW-Eau Claire’s accounting bachelor's degree program pairs a well-rounded liberal education with major-specific coursework in accounting and business. Graduates are eligible to take the examinations for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designations. Accounting majors interested in sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination can satisfy the 150-hour requirement by completing a second major, adding a minor and/or completing one of the College's certificates.
What classes do accounting majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Fraud investigation and prevention
- Accounting ethics
- Data analytics
- Financial accounting
- Investment and retirement accounting
- Tax accounting
Learn more about the comprehensive accounting major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the accounting minor in the UWEC course catalog.
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