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Accounting

Accounting majors at Wisconsin Lutheran College graduate prepared to make an immediate contribution to an organization, successfully complete the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam), or enroll in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

  • The accounting major is nested within the liberal arts and firmly grounded in Christ. In addition to general education requirements and core courses in the accounting major, students benefit from courses in business administration, communication, mathematics, and philosophy, developing skills in critical thinking, analysis, communication, and ethical decision making. These skills prepare majors for success in such fields as wealth management, auditing, tax, consulting, accounting, asset management, and various other financial services.

    According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for accounting professionals is expected to grow at a rate of 13% between now and 2022. Increased regulation has resulted in the need for additional accounting positions, causing many public accounting firms to offer signing bonuses and other incentives to accounting graduates. Students majoring in WLC's accounting program, through completing the required coursework and 150 total credits, are eligible to take the nationally administered CPA Exam and obtain a Certified Public Accountant license from the state in which they seek employment.

    What makes the program distinctive?

    Unlike many accounting programs, students at Wisconsin Lutheran College benefit from personal attention and advising from accounting faculty, as well as one-on-one career advice and planning. Professors in the program have real-world accounting experience in both public and corporate settings, bringing practical examples to the classroom.

  • ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH

    Valuable Internships

    An internship may be a student's most valuable tool when seeking employment upon graduation, allowing a smooth transition from being a student to a full-time professional. WLC helps students secure internships in which they learn about their chosen career area, get valuable experience, and network with professionals. Students in the accounting major are encouraged to pursue an internship prior to graduation.

    Accounting majors have interned at such respected firms as:

    • Winter, Kloman, Moter & Repp (WKMR)
    • SVA Professional Services
    • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
    • Robert W. Baird & Co.
    • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

    BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

    ENACTUS

    WLC business administration majors may participate in a national student organization called Enactus. The group, overseen by business faculty, helps students become “en”trepreneurial through “act”ion affecting all of “us.” Students participate in local businesses and create new business opportunities. As well, students manage a live investment portfolio funded through donor money. Profits from the investments are returned to WLC.

    GRADUATE SCHOOL AND CAREERS

    Graduate School

    WLC graduates may choose to continue their education in graduate school. A WLC accounting degree and real-world internship experience provide the necessary background for admission to most MBA programs. 

    Certified Public Accountant Exam

    A major in accounting from Wisconsin Lutheran College successfully prepares students to take the CPA Exam and become a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

    Careers

    A bachelor's degree in accounting from WLC can lead to a successful career in a wide range of fields. Accounting alumni work with such companies as Baker Tilly, Robert W. Baird, and CliftonLarsonAllen.

    ADVISING INFORMATION

    Learn more about course offerings, sample programs, and entrance requirements for this major:

    ACCOUNTING ADVISING PAGE