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Some of Wisconsin's 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities offer associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in accounting. Students of some schools can choose related minors and participate in business internship opportunities. Programs in accounting, business administration in accounting and professional accountancy may be presented on campus or online, depending on the school.
Fox Valley Technical College
Located in Appleton, this college offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting. Students take a mixture of business, technology and accounting courses. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to prepare financial reports, analyze accounting information and understand internal controls.
Madison Area Technical College
Found in Madison, this college has an AAS in Accounting. Students learn about basic business, math and technology used in the field of accounting. The program includes courses like intermediate accounting, payroll systems and auditing.
This university in Milwaukee features a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting. Undergraduate students take courses in intermediate accounting, business law, cost accounting and income tax. Electives options include an accounting internship as well as courses in auditing, tax research or international accounting. The university also offers mentoring programs and an accounting student organization. The Master of Science (MS) in Accounting program takes a year to complete and can prepare students for the CPA exam.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Located in Milwaukee, this college offers an AAS in Accounting program. Students can opt to complete the program online or at the campus. The first year of the program is available at the downtown campus, while the entire program is offered at the Oak Creek and West Allis campuses. Students get to learn about financial information, tax preparation and payrolls. The program includes courses like business income tax, auditing and individual income tax. Students have the opportunity to pursue a business internship through one of their elective choices.
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Found in Eau Claire, this university has a minor in accounting and audit/control. The minor programs provide basic education on accounting or information systems. The accounting minor requires 24 credits of coursework, while the audit/control option requires 27 credits. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting program is also available. Students get to study cost accounting, income tax assistance and accounting applications.
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
This university in La Crosse offers minor and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in accountancy. Students may take courses like taxation, advanced accounting, cost accounting and intermediate accounting. Both program options also feature internship elective options, allowing students to gain hands-on experience while earning course credit.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Located in Madison, this university offers a BBA in Accounting. Students study financial reporting, taxation and assurance services. A study abroad program is available. The 2-year Master of Accountancy program is designed for those who don't have an undergraduate accounting degree, and it can prepare them to pursue the CPA designation. The Integrated Master of Accountancy program is suited for students who are already pursuing an undergraduate accounting degree at this school or a school that has an agreement with the program. Both master's degree programs have an emphasis option in taxation. The university also offers a doctoral degree program in accounting, and students must teach classes, conduct research and complete a dissertation.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Found in Milwaukee, this university has a BBA in Accounting, and students get to take courses in cost management, income tax accounting and financial accounting. The university also has MS in Accounting and MS in Professional Accounting degree programs. The professional accounting program is designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate accounting program, while the standard accounting master's program is for those who don't have accounting training. Graduate students may take courses like advanced business law, financial accounting theory and income tax accounting. Both master's programs can fulfill the education requirements for CPAs.
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
This Oshkosh-based school features a CPA certificate program for students who have a bachelor's or master's degree and are seeking to complete the 150-credit requirement for the designation. Common courses include auditing, cost management and accounting information systems. The school also has a BBA in Accounting program. Students in the bachelor's program need to complete basic accounting courses and an internship.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Located in Whitewater, this university offers a minor in accounting for non-business students who want to study introductory accounting principles. There are several BBA in Accounting programs available: non-CPA, double major, accounting major plus minor or a combined BBA/Master of Accountancy. The non-CPA program only requires 120 credits, while the double major or accounting major plus minor programs can give students a chance to meet the 150-credit requirement to become CPAs. Students can also complete a Master of Professional Accountancy program. This graduate program is suitable for both accounting and non-accounting degree holders and prepares students to sit for the CPA exam.
Accountants who file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission must have the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Candidates must pass a national examination to earn the CPA credential. Wisconsin CPA exam requirements include 150 semester hours of college coursework and a minimum of a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Most practicing accountants have at least the bachelor's degree. Associate's degree programs in accounting can prepare students to pursue junior roles in accounting or bookkeeping. The ten largest not-for-profit accounting schools in Wisconsin are listed below.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Accounting Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Fox Valley Technical College||2-year; public; midsize suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Accounting||$4,373 in-state; $6,299 out-of-state*|
|Madison Area Technical College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Accounting||$4,217 in-state; $6,143 out-of-state*|
|Marquette University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting,
Master of Science in Accounting
|$37,170* (undergraduate) $18,900* (graduate)|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||2-year; public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Accounting||$4,360 in-state; $6,286 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire||4-year; public; small city|| Minor in Accounting,
Minor in Audit/Control,
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
|$8,822 in-state; $16,395 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - La Crosse||4-year; public; small city|| Minor in Accountancy,
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
|$8,832 in-state; $16,783 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||4-year; public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Master of Accountancy,
Integrated Master of Accountancy,
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
|$10,415 (undergraduate) in-state; $29,665 (undergraduate) out-of-state*; $11,870 (graduate) in-state*; $25,196 (graduate) out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee||4-year; public; large city|| Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Master of Science in Accounting,
Master of Science in Professional Accounting
|$9,429 (undergraduate) in-state; $19,603 (undergraduate) out-of-state*; $11,725 (graduate) in-state*; $24,762 (graduate) out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh||4-year; public; small city|| Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
|$7,487 in-state; $15,060 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Whitewater||4-year; public; distant town|| Minor in Accounting,
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Master of Professional Accountancy
|$7,637 in-state; $15,710 out-of-state*; $8,749 (graduate) in-state*; $18,063 (graduate) out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.