Lubar Graduate Students

MS Professional Accounting

Accounting Area Mission

The Accounting Area of the Lubar School of Business strives to provide a high-quality educational experience responsive to the needs of a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, the Wisconsin business community, and the accounting profession. We deliver rigorous, applied and theoretical programs that are technology enhanced and provide students with the knowledge and ethical framework needed to enter and progress in professional accounting careers. We engage in research that is relevant to theory, practice, and education. We collaborate with the business community to share knowledge, provide our students with real-world experience and align our programs with the needs of the industry.


This area of concentration provides professional accounting training to students who have already obtained a baccalaureate in accounting, and wish to fulfill the 150-credit hour requirements to write the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. In today's society accountants are valued for the crucial data they provide to help businesses plan operations and monitor performance. Information systems designed by accountants guide investors and creditors in decision-making. Audits by CPAs attest to the fairness of the financial information presented by companies and not-for-profit organizations. This area of concentration is designed to develop a highly professional and employable specialist in accounting, increase the student's knowledge in a related discipline, and satisfy the requirements to sit for the national CPA examination.

For those who begin in Fall 2006 or thereafter.

Core Courses (15 credits)
Bus Adm 724 Business Consolidations and Governmental Accounting
Bus Adm 753 Advanced Business Law
Bus Adm 821 Business Taxation
Bus Adm 840 Current Issues in Financial Reporting
Bus Adm 844 Auditing: Professional Standards and Practice

Elective Tracks

Assurance Services
(15 Credits)
Required (9 Credits):
Bus Adm 720 Information Systems Auditing
Bus Adm 723 Forensic Accounting
Bus Adm 841 Financial Statement Analysis

Electives (6 Credits) Choose two courses from the following:

Bus Adm 726 Strategic Cost Management II
Bus Adm 771 Investments
Bus Adm 772 Portfolio Management
Bus Adm 773 Options and Futures
Bus Adm 774 Global Financial Management
Bus Adm 775 Financial Strategy
Bus Adm 778 Financial Institutions and Markets

Bus Adm 779 Fixed Income Strategies
Bus Adm 848 Professional Accounting Practice
Bus Mgmt 726 Study Abroad: Ernst & Young Graduate Accounting

Taxation (15 Credits)
Required (12 Credits):
Bus Adm 820 Tax Research, Practice, and Procedure
Bus Adm 823 Corporate Income Taxation
Bus Adm 826 Tax Planning for Individuals
Bus Adm 828 Taxation of Partnerships, S Corporations, & LLC’s

Electives (3 Credits) Choose one course from the following:
Bus Adm 848 Professional Accounting Practice

Bus Mgmt 726 Study Abroad: Ernst & Young Graduate Accounting

Total Degree Credit Required: 30 Credits

Foundation CoursesStudents admitted to the MS-Professional Accounting program are assumed to have completed the following background courses: Intermediate Accounting, Business Law I, Advanced Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Income Tax Accounting I, Corporate Income Tax, Accounting Information Systems, and Auditing.

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The UWM-Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up-to-date. However, it is the student's responsibility to verify all program requirements with an academic advisor in Graduate Program Services.