The professors are the biggest assets of the accounting department. As accounting classes become more difficult it is the support and encouragement of the professors that keep students motivated and prevent them from switching majors. With this support, as students continue through the accounting courses, they soon learn to handle the increasing rigor of the coursework and appreciate the preparation they receive for their professional careers. The accounting organizations are also strength of the program. These national organizations provide an opportunity for students to become well rounded professionals. Students not only gain knowledge outside of the classroom, but also improve communication and teamwork skills.” -- Patricia Lake, Accountant, John Deere (MAcc, 2010)
The WIU Department of Accounting and Finance provides a student-centered environment that promotes academic excellence, professional and personal growth, a spirit of collegiality, and ethical and professional conduct.
The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and is engaged in research, service, and professional interactions to benefit the university, the accounting and finance professions, and the community.
The Master of Accountancy (MAcc.) curriculum is designed to develop outstanding graduates who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to enter the accounting profession and meet future career challenges. Completion of the program will qualify the graduate to sit for CPA examination and meet the 150 hour requirement for licensure.
Western also offers a unique Integrated Bachelor of Business/Master of Accountancy (IAP) program. The IAP is oriented toward preparation for careers in professional accountancy and is available for students currently enrolled in the undergraduate Accounting program at Western.
Why Choose Accountancy at WIU?
The Accounting Program is recognized as one of Western Illinois University’s 12 signature programs. It is part of the AACSB accredited College of Business and Technology and is proud to have earned specialized accreditation in accounting by the AACSB International. Only 718 business schools worldwide meet the rigorous accreditation standards of the AACSB International. This is less than 5% of all business schools. Of these 718 schools, there are only 181 institutions that have specialized accreditation in accounting.
The faculty have a healthy balance of practical experience and research success. Most of the faculty members hold a least one professional certification
Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in Beta Alpha Psi and a Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Both organizations are consistently recognized at the national level for their excellence.
The department has an excellent internship program available in all three semesters. The internship experience will typically result in a job offer by the employer.
- Integrated Bachelor's/Master's
- Cumulative: 2.75
- Last 2 years: 3.0
Interesting Facts: Fall 2016
- Currently enrolled: 22
- International: 2
- Minority: 2
- Male: 4
- Female: 18
- Students with Assistantships: 14
Department Contact Information:
Stipes Hall 418