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Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Skills and abilities gained with the Accounting major.

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION. The Accounting curriculum is a rigorous and problem-focused program comprised of three integrated elements: supporting, core, and major courses. The supporting and core courses provide breadth and introduce each student to the foundations of business knowledge, including communications, economics, statistics, computers, accounting, finance, management and marketing. The major courses provide depth and prepare each accounting student thoroughly for a professional career.

CERTIFICATION. Graduates are qualified to take professional accounting examinations, including the CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditing) examinations. Recent surveys suggest that well over 30 percent of the accounting graduates pass all four parts of the CPA exam during their first sitting; of those who take it a second time, 75 percent pass all four parts. These figures compare very favorably with the national averages, where the first time pass rate is approximately 20 percent.  It should be noted that all students wishing to take the Wisconsin CPA exam are now required to have a minimum of 150 college credits prior to doing so.