Accounting: Program Requirements


You must apply for admission to the accounting major before you complete 18 credits towards the major. You are eligible to apply once you have completed at least 45 credits toward your UWSP degree. You must be admitted to the accounting major to register for some upper-level courses and to graduate with an accounting major. Once you are accepted as an accounting major, you can receive specialized, one-on-one advising from school faculty or staff. Minimum requirements: We encourage you to apply as soon as you have completed all of the following 9-10 credits with at least a 2.25 GPA:

  1. One calculus course: MATH 111 or 120 (3-4 credits)
  2. ECON 110 (3 credits) 
  3. ACCT 210 (3 credits) d
  4. CIS 102 (spreadsheet) (1 credit)

If you are a transfer student: Apply before you complete 18 credits in the accounting major OR during your first semester at UWSP. Exceptions: If you wish to request consideration of exceptional circumstances, do so in writing to the SBE Admissions Committee.

To graduate with a major or minor in accounting, successfully complete all required courses in the major or minor and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all major/minor required courses. See Academic Standards for the School of Business & Economics for more information on GPA requirements and for the School of Business & Economics repeat policy. 

Accounting Major

Successfully complete a minimum of 71-73 credits in categories 1 through 4 below:
  1. Foundation: Complete 16-17 credits BEFORE taking any additional 300-400 level courses, including “core” courses. 
    1. One calculus course: MATH 111 or 120 (3-4 credits)
    2. CIS 102 (spreadsheet) (1 credit) 
    3. ACCT 210 and 211 (6 credits)
    4. ECON 110 and 111 (6 credits) 
  2. Business Core: 21-22 credits: MATH 355 or other approved statistics course (3-4 credits); BUS 325, 330, 340, 350, 360, 480. 
  3. Accounting Core: 28 credits: ACCT 310, 311, 321, 330, 331, 370, 400, 410, 420, 450.
  4. Electives, 6 credits: two courses from ACCT 390, 490, 497; BUS 341, 352, 353, 355, 356, 455.

Accounting Minor

You may declare the accounting minor by submitting the SBE Change Major form from the SBE webpage to the SBE Advising Office. Admission to the accounting minor is available to all students but does not guarantee access to all upper-level courses.

Successfully complete 24 credits:
  1. Required core, 21 credits: ACCT 210, 111, 310, 321, 330, 370; BUS 350.
  2. Electives, 3 credits: ACCT 311 or 331. 

Professional Certifications

If you’re majoring in accounting, we encourage you to pursue professional certification such as: Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Public Accountant (CPA). You achieve these professional certifications by applying to the appropriate professional organization or state office for admission to a national examination, passing the exam (the CMA and CIA exams may be taken during the senior undergraduate year), and achieving professionally related experience. Professional organizations grant these certifications. Contact any accounting faculty member for more information.

In the courses required for your accounting major, you will prepare for the CMA exam, which the Institute of Management Accounts administers, and the CIA exam, which the Institute of Internal Auditors administers. Before taking the CPA examination in Wisconsin, complete 150 semester hours of coursework. The additional credits may be either undergraduate or graduate credits.