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Businesses, from corner coffee shops to multinational corporations, face tremendous pressures to stay ahead of their competition — and to do it ethically. For solutions they often turn to accountants, who bring a wide range of technical and personal skills.


Marquette's location near downtown Milwaukee puts accounting majors within minutes of dozens of full-time, semester-long internships each year with national and local accounting firms, corporations, and professional services firms. As a Marquette accounting major, you could also find yourself interning in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles or New York.

Get two degrees in five years.

Our combined master's and bachelor's degree program for accounting majors meets the 150-hour educational requirements of Wisconsin, Illinois and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Practical and ethical

As an accounting major at Marquette, not only will you develop the analytical and communication skills the profession requires, but you also will spend plenty of time developing the good ethical decision-making framework the profession demands.

Learn from a national leader

Marquette holds separate accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction earned by less than 25 percent of the nation's accounting programs — and only two of the state of Wisconsin's programs.

Get your start here.

The top financial executives of major corporations like Advance Auto Parts, Manpower ,the Marcus Corp., the Milwaukee Brewers and Sprint were all once accounting majors at Marquette.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Foundations for Business Leadership
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Elements of Calculus
  • Two Non-business Electives


  • Developing Critical Skills for Business
  • Leadership
  • Business Statistics
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Literature Elective
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Public Speaking
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Theology Elective
  • Non-business Elective


  • Accounting Communications
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting I
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Applying Business Leadership Skills
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Applied Business Economics
  • Behavior and Organization
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Business Elective


  • Individual Income Taxation
  • Three Accounting Electives
  • Strategies for Entering the Business World
  • Business Policies
  • Ethical and Societal Issues Elective
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment Elective
  • Business Elective
  • Non-business Elective


You might like the accounting major if you

✓ Have strong communication and leadership skills

✓ Are an analytical thinker

✓ Organize information well

What can you do with a major in accounting?

Student in class Marquette's accounting majors go on to work as auditors, financial analysts and consultants, tax professionals, and financial managers. About 35 percent of our accounting graduates go directly to graduate programs in accounting, business and law.

Learn more about what you can do with an accounting major.

Visit the department that offers the accounting major.

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