Accounting

If you’re interested in leadership and like crunching numbers and solving complex problems, a career in accounting may be a good fit for you. Working in a financial field is more than just balancing a checkbook. Businesses operate successfully when their finances are strong and their employees are able to make informed decisions about the way their company operates. A degree in accounting will give you the flexibility to use your skills in mathematics, communication and relationship building in a variety of roles throughout an organization.

“I love accounting… I love the satisfaction of getting a return ‘out the door’.”

— Alex Liotta '20

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About the Accounting Major

Carroll University’s accounting major prepares you to effectively make decisions and provide financial services working in a variety of business environments throughout the public, private or governmental sectors.

Accountants work in many different settings, from CPA firms to private companies. Successful businesses that spend and earn money need someone with experience to manage their financial operations. And while accountants are primarily responsible for those tasks, anyone that manages a department or area with a budget should be able to interpret data and make business decisions based on financial information.

A degree in accounting will provide you with a variety of career options in the field. While you’re at Carroll, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses about business law, taxes, auditing and more as you work towards your preferred track. Students that do well in this rigorous program understand logic, are outgoing and driven.

Students also have a unique opportunity to meet local financial professionals and alumni during their junior year as they prepare for a required internship. The course introduces students to these business professionals in a comfortable setting on campus allowing them to network and learn about available internships. When it comes time to find one for yourself, you’ll work hand-in-hand with faculty members who will place you at some of the best CPA firms and organizations in southeastern Wisconsin. Because of the success of the internship program, many students receive job offers before they graduate.

Our program also works well for the non-traditional student working to complete their bachelor’s degree or preparing to take the CPA exam. We offer classes at night to accommodate work schedules, and most students can accomplish either goal within two years.

Due to the high demands on businesses, accounting positions will always be a necessity, leaving the options for job growth and advancement wide open.

This major pairs well with minors such as finance, actuarial science, computer scienceinformation technology, Spanish or French.

Yersin Business Scholarship

The Yersin Business Scholarship is a prestigious award providing $2,500–$5,000 in scholarship funds to qualified students.

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Degree / Emphasis / Minor

While not required, accounting majors may choose to further specialize their study through an emphasis. Or, you can get your MBA in four years. Carroll also offers an accounting minor that complements many areas of study.

Internships

We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Baker Tilly
  • Baird
  • First Business Bank
  • First Financial Bank
  • Grant Thorton
  • Johnson Controls
  • Quad
  • US Bank
  • Wipfli

 

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

Career Insight

 “Accounting is a difficult major to understand, but Carroll gives you the resources to succeed”

— Lauren Wanta '20

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Hamid Akbari

Dr. Hamid Akbari

Dean of the School of Business
Dr. Steven Brewer

Dr. Steven Brewer

Assistant Professor of Marketing
Sarah Esveldt

Sarah Esveldt

Senior Lecturer in Business Administration
John Gnadinger

John Gnadinger

Director of Business Intelligence Consortium, Instructor
Dr. Muztoba Khan

Dr. Muztoba Khan

Assistant Professor of Business
Dr. Gregory Kuhlemeyer

Dr. Gregory Kuhlemeyer

Professor of Business
Dr. Katie McCarthy

Dr. Katie McCarthy

Assistant Professor of Applied Business Analytics
Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera

Professor
Dr. Alexandra Sielaff

Dr. Alexandra Sielaff

Associate Professor of Global Management | Program Director for MBA
Dr. Carol Tallarico

Dr. Carol Tallarico

Professor of Business
Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski

Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski

Professor of Business Administration
Lisa Zajc

Lisa Zajc

Lecturer in Accounting
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