"...the real deal-the perfect balance of dedicated faculty, small class sizes, and a personal experience while still being afforded the opportunities of a large university.  I found my perfect mix in Western's Accountancy Program!"  -- Cory Gall, Accountancy Major

The Accountancy program provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to quickly enter - and be successful - in the accounting profession. Working with advanced computer software, writing reports and papers, and presenting individual and team projects are all included in the regular program of study of all WIU accountancy majors.

Employers of our graduates include RSM US LLP (formerly McGladrey), Deloitte, Caterpillar, Accenture, KPMG, Deere & Company, BDO Seidman, ADM, State Farm, Growmark, the FBI, the IRS, Ernst & Young, and others.

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Possible Careers

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Consultants
  • Controllers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Planner
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Business Forensic Investigator
  • Managerial Accountants
  • Tax Specialists
Why Choose Accountancy at WIU?
  • Get a complete bachelors and masters in five years
  • The College of Business and Technology is one of only 174 universities worldwide that maintains dual AACSB accreditation in both Business and Accounting
  • WIU chapters of student organizations in Accountancy are nationally recognized in categories of excellence every year
  • Our Graduates are consistently recruited by Caterpillar and John Deere
  • Over 20 scholarships are awarded to accounting majors each year

Accountancy students and their faculty mentors get to know each other in an environment that encourages a spirit of cooperation and the sharing of information and knowledge.

Our Accountancy faculty is committed to excellence in teaching. With doctoral degrees from major universities, including the Universities of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis and South Florida, most faculty are professionally certified and engaged in research, service, and professional interaction. They understand the challenges and tremendous opportunities that today's professional accountants face.

Students enrolled in the accountancy program who plan to take the CMA, CFE, or CPA examinations will have the opportunity to select from the following programs:

  • The Bachelor of Business (120 s.h.) with an emphasis on Management Accounting and preparation for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam and the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam.

  • The Master of Accountancy (150 s.h.) with an emphasis in Public Accounting and preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

The State of Illinois requires candidates for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination to have completed a bachelor's degree and a total of 150 semester hours of education. To enable students to sit for the CPA examination, the accountancy programs at WIU provide an opportunity to obtain an additional 30 hours beyond the Bachelor of Business in Accountancy through the Master of Accountancy degree program or Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program.

Learn everything you need to know about sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam in Illinois. Download the Brochure here (pdf)

Some of Our Graduates
  • Aaron Becker
  • Craig Neader

At a Glance

  • Degrees Available: Bachelor of Business, Master of Accountancy
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? Yes
  • Campus: Macomb & Quad Cities
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors


Accounting & Finance
Stipes Hall 431
1 University Drive
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1152
Fax: (309) 298-1039

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