Accounting & Finance

About Accounting and Finance

For students in Accounting and Finance, WIU is the best of both worlds. WIU is large enough to have outstanding faculty, an excellent library, and state-of-the-art computer equipment and technology, but small enough so a student is not lost in a crowd. Accounting and finance 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.


The excellence of the faculty and curriculum is recognized by the accreditation of all undergraduate and graduate programs in business by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Accounting program holds a distinct AACSB International accounting accreditation, an achievement awarded to less than 170 accounting programs in the United States and Canada.

AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

Department faculty

The accountancy and finance faculty are committed to excellence in teaching. They hold doctoral degrees from major universities, including, Alabama, Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, South Florida, Georgia, Georgia State, Louisiana State University, Missouri, and Washington State. Almost all faculty are professionally certified and engaged in research, service, and professional interactions.

The faculty understands the challenges and tremendous opportunities that today's professionals working in accounting and finance face. They strive to ensure the students develop not only technical accounting and finance skills but also the communication, computer, research, and analytical skills needed for career success. Working with advanced computer software, solving real-world business cases, writing reports and papers, and developing individual and team projects and presentations are all important elements of the program.

Professional and Personal Growth

The department provides students with numerous opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and collegiate competition, and assists them with career planning and placement. Our student organization sponsor numerous professional and social activities. In addition to the Beta Alpha Psi chapter at each campus, the Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (SCIMA) in Macomb and the Society of Accountancy in the Quad Cities are actively involved in developing not only students' professional skills but also in encouraging a commitment to community service. The QC student organizations provide free income tax assistance to qualified QC residents each year. The Zeta Beta chapter has been recognized as a "Superior Chapter" by the national Beta Alpha Psi organization for each of the last 21 years. In 2009, the SCIMA chapter earned the National Student Chapter IMA Gold Award of Excellence for the sixth straight year.

A Successful Career in Accounting

A degree in Accountancy from Western not only prepares the students for a first job, it also provides the individual with the ability to advance in a variety of career directions. Alumni have careers as consultants, managerial accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial planners, forensic accountants, controllers, financial analysts, and chief financial officers. Employers of our graduates include McGladrey & Pullen, Deloitte, Caterpillar, Accenture, KPMG, Deere & Company, BDO Seidman, ADM, State Farm, Growmark, the FBI, the IRS, Ernst & Young, and others.

A Successful Career in Finance

A degree in Finance from WIU also prepares our students for initial employment and future advancement. Job opportunities include numerous areas within banking, financial planning, real estate, insurance and corporate finance. Ameriprise Financial, ADM, BMO Harris, Edward Jones, MB Financial, Met Life, PNC Mortgage, Rally Appraisal, State Farm and Wells Fargo are a few of the employers that have hired our graduates.

Special Opportunities

Successful Western alumni and other practitioners often visit campus to discuss their own experiences and available career opportunities. Internships with a wide variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations are available to interested students. Through the on-campus career fairs, students learn about the diverse job and internship opportunities open to accountancy and finance majors.

Study Abroad

International travel and study, programs are available to those who would like to acquire valuable cross-cultural experience and/or language skills. Students can go abroad for a semester or participate in short-term programs ranging from two to six weeks. These experiences will make the individual more valuable to employers-a definite benefit in career advancement. Learn more about WIU's study abroad programs.