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WIU Accountancy Programs Receive IMA Endorsement

April 12, 2019

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's Bachelor of Business in Accountancy and Master of Accountancy programs both joined an elite group of accounting programs in the United States by receiving endorsement approval under IMA's (Institute of Management Accountants) Higher Education Endorsement Program.

Only 45 schools in the Americas, and 75 worldwide, boast the endorsement from IMA. According to the website, IMA's Higher Education Endorsement Program is a stamp of excellence. It signifies that the accounting program provides the rigorous curriculum needed for students to prepare for the CMA exam and successful careers in management accounting.

"One of our program's objectives is to provide students the knowledge and expertise to be able to sit for and pass certification exams to help them on the journey to successful careers in accounting, so this endorsement really validates our program and the preparation our students receive," said Amy Ford, CPA, CMA, accounting instructor.

IMA, founded in 1919, is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals in business. The organization is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession.

"This endorsement recognizes Western Illinois University's accounting program and the commitment to academic excellence at WIU, as well as our students' personal growth," said Accounting Department Chair Gregg Woodruff.

Western offers both an undergraduate and master's degree in accounting, as well as an integrated five-year program in which students can earn both degrees in only five years. The accounting degree is also available fully online.

For more information on WIU's accounting degrees, visit

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