Marquette University’s distinguished accounting curriculum is one of only two AACSB-accredited
programs in Wisconsin. Our mission is to prepare students to be responsible, competent
and ethical leaders in accounting, business, government and not-for-profit careers.
Marquette’s undergraduate degree in accounting emphasizes oral and written communication
skills, ethical behavior, analytical reasoning, computer competency and technical
knowledge sufficient for attaining a relevant accounting profession.
The Master of Science in Accounting degree focuses on: 1) enhancing the student’s
knowledge in finance, management, and specific accounting areas; 2) preparing the
student for professional examinations (e.g., CPA, CMA, CIA, CPFO); and 3) qualifying
students for positions in public, corporate or government/not-for-profit accounting.
- The program is consistently ranked in the top 30 nationally for large schools in terms
of first-time pass rates on the CPA Exam.
- Graduates are recruited at some of the region’s and nation’s top firms, including
KPMG, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Accenture, Grant Thorton, Baker
Tilly and more.
- Beta Alpha Psi, the honors organization for accounting professionals, has recognized
the Marquette chapter internationally as a Superior Chapter each year for more than
20 consecutive years.
Preparing for the CPA exam
Those who wish to engage in public accounting practice in most states as certified
public accountants should familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations issued
by the various state boards. For example, most states (including Wisconsin and Illinois)
require prospective CPAs to complete 150 semester hours of education. The Department
of Accounting offers a master of science in accounting degree which meets the 150-hour requirement.