The University of Dubuque Accounting major prepares students for careers in public and private accounting as well as government and non-profit accounting with the potential of credentialing as a certified public accountant and/or certified management accountant. Most accounting majors will also double major in one of the other majors offered in the Business and Accounting Department such as business, human resource management, or marketing.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to manage time, creatively solve problems, improve productivity, and better serve customers.
  • Develop strong written and oral communication and technological skills necessary to effectively compete in today’s workforce.

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque degree in accounting provides an ethical perspective that combines competencies in accounting, economics, management, marketing, and finance. Additionally, a degree in accounting improves upon skills such as team building, collaboration, and understanding appropriate social behaviors that lead to future success.

What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Accounting curriculum has a strong focus on the integration of academic with practical skills and real-world experience. Business students are expected to gain on-the-job experience through internships and work with local organizations, small businesses, and non-profits.

Where Our Graduates Go

Below are examples of internships/full-time employment for students with an accounting major:

Crescent Electric
Deloitte, LLP
Dubuque, City of 
Eide Bailly, LLP
Ernst & Young, LLP
Flexsteel Industries
Heartland Financial
Honkamp, Krueger & Co. PC
O’Connor Brooks & Co PC
Operation: New View Community Action Agency
The Principal Financial Group
Prudential Financial
Rockwell Collins
RSM US, LLP (formerly McGladrey, LLP)
Scenic Valley Area Agency

News from the Department

  • We have a 99% placement rate for our accounting majors
  • 100% of our accounting majors have at least one internship experience
  • Most of our accounting majors complete 150 credit hours (CPA requirement in most states) within 4 years
  • Exclusive provider of the industry leading Becker CPA Review program 


Accounting - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
CIS 101/103: Introduction to Computers (3)
UDMA 112: Algebra (4) or other Math course
BAC 120: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

Required: See advisor for course choices (credit variable)

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View II (3)
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
BIO 110: Human Biology and Lab (4) or other Science Lab Course
BAC 160: Principles of Microeconomics (3)

Year Two

Fall Semester
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (or other REL) (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
ENG 112/260: Literature (or other ENG) (3)
BAC 241: Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
BAC 280: Principles of Marketing (3)
SOC 112: Contemporary Social Problems (or other Social Development) (3)

Required: See advisor for course choices (credit variable)

Spring Semester
BAC 201: Principles of Management (3)
BAC 242: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B course
PRF 201: Career Development Strategies (1)
BAC Elective (3)
BAC Elective (3)

Year Three

Fall Semester
BAC 341: Intermediate Accounting I (4)
BAC 351: Cost Accounting I (3)
BAC 340: Effective Communication in Business (3)
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship course
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
BAC Elective (3)


Spring Semester
BAC 342: Intermediate Accounting II (4)
BAC 346: Accounting Information Systems (3)
BAC 352: Cost Accounting II (3)
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
UDLS 111: Elementary Spanish I (or other Global Awareness B Course) (3)
BAC Elective (3)

Summer Semester
BAC 485: Internship in Business (7)

Year Four

Fall Semester
BAC 441: Federal Taxation 1 (3)
BAC 406: Government and Non-Profit Accounting (3)
BAC 446: Auditing (3)
BAC 300: Principles of Finance (3)      
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
BAC Elective (3)


Spring Semester
BAC 430: Advanced Accounting (3)
BAC 442: Federal Taxation II (3)    
BAC 421: Business Law (3)
BAC 475: Administrative Policy (3)
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
BAC Elective (3)

Careers in Accounting

  • According the Bureau of Labor Statistics careers in accounting are expected to grow between 13% from 2012-2022
  • According to the Robert Half 2016 Salary Guide, the national average salary for corporate accountants with 1-3 years of experience is $48K – $86K and for public accountants with 1-3 years of experience is $54K - $87K; the average salary for senior accountants and accounting managers can range from $66K - $150K

BBA Opportunities

The accounting degree provides an extensive range of career possibilities and is the key that unlocks the door to these various job opportunities. College graduates with accounting degrees can seek employment in the business world; local, state, and federal government; medicine and healthcare; education; construction; and a number of other industries. Alternatively, graduates may choose to start their own companies.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Top-level management positions typically require postgraduate education, usually a master’s degree. The masters of business administration (MBA) degree attracts people from many other academic disciplines. MBA programs introduce graduates to accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, operations management, and other areas beyond the levels of bachelor’s degree. In addition to an MBA, high-level management jobs usually require additional industry credentials as well.

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Successful Outcomes

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Ashley (Barwick) Brambila
Accounting & Business BBA '13

How did UD prepare you for your job?

The University of Dubuque provided me the tools to build a strong foundation of accounting and business principles. One of the reservations I initially had regarding a small private university was if the education provided would be applicable and sufficient in the accounting profession. After graduation, I was well positioned  to succeed at the Certified Public Accounting exam due to the accounting curriculum offered at the University of Dubuque. Further, the business professors were truly committed to teaching and advising me throughout my college journey. My advisor took interest in my college and future career goals (150+ credits, 2 majors, 1 minor, graduate in four years) and helped me develop a course roadmap to achieve these goals. The roadmap allowed me to focus on my studies without having any administrative concerns (e.g. classes not available or full).  

Additionally, the University of Dubuque encourages and supports students to become active on campus and in the local community. My participation and experiences outside of the classroom through college athletics and extracurricular activities allowed me to develop time management, teamwork, and leadership skills. Having the opportunity to refine and mature these skills prior to entering the workforce was invaluable. UD is a college university where your professors, advisors, and coaches work together to help you achieve your college goals and career aspirations.   

What are you doing now?

I am a Senior Auditor for Deloitte and Touche LLP, a public accounting firm. I primarily serve the Aerospace and Defense industry.