Accounting

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:

BDK, LLP
Crescent Electric
Deloitte, LLP
Dubuque, City of 
Eide Bailly, LLP
Ernst & Young, LLP
Flexsteel Industries
Heartland Financial
Honkamp, Krueger & Co. PC
KPMG, LLP
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
BAC 100: Introduction to Business (1)
WVS 101: World View I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
CIS 162: Fundamentals of Excel (1)
MATH 112: Algebra (3) or other higher-level math courses
ECON 102: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

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 courses
ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics (3)


Year Two

Fall Semester
THEO 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3) or other Theology courses
HWS 248: Wellness for a Healthy Lifestyle (2)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
BAC 241: Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
BAC 280: Principles of Marketing (3)
SOC 112: Contemporary Social Problems (3) or other Social Development courses 

Spring Semester
BAC 201: Principles of Management (3)
BAC 242: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Fine and Performing Arts course
PRF 201: Beyond College (1)
BAC 262: Personal Financial Stewardship (3)
PHL 115: Introduction to Ethics (3) or other History.Philosophy, Politics courses


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 courses
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)
SPAN 111: Elementary Spanish I (3) or other Intercultural Engagement courses
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)

Ricardo Cunningham
Ricardo Cunningham
Director of Master in Management/Domestic and International MBA Programs
Department Head, Business & Accounting

DBA, Anderson University
MBA, Indiana Wesleyan University
BA, Anderson University

Office Phone: 563.589.3728
Email: rcunning@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 111 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322
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Ricardo serves as the Department Head of the Business and Accounting Department and teaches courses in management. He brings over ten years of practical business experience with the majority in the realm of real estate finance; and has most recently worked for the United States Air Force as a technical trainer. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Anderson University, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and his BA from Anderson University. His research areas include organizational culture and human resources.


David Birkett
David Birkett
Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting

MBA, Xavier University, Industrial Relations
BA, Xavier University, French

Office Phone: 563.589.3241
Email: dbirkett@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 110 Charles and Romona Myers Center
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David went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his BA in French and MBA in Industrial Relations. David worked for the Bemis Company for 30 years as a Plant Manager for six different packaging, converting and graphics plants before being promoted to President of MacKay Inc., a wholly owned division of Bemis in 2002.  At the University of Dubuque, David is involved with the Enactus program (formerly Students in Free Enterprise.)


Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
Adjunct Professor

MA - Public Communications, American University
BA - Political Science/Communication Studies, University of Iowa



Email: CBonifas@dbq.edu 

Sam Deaver
Sam Deaver
Adjunct Instructor

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, Peru State College



Office Phone: 563.589.3709
Email: sdeaver@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 121 Charles & Romona Myers Center

Dennis George
Dennis George
Associate Professor of Accounting
Director of Summer School Program

MBA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration
BA, Loras College; Accounting

Office Phone: 563.589.3192
Email: dgeorge@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 108 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322
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Dennis teaches courses in accounting and finance. He has 20 years of applied industry experiences in various financial and management positions including CFO of a publicly traded technology company. Dennis has special interest in leveraging his vast financial and technological experience by incorporating technology into the class room.  He earned his MBA at the University of Dubuque and BA in accounting from Loras College.


Molly Hein
Molly Hein
Assistant Professor of Business

Ed.D, University of Phoenix
MS, Western Illinois University
BA, Loras College



Office Phone: 563.589.3709
Email: MHein@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 121 Charles & Romona Myers Center

Hala Hilal
Hala Hilal
Instructor / Learning Support Coach
Professional Tutor / Saudi Arabian Students Counselor

Master Degree in Financial Markets, The Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences
BS, Aleppo University; Marketing



Office Phone: 563.589.3511
Email: HHilal@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 206 Charles C. Myers Library

Jacqueline R. Jaeger
Jacqueline R. Jaeger
Adjunct Business Faculty

MBA, St. Ambrose University
BA, Loras College



Email: JJaeger@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Charles & Romona Myers Center
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Jackie teaches business topics. She has 30 years of professional career experience in the financial services industry, where she learned marketing, management, and was investments-qualified. She earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2000 and remains in good standing.


Alan Jirkovsky
Alan Jirkovsky
Adjunct Business Faculty

MBA, University of Illinois
BS, University of Illinois

Office Phone: 563.589.3300
Email: ajirkovsky@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 114 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3184

Liza Johnson
Liza Johnson
Assistant Director to the President for Diamond

MAOM, Ashford University
MA, St. Xavier University
BA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3332
Email: ldjohnson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 309 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3419

Craig Marty
Craig Marty
Associate Professor of Business

MBA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Office Phone: 563.589.3250
Email: cmarty@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 119 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322
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Craig teaches courses in marketing and marketing communication.  Prior to coming to the University of Dubuque in 2007, Craig had twenty-plus years of experience in various marketing and sales management positions for a Fortune 100 company.  He earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a triple major in political science, history and geography.


Linda McKeag
Linda McKeag
Assistant Professor of Accounting

CPA, State of Minnesota
MBA, St. Thomas University
BS, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Office Phone: 563.589.3256
Email: lmckeag@dbq.edu 
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Linda McKeag teaches courses in accounting.  She earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas & her BS in Accounting  from the University of Wisconsin -  LaC rosse. She has taught various accounting courses at St. Norbert College, Lakeland College, Concordia College, Augsburg College, the University of St. Thomas, & Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has held positions in Internal Audit & Financial Accounting in both the retail & banking industries and as  a Financial Analyst in the banking industry.


Jean Nachtman
Jean Nachtman
Adjunct Business Faculty

MBA, CPA, CPFO

Email: jnachtman@dbq.edu 

Erica Scheidecker
Erica Scheidecker
Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting

CPA, State of Iowa & Illinois
MAS, Northern Illinois University
BS, Iowa State University

Office Phone: 563.589.3729
Email: escheidecker@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 107 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3184
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Erica teaches courses in accounting. She earned her Masters of Accounting Science (M.A.S.) from Northern Illinois and a B.S. in psychology from Iowa State. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has extensive work experience in public accounting focused primarily on income tax.


Rafic Sinno
Rafic Sinno
Assistant Professor of Business

MBA, University of Dubuque, Business Administration
BA, Clarke University, Communications

Office Phone: 563.589.3193
Email: rsinno@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 106 Charles & Romona Myers Center
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Rafic is an experienced entrepreneur, author, teacher, motivational speaker, consultant and marketing professional.  Rafic established Sinno Communication, a family based business serving the Tri-State region with visual communication products and services.  As a teacher, Sinno teaches a variety of courses at the intersection of business and communication.  His passion for integrated marketing communication has led him to develop courses in web content and design, social media marketing, and web search and promotion.  He earned his MBA at the University of Dubuque and BA in communications from Clarke University.


James Sullivan
James Sullivan
Adjunct Business Faculty

MAC,University of Dubuque
BS, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3300
Email: jsulliva@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 121 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Fax: 563.589.3322

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.

Information courtesy of businessadministrationdegree.net

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.