Accounting & Finance

Bachelor of Business in Accountancy

Why Choose Accountancy at WIU?

  • Highest overall pass rate of 70.67% on the CPA exam for 2017 among all Illinois public universities and home of the CPA Project
  • 94% employment rate within 3 months of graduation
  • Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) student organization provides members with the opportunity to participate in outreach, professional networking, and service projects
  • Supportive alumni help to secure regional, national, or international internship and employment opportunities
  • The integrated program allows students to earn two degrees (bachelor's and master's) in just five years
  • Specialized accounting accreditation by the CMA (Institute of Certified Management Accountants) ensures a quality educational experience
  • Accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
Student and Employer and Meet the Firms Career Fair

Meet the Firms Career Fair

Meet the Firms is an annual fall event that provides a great opportunity to majors in accountancy, finance, and information systems to network with firm representatives.
Learn more about Meet the Firms.


Morgan Kumer

Senior Accountancy major, Morgan Kumer, is the president of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). She joined BAP to become more involved on campus and gain skills to build her resume. Morgan has held two officer positions, presented at the BAP regional meeting twice, and competed in "Project Run With It" at the 2017 BAP annual meeting.

"I would never have had opportunities to practice leadership, management, or public speaking skills if I didn't join this organization. BAP has also helped me build a broad network with both young professionals and employers! I've made a lot of great friends with BAP and also completed accounting internships at Caterpillar and Spoon River College."

-Morgan Kumer, '19 MAcc '20


  • Accountancy Major Scholarship ($200-$1000)
  • Colonel Marinda Coultas Wood Scholarship ($2000)
  • Craig R. Needer Scholarship ($2000)
  • J. David and Nancy Smith Scholarship ($1000)
  • Samuel Oliva Scholarship ($4000)
  • George Krull Jr. Scholarship ($500)

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

We offer a limited number of graduate assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis. The awards range from two-thirds time (requiring 13 hours of work per week) to full-time (requiring 20 hours of work per week). Both awards carry full tuition waivers for multiple semesters and a summer term, as well as a stipend for two semesters, contingent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA and satisfactory academic progress. Students work for the School of AFED as well as assisting faculty with courses and research.

Assistantship recipients must satisfy all of the admissions prerequisites without any deficiencies. To be eligible for an assistantship, entering graduate students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and remain in good academic standing.