Accounting at Lakeland University

Earn Your Degree and Gain Accounting Experience!

Most colleges offer an Accounting Degree, but our degree will make you more attractive to employers than most. Why? Because at Lakeland, you won’t just learn how to crunch numbers and balance books. You will apply your knowledge in a real-world setting, and that’s exactly what employers want to see on a resume. 

Students in Lakeland's accounting major learn to be economic problem-solvers and analysts, professionals who can identify, measure and make judgments about all types of economic information. These accounting skills lead to rewarding positions in financial and tax planning, business consulting, bookkeeping, auditing and many other fields in the global marketplace. In addition, with a few additional courses, the Lakeland accounting major qualifies its students to sit for the CPA and CMA examinations.

Setting You Up For Success

$0 — Graduate Debt Free
  • Over 30% of our accounting graduates have graduated with no student loans.
$15,000 = Median Student Loan Debt
  • Median student loan debt for a Lakeland University accounting graduate is $15,000; significantly less than state and national averages
    • National average = $37,650
    • Wisconsin average = $31,894
Graduate In Less Than 4 Years
  • 54% of students who start their accounting degree with Lakeland (non-transfer) graduate in less than 4 years.
  • 46% of all accounting students graduate in less than 4 years.

*Survey of 39 recent Lakeland accounting program graduates who attended the main campus as a full-time student from December 2019 - May 2023. 

CPA & CMA Prep Courses

Lakeland University's accounting program was ranked #5 on's Most Affordable Online Bachelor's In Accounting Programs

Lakeland is no stranger to's  best of lists. Recently, Lakeland was #7 on their list of the nation's 25 best online bachelor's degree-earning programs.

Covering All The Bases

Comprehensive Program

Our accounting program is comprehensive. You will be exposed to financial accounting (record-keeping); managerial accounting (budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning); tax accounting and many other facets of this popular field.

“But we also offer a lot of flexibility in terms of emphasis tracks,” Killion says. “We have a fraud and forensics emphasis track and we have a finance and insurance track as well.”

White collar corporate crime is a growing problem in our society. We are one of only a few United States colleges that offer a fraud and forensic emphasis accounting degree. That’s a source of pride for us, and a valuable option for you.

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We Value Work

Real-World Experience

Real-world experiences are critical components of any top-of-the-stack resume. At Lakeland, we value work and experiential learning. Whether you have prior work experience, want to get work experience but have a busy schedule, or are interested in our traditional Cooperative Education program, there is an abundance of opportunities to get hands-on experience and earn academic credit for your work!

“We certainly provide all the necessary technical knowledge, but the link between classroom learning and actual experience in the field is what’s most valuable,” says Killion. “We really emphasize becoming a strong professional and helping students get that actual experience, so when they go out into the work world, they’re prepared to be great employees.”

Experiential Education

Learn, Work, Succeed!

Traditional Students (Main Campus): Lakeland's Cooperative Education program will provide 12-18 months of full-time work experience, academic credit for their work, and a combination of scholarships and wages that will significantly reduce or eliminate post-graduation debt.

Kellett School (Evening/Online): Earn academic credit toward your degree on the job – without stepping footing a traditional classroom! Whether it’s projects you’re already doing or much-needed tasks your boss doesn’t have time for – only Lakeland lets you earn academic credit for real-time work projects.

Learn More

Ready to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting? Contact us to learn more information on the Accounting Degree at Lakeland University.

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