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Finance and Business Law Certificates

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate

Under Wisconsin state law, any individual who practices public accounting, including auditing financial accounting records and preparing of accounting reports which are made public, must be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In Wisconsin, to sit for the exam the candidate must have 150 semester hours of education, an accounting concentration and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The CPA exam (150 hour requirement) has four sections:

  1. Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
  2. Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
  3. Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
  4. Regulation (REG)

Wisconsin also has a three-year practice requirement which must be met before a certificate is granted. This experience must include 1 1/2 years at a level where an individual is responsible for independent decisions.

BUS 150-Hour CPA Exam Eligibility Certificate

General Requirements:

  • Complete or have completed bachelor’s or master’s (before beginning certificate program)
  • Complete or have completed BUS 150 total credits
  • Complete or have completed a minimum of 12 credits of UW Oshkosh business and/or economic courses
  • Complete or have completed a minimum of six- 400 level accounting credits at UW Oshkosh
  • Complete or have completed all courses listed as required below


MATH 204 – Finite Math

24 Credits in Business/Economics Courses

ECON 204 – Economics Macro
ECON 206 – Economics Micro
ECON 210 – Economics Statistics
IS  311 – Essentials of Information Systems
BUS 321 – Business Law I or equivalent course
FIN 331 – Essentials of Finance
SCM 341 – Essentials of Operations Management
MHR 351 – Essentials of Organizational Behavior and Strategy
MHR 361 – Essentials of Human Resource Management
MKT 371 – Essentials of Marketing

6 Credits of Introductory Accounting (may have completed as part of a prior degree)

ACCT 206 – Essentials of Financial Accounting
ACCT 207 – Essentials of Managerial Accounting
ACCT 208 – Financial Accounting Cycle

27 Credits in Accounting Concentration

ACCT 301 – Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302 – Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 303 – Cost Management
ACCT 304 – Advanced Cost Management
ACCT 305 – Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 401 – Auditing
ACCT 403 – Federal Income Taxation
ACCT 404 – Advanced Federal Income Taxation
ACCT 405 – Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting

Recommended Accounting Elective Courses (to increase probability of success on CPA Exam)

ACCT 406 – International Accounting
ACCT 407 – Fraud Examination
ACCT 408 – Advanced Accounting
ACCT 409 – Topics (if offered)
BUS 422 – Business Law II

For more information, please contact the Accounting Administrative Support Office at (920) 424-3027.

Finance and Investments Certificate | 9 credits

This nine-credit certificate will be especially attractive to economics majors, information system majors, and marketing majors who would like to work with financial institutions or investment firms. Many businesses and nonprofits desire graduates that can connect their major of study with finance and investments. 

*This certificate is only open to students with a business major (excluding Finance).

Financial Management Certificate | 9 credits

This certificate is especially attractive to human resources management majors, management majors, and supply chain management majors who would like to work with manufacturing firms or nonprofits. Many businesses and nonprofits desire graduates that can connect their major of study with financial management.

*This certificate is only open to students with a business major (excluding Finance).


Insurance and Risk Management Certificate | 9 credits

This certificate incorporates hands-on learning with our insurance partners through industry presentations, visits to insurance campuses, various networking events, and the offer of membership to Gamma Iota Sigma. Students will become more aware of the role that risk and insurance play in their own lives, as well as how society and businesses assess these concerns.

Other Professional Certifications

Corporate Finance: 
Certified Managerial Accountant 
Certified Treasure Professional
Certified Public Accountant
Certified Internal Auditor

Chartered Financial AnalystCERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Passing an exam administered by the National Association of Securities Dealers is normally a prerequisite for being licensed by the state. Before a broker-dealer or investment adviser can work with investors, they must pass the Series 6, 7 and 66 (or 63 and 65) exams.

Risk Management: 
Chartered Life Underwriter
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
Chartered Financial Consultant