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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Oak Creek Campus, Online Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Business & Management
  • Program Code: 10-101-1
  • Offering: In-class, Online
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Accounting degree


Designed to provide fundamental accounting skills in a range of applications, this program is a good fit for students who like to work with numbers. You will learn about financial, cost, tax, payroll, governmental, nonprofit and computerized accounting.

Qualified accounting applicants continue to be in demand.

You can earn the Accounting Bookkeeper Trainee certificate and the Accounting Assistant technical diploma on the way to completing this associate degree.

Additional program details: Students completing ACCTG-130 Computerized Accounting are prepared to take the QuickBooks Certification Exam from Intuit; students in ACCTG-122 Accounting Software Applications are prepared to take the MS Office Excel Specialist Certification Exam.

Your success in the program will be enhanced by abilities to organize complex data, and to perform arithmetic computations quickly and accurately.

Additional Resources
Accounting Program Blog (link)


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Detailed Program Information

2023-24 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ACCTG-111 Accounting 1 ^ 4
ACCTG-121 Income Taxation ^ 4
ACCTG-122 Accounting Software Applications ^ 3
MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡ ^ 
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
ACCTG-113 Accounting 2 ‡ ^ 4
ACCTG-130 Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks Online ‡ ^ 3
ACCTG-142 Payroll Accounting ^ 2
BADM-165 Legal Environment of Business ^ 3
ENG-195 Written Communication ‡ ^ 
(or) Any 200-level ENG course
ACCTG-116 Intermediate Accounting ‡ 4
ACCTG-126 Accounting for Managers 3
ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
ENG-197 Technical Reporting ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
FIN-180 Corporate Financial Management ‡ 3
ACCTG-145 Forensic Accounting ‡ 
(or) ACCTG-140 Accounting for Governmental and
Nonprofit Entities ‡
ACCTG-150 Accounting Practice With a Systems Approach ‡ 3
ACCTG-155 Applied Individual Income Tax ‡
(or) ACCTG-140 Accounting for Governmental and
Nonprofit Entities ‡
FIN-120 Introduction to Money, Banking
and Financial Markets ‡
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course


‡ Prerequisite required. 
^ Counts toward earning the Accounting Assistant technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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2023-24 Program Cards

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
  • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision-making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk

Career Outlook

Qualified accounting applicants continue to be in demand. Employment opportunities exist in banking, business and industry, financial companies, utilities, government and nonprofit organizations.

Graduates typically locate placement where they are expected to maintain accounts receivable and payable; prepare payroll and related reports; accumulate data for tax reports and financial reports and prepare those documents; audit contracts, orders, and vouchers; and work with departmental budgets.

Possible Careers

Accounting Assistant
Account Specialist
Auditing Clerk
Tax Preparer



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Business & Management Academic & Career Pathway

Last updated: 09/14/2023