Inspired to improve the world of business.

In today’s dynamic business world, you’re dedicated to creating successful business opportunities, while assisting with an individual’s or organization’s financial performance. At Marian, we understand your commitment to the business world and strive to help you achieve your goals through our accounting program.

Program Information

Professional Standards in business

Business programs at Marian University are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) whose mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.

Accreditation Standards

Marian adheres to the following principles of business education promoted by IACBE:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • respect for others
  • full engagement
  • responsibility and integrity, and
  • commitment to quality.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Marian University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport & Recreation Management.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with major in Information Technology.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Organizational Leadership.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA
(913) 631-3009

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .

The Accounting Program prepares students to understand the language of business, Accounting. Understanding of the tools used in the profession every day enables students to apply this knowledge in the field. Whether the choice is to pursue CPA and/or public accounting opportunities or CMA certification and/or private accounting opportunities, or other business opportunities, our students will be ready to jump start their career.

Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:

  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will Possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will Possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Understand the concepts around GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures) and apply the concepts to everyday accounting needs. Classroom quizzes and test will measure the ability to apply.
  • Understand terminology and context of financial ratios, horizontal analysis and vertical analysis and be able to perform analysis and draw conclusions as to financial health.
  • Effectively communicate, in both oral and written forms, of financial analysis.

The Program
Marian’s accounting program aims to develop leaders who are prepared to provide a positive impact for businesses across the nation. As a student in the program, you’ll explore and develop essential knowledge and skills in all aspects of business—including accounting, economics, finance, law, management, marketing and personnel.

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including PHI 231; ECO 201; MAT 130 or MAT 201. TEC 102 is highly recommended.

Business programs core
34 credits as follows:

31 credits:
ACC 201 Financial Accounting, 3 cr.
BUA 203 Career Preparation, 1 cr.
BUA 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.
BUA 310 International Business, 3 cr.
BUA 350 Business Law, 3 cr.
BUA 402 Strategy and Policy, 3 cr.
ECO 202 Microeconomics, 3 cr.
FIN 301 Managerial Finance, 3 cr.
MGT 213 Principles of Management, 3 cr.
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.
TEC 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
ENG 222 Business Communications, 3 cr.
COM 101 Fundamentals of Communication, 3 cr.
COM 232 Public Speaking, 3 cr.

Accounting courses
18 credits:
ACC 306 Managerial Accounting, 3 cr.
ACC 310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I, 3 cr.
ACC 311 Intermediate Financial Accounting II, 3 cr.
ACC 331 Income Tax I, 3 cr.
ACC 422 Auditing, 3 cr.
ACC 431 Advanced Cost Accounting, 3 cr.

0–3 credits:
ACC 397 Accounting – Internship, 0 cr.
ACC 497 Accounting – Internship, 1 - 3 crs.

Elective credits (recommended, not required):
ACC 312 Advanced Accounting, 3 cr.
ACC 332 Income Tax II, 3 cr.

16-23 credits:
University electives

* CPA Option: All of the above would be required and completion of 150 credits from any discipline.
For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.
As a student in the accounting program, you’ll engage in courses as part of our liberal arts and business core curriculum, as well as be able to select courses of special interest. You’ll benefit from the personal, one-on-one classroom experience, with the opportunity to work with faculty who collectively bring more than 80 years of business experience.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Scott Dell, CPA
Accounting Program Director
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Organizational Supervision



Organizational Leadership (M.S.)

    At Marian University, you’ll be inspired by our focus on personalized support and quality practical experiences. You’ll find faculty who are experts in the business field, bringing with them decades of experience and a passion to serve others. As an accounting graduate from Marian University, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and insight to be successful in the 21st century business world.

    Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

    A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

    Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

    Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:
    ◦ENG 101 or ENG 105

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

    Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:
    ◦ENG 151 or ENG 106
    ◦MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
    ◦BUA 210
    ◦Science lab(s)

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Junior and Senior Criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Failure to Meet Criteria

    Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

    Graduation Requirements

    A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

    Internship Experience

    The internship provides practical work experience related to the student's career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

    Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

    As a graduate of the program, you’ll be positioned to enter the professional world, especially with the competencies and experience needed to qualify to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) or Certified Managerial Accounting (CMA) examinations. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting an increase in the need for business professionals with bachelor’s degrees, graduates of the accounting program gain practical experience and increase job opportunities.



    Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition – Business
    Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam


    Marian Baseline Target = 50 %-ile (51.9% correct)
    Comparison (IACBE schools) = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)
    Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)
    Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)
    Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)


    On average, Marian students performed higher than the IACBE comparison average.
    Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).
    In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

    Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business
    Measure: CAPSIM Business Simulation

    Standard: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above National average (50th %-ile)
    Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard - Standard = at/above 80th %-ile
    Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16th to 96th %-ile)
    Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%

    94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.
    44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80th percentile.
    In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.


    Recent graduates have held internships in places such as

    • Dreifuerst & Sons Moving
    • Fond du Lac County
    • Jefferson Land Trust
    • Mayville Engineering Company
    • Metalcraft of Mayville
    • Michels Corporation
    • Neenah Paper
    • Society Insurance
    • Tab Products

    Alumni Spotlight: Meet Kira Schnell-Harrison, class of ’08. Kira graduated from Marian University with a Marketing degree and is now employed as a Retail Account Specialist with Simmons Bedding Company. See Kira's story.

    Internships are one of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience while receiving an education at Marian University. Senior Kate Kostac, is just one shining example of a student who had a great experience while completing their internship. Kate served as the Human Resources Intern at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA. Watch Kate's video.

    When given the opportunity to complete an internship as part of her program, Brooke took on the opportunity!! Hear about her experiences as a human resources intern at Agnesian. Watch Brooke's video.

    Learn more about Business programs at Marian!

    Scott Dell
    Accounting Program Director

    Steve Laurion
    Adjunct Instructor

    Tracy Lindgren
    Adjunct Instructor


    Fun Fact

    Classes for various programs are offered in Appleton, Green Bay, Plymouth, Madison, Watertown, Wausau, and West Allis. (Source: Academic Bulletin, 2013-2014).

    Campus Info

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    45 S. National Ave.
    Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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