About the Accountancy Program

To be at the top of your accounting game, you have to learn from the best. As a student in the Haworth College of Business, you'll get just that. As soon as you’re admitted, you’re instantly part of an exceptional program that is known worldwide with direct connections to top accounting firms in the country.

In fact, WMU Haworth is in the top 1% of business schools that have additional specialized accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for their accountancy programs, which means you'll stand out among the competition when you earn a degree at Western.

Your bright future, powered by our mission

The Department of Accountancy provides a challenging educational environment that:

  • Prepares you for a rewarding career in accounting.
  • Encourages faculty to develop professionally and intellectually.
  • Promotes your participation in activities that support the profession, University and community.

When you choose to enroll in the WMU accountancy program at the Haworth College of Business, you are entering the ranks of one of the top business schools in the world.

  • The accounting profession offers job stability, opportunity for advancement, versatility, professional development and high earning potential, making it an attractive career choice. Faculty members provide personalized career coaching to students, preparing them for internships with renowned firms as well as exciting full-time positions. Our faculty is dedicated to helping students succeed and achieve their career goals.

    Dr. Jim Penner, chair, Department of Accountancy

Business student standing outside the Haworth College of Business

Enter the working world with a remarkable resume

With access to multiple, well-known accounting firms through WMU’s exclusive partnerships, you'll graduate with the experience that will catch employers' eyes. These invaluable experiences, internships and more are offered both independently and through Beta Alpha Psi, the National Association of Black Accountants and the Accounting Club.

Take a look at some of the firms you'll have an opportunity to work with:

  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • DOW Tax & Accounting
  • Ernst & Young LLC
  • KPMG
  • Plante Moran
  • Brink, Key and Chludzinksi P.C.
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Deloitte
  • Doeren Mayhew
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Jansen Valk Thompson Reahm P.C.
  • KPMG
  • Maner Costerisan P.C.
  • Marshall & Poe
  • Plante & Moran PLLC
  • PWC
  • Seber Tans PLC
  • Seigfried Crandall
  • Yeo & Yeo P.C., CPA

Join outstanding alumni who’ve made their mark

If you’re looking to see how your degree can make an impact, then look no further. Find inspiration in some of our successful graduates who’ve received an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in Accountancy, which recognizes their contributions to our industry as well as the Department of Accountancy through their participation in student activities.

  • Keith Lavanway

2022 honoree

Keith LaVanway has spent over 20 years as a chief financial officer in the private equity space. He is currently the chief financial officer and board member at Pregis, LLC, a leading manufacturer of protective packaging products based in Chicago. Prior to working at Pregis, he was CFO of Associated Materials.

Our history, your legacy

You’re the future of Western. That's why we take great pride in the history of the Department of Accountancy. Established in 1957, it was one of the first departments at the Haworth College of Business. We have steadily built a reputation of excellence, becoming independently accredited through the AACSB in 1999.

Our commitment to giving you an exceptional, future-forward education has helped shape the Haworth College of Business, which is among an elite group of less than 5% of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Added to that, Haworth is among a select 1% of business schools in the world that have additional specialized accreditation for their accountancy programs. We can't wait to see how you'll contribute to WMU’s reputation as a top-tier business school.


Heritage Hall at sunrise.
  • The WMU accountancy program, along with the support from fellow students and professors, set me up for great success in my career. From student organizations to the career center to the CPA capstone courses, I couldn’t have felt more prepared!

    Olivia Langdon, B.B.A.’21, M.S.A.’22