Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting
University Hall, Room 2303
601 S. Morgan St. (M/C 006)
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 996-2650
Fax: (312) 996-4520

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Accounting Staff
Cheryl Wardlow
Departmental Information Supervisor
(312) 996-2650

Betty Kurian
Business Associate


Department of Accounting

Integrating conceptual and technical knowledge with practical application, the department of accounting prepares students for careers in financial, managerial, governmental/non-profit, and international accounting, as well as auditing, information systems, taxation and business law. Graduates are prepared to sit for certification examinations for the CPA, CMA and similar designations.

About Us

The accounting department is committed to quality in educational programming, research pursuits and community service. We significantly contribute to the College of Business Administration's mission to create new knowledge, new business, new value and new leaders for Chicago and the world beyond.

Education is a vital objective of the department. We will deliver the most cost-effective quality accounting education in the Chicago metropolitan area. Students are encouraged to complete all degree requirements in a timely fashion through a coordinated program of faculty advising and staff counseling. Internships are used as an additional vehicle to prepare students for the professional expectations of the work place.

The department will provide advanced study and synergistic programs through its graduate offerings, including the Master of Science in Accounting, joint Master of Science in Accounting/Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration accounting specialization. Graduate education will play an increasingly important role in the department, consistent with the 150-hour Illinois CPA examination requirement. Students admitted to our degree programs must show the potential and capacity to successfully complete all graduation requirements. Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in contemporary management skills such as information technology, communication techniques and teamwork. The program will promote a perspective of the global economy and cultural diversification necessary for the knowledge worker of the 21st century.

Commitment to research is an integral component of the department. We feature an academically respected and professionally qualified faculty who actively produce and support basic and applied research. Faculty research and teaching expectations emphasize individual strengths, interests and career development through a coordinated program of peer review, support and counsel.

Our faculty will pursue external service activities that enhance departmental visibility, reputation and presence at the local, national and international levels. Service to the students, college and university is expected. Service that enhances the university's urban mission will be encouraged.


Somnath Das

I am delighted to welcome you to the Department of Accounting in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  We are part of a great University in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant and diverse cities- the City of Chicago.

The department aims to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical guidelines necessary for the practice of accounting. Our bachelor's degree with a major in accounting and the Master of Science in Accounting are fully accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Services Board (AACSB). We continue to be among the premier institutions in Chicago land educating over 750 undergraduate accounting majors and over 175 Master of Science in accounting students. And, our results bear this out. In 2011, the most recent year, the CPA pass rate of our graduates’ was the highest among all public universities in Illinois.

The department is also committed to the creation and dissemination of knowledge through scholarship and research that would enhance the practice of accounting.  Our highly respected and nationally recognized research faculties have been trained at and have prior experience from some of the leading business schools and have published in leading academic journal.  The Department’s Center for Education & Research in Financial Reporting Quality also augments our commitment to deliver high quality programs and scholarship.

The Department is also home to several active student groups such as The Accounting Club, Beta Alpha Psi, National Association of Black Accountants, and the Midwest Association of Hispanic Accountants.  Active involvement  in these groups allow students to interact socially with their  peers, develop skills necessary for career development and professional networking, and complement their academic experience through leadership roles.

UIC Graduates are employed by leading national, regional and local accounting firms including the Big 4, as well as by leading manufacturing firms such as Caterpillar. We are fortunate to have strong alumni who continue to return at many of our campus events including as Meet the Firms, executives-in-class, mock Interview sessions with current students, and the Annual Accounting Club Spring Banquet. Without our alums and our recruiters, we would indeed be operating in a vacuum.  This is particularly true for an academic discipline such as accounting which is intimately tied to a certified profession.

Finally, the Department’s external advisory board, the Professional Accounting Advisory Board, with representatives from industry and the accounting firms help provide a direct link with external constituents and help us build bridges with the profession.

On behalf of the Department, I welcome you to explore us and thank you for your interest in us.

Professor and Head of Accounting

Ram Ramakrishnan
Director of Graduate Studies/MSA

Education and Teaching

The Department of Accounting maintains an AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting program. The focus of both programs is to provide the students the knowledge and skills to become certified public accountants and auditors.


The faculty researchers in the Department of Accounting have specialties ranging from auditing to financial accounting. We also host guest researchers from around the world in our weekly accounting workshops.


Accounting Research Conference
October 18-19, 2013
320 Douglas Hall
University of Illinois at Chicago

Welcome to the first mini-conference hosted by the Department of Accounting in the UIC College of Business Administration. This conference will be held under the auspices of the newly established Center for Education & Research in Financial Reporting Quality in our department.

Consistent with the guiding criteria of the CERFRQ (to strengthen the bridges between accounting research, accounting education and accounting practice), the theme of the 2013 CERFRQ Conference is "Financial Statement Articulation and Adjustments to Enhance the Quality of Financial Information." As the title suggests, the conference theme is broad, with the focus on how financial statement information can be used, either directly or after adjustments, by financial statement readers.

Please click here to view the Accounting Research Conference Schedule.

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