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Careers in Accounting

Average Career Salary

  • $80,060

Anticipated demand over next 10 years

  • Anticipated 15 percent growth in demand for accounting majors' professions over the next 10 years.

Recent employers of our accounting graduates include:

  • DFAS (Department of Finance and Accounting Services)
  • Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • KPMG
  • Meaden & Moore
  • State of Ohio Auditor's Office
  • Westfield Insurance

Next logical step after graduation...

  • Our graduates usually begin work for public accounting firms or in corporate accounting finance positions. (more)  

Career opportunities for accounting majors include:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Corporate Financial Analyst
  • External Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Tax Advisor
  • Financial & Estate Planner
  • Valuation Expert
  • IRS Criminal Investigator

Contact Information

Accounting Department

Dr. Kristine Parsons, Chair
Dauch College of Business & Economics
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Victoria Kaskey, assistant professor of accounting, joined Ashland University in 2008 after 17 years in corporate accounting. She is active in online learning methods... Read more
Professor Kathleen Brenan, associate professor of accounting, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1984. She received a Master of Accountancy degree with specialization in MIS... Read more
Dr. Kristine Parsons currently serves as the chair of the Accounting and Information Systems Department. Dr. Parsons is an associate professor of accounting in the... Read more
Dr. Paul Schloemer is a professor of accounting in the Dauch College of Business & Economics at Ashland University. He earned his doctorate at Virginia... Read more
Dr. Kristofer Neslund, associate professor of accounting, joined Ashland University in 2011. He holds the degrees of B.S. in business administration from Bowling Green State... Read more
Dr. Kristine Parsons currently serves as the chair of the Accounting and Information Systems Department. Dr. Parsons is an associate professor of accounting in the... Read more
Professor Beverly J. Piper, associate professor of accounting, joined Ashland University in 1979. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an active license to... Read more

Multiple internships, CPA exam ready and MBA in five years

We help you put the accounting principles you learn into practice with real-world experience like internships, hands-on projects and national competitions.  Study with excellent professors and work with leading professionals.

We take pride in the fact that many employers tell us that Ashland students outperform those from other schools.

 Why Choose Ashland for Accounting?

  • Ashland University hosts “Meet the Accountants” night for students to network, gain career insight and explore internship and job opportunities.
  • All accounting professors have received at least one accounting certification.
  • The eighth program in the United States, and the only program in Ohio, to hold specialized accounting accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.     Read More...


Student Opinions

See what people are saying about our programs.

  • Kendall Morrison '15
    Being an accounting major at Ashland University has provided me with hundreds of opportunitites and network connections I never thought imaginable.
  • Joyce Badertscher '15
    The Dauch College of Business and Economics holds strong connections with many great companies, and these have helped me land two internships with the J.M. Smucker Company before my junior year. These experiences have challenged me and helped me develop into a business professional, while... more
  • Janessa Huffman '16
    I love the Accounting Major here at AU! I have really great professors in all of my classes who get to know you and care about you even after you leave their class.
  • Jessica Workinger '14
    Accounting is a great career because the opportunities are endless! There are so many different areas you can go into with a degree in accounting because it is the language of the business.
  • Emily Sparks '16
    The connections you make here at Ashland are truly invaluable. I feel confident in being able to find a job after graduation not only because my classes prepared me completely, but also because of the experience I gained from professionals in the field.
  • John Zuchak '12
    The accounting knowledge and general business skills I learned at Ashland have proved to be invaluable. I have been able to apply what I was taught in the classroom to my everyday work life, and it has allowed me to be successful in beginning my career as a young professional at Smucker. -John... more
  • Leah Chalet '12
    I felt that the coursework and activities that I was involved with, such as IMA Accounting Club, were not only relevant to me in my current career, but I also felt that these things challenged me and really prepared me for the CPA exam that I passed the fall after my graduation.” Leah Chalet,... more
  • Emily Intagliata '12
    The experiences I had at Ashland University, in and out of the classroom, fully prepared me as a new accounting professional in Chicago. Not only did the classes provide me with the technical skills I needed to succeed, but the immeasurable support and guidance from my professors enabled me to be... more