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Why Major in Accounting?

Companies will want you. People with accounting expertise are needed by virtually every organization in every industry. Employers rely on experts in accounting, budgeting, financial modeling and tax planning. So, if you acquire this highly marketable skill set, you should have the freedom to work in any industry that interests you wherever you choose to live.

  • Accountant and auditor positions are projected to increase 7.35% in the U.S. through 2031.
  • Recent employer demand for accounting graduates grew faster than demand for all bachelors’ degrees overall (Education Advisory Board).
  • AU’s College of Business and Economics is the only program in Ohio to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP accreditation ensures that you will receive a high-quality education that will make a positive difference in your job prospects, career advancement and income potential.
  • The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam pass rate for AU Accounting graduates is historically above both the Ohio and national averages, according to published data.
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Is Accounting a Good Fit for You?

An accounting degree is the right fit for you if you have any or all of the following:

  • An analytical mind
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A passion for solving problems
Accounting student in class

What Is It Like to Major in Accounting at AU?

As an Accounting major at AU, you can count on:

  • Small class sizes in which accredited professors and leading finance professionals give you individual attention.
  • Networking opportunities at events such as:
    • The annual “Meet the Accountant Night” 
    • Meetings of the Institute of Management Accountants Club
    • Hands-on projects with peers 
    • National competitions
  • Gaining real-world experience in a variety of business internships and the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)  Program, where students prepare tax returns for individuals in the community.
  • Getting fully prepared for your future by studying a cutting-edge curriculum.


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Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the Accounting and Finance programs.

Benefits of this scholarship include a merit-based, renewable award of $1,500 that stacks upon other merit awards received. Recipients will also gain the opportunity to join unique academic communities that promote engagement with faculty and focus on career coaching and preparation.

The application consists of a formal essay and interview. To qualify, applicants must be admitted to one of the approved programs with a cumulative, high-school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is March 1. 

After you apply for admission to Ashland University, you can apply for the scholarship here. You will receive a link to access your application within the student portal. For more information, contact the chair of the Accounting Department:

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David Lifer

David Lifer, Ph.D.
Intern Chair, Accounting and Management Information Systems

Sample Curriculum

The Accounting program at Ashland University combines a broad business foundation with a concentration in specialized accounting courses to provide you with core business competencies and technical accounting knowledge. Here is just a sampling of these cutting-edge courses.

View the Academic Catalog for complete degree requirements.

Superior Graduate Outcomes

Many employers report that Ashland students outperform students from other schools.