Ohio Accounting Schools

Ohio’s universities and colleges maintain numerous accounting programs for students interested in studying general accounting, public accounting, government accounting, and many other accounting subjects. The following overview of accounting schools in Ohio will equip you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Online accounting schools, which are frequently more flexible than traditional on-campus schools, may also be able to provide the opportunities you are looking for from an accounting school.

Quick School Facts

  • 49 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Ohio.
  • 71 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Ohio.
  • 45 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 77 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 54 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • 6 schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: Miami University (22), Ohio State University (34), Case Western Reserve University (69), John Carroll University (79), University of Cincinnati (84), Ohio University (86).
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): Ohio State University (27), Case Western Reserve University (52), University of Cincinnati (99).

Continue learning about careers in accounting and accounting schools in Ohio by reading below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Ohio

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 180 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB. The following accounting programs in Ohio have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • Bowling Green State University (College of Business Administration)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead School of Management)
  • Cleveland State University (Ahuja College of Business)
  • John Carroll University (John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business)
  • Kent State University
  • Miami University (Farmer School of Business)
  • The Ohio State University (Max M. Fisher College of Business)
  • Ohio University (College of Business)
  • The University of Akron
  • University of Dayton (School of Business Administration)

Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Ohio in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree (schools with at least 20 candidates):

  1. Case Western Reserve University 70.9%
  2. John Carroll University
  3. Ohio State University
  4. Bowling Green Street University
  5. Miami University

There were 39 schools in Ohio that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 22.2% to 74.2% (including schools with fewer than 20 candidates) according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Ohio Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

Ohio State University

The Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University has a popular accounting graduate program that simultaneously prepares students for careers in multiple areas of the industry, as well as for the rigorous CPA examination. The department is renowned for the quality of its research and for the comprehensive education offered to students. Program attendees often receive job offers very quickly post-graduation.

Kent State University

The Department of Accounting at Ohio’s Kent State University is lauded for its progressive curriculum and hands-on learning environment. Students are given multiple opportunities to practice the principles and skills that they will need to use while working in the many sectors of the accounting industry. This is accomplished through several innovative programs like study-abroad tracks and case-study workshops.

Ohio Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management has an esteemed accounting department that offers a broad range of specialized courses aimed at helping students to achieve their educational and career goals. Instructors work closely with students in a collaborative environment that fosters self-motivation and innovative thinking. Students are given the skills they need to solve problems and deal with both the mundane and unexpected elements of working in the accounting industry.

Ohio University

Ohio University’s accounting undergraduate program is a four-year Bachelor of Science track that focuses on readying students for the CPA exam. The program also prepares students for a variety of positions within the accounting world, whether students seek to work for a corporation or to work as a public accountant. The department awards fellowships to qualified students and also fosters relationships between students and local firms. Attendees are often awarded internships and even paid positions before they have graduated.

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Ohio

The successful and established consumer products corporation Proctor and Gamble is based out of Cincinnati, along with several other large companies including Cardinal Health and Kroger. Such businesses provide many accounting and finance jobs for local graduates. Government entities in the state also hire accounting grads to fill various positions at local, state, and federal levels on a regular basis. CPA holders are in especially high demand.

Top Ranked Accountvng Schools in Ohio

US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • Ohio State University – Columbus #10 (2012)

US News Best Accounting MBA Programs

  • Ohio State University (Fisher) #20 (2012)
  • John Carroll University (Boler) #27

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs

  • University of Cincinnati (Lindner) #15 (2012)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead) #18
  • Ohio University #40
  • Bowling Green State University #43
  • John Carroll University (Boler) #71
  • Xavier University (Williams) #90
  • Ohio State University (Fisher) #116

CPA Requirements in Ohio

Ohio has a 150-hour credit requirement for those who wish to take the CPA examination. The credits must have been obtained at an accredited educational institution and at least 30 must come from accepted accounting courses. At least 24 have to come from other business courses. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and have scored a minimum of 620 on the GMAT. The exam can be taken as early as one month after graduation.

Ohio Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Akron 2,780 $66,010
Cincinnati-Middletown 7,430 $67,950
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor 8,420 $69,820
Columbus 8,300 $66,490
Dayton 2,660 $68,770
Toledo 1,920 $67,080

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

Ohio Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

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Bowling Green State University
110 McFall Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(419) 372-2531

Student Review: “Bowling Green State University’s Accounting program has won many awards and ranks as one of the top public universities in the country for Accounting. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here learning about Accounting. The university had many professors that were well versed in the industry side of Accounting. Many professors worked in the industry for well over 10-15 years. Other professors were more focused on academia and studied at the highest level possible to earn their PhD. I am very happy I chose a school that had professors from both sides of the coin. BGSU had many after school clubs and activities to join as well. I decided to focus on Beta Alpha Psi, an Accounting club. This program brought many industry experts to the classroom and helped further my knowledge.” -student at Bowling Green State University

Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

Tiffin University
155 Miami St
Tiffin, OH 44883
(800) 968-6446

Student Review: “Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University is an awesome school all around. They have an exceptional faculty. The financial aid department is very helpful and gets their work done in a timely manner. The instructors are also very helpful – they have in-class time to help people who need it and they are willing to be flexible in order to help a student. I was in the accounting program and I was able to be highly successful with the help of my team, including my success coach, my financial aid worker, and my teachers. My success coach was the most influential part of my success with this school.” -student at Tiffin University

Kent State University
800 E Summit St
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 672-3000

Ohio State University
1739 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-4636

Student Review: “I learned a lot from the accounting program that Ohio State University offered to me. It was overall a great experience. We got to do so many hands on activities that better helped me understand more about accounting and learn more about it. It was so easy to understand everything because my professor was great. If I was lost or confused on something, he would stay with me after class until I understood everything. It was almost impossible to fail his class because he was always there to help if I was lost. I liked the fact that we did more hands on activities than worksheets in the class because that prevented it from getting too boring. I didn’t dislike many things at all. If I had to choose something that I disliked it would be that class time was way too long. It was the longest class I had. It was a lot at once because it felt like it was never going to end. It often times got boring because of how long class lasted.” -student at Ohio State University

Student Review: “Ohio State is a school known for its business program, and the accounting program is no different. It is quite difficult to get into business and, by extension, accounting relative to other majors at the school, but those who do make it will find the experience quite rewarding. The professors are top notch who are willing to pay extra attention to each and every student. However, I did have a professor or two (not naming names) who seemed more like a “guest professor” in that they seemed to never be available. I do understand that professors have other obligations, but shouldn’t teaching be near the top of their lists? The classrooms had recently been renovated/upgraded when I was there, so they are relatively modern and cutting edge. The people in the program were mostly tech savvy and things ran smoothly and efficiently. The workload and demands placed on students is demanding, but not overwhelming. All in all, I think their program very thoroughly prepared me for life in the field of accounting.” -student at Ohio State University

Student Review: “My accounting program was very in-depth. It was more of an economics-style program because we learned everything about the stock market, bonds and interest rates as well as tax rates and the forms necessary to be an accountant. I learned how to establish myself as a professional in the program. I learned to be a self-starter, even though that goes against what most accountants do. I learned to track expenses, create reports and update ledgers. I would have to say that this school has one of the top quality accounting programs around and I would highly recommend them.” -student at Ohio State University

Ohio University
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1000

University of Akron
302 E Buchtel Ave
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 972-7111

Student Review: “The accounting program in my school requires us to take an entrance exam and based on the results of that exam, admission is granted in the program. The program has many courses that prepare students very well to succeed in the field of accountancy. Professors are well-published and highly connected in the region. This helps in final placement of the students. Of late, the department has begun to hold job fairs to place students.” -Joseph D., student at University of Akron

Student Review: “The University of Akron’s accounting program was one of the most fun experiences of my life. Their school of business is one of the best in Ohio and it really shows. Some of the professors really put us through the ringer, but it was worth it in the end. One of the professors helped set me up with an internship at an accounting firm in the area and it really helped jump start my career. Without that internship, I would not have gotten as large of a starting salary as I have now. One thing I would try to work on is the fact that some of the professors make themselves a little inaccessible due to limited office hours.” -student at University of Akron

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: https://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/