The Accounting program is part of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the BGSU College of Business.   

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The accounting program at Bowling Green State University is ranked number one in Ohio and is designed to prepare students for careers in the "Big Four" firms, public accounting firms, industry, government and nonprofit agencies.

Students in the accounting program learn all areas of accounting including auditing, financial accounting, cost accounting, accounting information systems and taxation. Many students complete a fifth year and earn a Master of Accountancy degree and go on to successfully complete the CPA exam.

Quality classroom experiences

The accounting program prepares students to be leaders in the field through a hands-on curriculum, study abroad opportunities and unique opportunities to learn professional skills that prepare students for the business world.

Students often continue in BGSU’s Master of Accountancy or Master of Business Administration programs, completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

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Curriculum

Students in the accounting program complete courses in written communication, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and arts, and cultural diversity in the U.S. Introductory courses in economics, accounting, statistics, business communication and management information systems are taken during the sophomore year.  

During the junior and senior years, accounting students complete the business core courses such as economics, management, operations research, finance, law, business in the global arena, marketing, the business core Capstone course as well as accounting courses. The accounting specialization is a comprehensive set of courses including financial accounting, cost accounting, auditing, taxation and accounting information systems.

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the accounting program best in Ohio

Internships and Careers

The  College of Business has a career center designated for business students with connections to more than 1,600 employers.  

BGSU accounting students are highly recruited by the “Big  Four” accounting firms and corporate firms including: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, First Energy, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Marathon Petroleum, Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois and Sherwin-Williams.   

The majority of accounting students have jobs at graduation with an average earning potential of $55,000 to $93,000

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The Accounting program is part of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the BGSU College of Business.

College of Business Admissions

New freshman and new transfer students may apply for entrance to the college with their application for University admission. Math and composite ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are used in the selection process.

Admission to BGSU does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program (BSBA). Students initially enroll in the College of Business as pre-business students. Full admission to the BSBA program requires completion of calculus and a set of introductory business courses with a satisfactory grade point average.

To be admitted to the accounting program and enroll in any upper-division accounting courses, the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems requires successful completion of 51 semester hours with an overall grade point average of 2.6 or better considering all colleges and universities attended, and successful completion of Accounting 2210 and 2220 with a grade of C or better.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Business Administration are expected to be able to:
Goal 1: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in business knowledge and its application
Outcomes: Students will -

  • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, business statistics, operations & supply chain management, business law, organizational behavior, marketing, information technology, management science, and global strategy.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using business-related software applications.
  • Demonstrate competency in integrating knowledge across business disciplines.

Goal 2: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate competency in applying appropriate problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.
Outcome: Students will -

  • Identify a business problem, develop and critically evaluate alternative solutions, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Assess the outcomes of a course of action and make appropriate adjustments.

Goal 3: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills
Outcomes: Students will -

  • Effectively write a business document.
  • Make effective oral presentations in both individual and team settings.
  • Demonstrate the understanding and application of teamwork.

Goal 4: Students graduating with a BSBA degree will recognize the ethical aspects of business.
Outcomes: Students will -

  • Recognize the context of the ethical situation (economic, legal or cultural).
  • Define the ethical responsibilities of business organizations.
  • Describe the ramifications of unethical behavior.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Business Administration program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing.

The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing.

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Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program does not lead to professional licensure.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Business Administration program, Accounting specialization, leads to professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Business Administration program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

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