Accounting and Information Systems

Accounting program at BGSU is ranked #1 in OHIO

Bowling Green State University has a long tradition of excellence in preparing students for the accounting profession through top quality bachelors and masters of accountancy programs. BGSU is one of only 180 universities worldwide accredited in both business and accounting through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the gold standard for top business schools. The accounting degree program at BGSU is ranked #1 in Ohio by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and is a target for the “Big Four” regional accounting firms as well as national and international companies.

The IS specialization at BGSU ranks among the best in the United States. According to BusinessWeek, it ranks #24 among all public universities and ranks #50 among all universities.

Specializations

Business undergraduates can choose between three specializations:

Accounting graduate students can choose from among three tracks in the Master of Accountancy program:

An accounting degree from BGSU is a lifelong investment qualifying you for careers as a  

  • Budget Accountant
  • Controller
  • Internal Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Payroll Manager

With a graduate degree in accounting from BGSU you can become a certified public accountant or chief financial officer.

Majority of students have jobs at graduation with an average earning potential of $50,000 to $93,000.

Examples of Earning Potential

Position
Mean Salary  
Accountant$65,100
Credit Analyst$64,000
Research Analyst$60,300
Staff Accountant$51,000
Tax Examiner
$60,600
  • KPMG
  • EY
  • Cardinal Health
  • First Federal Bank of the Midwest
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Marathon Petroleum
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Deloitte
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • First Energy Corp
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
  • Honda of America Mfg.
  • Owens Corning
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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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

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. For more information, click here

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

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

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. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

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.

Specializations:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics and Intelligence
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Individualized business 
  • Information systems
  • Information systems, auditing, and control
  • Insurance
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Services Marketing
  • Supply chain management