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OVERVIEW

Advisor. Analyst. Allocation manager. Accountants play a critical role in the success of today's businesses by offering insights and strategies that can lead to effective decision-making, policy development and financial operations.

As an accounting major, you'll gain technical accounting and financial skills in addition to business insights applicable to diverse career settings.

Well respected in the business community, BW's accounting program offers you the option of earning a bachelor's degree or following a 3/2 program. The 3/2 program allows you to accelerate your studies and earn both a bachelor's degree and an MBA in five years.

BW business faculty are scholars and practitioners. They have decades of corporate, government and nonprofit experience that is national and international in scope. You'll gain professional insights that are diverse and career relevant.

Internships are a key part of the program. BW alumni and student interns can be found at top accounting firms, renowned corporations and government agencies in Cleveland and beyond. Through BW's on-site Tax Clinic, you'll gain real-world experience in preparing tax returns, working with clients and learning business operations.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Financial analyst
  • Corporate accountant
  • Stock broker
  • Forensic accountant
  • Tax specialist
  • Auditor

Business Grads Get Jobs
86 percent of BW business majors are employed in their field of choice or attending graduate school within 12 months of graduation.

Business Honors Track
With a focus on sustainability, ethical business practices and leadership development, the Business Honors Track enables students to complete courses in their Business major or minor while building Honors credits. During senior year, students work on a year-long consulting project with a business partner. Students can apply for the Business Honors Track during their sophomore and junior years.

Multi-million Dollar Gift Benefits Business
Baldwin Wallace University's School of Business will benefit from a $15 million gift from alumnus Stephen Boesel '68. The gift is slated for student scholarships, faculty support, learning opportunities and a renowned business speaker series.

CURRICULUM

A comprehensive rigorous program, accounting is offered as a major and minor.

The 3/2 MBA accounting program provides an effective, efficient way to earn both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees in five years. It prepares you to sit for the CPA exam.

You can apply for the MBA accounting program in the second semester of your junior year. In the fourth and fifth year of study, you will be enrolled in both undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework. Tuition for the 3/2 MBA accounting program remains at the full-time undergraduate day rate throughout the five years of the program.

Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

BW provides a supportive, professional environment. The average class size is 19 students, which allows for individual attention and faculty mentoring. Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, fellowships, study abroad and a variety of co-curricular and other learning opportunities.

CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND GROWTH (CIG)

Infusing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout campus and Northeast Ohio is the crux of this signature Center. The Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) offers outstanding professional networking and hands-on learning opportunities to students of every major. The CIG Student Fellows program places students alongside business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Through CIG Growth Consulting Projects, students assist CIG partners and other companies, nonprofits and government agencies in achieving growth through innovation.

DIGITAL MARKETING CLINIC

A hybrid between a class and an internship, BW's Digital Marketing Clinic is a student-run, experience-driven agency offering digital marketing expertise to local businesses. Students work with small businesses to develop effective, research-based inbound marketing strategy including website design, social media strategy, targeted digital content, automated email marketing plan and a marketing playbook. In addition to gaining portfolio-building, real-world experience and networking opportunities, students can earn certifications from digital marketing applications like Hubspot and Hootsuite. City of Berea grant funding is available.

LAUNCHNET

Open to students of every major, LaunchNET is an innovative program that presents entrepreneurship as a viable career path and offers students concrete tools and guidance to transform ideas into thriving businesses. LaunchNET offers students access to an extensive network of mentors, experts and services.

STUDY ABROAD

Every year over 50 business majors study abroad for a semester at a foreign university in countries such as England, Australia and China. Seminars in Brazil and South Africa offer opportunities to examine logistical, manufacturing, service, retail and government issues abroad.

TAX CLINIC

Under the supervision of faculty, the BW Tax Clinic allows students to gain valuable, real-world tax preparation experience while providing a helpful service to the community.

STUDENT CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Accounting Association

Networking and learning opportunities are a key part of this organization. Students interact with professionals through informative programs and guest speakers. Over 20 firms attend "Meet the Accountants Night," where many students make first connections for internships and jobs.

Business Book Club

Initiated by alumni Eugene and Jean Grippen '53, the Business Book Club encourages students to be wise consumers and investors for financial independence. The Book Club reviews the classic book by George Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon, and one other title related to personal finance each year. When the Book Club gathers, it is usually to share a meal as well as discuss how the concepts are relevant to their lives. The students also compete for cash prizes.

Business Honor Society

Students are connected with alumni and business leaders through the Business Honor Society. The Society encourages and supports a deep network of personal and professional contact through ongoing communication and special invitations to campus events.

Enactus

A global, nonprofit organization, Enactus helps students develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills as they learn, practice and teach principles of free enterprise to improve the standard of living for millions around the globe.

Tax Clinic

Under the supervision of faculty, the Tax Clinic allows students to gain valuable, real-world tax preparation experience while providing a helpful service to the community.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

Gabe AdamsGabe Adams ’14 is financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Cleveland, and was named 2015 Northern Ohio representative of the year. He interned at the company while at BW. Gabe was profiled in Cleveland Magazine’s 2015 “Faces of Cleveland” representing the financial industry. He is from Hudson, Ohio.

Ally SmithAlly Smith ’13 is fund accountant at The Townsend Group in Cleveland. She is a graduate of BW’s 3/2 program, earning bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance and an MBA in 5 years. Study abroad in Iceland gave the Strongsville, Ohio, native international experience that has distinguished her in job interviews.

Jaclyn LeeJaclyn Lee ’12 is senior associate in the risk assurance practice at PwC in Charlotte, N.C. She graduated from BW’s 3/2 program, earning a bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. Internships, campus leadership positions, faculty mentoring and study abroad prepared the Euclid, Ohio, native for a successful career.

James EbertsJames Eberts ’11 is lead field auditor for Sherwin-Williams Company in São Paulo, Brazil. He holds an MBA with an emphasis in accounting from BW. He says the liberal arts education he received at BW gave him a global perspective that prepared him to expand his career into Latin America. He is from North Canton, Ohio.

Justin NovakJustin Novak ’11 is manager in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young in Cleveland. He holds an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from BW. Justin interned at Ernst & Young and obtained a full-time position with the company two years prior to graduation. He is from Strongsville, Ohio.

FACULTY

Full-Time Faculty

Colleen Asaad
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Thomas Campanella
Director, Health Care MBA
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Linda Chase
Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Ann Conrad
Director, Undergraduate Business
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Pierre David
Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Michael Fegan
Assistant Professor
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Patrick Flynn
Associate Professor
MBA, St. John's University

John Fuehrer
Professor
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Harvey Hopson
Director, International MBA
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Kevin Jacques
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University

David Krueger
Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Susan Kuznik
Director, Business Honors
Professor
DBA, Cleveland State University

Henry Lewandowski
Professor
DBA, Cleveland State University

X. Gloria Liu
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Lori Long
Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Narasimha Mohan
MBA, Case Western Reserve University

Kristofer Neslund
Professor
DBA, Kent State Unviersity

Christian Nsiah
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University

Ven Ochaya
Director, MBA in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Ph.D., The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lee Pickler
Professor
DBA, Nova Southeastern University

Mary Pisnar-Sweeny
Professor
DBA, Cleveland State University

Lori Radulovich
Associate Professor
DBA, Cleveland State University

Lynn Schulte
Associate Professor
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Param Srikantia
Professor
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Robert B. Young
Associate Professor
DBA, Cleveland State University

Adjunct Faculty

Gerald H. Anderson
Lecturer
Ph.D., Indiana University

Ronald Baker
Lecturer
MBA, Case Western Reserve University

Joyce Banjac
Lecturer
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Thomas Barnard
Lecturer
J.D., Columbia University

William Brake
Lecturer
MBA, Case Western Reserve University

Terry Brizz
Lecturer
D.M., Case Western Reserve University

John M. Bruyere
Lecturer
HCMBA, Baldwin Wallace University

David Bushee
Lecturer
Ph.D., Cleveland State University

Eric Camulli
Lecturer
EMBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Lynda Carter
Lecturer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Chad Cook
Lecturer
EMBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Brad Copley
Lecturer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

G. Dianne Crossman
Lecturer
M.A., Rollins College

Elizabeth A. Dellinger
Lecturer
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Maureen DeVito
Lecturer
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Scott Fox
Lecturer
MBA, University of Kansas

Heidi L. Gartland
Lecturer
M.H.A., The Ohio State University

Roger Grugle
Lecturer
ABD, Kent State University

Robert Ivancic
Lecturer
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Jack Janosik
Lecturer
MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Steven C. Kaber
Lecturer
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Shaun Kanary
Lecturer
MBA, Ashland University

Karen C. Kaspar
Lecturer
MBA, Cleveland State University

Anthony John Khuri
Lecturer
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Ken Kleppel
Lecturer
MBA, Cleveland State University

Peter Kwiatkowski
Lecturer
J.D., The University of Akron

Robert H. Loeffler
Lecturer
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Howard Lutz
Lecturer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Jennifer Mackin
Lecturer 
MBA, Cleveland State University

Michael Marinis
Lecturer
M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology

Norman A. Matusek
Lecturer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Joe Mayer
Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Stuttgart

Douglas Mazeffa
Lecturer
M.E.S.M., University of California - Santa Barbara

Martin M. M'Tambo
Lecturer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Sue Mullen
Lecturer
MBA, Ashland University

Angela L. Planisek
Lecturer
Ph.D., Kent State University

Kathleen Razi
Lecturer
Ph.D., Kent State University

Peter Rea
Professor
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Susan Scheutzow
Lecturer
J.D., Capital University Law School

John Senese
Lecturer
MBA, University of Alaska

Jeremy C. Short
Lecturer
M.S., Brenau University

David A. Simpson
Lecturer
M.A., Kent State University

Jim Smith
Lecturer
MBA, Case Western Reserve University

Terry Thiele
Lecturer
J.D., New York University School of Law

Donna VanRooy
Lecturer
MBA, The Ohio State University

Malcolm Watson
Lecturer
M.A., Emory University

Claudio Zanin
Lecturer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University