Accounting

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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.

Accounting students provide free tax preparation services to the community through the BW Tax Clinic

BW accounting students gain resume-building experience and provide free tax preparation services to the community through the BW Tax Clinic. 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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

Business students networking with local professionals

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.

CURRICULUM

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

3/2 Program Option

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 in 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.

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Course 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.

ACCOUNTING 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.

Tax Clinic

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

View all business student organizations and experiential learning programs.

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 continuous improvement analyst for Sherwin-Williams Company in Cleveland. He has worked in the company's São Paulo, Brazil, office. From North Canton, Ohio, the liberal arts education he received at BW gave him a global perspective to expand his career into Latin America. He also holds an MBA from BW.

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

Linda Chase
Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Michael Fegan
Assistant Professor
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

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

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

Kristofer Neslund
Professor
DBA, Kent State University

Lynn Schulte
Associate Professor
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Adjunct Faculty

Ken Kleppel
Lecturer
MBA, Cleveland State University

Sue Mullen
Lecturer
MBA, Ashland University