Ohio is rich in opportunities for students seeking to enroll in accounting schools. In the 2012-2013 school year, 113 different colleges and universities in Ohio awarded some type of accountancy degree to Ohio accounting students. The state has several highly regarded business schools that offer bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting, and there are many different options for online education in the field for students who need to balance schoolwork with work and family life.
The educational and employment information below, compiled primarily from the National Center For Education Statistics (NCES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), can help students make clearer decisions about enrolling in accounting programs in Ohio.
Quick facts about accounting programs in Ohio
There are more than 100 colleges, universities and technical schools in Ohio that offer degrees or certificates in accounting, according to NCES. Among the many accounting schools in Ohio:
- 46 offered certificates in accounting
- 78 offered associate's degrees in accountancy or related fields
- 55 offered bachelor's degrees
- 19 offered master's-level or higher study programs.
For distance learners, there are 17 schools or universities located in Ohio that provide study in accounting -- six offer bachelor's degrees and three offer master's degrees.
Top 5 metropolitan employment centers for accountants in Ohio
The BLS reports there were 36,880 accountants and auditors working in Ohio in May of 2013. Median hourly wages were $29.05, which is lower than the national median wage for accountants of $31.29 per hour.
According to the BLS, the five leading metropolitan employment centers for accountants working in Ohio in May of 2013 are as follows:
- Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor: Ohio's second-largest city employed 8,570 accountants in greater Cleveland. Median annual wages were $62,950, just a bit below the national median annual salary of $65,080
- Cincinnati-Middletown Ohio, Kentucky, Indianna: This region employed 7,700 accountants at median annual salaries of $60,540
- Columbus: A total of 7,650 accountants and auditors worked in the largest city in the state. Median annual wages were $62,850
- Dayton: The sixth-largest city in the state was home to 2,560 accountants working for median annual salaries of $61,040
- Akron: Akron, with a population approaching 200,000, is the fifth-largest city in Ohio and employed 2,350 accountants and auditors in May of 2013 at median wages at $60,070 per year
5 Notable Accounting Schools in Ohio
NCES' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reports that Ohio had 118 colleges and universities and technical schools that offered accounting degrees or certificates in the 2012-2013 academic year. Of those institutions, 113 awarded accounting degrees to students.
The five standout accounting programs in Ohio, rated by IPEDS for number of degrees awarded, are as follows:
|School||Accounting Degrees Awarded (2012-2013)||2012 Graduation Rate||About|
|The Ohio State University-Main Campus||400||84%||Nationally recognized Fisher College of Business at the premier campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus offers undergraduate degrees in accounting and accounting honors, as well as master of accounting and PhD. in accounting and master of information systems. The Fisher College of Business had full-time undergraduate enrollment of 6,093 in 2014, with 80 students pursuing the master of accounting degree.|
|Franklin University||284||15%||Franklin University offers associate's and bachelor's degrees for accounting students located throughout Ohio -- the university has campus locations in Columbus, Beavercreek, Delaware, Dublin and Westerville, and it co-located on the campuses of 14 community colleges throughout greater Ohio. Nearly 10,000 students register through Franklin University each school year, and all of the university's educational programs can be completed online.|
|Miami University-Oxford||268||81%||Miami University's highly regarded Farmer School of Business offers study in accountancy for Ohio students pursuing either bachelor's or master's degrees. Study at either the main campus in Oxford or at regional campuses in Hamilton, Middletown and West Chester. Total enrollment at the main campus was 15,460 undergraduate students and 2,260 graduate students for the fall 2013 semester. Another 5,700 students attended the three regional campus locations.|
|University of Cincinnati-Main Campus||200||58%||The Carl H. Linder School of Business on the main campus of University of Cincinnati offers both undergraduate- and graduate-level study in accountancy. A public research-focused university, UC has a total enrollment of more than 42,000 students, including 31,983 undergraduate students and 10,673 graduate and professional students for the 2013-2014 academic year. Eighty percent of students in the University of Cincinnati educational system hail from Ohio. The system also offers a master of science in taxation degree for distance learners.|
|University of Akron-Main Campus||182||42%||The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy at University of Akron offers a bachelor of science in accounting degree as well as an accelerated bacherlor's/master's in accounting degree. University of Akron offers distance learning through branch campuses or partner colleges in Lakewood (UA-Lakewood), Brunswick (Midpoint Campus Center), Medina (Medina County University Center), Orrville (Wayne College) and Millersburg (Wayne College Holmes County Higher Education Center). A total of 25,865 students registered at University of Akron in fall of 2014.|
Employment in accounting and auditing in Ohio is expected to grow by 8.8 percent -- 3,530 new jobs -- from 2012 through 2022 according to Projections Central, an online job forecasting tool. The national growth prediction for accountants is 13 percent, the BLS states.
"Department of Accounting and MIS," Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, December 2, 2014, http://fisher.osu.edu/departments/accounting-and-mis/
"Accounting and Bachelor Degree Programs," Franklin University, December 2, 2014, www.franklin.edu/accounting-bachelors-degree-program-details
"Farmer School of Business Accountancy," Miami University, December 2, 2014, http://miamioh.edu/fsb/academics/accountancy/index.html
"Carl H. Linder College of Business," University of Cincinnati, December 2, 2014, http://business.uc.edu/graduate/ms-accounting.html
"George W. Daverio School of Accountancy," University of Akron, December 2, 2014, www.uakron.edu/cba/departments/accountancy/
"May 2013 State Occupational and Wage Estimates, Ohio," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_oh.htm
"13-2011 Accountants and Auditors," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm