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Accounting & Public Accounting

Otterbein’s Accounting program develops students’ technical and analytical skills, while enhancing their global perspective to allow them to effectively communicate business information to a wide variety of stakeholders.

We offer accounting majors the opportunity to earn either a Bachelor of Arts, or a Bachelor of Science degree.  Students can also choose to obtain either a four- or five-year degree.  The five-year degree qualifies a student to sit for the CPA examination upon graduation. The University also offers a combination program that will enable the student to graduate with an MBA from Otterbein.

  • Students develop broad competencies such as financial accounting, auditing, fraud, taxation, financial analysis, systems, financial structures, governmental accounting, globalization and capitals..  
  • The curriculum at Otterbein encourages and qualifies students for a variety of needed professional certifications such as the CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) and more.

Preparing You to STAND Out for Life

Our students graduate with a great appreciation for the profession of accounting and the tremendous opportunities and benefits that are available.

US News and World Report ranks the accounting profession as one of the best career fields to enter. Your studies at Otterbein will prepare you to work in a wide variety of positions in organizations of all sizes from public to private, jobs such as Cost Accountant, Controller, Budget Analyst, Financial Reporting, Public Accounting, Auditing, Tax, Regulatory Agent, Financial Analyst.

Or, if you have the drive and desire to be your own boss, to own your own advisory firm, the field of accounting provides wonderful opportunity to develop the expertise to own your own company. Our program offers direct exposure to those who own their own businesses, and who will share with you their blueprint for success.

Our faculty also works diligently in conjunction with the Otterbein Career Planning center to ensure that all students have opportunities for internships that will help sharpen your career aspirations. Otterbein accounting students have interned at the Big 4 CPA firms (Deloitte, Price-Waterhouse, EY, and KPMG) as well as many local and regional CPA firms, and Otterbein Accounting majors have interned at companies such as Net-Jets, Worthington Steel, Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Auditor of State, and many others.

Through Otterbein, I had the opportunity to internship in public accounting, and the following summer I interned at a Fortune 500 company.  Those experiences not only helped my understanding of accounting, but they really gave me great exposure to different workplace cultures.  I had three job offers awaiting me upon graduation!!!


Why Otterbein?

We believe that a well-rounded liberal arts education combined with the technical skills obtained from an accounting major will best equip the student to maximize their career and individual potential upon graduation. Students develop their social and communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking through a variety of liberal art studies, and by participating in classroom discussions, composing business documents, participating in team activities, giving oral reports, and multiple assignments.  Students are always encouraged and coached in a way that strengthens student skill development and student self-assessment and resulting confidence.

I love the sense of community Otterbein brings for people.  I love feeling like I have a family here and being able to call this place home.  I'm generally very happy here and wouldn't have it any other way.

Destini Durrett '19 Accounting


Accounting Minor

A minor in accounting provides an excellent addition to any of the business majors. It is also particularly attractive to non-majors that are considering working for themselves or in small businesses. Accounting is vital to the overall day-to-day operations and management of any organization.  A minor in accounting requires :

Graduate School for Accounting Majors

The four-year bachelor’s degree in accounting provides the student graduate with a solid foundation for graduate study. Each year a number of Otterbein graduates go onto Ohio State University’s Master's in Accounting program. Others have gone onto Master's programs at Case Western Reserve University, University of Notre Dame, College of William and Mary, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Cincinnati.

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  • Dr. Don Eskew

    Department Chair/Professor
    Roush Hall 413
    p/ 614.823.1212
    e/ deskew@otterbein.edu
  • Allison M. de Nijs

    Academic Administrative Assistant
    Roush Hall 419
    p/ 614.823.1310
    e/ denijs1@otterbein.edu