We produce well-rounded, professionally prepared graduates who are ready to serve their community, employers, and the world at-large.

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics

The Department of Business, Accounting, and Economics (B.A.E.) at Otterbein is dedicated to providing a personalized education of distinction that leads our graduates to inquiring, ethical, humane, and productive lives as global citizens. Our faculty is focused on action-oriented learning by integrating classroom knowledge with practice through internships, research, service projects, study abroad, participation in professional associations, and networking with employers, faculty, alumni, community leaders, and recruiters.

Otterbein’s BAE program ensures you will have experiential learning in all majors and minors. We offer a wide range of majors in Accounting/Public Accounting, Business Administration & Management, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, and Marketing. Get started on MBA courses while finishing up your bachelor’s degree! Take MBA Course electives through the Pathway Program with our partnership with Antioch University and finish your MBA program at an accelerated rate.

Programs of Study in Business, Accounting and Economics

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Student, Faculty, and Alumni Spotlights


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The flexibility of the BAE department allows me to pursue my interdisciplinary passions between my economics and English degrees. These connections are one of the reasons why attending a liberal arts school, like Otterbein, is so beneficial to gaining a well-rounded perspective of how the world works.

Abby Vitali ’25

Economics and English, double major
Current intern at Albeit Weiker, LLP.


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Otterbein was the first campus I visited where the community felt like home. I liked the interconnectedness between the University and local residents, just being in class, and the engaging conversations with faculty.

Phanawn Bailey ’21

B.S. in Finance
While at Otterbein, Phanawn completed an internship with the CEO of All World Project Management in Memphis, Tennessee.


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The invaluable part about Otterbein is the connections you build with faculty. It helped me figure out who I am, what I want, and the courses here really push you to help you develop your strengths. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Hannah Stapp ’23

Business Analytics and Marketing, double major


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My education at Otterbein has helped prepare me immensely for my career and life. I have learned a lot academically and as a person. The curriculum can sometimes be challenging, but professors are always willing to assist you and answer questions. I am on the women’s basketball team, and my professors understand the demands of extracurricular activities and support me in many ways.

Natalie Galaida ’23

Business Administration and Management, Health Communications double major, Accounting minor
Internship at OhioHealth.


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Otterbein has prepared me very well for my future. While working at my internship over the summer, I realized how good of an education I have received from Otterbein. I never felt lost and had a strong grasp of everything I needed to know. Our class size is great for me to have a personal learning style similarly to what it would be like in the business world. I have also made many personal relationships with my professors and friends that have helped shape me into a better person for the world.

Anthony Holmes ‘23

Accounting, MBA ’24


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Otterbein truly just spoke to me. The community feel and small class sizes is what I needed to be successful. I’m so happy I chose Otterbein!

Kenzie Prickett ‘24

Marketing and Global Studies, double major

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BAE courses, like the BUS 4950 business practicum, offer hands-on experiences based on industry practices like certifications in digital marketing and Web analytics. You can also stand out by joining the Sigma Beta Delta international Business Honor Society or joining our Business Analytics Competition Team.

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Upper class Accounting majors get to experience the governance of the accounting profession, prepare for the CPA examination, and network with accounting professionals from around the state at the Accountancy Board of Ohio (ABO) Annual Meeting during a visit led by Professors Brian Day and Stephen Osborne each year.

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Otterbein prepared me for my career and life by challenging me in the classroom with rigorous and relevant coursework. This afforded me many opportunities to apply knowledge in real world scenarios. Many of my professors helped me to develop a skillset that made me attractive to employers and effective on the job. Otterbein BAE often brought in recruiters, managers, and VPs from various companies in the Columbus area, shaping our first-hand knowledge and developing an extensive network. All of this helped me grow as a student, develop into a sound professional, and ultimately, become a better member of society.

Shaq Alexander ‘18

Senior Associate, Business Tax Services at KPMG


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At Otterbein, I didn’t feel like just another student in the classroom. As a business analytics major, I was able to learn how to code, complete real-life case studies, get to know my professors, and gain internship experience. With Otterbein’s close proximity to Columbus, there are so many opportunities to develop as a young professional. I know I felt prepared for my full-time position upon graduation.

Kasey Morris ’19

Business Analytics
Associate at Insight Sourcing Group.

Check Kasey’s new book, Head Start, a recent grad’s guide to getting a professional head start >


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The Otterbein BAE program successfully set me up for success in the “real” world in several ways. First, the small class sizes that Otterbein BAE offers allows for a close connection to professors to enhance learning with constant dialogue and guidance from the professors! All the professors in the BAE program go above and beyond to help their students succeed which I have always been greatly thankful for. Additionally, the close collaboration with classmates to reach a common goal is how the real world works and it allowed me to learn how to work in a team setting to set me up for success.

Adam Grumman ’19

Finance and Economics double major
Financial Analyst, Wealth Management Associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co.


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Otterbein‘s BAE department provided me with the tools I needed to be successful in my career. I not only became specialized within my major, but I acquired crucial skills across various lines of business. I am thankful to the University for helping me be molded into the innovative professional I am today.

Kaitlyn Manny (Brooks) ‘20

Business Administration and Management & Marketing, double major
Business Banking Campaign Manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co.


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One of the most memorable aspects about the BAE department was the talented and dedicated faculty. My professors would often go the extra mile to help students overcome academic obstacles. Graduating with both Marketing and Graphic Design degrees has given me an advantage in the workplace. Working in a lead marketing role for a small company often requires me to take on a variety of roles, which is something that comes easily to me as a double major.

Emily Shuey ’20

Marketing and Graphic Design, double major
Marketing Manager at SecturaSOFT.


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The 4+1 M.B.A. program is great and was very influential in my decision to continue my graduate education at Otterbein. The fact that I’m leaving with two degrees is an even greater feeling of accomplishment during all the COVID-19 craziness.

Nick Hassinger ’20

B.S. Accounting (2020) and M.B.A. (2021)
Nick was a 2020 recipient of the Mafi-Tabatabai Endowed Award, a B.A.E. Departmental Award.
Senior accountant at Bober Market Fedorovich in Fairlawn OH.

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Our students are sought out by employers and are able to find meaningful employment because of their exceptional business training skills, and their well-rounded liberal arts education.

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Professor of Business, Accounting, and Economics​

Organizations employing Otterbein interns include:​ Battelle, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Fifth Third Bank, National City Bank, Nationwide Insurance, Huntington Bank, Deloitte, Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Department of Transportation, The Department of Defense, Worthington Industries, and Honda R&D Americas, Inc.​
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I want my students to walk away from my class with a strong sense of marketing and strategy. No one has perfect answers, particularly to the difficult and complex questions that the business world addresses. It’s not a mystery – it’s something that can be understood with time, diligence, and attention. And when you are equipped with a unique combination of knowledge, skills, experiences (you garnered from several tries), passion, and an open mind, you have well-positioned yourself for success.

Ava Liu

Associate Professor of Marketing
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Department Features and Student Opportunities

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Departmental Honors

The Department of Business, Accounting, and Economics offers several departmental honors opportunities for our outstanding and diverse students.

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Teaching and Mentorship

Professors build relationships with students, both in and out of the classroom, providing mentorship to help them succeed academically and professionally.

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Internships and Careers

Our faculty work with industry colleagues to plan and supervise business internships that allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

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Hands on Experiences

BAE courses, like the BUS 4950 business practicum, offer hands-on experiences based on industry practices like certifications in digital marketing and Web analytics. You can also stand out by joining the Sigma Beta Delta international Business Honor Society or joining our Business Analytics Competition Team. Learn More >

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Sigma Beta Delta

This International Business Honor Society enables faculty to give B.A.E. students international recognition for their outstanding academic achievements.

Global Business Internships At Otterbein

Global Experiences

Study abroad in our exchange programs with Maastricht University in The Netherlands or Linnaeus University in Sweden, among others.

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Senior Gets Head Start on Journalism Career Reporting on Politics at Ohio Statehouse

News - April 19, 2024
By Maggie Nicol ’25 Gaining confidence, asking questions, and writing about difficult topics — these are all skills that senior Lilly Peter ’24 has learned while interning for Hannah News Service at the Ohio Statehouse. Lilly Peter ’24 As an intern, Peter gets hands-on experiences and works as if she is another writer in the office. “I started out slow, I went with a journalist and watched them take notes and ask questions to the politicians, and then after the…

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Otterbein University MBA Program Moving to the Coalition for the Common Good

News - March 15, 2024
Exciting changes are coming to Otterbein University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Starting in the fall of 2024, the MBA program will be transferred to the Coalition for the Common Good (CCG) to be taught through Antioch University, Otterbein’s collaborating partner. The CCG is a bold, new national system of universities committed to meeting the needs of working professionals and adult learners. Otterbein and Antioch University founded the CCG in 2023 as a higher education system of private, independent…

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Otterbein Professor Ava Liu Discusses Marketing Digitalization

Otterbein Professor Ava Liu Discusses Marketing and Digitalization of Insurance Companies like Progressive

News - October 2, 2023

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Otterbein’s perfect location means that many of the industry-leading companies where our students find internships are also very close to campus.

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Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
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“Otterbein BAE differentiates itself with professors who go the extra mile to invest in students’ career development and academic experience. I also love my study abroad experiences at Maastricht University through Otterbein’s exchange program.”

Logan Fenech, ‘21, Accounting & Finance double major. Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Fifth Third Bank