Defiance College’s accounting major is designed for students who want a solid foundation in all functional aspects of business plus specialized courses in accounting. This professional program is for those seeking to enter the public accounting profession or other accounting positions within organizations or companies. Students may select the traditional four-year plan of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in accounting, or they may select the five-year program leading to a Master in Business Administration. Students who select the five-year plan will meet the 150 credit hour requirement necessary to sit for the CPA exam. On-the-job training is provided through internships and cooperative education experiences, along with service-learning opportunities.
The accounting program works with local companies to facilitate internships for students, giving them real-world experience to put on their resume. Opportunities exist in other countries for students to gain a broader perspective by designing and completing a business project through the McMaster School. In the spring, students have the opportunity to work with the Ohio Benefit Bank to provide tax-free preparation and submission to low income families. These experiences will provide DC students with the skills, knowledge, and abilities that will broaden their perspectives in a diverse world.
Forensic accounting is available as a concentration within the accounting major. The forensic accounting concentration equips students with the skills to understand the prevention, detection, and legal aspects of fraudulent transactions and reports. It provides a general overview of digital forensics and forensic accounting to complement the accounting and business courses.
Benefits of the Program
Accounting majors take part in a wide range of experiential learning opportunities.
Whether developing a micro-lending program in Cambodia or an accounting system for
a local business, students exercise their business language skills to become better
employees and stronger leaders. Defiance College connects students to job fairs throughout
the state and works closely with companies to expand the students’ knowledge of real-life
experience. The small college atmosphere opens avenues and personal connections that
are not found on a larger campus.
After College — What's Next?
Graduates with an accounting major have employment opportunities in CPA firms and businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies. In addition, there are potential opportunities with:
DC’s MBA program is designed for students who want to enhance their management and leadership skills. The curriculum design integrates courses from across disciplines to stimulate both critical and creative thinking. This broad perspective combined with a practical orientation provides the framework necessary for managing and leading in today’s team-based organizations. Contact the business faculty for more information.
Students have pursued graduate degrees at Defiance College, as well as at Atlantic
University, the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, and the University
of Akron, to name a few.
Some of our recent graduate employments include:
Defiance College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
This accreditation offers the following benefits: enhanced reputation; international perspectives; continuous improvement; best practices; accountability; and evidence of quality business core.
“Defiance College offers great opportunities for accounting majors. They offer a range
of courses that show you the different aspects of accounting. The small class sizes
allow professors to get to know and interact with their students. Professors bring
their real-life work experience into examples that are used in the classroom. This
helps students to learn not only theory but the practice of accounting. The faculty
is extremely helpful and they go the extra mile to make sure that you succeed!”
--Marissa Ferry, graduate working at Four County Career Center
"Professor Phillips does much more than just teach the content of the textbook. She
fills her lessons with real-world examples and experiences, and, as an academic advisor,
is on the lookout for the students' best interests. She utilizes a person-first approach
to leading a classroom, which is what makes her so successful and enjoyable to have."
--George Roth, Senior
Patricia Galdeen, D.M.O.L.
Assistant Professor of Business
Director of Business
Edwina Phillips, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Practice of Accounting