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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 Master's in Business Administration program. 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.
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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:
- Federal government
- State of Ohio
- Other governmental and non-profit organizations
- Private industry
- Financial networks

Graduate School
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 recent graduate employments include:

  • Four County Career Center
  • First Federal Bank of the Midwest
  • Beilharz Consulting, Inc
  • Anchor Financial Services
  • Defiance City Schools
  • Postema Insurance & Investments, LLC
  • State Auditor’s Office
  • Midwest Community Federal CU
  • Vincent Law & CPA
  • Bokerman Yackee Koesters Insurance

Useful Links
The Ohio Society of CPAs



Defiance College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: 

  • International Accreditation Council for Business EducationAssociate of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with an optional concentration in Forensic Accounting
  • Minors in Business Marketing and Economics
  • Master of Business Administration

This accreditation offers the following benefits: enhanced reputation, international perspectives, continuous improvement, best practices, accountability, and evidence of quality business core.

IACBE Assessment Results Defiance College | Public Notification of IACBE Accredited Program | Strategic Plan Business Department

In Their Own Words
"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, alumna 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, 2016 Graduate 


Edwina Phillips, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Practice of Accounting
Phone: 419-783-2524