Accounting

Welcome

We are one of only 180 universities worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from AACSB International, the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB accreditation is the gold standard for students seeking the finest education and companies seeking cutting edge talent.

                      

Wei Li

Wei Li, Ph.D.

Department Chair for Accounting
wli2@kent.edu
330-672-1125

 

 

 

 

 

 


An Overview of the Accounting Profession

 

 


Why Accounting

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in accounting theory and practice necessary for entry-level accounting positions and career advancement. It encompasses a common body of concepts, conventions, principles and theories essential to the professional competency of the certified public accountant, controller, industrial accountant, institutional accountant and governmental accountant.

Career & Major Fact Sheet    Student Testimonials


 

Explore our Degrees

An accounting degree can open the doors to almost any position within a business. You can choose to work in a public accounting firm, a corporation, a governmental agency, or a non-profit organization. You can specialize in auditing, taxation, management services and more.

 


Breaking Down Business Podcast

On this episode of Breaking Down Business, we hear from Drew Sellers, EDM, CMA, former chair of the Department of Accounting at Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Drew shares with us highlights on the accounting program including career trajectories for accounting students and the newly launched Online Master of Science in Accounting program.

 

 

Scholarships

We offer many Accounting-specific scholarships along with general Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship scholarships that are awarded based on merit and financial need. Education abroad scholarships are also available.

APPLY FOR ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIPS


Internships

As an Accounting major you may use your internship as a senior elective course. If you are a junior in good standing and meet the minimum cumulative overall and major GPA requirements, you may be eligible to receive course credit. Talk to your advisor or visit the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship Career Services Office for more information.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ACCOUNTING INTERNSHIPS


Tutoring Resources

Academic Success Center

Kent State University’s Academic Success Center (ASC) empowers students to become independent learners through an engaging support program. ASC provides assistance to ACCT 23030: Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT 23021: Introduction to Managerial Accounting. You can schedule TWO tutoring appointments per class each week. Each appointment is 50 minutes long. There can be up to two other students from your class at your appointment. It’s like a mini-study group!

Schedule an appointment with ASC

Assistance from the Department and the Accounting Student Organizations

The Accounting Department’s tutoring lab and two student organizations provide tutoring assistance for sophomore-and-junior-level students. Through participation in the tutoring program, students have an opportunity to network and form lifelong friendships with tutors and members of student organizations. Each tutoring session is 30 minutes long. Please click the link below to check for available times and locations. In-person and virtual appointments are available.

Book an appointment 

Faculty Office Hours

Stop in during open office hours to receive help from our accounting faculty. 

View your syllabi for specific hours. 


Accounting Certifications

Accounting majors are strongly encouraged to pursue a certification, whether it is CPA, CMA, or another career-appropriate type of certification. Studies show that obtaining certification can help with career promotions and lead to higher salaries. Visit our certifications page to learn more about the range of options available and choose the most appropriate option to propel your career to the next level. 

LEARN MORE  |  ACCOUNTING CERTIFICATION


Accounting Bootcamp (Virtual)

January 5 - 14, 2022

Kent State Accounting Boot Camp

Junior accounting students are invited to participate in the free online “Accounting Boot Camp” offered by Kent State’s Accounting Department from January 5 - 14, 2022. 

The Camp program gives juniors a chance to succeed in the challenging upper division coursework and permits students to work at their own pace.

This event is not for credit and will not impact GPA. 

Benefits to participating in, and successfully completing, the Accounting Boot Camp, include:

  • Prepare yourself to succeed in the required Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II courses
  • Earn a $50 scholarship to help defray the cost of your textbooks
  • Make connections with other accounting students and meet with accounting faculty
  • Receive a swag box filled with fun stuff!

If you have any questions about the program or eligibility, please contact Dr. Tietz at wtietz@kent.edu.

Register for Accounting Bootcamp


Faculty/Staff Directory
 

FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY


Student Involvement

ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATION

The Accounting Association is dedicated to furthering the study and practice of accounting of its members while promoting social and professional networking opportunities between members, business professionals, faculty and alumni through weekly activities. In addition to weekly meetings, the Accounting Association also has professional meetings where professional speakers come in from accounting firms to speak to you.

LEARN MORE ABOUT the accounting association

INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS

The Institute of Management Accountants is here to educate and inform you about pursuing industry as a career option. This organization is open to accounting and finance majors, as well as anyone else with an interest in industry accounting. By joining IMA, you may have the opportunity to attend conferences, compete in case competitions, perform community service and participate in other activities.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMA

BETA ALPHA PSI

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is a national scholastic and professional fraternity for students and professionals in accounting, finance, and management and information systems. This organization provides you with a range of opportunities to interact and connect with professionals and future professionals who could help you obtain a future job. There are specific academic and service requirements you must meet to become a member of this award-winning chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT BETA ALPHA PSI


Meonske Professional Development Conference

The Meonske Conference is held in Kent, Ohio at the Kent State University Student Center (KSC).  It is named after Norman Meonske, the conference founder and a former KSU accounting professor. The conference has well-deserved reputation for high-quality dialogue and welcoming hospitality. It offers a total of 16 hours of CPE credit. Registrants can attend one or both days of the conference. Early registration is encouraged as capacity is limited.

Learn More & Register for 2022


Advisory Board

The Accounting Advisory Council is made up of members of the business and professional accounting community, Kent State University administrators and accounting faculty members, who meet on a regular basis to discuss matters that impact our students, programs and department.

VIEW THE COUNCIL MEMBERS


Give to the College

At our annual Spring Awards Banquet, over $100,000 was awarded to 55 deserving accounting students. We would like to thank all of our alumni, friends and supporters who make it possible for students to attend Kent State and achieve their education goals. If you would also like to support the Accounting Department, please use our online giving portal. For further information about connecting to the Accounting Department please contact Wei Li, Ph.D.

Give to the College


Contact Us

  • ACCOUNTING OFFICE
    Phone: 330-672-2545
    Fax: 330-672-2548
    550 Business Administration Building
    accounting@kent.edu

    MAILING ADDRESS
    Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent State University
    Kent, OH 44242

  • WEI LI, PH.D.
    wli2@kent.edu
    Phone: 330-672-1125
    Department Chair for Accounting