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.
Interim Department Chair for Accounting
The Department of Accounting at Kent State University is dedicated to providing an innovative learning environment in undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs that enable our students to achieve their personal and professional potential. The Department is committed to pursuing high quality research that culminates in the production of intellectual contributions that impact the knowledge, education and practice of accounting. The Department is actively engaged with its stakeholders, including our College, University and professional communities, both domestic and internationally, through various activities.
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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 Eric Dubitsky, Associate Director of Advancement.
Majoring in accounting provides you with the knowledge needed for a career in every business sector, industry and government.
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.
The Accounting program was crafted to provide you with the foundation of knowledge necessary to gain entry-level accounting positions. The degree builds a foundation in practice and theory by working towards an understanding of common concepts, conventions, principles and theories. You will have the skills necessary to attain positions as certified public accountants, controllers, industrial accountants, institutional accountants and governmental accountants.
The Accounting minor is very useful if your career path is in business, not-for-profit or governmental organizations where dealing with financial issues will be an important part of your duties.
MS IN ACCOUNTING
The Master of Science in Accounting program prepares students for responsible leadership positions in public, corporate, nonprofit, and government accounting. The combination of coursework with the option of an internship provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in accounting as well as an understanding of the practical applications of the discipline. Upon completion of the program and 150 semester credit hours, students will be considered as having met the educational requirements for sitting for the CPA exam in the State of Ohio.
PH.D. IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ACCOUNTING CONCENTRATION
The Ph.D. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting provides you with research and teaching skills to join university accounting faculties in the United States or globally. This is a four-year program that includes coursework, comprehensive examinations and a dissertation requirement.
We offer many Accounting-specific scholarships along with general College of Business Administration scholarships that are awarded based on merit and financial need. Education abroad scholarships are also available.
Indrarini Laksmana is an Associate Professor of Accounting. Her research interests focus on examining accounting-related managerial decisions and their relationship with Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Executive Compensation and Earnings Quality. Her research has been published in Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Advances in Accounting and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, among others. She received the Best Paper Award from the Ohio Region of the American Accounting Association in 2005.
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.
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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.
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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.
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- 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.
- See the Council members
College of Business Administration
P.O. Box 5190
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
DONALD WILLIAMS, PH.D.
INTERIM ACCOUNTING CHAIR