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Ashley Starr, MSA ’17

Ohio Northern University’s master’s in accountancy, with a specialization in forensic accounting, is the perfect program for all aspiring forensic accountants. With ONU’s hybrid master’s program, I was able to still start my career in public accounting while working from home on the program each night. Required residency weeks on campus gave me a chance to meet my classmates and professors and get to know and work with each of them on a personal level. Because of the extensive amount of knowledge our professors had instilled in me about the forensic accounting field, I was able to sit and pass all four sections of the Certified Fraud Examiner Exam on the first try. After graduating from the forensic accounting master’s program at ONU, I feel confident that I possess the necessary skills and criteria to be a forensic accountant.

Ashley Starr received her undergraduate degree from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. While taking her undergraduate courses at Walsh, she learned about her university’s affiliation with Ohio Northern University’s MSA program. During her time at Ohio Northern, she started her career as an auditor for a regional CPA firm, Rea & Associates Inc. During her time with Rea & Associates, Starr has worked on governmental audits for schools, cities and counties and for-profit audits for manufacturing companies. She credits her knowledge and expertise in auditing to Ohio Northern’s MSA program.


Nicholas Hensley, BSBA '16, MSA '17

Deciding to stay at Ohio Northern for my Master of Science in Accounting was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Besides gaining enough credit hours to sit for the CPA exam, the program provided me with useful skills that I will use throughout my professional career. This program allowed me to work from home in Orlando, Fla., but still attend residency weekends on campus for in-class experiences that I will never forget. I highly recommend the outstanding MSA program at Ohio Northern to any young professional.

Nicholas Hensley received his undergraduate degree in accounting with a minor in finance and his Master of Science in Accounting from Ohio Northern University. Hensley is from Orlando, Fla., and came to ONU to play football for the Polar Bears. During his time at ONU, he earned three varsity letters and founded Brother 2 Brother, an on-campus organization that aims to bridge the gap between a variety of cultural groups. Throughout his time at ONU, Hensley developed his personal and professional networks, which will help him thrive in the professional world after graduation. Thanks to his success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Hensley is now employed in audit practice at Deloitte.