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ONU’s Master of Science in Accounting program ranked among top in the nation

Jun 14, 2017

The Ohio Northern University Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program has been ranked in the top 50 nationally by accounting.com. This website uses the metrics of acceptance, enrollment, retention, graduation, placement rates, average loan-default rates and student-to-faculty ratio to determine its rankings. These metrics were collected by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, sources that are managed by the National Center for Education Statistics.

ONU offers its MSA program through the Dicke College of Business Administration. The program offers courses in forensic accounting and audit services (FAAS track). The FAAS track will develop skills in forensic accounting, auditing, fraud examination and business valuation. ONU’s MSA program offers a blended format, combining online and traditional classroom instruction.

“It is always nice to see the hard work of our faculty, staff and students recognized. The College of Business Administration is committed to providing an exceptional MSA education grounded in promoting professional certifications and real-world application,” said John C. Navin, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business Administration.

The MSA program also gives students the ability to complete certain professional certifications while in the program by providing, free of charge, CPA review materials, a built-in certified fraud examiner exam as a course final, and reimbursement of the costs associated with these types of exams. Along with this, each course has a “real-world” application to it. For example, during the business-valuation class, a live business valuation of a local company is performed by the students free of charge.

Ohio Northern’s MSA students have found employment at Fortune 500 companies, the Big Four and regional accounting firms, and the state of Ohio, while others have gone on to law school, opened their own CPA firms and taught college-level accounting courses.

The growth outlook for the field of accounting is strong. The U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics projects 15.7 percent growth in the accounting profession between 2010 and 2020. As accounting.com notes, a Master of Accounting is often required to achieve senior positions and sit for the CPA exam. More information about the rankings can be found here.