School and Ranking Information
The few institutions offering graduate programs in accounting and finance near Columbus include 2 that are non-profit 4-year institutions and a single for-profit 4-year institution. Based on school type, program offerings and student services, the following is regarded as a top area school for a graduate education in accounting and finance:
- Winner: Ohio State University is the sole 4-year public school offering graduate programs in the disciplines in Columbus. This university offers MBA programs with finance concentrations and master's degrees in accounting and finance.
School Info Chart
|Category||Ohio State University|
|Rankings||Tied at #54 for National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Average Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$12,425 (in-state), $30,089 (out-of-state)**|
|Accounting and Finance Degrees Awarded (Master's) in 2013||131**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||83%**|
|Noteworthy||OSU's graduate program in accounting has been ranked nationally at #11, and the graduate finance program has been ranked as tied at #25 nationally (2014)*|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
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Ohio State University
- The business college has numerous centers and institutes for research, including the Risk Institute and Center for Financial Economics
- Some faculty expertise areas in accounting and finance include auditing, disclosures, investments and venture capital
- Over 90% of students from the MBA program are reported to be employed in no more than 3 months from program completion
Ohio State University's graduate student enrollment is greater than 12,000 students. The Fisher College of Business has 130 faculty members and more than 800 students enrolled in its graduate programs. It offers a full-time MBA with an available finance major and an MBA for working professionals that offers a finance specialization.
The full-time MBA's finance major consists of 12 credits, including required courses on investments and derivatives; it has electives in private equity, legal issues and real estate finance. Students may choose a corporate finance, risk management or investments track. The working professionals' MBA's finance concentration includes the same courses as the full-time program's finance major and offers the same tracks. Some additional options for electives include financial statement analysis and international finance.
The business college's Master of Accounting program has a core covering areas such as research in accounting and financial reporting. Students may choose a focus area such as finance, auditing or logistics. Another graduate offering is the specialized master's in finance, which has coursework requirements in derivatives, investments and economics.