Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Main Campus; Alexandria, MN; Billings, MT; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND

Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

In the Accounting Bachelor of Science program at the University of Mary, you will explore a wide range of business disciplines and learn to apply common accounting principles for different industries. Accounting courses cover topics such as IRS regulations, audit standards, and SEC reporting requirements.

The Accounting program at the University of Mary offers an accelerated curriculum designed to enable students to begin their MBA-accountancy program and prepare for the Certified Public Account (CPA) exam in less time than traditional programs at other universities. Graduates of the bachelor’s in accounting program will also learn how to incorporate servant leadership into their everyday lives as business professionals, through a curriculum infused with Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

The Accounting program is offered as a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s Gary Tharaldson School of Business, located on our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. You can also earn your accounting degree online or as a distance learning program at one of our diverse satellite campus locations.

Accounting Program Highlights

A typical bachelor's degree requires 124 semester hours. Accounting students who wish to sit for the CPA examination must have a total of 150 semester hours of college credit, so most accounting students have to plan for a fifth year of study. The accounting curriculum at the University of Mary is designed so you can earn your bachelor’s degree in accounting and prepare for the CPA exam more efficiently:

  • Graduate with a bachelor's degree in accounting in three and a half years and then begin the MBA.
  • Earn both an Accounting major and a Business Administration minor with emphasis on preparation for certification as a CPA.
  • Potentially complete your master’s degree in accounting and all or part of the CPA exam within five years.

Your accounting advisor will work with you to determine the best courses (graduate and/or undergraduate) needed to sit for the exam and achieve your individual career goals.

Career Outlook for Accounting Majors

The US department of Labor expects that employment of accountants will grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, will likely increase the demand for accounting services. The continued globalization of business should also lead to greater demand for accounting expertise and services related to international business.

Accountants who have earned professional recognition, especially as a CPA, should have the best career prospects. Job applicants who have a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage.


All of the following courses require a final grade of C or higher to count towards the major. In addition, courses marked with an * must be completed prior to application to the major.

*ACC 101,*102, 204, 301, 302, 303, 322, 363,403, 404, 414, 422, 423, 432,  425 or 440

*ECN 203, 204, BUS 201, *215, 311, 312, 362, 380, *CIS 101 or pass the equivalency exam, *MAT 180, * ENG 121, *COM 110

Students must complete ALU 499, Senior Competencies Assessment, a series of assessments to be taken during their last semester of study.

Transfer Students

To graduate with an accounting major, 16 upper level (300-400) credits must be accounting courses taken from the University of Mary. Upper-level business or computer information electives do not count toward this requirement.

In the catalog, see page 30 for Accounting

ACC 101, 102, 204, 301, 302, 303, and one of the following: ACC 403, 414, 423; BUS 381 or 362 (if not already required for the student’s major)

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: