Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Evening or Online Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Program

Evening degree; Online degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

Earn your bachelor’s in Accounting with maximum flexibility and convenience in the evening or online degree program at the University of Mary, designed specifically for the working adult. Students in the evening or online bachelor degree in Accounting program will study diverse business disciplines and get to apply accepted accounting principles for different businesses and industries. Whether you choose to study for your Accounting degree entirely online, face-to-face one evening per week, or a blend of both options, accounting courses cover topics such as standards for audits, reporting requirements for the SEC, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations.

The University of Mary’s evening or online Accounting bachelor degree program is offered in an accelerated format which enables students to begin their MBA-accountancy program and prepare for the Certified Public Account (CPA) exam in less time than traditional accounting programs at other colleges and universities. Graduates of the evening or online Accounting bachelor’s program will also learn ethical business practices, as Benedictine, Christian, and Catholic values are conveyed throughout every course.

The evening and online Accounting degree programs are offered as a Bachelor of Science degree through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary.

You also have the option of earning your accounting degree on-site at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, using the traditional academic calendar year or our groundbreaking Year-Round Campus option.

Evening or Online Accounting Degree Program Highlights

The CPA examination requires 150 semester hours of college credit, so most students who study accounting at other colleges or universities have to plan for a fifth year. The evening or online Accounting program at the University of Mary, however, is structured so that you can earn an Accounting bachelor degree and prepare for the CPA exam in less time:

  • Complete your bachelor's degree in Accounting online in three and a half years and then begin the MBA.
  • Earn a bachelor degree in Accounting (Business Administration minor) in a program that emphasizes preparation for certification as a CPA.
  • In just five years, earn a  master’s degree in Accounting and successfully complete part or all of the CPA exam.

As a student in the evening or online Accounting degree program, you will have access to expert University of Mary academic advisors who will help you choose the best courses that will not only help you prepare for the CPA exam, but also align with your career goals.


  • Affordable Evening or Online Education: The University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the United States, providing a high-quality education that is accessible to any student.
  • Tuition: Students pay a competitive evening or online tuition rate of $480 per credit.
  • Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for evening and online degree programs through the University of Mary. Your personal admissions rep will help to guide you through your options to make sure you receive the best package possible.


  • Time to Completion: Earn your accounting bachelor degree quickly in our accelerated program, and maintain full-time employment.
  • Start Anytime:  Most classes start every 5 weeks year round. 
  • Class Format:  Choose what works for you.  Our online bachelor degree program provides all of the convenience of online education and the quality afforded by our cutting-edge technology. For those who prefer face-to-face instruction, our on-site evening bachelor degree program classes meet one night per week at conveniently located adult learning locations across the Midwest. So, at the University of Mary, you have three options to earn your degree:
      • Entirely online
      • Evening courses, one night per week.  Evening class are located in Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota or at Fort Riley, Kansas.
      • Blended combination of online and evening courses


  • Accreditation: The University of Mary’s bachelor degree in Accounting program is double accredited, through both the Higher Learning Commission and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
  • Collaborative Learning In The Evening and Online Degree Programs: Work toward your bachelor degree in Accounting with a group of adult student peers, providing strong support, work teams, and long-lasting friendships.
  • Online Learning Technology: Use a state-of-the-art online learning program, called Canvas, to ensure that you receive top-quality instruction. See how our teachers use Canvas.
  • Scholar Practitioners: Learn from faculty who are also business leaders in their communities and in the region, and who bring a real-world perspective to your classes.
  • Focus on You, Not on Research:  At the University of Mary, because our focus is on the latest and most innovative business practices, rather than on academic research, we can give you additional individualized attention.
  • Values-based Education: Apply Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to navigate ethical complexities in business and serve the greater good.

Career Outlook for Accounting Majors

The outlook for jobs for accountants is positive, as the US department of Labor predicts that employment will increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. As more laws and regulations are enacted (most notably in the financial industry), the demand for accounting services will rise. An increase in the globalization of businesses will also lead to an increase in the demand for accountants and accounting expertise that relates to international business.

CPAs should have the best chances for lucrative jobs and career advancement. People with a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business (accounting concentration) may also have an advantage in the job market.

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.


If you’re a transfer student who enrolls in UMary’s evening or online bachelor degree in Accounting program, 16 of your upper level (300-400) credits need to include accounting courses taken from the University of Mary. Please note that computer information electives and upper-level business electives will not count toward the graduation requirement.

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.


Program Advisors: Susann Cuperus (Program Director), Dr. Rhoda Sautner

For more information about the Accounting Bachelor of Science program, please contact program advisor Susann Cuperus at [email protected] or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279 (MARY).

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