Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Main Campus; Billings, MT; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
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 Degree Program Highlights
A typical bachelor's degree in accounting 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 in 3.5 years
Graduate with a bachelor's degree in accounting in three and a half years – and then begin the MBA.
Prepare for Certification as a CPA
Earn both an Accounting major and a Business Administration minor with emphasis on preparation for certification as a CPA.
Earn your Master's degree
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.
I liked the one-on-one, personal nature of the Accounting program at the University of Mary. The low student-to-faculty ratio allowed me to get to know my professors and peers and build relationships that have lasted to the present day. Relationships, such as these, have led to opportunities to share my story and build my public speaking skills by presenting to current Mary classes. I recommend this degree because accounting is a career that is always growing and has many types of jobs available in the private and public setting. Without my education, I wouldn't be able to have the career I have today as a CPA."
Career Outlook for Accounting Majors
Employment of accountants is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026. The continued globalization of business and growing economy should also lead to greater demand for accounting expertise and services related to international business. As of May 2017, the median annual wage for an accountant was $69, 350 per year.
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. This applies to courses taken at the University of Mary as well as transfer courses.
- ACC 101 - Principles of Accounting I
- ACC 102 - Principles of Accounting II
- ACC 204 - Accounting Applications
- ACC 301 - Intermediate Accounting I
- ACC 302 - Intermediate Accounting II
- ACC 303 - Accounting Information Systems
- ACC 304 - Introduction to Income Tax
- ACC 322 - Cost Management & Strategy
- ACC 363 - Fund Accounting
- ACC 403 - Individual Income Tax
- ACC 404 - Income Taxation for Business Entities
- ACC 414 - Advanced Accounting I
- ACC 416 - Advanced Accounting II
- ACC 422 - Auditing I
- ACC 423 - Fraud Examination
- ACC 424 - Auditing II
- ACC 440 - Internship or approved Experiential Development option.
- BUS 201 - Advanced Spreadsheets
- BUS 215 - Principles of Management
- BUS 311 - Business Law I
- BUS 312 - Business Law II
- BUS 362 - Financial Management
- BUS 380 - Internship and Career Preparation
- CIS 101 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems
- COM 110 - Oral Communication
- ECN 203 - Microeconomics
- ECN 204 - Macroeconomics
- ENG 121 - Composition II
- MAT 180 - Elementary Statistics
- HUM 499 - Senior Competency Testing
COURSES REQUIRED FOR ACCOUNTING MINOR
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).
Transfer and Non-Trad Students
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.
Non-Traditional/Distance Education Students: Students who earn their accounting major in nontraditional (online/ distance sites) modalities are not required to complete BUS 380.
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.
How long does it take to earn a bachelor’s degree in Accounting?
Students at the University of Mary are able to earn their bachelor’s degree in Accounting in as few as three years. However, many students work with their advisors to create a plan to earn the 150 semester hours needed to sit for the CPA exam.
Can I sit for the CPA examination after earning my bachelor’s degree in Accounting?
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. Our accounting curriculum is designed so you can earn your bachelor’s degree and prepare for the CPA exam. State requirements vary, so you will work with your advisor to determine the best courses and plan. Some students graduate with a bachelor's degree in accounting in three to four years and then begin their MBA, while others earn an Accounting major and choose a second major or minors at the undergraduate level.
Do I have to become a CPA after earning my bachelor’s degree in Accounting?
The simple answer is no. There are many jobs for people with accounting degrees that do not require the CPA designation. However, CPA licensure is required in some areas of accounting and will increase the number of career opportunities and salary potential for an individual with an accounting major. Yes, it is a difficult exam to pass after you complete your college courses, but the rewards are great! The CPA designation grants instant credibility in all areas of accounting and business.
Has technology and Artificial Intelligence reduced the need for accountants?
Not at all. Technology has helped with the more routine aspects of accountants’ responsibilities, but with technology, accountants’ skills and expertise go even further! Accountants are important members of the management team who offer unique insights into the financial records of an organization. Keen analytical skills and great communication skills are needed and are very much in demand for accountants in industry, government, and public accounting.
How do I apply?
Visit umary.edu/apply, email [email protected], or call 701-355-8030.