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  • Program Type
    Major, Minor
  • Degrees Offered
    B.S.
  • School
    Gary Tharaldson School of Business

In the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program, you’ll explore a wide range of business disciplines and common accounting principles as you learn to practice servant leadership in your professional business career.

Need an Online or Evening Option?

You can earn your bachelor’s in accounting entirely online, in-person one evening a week, or a blend of both. 

Online & Evening BS in Accounting

What You’ll Learn

Mary’s accounting program offers an accelerated curriculum infused with Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values that enables you to begin an MBA-accountancy program and prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in less time than traditional programs at other universities. 

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.

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for accountants and auditors to grow as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand will be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, more accounting professionals will be needed.

Accountants with a professional recognition, especially as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), will have the best career prospects, as will those with advanced degrees. 

Career Paths

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Financial analyst
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Actuary
  • Cost estimator
  • Budget analyst
  • Chief financial officer 
Headshot of accounting student Emily Belland

My advisor has been so helpful in answering my questions, formatting my schedule, and finding flexibility in my academic plan. This level of planning made it possible for me to accept an internship with Eide Bailly early in my academic career.

Emily Belland, ’23

Featured Faculty

Robert J. Dosch, PhD

Professor of Accounting, Chair of GTSB Traditional Undergraduate Programs, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I completed my undergraduate studies at Moorhead State University (Moorhead, MN) and my graduate studies at the University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business. I have held faculty positions at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND), and the University of Mary. I have been at the University of Mary since August 2017. My primary area for teaching is accounting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Take Your Next Step in Accounting