Master of Accountancy

Define the future of accounting, online.

Accountants around the world have felt the impact of changes to the industry driven by increased regulation, stronger governance and digital technology. What was required of accountants 10 years ago is different from what’s expected today.

A vastly different set of skills characterizes the modern-day accountant — you have to be tech-savvy and able to manage and communicate with others.  Not to mention that the industry is predicted to change rapidly over the coming decade.

The time to prepare is now.

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Transfer credits

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Graduate in as few as
20 months

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3 start dates
per year

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No prior work

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Qualify and prepare
for the CPA exam

Why choose UND’s Master of Accountancy?

Our online accounting master’s program is offered through the College of Business & Public Administration — the largest, and first accredited, business school in North Dakota. UND accountancy students consistently beat the national average on all four parts of the CPA exam, with nine being awarded the prestigious Elijah Watts Sells Award.

We’re accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which puts us in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates who are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools. We’re also ranked alongside Stanford, Harvard and Berkeley among the Top 25 Most Innovative Schools.*

That means when it comes to quality and commitment, you can be confident in UND.

*U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges U.S. News Most Innovative
Best Colleges U.S. News Business Programs
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University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

What can you do with your Master of Accountancy?

The field of accounting is one of the strongest sectors in the global economy, which is why quality accountants are always in demand in every industry. In fact, the number of accountants, auditors and CPAs across the country is expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026.*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

With your master’s in accounting, you can:

  • Strengthen your leadership skills and have an opportunity to establish yourself as a trusted CPA
  • Contribute positively to strategic, tactical and operational decisions in your organization
  • Analyze ethical issues to determine individual, business and societal implications

From traditional accountant to strategic advisor.

Advancing your skills in accounting can mean job security, salary increases and career flexibility. Here are some top roles and median salaries in the field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Chief Financial

Financial Analyst


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What can you learn?

Our master’s program allows you to build your foundation in accounting through our online fundamentals track or hone your advanced analytical skills with our online practitioner track. Both can prepare you for leadership in the dynamic accounting field and to sit for the CPA exam. Study topics ranging from business law for accountants to accounting systems and business intelligence.

New to accounting?
Choose our fundamentals track.

Just because you didn’t begin your career in accounting, it doesn’t mean you can’t get your start now. If you have no previous accounting coursework but would like to transition into the field, then this track was designed for you. We don’t require you to take bridge or prerequisite courses, which means you can get started right away. Build your foundation for analyzing financial statements and examine the role that assurance services play in improving the quality of information.

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Trained and ready to advance?
Choose our practitioner track.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting has helped you get where you are today. Now imagine what a master’s degree could do. This track is designed to push your leadership skills harder and help you take your career further. Learn how to identify and respond to ethical issues while using data to create strategic value for your organization. Study topics including advanced financial accounting, business intelligence and accounting for governments and nonprofits.

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Do more than learn from our expertise. Build your own.

Our 18:1 student-faculty ratio means you can work closely with experts in the field and graduate equipped with the insights to lead and the tools to make a tangible impact.

UND President, Mark Kennedy.

“Having risen to top management in a Fortune 100 company, served in the U.S. Congress and now as president of UND, I can personally attest that an accounting background and master’s degree can open up amazing opportunities.”

— Mark Kennedy, President

Admission requirements.

To qualify for the Master of Accountancy program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Fundamentals: A 4-year bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized college or university
  • Practitioner: A 4-year bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent coursework, including intermediate accounting, audit, cost/managerial accounting and taxation.* GMAT waiver available for this track only.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or 3.0 in the final two years
  • Minimum score of 500 on GMAT

In addition, you must provide the following:

  • Online application and $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from every institution where coursework was completed
  • Statement of goals
  • Three references**

For international students:

  • Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency requirements
  • International applicants who have received their bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS

*All courses will be evaluated by the MAcc Program Director
**Reference providers are notified as soon as they are added to the application and can be added before the application is submitted