Online 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.

Limited-time GMAT waiver opportunity available.

See if you qualify.

100% Online

100% online with 3 start dates per year

Specialized Tracks

Tracks available for accounting & non‑accounting backgrounds

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Graduate in as few as 20 months

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No prior work experience required

All Undergraduate Majors Accepted

All undergraduate majors welcomed

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Qualify & prepare for the CPA exam

Don’t have an undergraduate degree in 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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Have an undergraduate degree in accounting?

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, audit and assurance services, business intelligence and accounting for governments and nonprofits.

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Why choose UND’s Master of Accountancy?

Our online accounting master’s program is offered through the Nistler 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.

UND has awarded numerous scholarships to online students, so if you would like to find out which ones might be a fit for you, visit our scholarship database, Scholarship Central. You can also estimate your tuition and fees using our Tuition Calculator.

*U.S. News & World Report

“I was attracted to UND’s online Master of Accountancy program mainly due to its flexibility (online format), its cost relative to other schools and the fact that it is AACSB accredited. Those three things were what I really focused on when looking for schools.”

— Dexter Kendall, Online MAcc Student, Summer 2021

To learn more about Dexter’s experience as a student in UND’s online Master of Accountancy program, click here.

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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. UND has an exceptional history of teaching online classes, but if you prefer a campus environment the professional track is another option. Each track is designed to prepare you for leadership in the dynamic accounting field and to succeed on the CPA exam.

Study topics range from business law for accountants to accounting systems and business intelligence. Our online Master of Accountancy program prepares you, regardless of your background, for a successful career in accounting while reducing your time to graduation since there are track options that require no bridge courses or prerequisites.


“UND’s Department of Accountancy has a long tradition of preparing students for success on the CPA exam and in their careers. Many of our most outstanding alumni are from our Master of Accountancy program. UND MAcc graduates have become national-level leaders in their firms, CEOs of large companies, a president of a university, and a founder of an S&P 500 corporation. Join the UND MAcc program. See where your career can take you!”

— Matthew Notbohm, MAcc Program Director

Admission Requirements

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

  • Fundamentals track: A 4-year bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized college or university
  • Practitioner track: A 4-year bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent coursework, including intermediate accounting, audit, cost/managerial accounting and taxation*
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or 3.00 in the final two years (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum score of 500 on GMAT
    • GMAT waiver available for both tracks; see “GMAT Waiver Guidelines” section for more information

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 degree or higher from a recognized institution where English is the primary language of instruction in the United States and U.S. Territories, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ireland, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Scotland, Wales, Commonwealth Caribbean or New Zealand 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.

GMAT Waiver Guidelines

The University of North Dakota Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program will automatically offer a GMAT waiver for applicants who, in addition to meeting all other admissions criteria, meet one of the following criteria:

  • All applicants for either the combined or accelerated Bachelor/Master of Accountancy programs
  • Applicants with an earned graduate or undergraduate degree in a Business or STEM field from a recognized university* and a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher in that degree
  • A valid GRE score from the past 5 years where the GRE test score can be translated to an equivalent GMAT test score of at least 500 using the GRE Comparison Tool by ETS
  • Other well-qualified applicants with the approval of the MAcc program director

We understand that COVID-19 may be impacting your ability to complete your application for the program. Specifically, you may be having trouble scheduling a standardized exam. As a result, we have extended an additional waiver option for applicants for spring 2021, summer 2021, and fall 2021 admissions. This additional option for a standardized test waiver will be for individuals who have a cumulative 3.25 GPA from their baccalaureate degree. If admitted, these individuals will be required to earn a cumulative 3.00 GPA in their first semester of graduate studies in order to successfully continue in the program. If you are interested in applying for a GMAT/GRE waiver, please contact your enrollment advisor or schedule an appointment here.

*A recognized university is one that either has a business school that has achieved AACSB accreditation or is a top 200 National University as ranked by U.S. News & World Report or is a top 150 National Liberal Arts College as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline

Classes Begin

Summer 2021


Fall 2021


Spring 2022