Accountancy Careers

Develop your accountancy career.

Businesses and government agencies of all sizes rely on accounting, which means there’s a growing demand for accounting professionals throughout the country. That’s why the University of North Dakota is dedicated to helping you successfully transition into this competitive field. To support you, we offer a Master of Accountancy degree that focuses on building your fundamental accounting knowledge and preparing you for the CPA exam.

The growing demand for accountants is driving earnings up as well.* In fact, CPAs in non-management positions can expect to earn up to 15% more than their peers.** Nearly 1.4 million people work in the accounting field, with an additional 96,000 expected to join the workforce between 2020 and 2030.* In today’s fast-paced, dynamic world, the more advanced your skills are, the more desirable you become.

Here are a few positions you may qualify for, along with median salaries:*

Chief Financial
Financial Manager
Bank Examiner
Accountant / Auditor

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*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | **Investopedia

Designed for career changers.

Your degree is flexible, and your career path can be, too. Whether have goals of becoming a CPA at one of the Big 4 or leveraging your skills in your own small business so you don’t have to contract out accounting work, our part-time online program can help you get there.

Every time a new store, factory, filling station or school opens, the accounting industry grows, because companies can’t function without accounting. As demand for qualified accountants continues to increase, new accounting professionals are needed. That’s where you come in.

UND’s Master of Accountancy program alumni include founders and CEOs of major companies, senior partners at international CPA firms and university professors.

*Yahoo Education

The ability to do work from virtually anywhere has torn down office walls — at least in a virtual sense — and the internet has torn down virtual borders, giving small firms and businesses access to worldwide customer and talent pools that previously were available only to multinational corporations.”

— Jeff Drew, author of Technology and CPAs: Visions of the Future

Unmatched career networking and placement opportunities.

Networking is a key element of the accounting industry, and here at UND, we have built strong relationships with top accounting firms and recruiters across the country, and we put those relationships to work for our students.

Each year, we host a significant number of online and in-person internship and career placement and networking activities specifically for our accountancy students, such as:

  • Virtual Accountancy Field Trip (featuring top firms like PwC, EY, Deloitte, BDO, RDO and Eide Bailly)
  • Ernst & Young Office Hours
  • Virtual Recruiting Event with public accounting firm Eide Bailly
  • Fall Accountancy Career Fair
  • Spring UND Career Fair
  • Bowling with Recruiters
  • Master of Accountancy Hall of Fame Event

In addition to in-person and virtual events like these, we also provide online students with a plethora of other related resources, including our Pankratz Career Development Center, the Master of Accountancy Student Resource Center and a dedicated internship acquisition coordinator.

“I have taken advantage of the career events. I attended the Fall Accounting Career Fair and ended up getting an internship at PwC (a Big 4 firm).”

— Dexter Kendall, Online MAcc Fundamentals Alumnus

 Learn more about Dexter’s experience in this blog post.

Here are a few pictures from some of our career and networking events.

UND Spring Career Fair participants talk with recruiters.UND Accountancy Career Fair attendees meet with recruiters.UND Spring Career Fair participants network with recruiters.
UND Accountancy Career Fair attendees network with recruiters.UND Accountancy Career Fair attendees speak with recruiters.UND Spring Career Fair participants meet with recruiters.