Master of Accountancy FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

You’re on your way to becoming an accounting professional, and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of your journey. We know the level of thought that goes into a decision like this, which is why we’d like to provide you with answers to commonly asked questions about our online accountancy program.

Being transparent about the details is our way of ensuring that you feel confident in your role as a student at the University of North Dakota and can take that confidence into the field as an accounting professional.

The questions and answers you see here will get the conversation started, but please contact your enrollment advisor to continue learning about our online accountancy degree program. We’re here to support you, now through graduation.


I don’t have a background in accounting, am I eligible for the program?

Yes, our 100% online Fundamentals track is specially designed for individuals who have no background or undergraduate degree in accounting. Also, no prerequisites or bridge courses are needed to enter this track.


Will this enable me to sit for the CPA?

Although successful completion of UND’s online Master of Accountancy program plus a bachelor degree in any field fulfills the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in several jurisdictions, all jurisdictions have different requirements. Students planning to take the CPA exam should check the requirements in the jurisdiction where they plan to sit for the exam to make sure they will satisfy all necessary requirements.


Is the GMAT required? Is there a waiver?

We understand that COVID-19 may be impacting your ability to complete your application for the program. Specifically, you may be experiencing difficulty scheduling a standardized exam. As a result, for spring 2021, summer 2021 and fall 2021 admissions, we have extended an additional waiver option for applicants. 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 3.0 GPA in their first semester of graduate studies in order to successfully continue in the program.

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

*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.


Are there any scholarships available?

Yes, scholarships are available to students who meet certain criteria. To find out which ones might be a fit for you, visit our scholarship database, Scholarship Central, or ask your enrollment advisor for information regarding what scholarships you may be eligible for.


Is this program entirely online/am I required to come to campus for anything?

The Master of Accountancy program has two 100% online tracks and one on-campus track. The online tracks have no on-campus requirement and can be completed from anywhere.


What is the cost of the program?

The online Master of Accountancy program’s Fundamentals and Practitioner tracks are $765/credit, with 30 total credits needed to graduate. Take a look at our admissions page for additional fees that may apply, and use our Tuition Calculator to estimate your tuition and fees. Our on-campus Master of Accountancy professional track price differs. Learn more about the on-campus professional track.


Is the program accredited?

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. 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.