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Accounting (AAS)

Consider an accounting profession
With this accounting degree, you will work in small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, large corporations, medical facilities, schools, all forms of government, and may be self-employed.

Is accounting at MSU right for you?
MSU offers small class sizes where the professors know you personally. With small class sizes, professors are able to incorporate more hands-on activities and projects. They can tailor classes to meet the needs of the students. Accountants are detail oriented and can quickly analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures. They have high standards of integrity. They are good at working with people, business systems, and computers. They have the verbal and written skills to effectively communicate accounting and financial information.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bookkeepers, accounting, and auditing clerks earn a median pay of $45,860. An Associates in Applied Science of Accounting can fast-track you into one of the most in-demand professions in North Dakota according to Job Service of ND.

Be inspired . . . earn your associates in accounting degree

Apply classroom knowledge to real world settings through internships. Many internships are initiated by employers, but you may seek out and develop your own opportunities as well. Internships may be full-time, part-time, or project-oriented, and allow you to earn University credit while you are financially compensated. All internships provide you with great hands on learning opportunities, and some lead to offers of employment.

Learn with us
The College of Business is committed to active learning and preparing students for careers in business. Our facilities include:
  • The Slaaten Learning Center
  • Financial trading lab
  • Corporate-style boardroom with video-conferencing equipment
  • Student lounge
  • Boardroom for student organizations and groups
Certification exams
The accounting program will prepare you to take the Bookkeeping Certification exam, which is administered by the National Association of Certified Professional Bookkeepers (NACPB).
Get involved
Enhance your skills and knowledge by being involved in one or more of our student-run business clubs and organizations. Many of the clubs participate in state, regional, and national competitions, or attend business-related events in major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Omaha, and Washington, D.C.
Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All Minot State programs fulfill the requirements for licensure in the state of North Dakota. If you are seeking a professional license in a state other than North Dakota, learn more about program disclosures and licensure requirements at

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