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Accounting (BS)

Consider an accounting profession
With an accounting degree, you will provide tax services, conduct audits, or provide financial or managerial accounting services. You’ll work in small businesses, large corporations, not-for-profit organizations, medical facilities, schools, all levels of government, and may be self-employed. Some teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Public accountants work with the general public.

Is accounting right for you?
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 clearly and concisely to team members, clients, and managers.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants and auditors earn a median pay of $78,000 per year.

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your accounting degree

The accounting major allows you to apply classroom knowledge to real world settings through internships. Many internships are initiated by employers, but you may seek out and develop your own internship opportunities as well. Internships may be full-time, part-time, or project-oriented, and internships 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.

Get involved
Enhance your skills and boost your knowledge by being involved in one or more of Minot State’s seven student-run business clubs and organizations. Many of the clubs participate in state, regional, and national competitions, or attend business-related events, traveling to major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Omaha, and Washington, D.C.
Employment outlook
When you graduate, your employment outlook will be both promising and growing. By becoming proficient in accounting-related software and information systems, or possessing expertise in specialized areas, such as fraud examination, you will often have an advantage in your job search. By choosing to obtain a professional certification, especially a CPA designation, you will enhance your career prospects.
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
Graduating with your accounting degree will prepare you to take national certification exams in management accounting (CMA), internal auditing (CIA), and fraud examination (CFE). As you plan to sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam, you are required to complete 150 semester hours, which includes a baccalaureate degree. Consider taking the additional semester hours from Minot State at the undergraduate or graduate level.

This program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). 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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