Whether you choose to study for your Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting entirely online, in-person one evening per week, or a blend of both, our accounting courses cover topics such as standards for audits, reporting requirements for the SEC, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations.

The University of Mary’s BS in Accounting degree program is offered in an accelerated format, which will enable you to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in less time than traditional accounting programs at other colleges and universities. In addition, you’ll walk away with knowledge of ethical business practices because of the Benedictine, Christian, and Catholic values conveyed throughout our program.

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Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Projected 10-year growth in accounting jobs

Program Length

As little as 3.3 years depending on transferred credits


  • Online
  • Blended
  • Evening courses at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Watford City, ND; and Billings, MT

Tuition Per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Students interested in a career in accounting
  • Those with a mind for numbers
  • Entry-level business professionals seeking to move up into the financial side
  • Those who are detail-oriented
  • Anyone seeking to become a CPA

Career Paths

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Auditor
  • Tax Preparer
  • Comptroller
  • Budget Analyst
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Financial Analyst

What You’ll Learn

In this online or evening  bachelor’s degree in Accounting, you will study diverse business disciplines and apply accounting principles for different businesses and industries. When you graduate, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the contemporary global business environment in an integrated manner.
  • Demonstrate professional business communication.
  • Apply business support tools to decision making.
  • Recognize the elements of an audit that was conducted with professional skepticism and in compliance with audit standards.
  • Prepare financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Apply tax laws to prepare tax returns.



    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business program(s) through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.

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Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome transfer students from regionally accredited community and junior colleges and four-year colleges and universities. If you’ve ever been enrolled in any such institution, you are a transfer student. The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the undergraduate program:

  • A non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from every college previously attended.
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office.
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu

Prospective students with at least 24 transferable credits must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher. If you have fewer than 24 transfer hours to evaluate, we also require the following to determine your opportunity for success:

  • Academic transcript(s) from high school or GED transcript (if applicable) and any college(s) concurrently attended during high school.
  • An official score report from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination (if you are under 21).

Admissions and a free preliminary transfer credit review can be completed with unofficial transcripts from any previous colleges or universities you attended. Official, final transcripts must be submitted prior to enrolling in classes.

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