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 begin your MBA-accountancy program and prepare for the Certified Public Account (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.

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; Grand Forks, ND; Watford City, ND; and Billings, MT

Cost 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.


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    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

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Program Details

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. To apply, we ask that you submit the following:

  • A formal application for admission
  • 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 transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504

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. 

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Online
  • Blended
  • Evening courses at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks, ND; Watford City, ND; and Billings, MT
  • Tuition: $450/credit
  • Application fee: $30
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester

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