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Accounting Schools in North Dakota

Accountants have a range of financial responsibilities, from calculating taxes and preparing returns to examining financial records in order to develop cost-cutting and margin-improving measures for their clients. Potential career specializations include cost accounting, auditing, and taxation, to name a few.

Individuals interested in pursuing an accounting career may gain relevant skills through formal education. Accounting schools in North Dakota have a variety of program types to which students can apply, including diploma and certificate programs and undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students who cannot commit to a full-time campus program may apply to online schools, which often offer flexibility in pacing and location.

North Dakota Schools: Accounting Programs

North Dakota schools offer a variety of relevant programs for individuals interested in accounting. For example, students may work towards a general business administration or business management degree and take several accounting courses, or they may pursue specific accounting degree programs. Below is a list of schools offering a certificate, diploma, and/or degree program in business, accounting, or a related subject area, with data from the National Center for Education Statistics:



School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Fort Totten


2-year, Public


Dakota College at Bottineau



2-year, Public


Dickinson State University



4-year, Public


Fort Berthold Community College

New Town


4-year, primarily associate's, Public


Jamestown College



4-year, Private not-for-profit


Lake Region State College

Devils Lake


2-year, Public


Mayville State University



4-year, Public


Minot State University



4-year, Public


North Dakota State College of Science



2-year, Public


North Dakota State University-Main Campus



4-year, Public


Rasmussen College-North Dakota



4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit


Sitting Bull College

Fort Yates


4-year, primarily associate's, Public


Trinity Bible College



4-year, Private not-for-profit


United Tribes Technical College



4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit


University of Mary



4-year, Private not-for-profit


University of North Dakota

Grand Forks


4-year, Public


Valley City State University

Valley City


4-year, Public


Williston State College



2-year, Public


Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, 2013, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Certification and Licensing Requirements for North Dakota Accountants

According to bls.gov, obtaining the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation can enhance one's career. To qualify for CPA licensing in North Dakota, individuals must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and of good moral character, according to the state's Board of Accountancy. They must pass all sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, complete the required professional ethics course along with 150 semester hours of college education and obtain obtained a bachelor's degree. Their entire educational program must encompass an accounting concentration of 24 semester credits or equivalent of accounting education plus 24 credits of other business courses or equivalent.

Anyone considering accounting degrees in North Dakota should research the state's CPA licensing requirements further and discuss with an admissions counselor the various program options.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in North Dakota

After completing their accounting education, students can consider careers at numerous CPA firms in the state. Some of these firms are listed below:

Accounting Firms in North Dakota



Brady, Martz & Associates

Bismarck, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Minot, Thief River Falls


Drees, Riskey & Vallager

Grand Forks, Mayville


Eide Bailly

Bismark, Fargo, Williston


Huettl Consulting



JD & Associates



Keith Ollie Ltd.



Krumm & Associates



Mahlum Goodhart



Point CPA



Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co.



Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in North Dakota

Accounting professionals have a major presence in North Dakota. About 22 percent of those employed in business and financial occupations in the state were accountants or auditors, according to 2012 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals pursuing accounting careers post-graduating can take advantage of the state's robust growth in this and related financial occupations. Students can see potential earnings and projected growth rates of relevant careers below:


Mean Annual Wage, North Dakota (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Projected National Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Accountants and Auditors





Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks





Budget Analysts





Cost Estimators





Financial Analysts





Credit Analysts





Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network, Long-Term Employment Projections, 2013

*Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.


Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012


Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013 http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Become a CPA, North Dakota State Board of Accountancy


College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013


Long-Term Employment Projections, North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network, North Dakota State Government, 2013


National Employment by Occupation, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012


North Dakota, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013


Official North Dakota Travel & Tourism Guide


United States, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013



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