Mayville State University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting program provides the foundational coursework necessary for students:

  • who are preparing for careers in accounting, finance, auditing, and related fields,
  • who plan to take many professional accounting certification exams.

The Accounting program has been designed to prepare students academically for CPA licensure exams in North Dakota. Completion of the program does not award students the CPA designationNorth Dakota law requires that individuals who sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) professional exam must complete 150 semester hours of a college education. An additional 30 hours beyond this program’s requirements would be needed for students who want to pursue the CPA certification. 

Online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique CPA licensure requirements for that location. Program applicants seeking to establish CPA licensure outside the state of North Dakota need to contact the B.S. in Accounting program coordinator or division chair prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program which would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements for the location they intend to live and work. Information about CPA licensure requirements in other states can be found here.

Students working towards the B.S. in Accounting may choose to complete a double major with a B.S. or B.A.S. in Business Administration. 


Program requirements include 30 hours of Essential Studies, 39 hours of major core requirements, 11 hours of supporting course work, and 34 hours of business core requirements. 

Accounting majors must complete 30 hours of Essential Studies. The following Essential Studies courses required are: COMM 110ENGL 110ENGL 120 or ENGL 125 (preferred), MATH 103 (College Algebra or higher level Math course), ECON 201, and ECON 202. These courses are pre-requisite courses for this major.

Students with a previously earned bachelor’s degree must complete the degree prerequisites, core requirements, and have 30 credits earned from Mayville State. 


Mayville State University accepts transfer credit from regionally recognized accredited institutions of postsecondary education. All credit hours earned from the institutions that meet this criterion are accepted in transfer towards graduation degree credit hours.


Mayville State University recognizes the importance of technology in today's world and wants to ensure that baccalaureate graduates of the institution have the technological knowledge and skills necessary to compete effectively. A strong foundation in many disciplines will increase your skill in written and oral communication and critical thinking.


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $337.25 per credit (2023-2024) for tuition and fees, regardless of a student's state of residency.  Please note, tuition is subject to change without notice.  Financial aid is available in the form of grants and loans. To see if you are eligible for financial aid, you first need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When completing the form, list Mayville State University (Title IV code 002993) on your application.


Today's employers place a strong emphasis on relevant work experience. Mayville State University's Internship Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable hands-on work experience coupled with a paycheck and academic credit for the work completed during an internship.

Accounting Factsheet

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For more information or an unofficial transcript review, please contact:

Julie St. Germaine :: MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Connie Kaldor

Online Advisor & Recruiter
Phone: 701-788-4721
Text: 701-401-5791