Our graduates consistently beat the national average on the CPA exam.

Whether a Fortune 500 company or a local non-profit, success requires experienced financial leadership. Learn the language of business with skills like auditing, tax preparation and budgeting.

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Accountancy (B.Acc.)

As one of two programs, the Bachelor of Accountancy is designed for students interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPA).

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Accountancy (M.Acc.)

UND’s M.Acc. program is designed to qualify and prepare students for the CPA examination while expanding their professional skills. 

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Information Systems (B.B.A.)

Information Systems graduates attain careers across a wide variety of emerging positions within the information systems and technology field.

Why UND Accountancy?

  • Our graduates become auditors, controllers, professional accountants, tax preparers, tax consultants and partners at the FDIC, Hormel, Microsoft, and public accounting firms of all sizes.
  • You'll gain experience through internships with employers such as the Big Four, Hormel, the FDIC, Microsoft and national and regional public accounting firms.
  •  The Department of Accountancy awards approximately $140,000 per year to Bachelor and Master of Accountancy students, these scholarships are in addition to CoBPA and UND scholarships awarded to our majors. Contact Dee Ann Ellingson at at for more information.
  • Live in UND Housing with fellow accounting majors in our Business Living & Learning Community (LLC)

The mission of the Department of Accountancy is to prepare individuals for professional careers in accounting and business.

  1. High quality teaching, scholarship and professional and public services
  2. Relevance and innovation in curriculum, instructional methods, scholarship and professional and public services
  3. Good relationships with our alumni and recruiters
  4. Interaction with the profession and community
  5. High standards of professional and ethical conduct
  6. A climate that fosters continuous improvement

In the last 27 years, Department of Accountancy graduates have earned the prestigious Elijah Watts Sells Award ten times. This award was creates in 1923 and annually recognizes the top 10 candidates in the nation who earn the highest cumulative scores on the CPA exam. Each year, between 75,000 and 100,000 individuals sit for the CPA exam. Finishing in the top 10 is truly an outstanding achievement and indicates the high-quality alumni produced by our undergraduate Accountancy Program.

The award is names after Elijah Watts Sells, one of New York's first CPAs and one for the primarily focuses behind the establishment of what is now the American Institute of CPAs. The following UND graduates have received this award.

Name Test Taken Hometown
Chelsey Enderle Fall 2014 Grand Forks, ND
Chris Rohrich Spring 2004 Fargo South, ND
Patricia Kalil Margarit Fall 1993 Williston, ND
Melissa Derrig Fall 1993 Fargo North, ND
Kory Schimke Fall 1990 Harvey, ND
Jeff Kersten Spring 1990 Newburg, ND
John Schell Spring 1989 Minot, ND 
Brenda Zent Spring 1987 Mott, ND
Dave Eberly Spring 1986 Minot, ND
Steve Opdahl Spring 1986; Fargo South, ND

Accountancy Magazine 

Catch up with the latest in news and events around the Accountancy department at UND.

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