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Accountancy

Interim Department Head

Dr. Herbert Snyder

M.Acc. Adviser 

Ms. Cynthia Timmerman, MBT, CPA

Department Location

Barry Hall

Telephone Number

(701) 231-5166

Degree Offered

Master of Accountancy

Application Deadline

Fall Semester - March 1
Spring Semester - October 1
Summer Semester - May 1

Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space allows.

Test Requirements

GMAT (520)

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL ibT 79
IELTS 6.5

Program Description


The Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program at North Dakota State University is a non-thesis, professional program structured to advance the knowledge of qualified students with an undergraduate accounting degree. Students without an undergraduate accounting degree may be conditionally admitted to the program and will be required to take a core of undergraduate accounting courses in addition to the graduate courses.

The Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program at NDSU is designed to have students complete graduate studies needed to advance their careers whether their career be in public accounting, corporate accounting, or government accounting and prepare them for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. Our approach to learning combines case study and applied learning in a collaborative environment. The focus of the program is to develop a student's analytical skills, provide students with in-depth accounting knowledge and skills, prepare students to identify accounting problems, research the problem and possible solutions through using on-line and other databases, and present a recommended action. The learning environment also provides students the opportunity to draw from the experiences of fellow students from diverse backgrounds as well as interact with corporate, public-accounting, government, and not-for-profit accounting discipline leaders.

Through the College of Business, North Dakota State University's M.Acc. program is fully accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency in business administration and accounting.

Admission Requirements


NDSU accounting faculty have ample opportunity to assess applicants for the Master of Accountancy program that are currently enrolled in NDSU's undergraduate accounting program or have an accounting degree from NDSU. Consequently, the admission requirements for NDSU accounting majors/graduates will differ from those required for other applicants.

A. Admission requirements for NDSU accounting majors

  1. The applicant's overall undergraduate GPA should be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. The applicant's GPA for upper-division accounting courses should be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. The applicant does not have to complete the GMAT, if the student meets the minimum GPA requirements (requirements A.1. and A.2.).
  4. If the applicant's undergraduate GPA is below the 3.0 standards (requirements A.1. and A.2.), provisional admission to the program may be allowed under the following conditions: the applicant has significant post-graduation work experience OR the applicant takes the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with the expectation the applicant earns a score of at least 550.
  5. If the above requirements are not met, the applicant may be granted conditional admission.
  6. Conditional admission is granted solely at the discretion of the program coordinator and/or Admissions Committee.

B. Admission Requirements for Students Graduating with Accounting Major from Tri-College Schools and AACSB accredited Schools

  1. The student’s overall GPA should be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. The student’s GPA for upper-division accounting courses should be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Applicants do not have to complete the GMAT, if the student meets the minimum GPA requirements (Requirements #1 and #2).
  4. If the student’s undergraduate GPA is below the 3.0 standards (Requirements #1 and #2), provisional admission to the program may be allowed under the following conditions:
    4.1. The student has significant post-graduation work experience OR
    4.2. The student takes the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an expectation that the student earn a score of at least 550.
  5. Students must also submit a letter stating reasons for wanting a Master of Accountancy degree and two letters of recommendation.
  6. If the above requirements are not met, the student may be granted provisional admission.
  7. Provisional admission is granted solely at the discretion of the program director and admissions committee.

C. Admission Requirements for All Others

  1. The student has an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited school.
  2. The student’s overall GPA should be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. The student’s GPA for upper-division accounting courses should be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. The student takes the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an expectation that the student earn a score of at least 520.
  5. If the student has not completed the following core courses or their equivalent in their undergraduate program, the student may be provisionally admitted to the program.
    5.1. Core courses
    5.1.1. ACCT 311 (Intermediate Accounting I)
    5.1.2. ACCT 312 (Intermediate Accounting II)
    5.1.3. ACCT 320 (Cost Accounting)
    5.1.4. ACCT 418 (Tax I)
    5.1.5. ACCT 421 (Audit I)
    5.2. The student will be expected to complete any missing core courses within the first two semesters of the program.
    5.3. Students must meet the minimum GPA standard of 3.0 for all of the core courses for final acceptance into the program.
  6. If the student’s undergraduate GPA is below the 3.0 standards (Requirements #2 and #3), provisional admission to the program may be allowed under the following conditions:
    6.1. The student has significant post-graduation work experience.
    6.2. The student takes the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an expectation that the student earn a score of at least 550.
  7. Students must also submit a letter stating reasons for wanting a Master of Accountancy degree and two letters of recommendation.
  8. If the above requirements are not met, the student may be granted provisional admission.
  9. Provisional admission is granted solely at the discretion of the program director and admissions committee.

D. Conditional status expires and regular admission is granted if the applicant earns a 3.0 GPA or greater on the first nine credit hours of graduate classes he/she takes. See sections A.4., A.5., B.6., and B.7. above.

E. A student who attended a university outside of the United States should submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES). See www.wes.org.

Financial Assistance


A limited number of graduate assistantships are available through the Master of Accountancy program. The Program Director will send an application for the assistantship to all students who have applied to the program by April 1. The submission deadline is April 15th. Assistantships will be awarded by May 1.

Degree Requirements


The total course requirements necessary to complete the M.Acc. degree will vary depending on the background of the student. Students without an undergraduate accounting degree will be required to take a core of undergraduate accounting courses in addition to the graduate courses required for the degree. See para. B.5. of the Admission Requirements above. A student with an academic background in accounting will need to take 10 graduate-level courses (30 semester credit hours) and should be able to complete the degree in two or three semesters depending on the number of courses a student desires to take in a semester.

The graduate course work for the M.Acc. degree includes four required courses in accounting theory, applied professional research, legal aspects of business, and information resource management. In addition, the student must take five accounting electives from a list of courses that cover fraud examination, taxes, cost management, auditing, international financial reporting standards, and advanced financial accounting. Finally, the student must take one non-accounting elective from a list that includes courses on human resource management, international management, and organizational communications.

Courses Required

Credits

MIS 770

Information Resources Management

3

ACCT 750

Accounting Theory

3

ACCT 730

Legal Aspects of Business

3

ACCT 735

Applied Professional Research

3

Total Required Credit Hours

12

Select 5 courses from the following list

15

ACCT 610

Fraud Examination

ACCT 611

Advanced Fraud Examination

ACCT 615

Advanced Accounting

ACCT 619

Tax Accounting II (Corporate Tax)

ACCT 620

Accounting Information Systems

ACCT 625

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting

ACCT 640

Management Control Systems

ACCT 722

Audit II

ACCT 725

International Financial Reporting Standards

ACCT 755

Financial Statement Analysis

See Note 1

Select 1 course from the following list

3

COMM 783

Organizational Communication I

COMM 784

Organizational Communication II

MGMT 640

International Management

MGMT 650

Human Resource Management

MGMT 750

Organizational Behavior

COMM 612

Gender and Communication

COMM 786

Risk in Communication

TL 727

Organizational Change Management

Total Credit Hours required for Accounting Masters Degree

30

Notes

1

Students cannot take the 600-level course if they took the 400-level course

2

Students must complete a minimum of 15SH at the 700-level

3

Summer courses are offered if sufficient students register to take the class.

You must have completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent.

Acct 311

Intermediate Accounting I

Acct 312

Intermediate Accounting II

Acct 320

Cost Management Systems

Acct 418

Tax Accounting I

Acct 421

Audit I

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Faculty

Margaret (Peggy) Andersen, Ph.D.
Indiana University, 1989
Field: Accounting

William "Bud" Bowlin, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin, 1984
Field: Accounting

James W. Clifton, M.Acc.
University of North Dakota, 1988
Field: Accounting

Thomas D. Dowdell, Ph.D.
Temple University, 2004
Field: Accounting

David Herda, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Arlington, 2010
Field: Accounting

Yongtao “David” Hong, Ph.D. 
Drexel University, 2008
Field: Accounting  

Fariz Huseynov, Ph.D.
University of Memphis, 2009
Field: Finance

Bonnie Klamm, Ph.D., CPA
Virginia Commonwealth University-Richmond, 1999
Field: Accounting Information System 

Michael J. Peterson, Ph.D.
The University of Iowa, 2002
Field:  Accounting 

Frederick Riggins, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University, 1994
Field: Management Information Systems 

Herbert Snyder, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, 1994
Field: Auditing, Forensic Accounting

Ruilin Tian, Ph.D.
Georgia State University, 2008
Field: Risk Management and Insurance  

Wei "David" Zhang, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, 2001
Field: Business Administration/Finance 

Limin Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, 2005
Field: Management Information Systems  

Jill Zuber, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas, 2007
Field: Accounting


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