College of Business and Public Administration adds new graduate program

The College of Business and Public Administration is pleased to announce a new program offering in the field of accounting. A Master of Accountancy degree program is now accepting applications for fall semester 2008, when courses in the program will begin and be offered on campus. The new master’s program, which has been approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and UND’s Graduate School, builds upon the College of Business and Public Administration’s long history and reputation of producing business leaders in the field of accountancy. It is also the only master of accountancy program available in North Dakota, western Minnesota, northern South Dakota and Manitoba. The rigorous program involves 32 credit hours of advanced courses and also assists recent accounting graduates in meeting the 150 hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam.

The College of Business and Public Administration and Graduate School will formally announce and celebrate the new program at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in 225 Gamble Hall. The event is open to the University community and the Greater Grand Forks area.

“This is another great addition for the College of Business and Public Administration, as we believe it positions us as a key leader in the field of accounting throughout the Midwest region,” says Dennis Elbert, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. Development of the new program was a result of strategic planning for curriculum growth and enhancement, as well as requests put forth by national and regional accounting firms who recruit current UND business students.

“Our new Master of Accountancy program will allow our students to take the next step in pursuing a professional accounting career, while also increasing their job placement opportunities once they complete the program,” explains Robert Dosch, who will serve as the graduate director of the new program. “Our students are already highly sought after in the marketplace and we anticipate that this additional preparation will make them even more desirable prospects in the accounting industry.”

Admission requirements for the Master of Accountancy program require a command of core accounting concepts and theories or a bachelor’s degree in accounting, completion of the GMAT test (or equivalent graduate placement test), and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Undergraduate students currently completing an accounting degree at UND can pursue placement in this program in their junior year, with a GPA of 3.25 and completion of a specific set of courses. For more information on the Master of Accountancy degree program or to inquire about an application, please contact Robert Dosch in the Department of Accountancy at (701) 777-4686 or via e-mail at
-- CK Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration,, 777-6937