Accounting Degrees in North Dakota
While it’s one of the least populous U.S. states with one of the smallest economies, North Dakota has experienced major growth in the 21st century, with one of the fastest growing GDPs in the nation. From 2006-2016, the state experienced real GDP growth of 5.5%—more than five times the national average. North Dakota also boasts an unemployment rate of just 3.8%, which is one of the lowest in the country. Home to a diverse economy that encompasses agriculture, food processing, petroleum, and technology, North Dakota has become increasingly desirable for CPAs, employing more than 15,000 of them in total—a huge number for a state so small. The Bureau of Labor Statics projects accounting jobs to keep pace with North Dakota’s booming economy, growing 16.4% through 2026.
North Dakota at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$33,071|
|Fortune 500 Companies||0|
|Licensed CPA Firms||157|
Accounting Programs in North Dakota
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Accounting Salaries and Employment
Employment opportunities for accountants and auditors in North Dakota is expected to grow a whopping 19.2% between 2012 and 2022, leading to more than 4,500 potential positions. CPAs in this state can also look forward to earning more than their peers in other states, with the average annual wage ranging from $36,580 to $110,370, varying based on degree level, licensure and specialty.
Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks are major areas for accountants seeking employment. Firms such as Eide Bailly located in Fargo earned $170.50 million in revenue last year.
Projected Job Growth for Accountants
Accounting Salaries by Specialty
Associate Degree Recommended
Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks
Bachelor's Degree Recommended
Tax Examiners and Collectors
Master's Degree Recommended
Accountants and Auditors
Personal Financial Advisors
Top-paying cities for accountants
- East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area$66,550
- Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area$65,240
- Grand Forks$59,990
- West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area$54,070
Major firms headquartered in North Dakota
|Count||Firm||Location||2014 Revenue (in millions)|
|1||Eide Bailly||Fargo, ND||$224|
|2||Brady, Marts & Associates||Grand Forks, ND||$30|
Accounting Today named these firms among the highest performing in a multi-state region. Rankings as based upon reported net revenues from 2014. Source: Accounting Today, "Top 100 Firms and Regional Leaders"
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in North Dakota
CPAs in North Dakota must sit for the uniform CPA exam prepared by the AICPA as well as meet the eligibility requirements listed below. All four sections of the exam may be taken individually in any order, and applicants will retain the credit for any sections they passed for 18 months after their initial test date – an applicant must therefore pass all four sections within a rolling 18 month period.
Any candidates who have passed all parts of the CPA exam elsewhere may transfer their scores. Similarly, CPAs holding a certificate from another state may receive reciprocal licensure.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in North Dakota
Candidates seeking eligibility for CPA licensure in North Dakota must fulfill the qualifications listed below:
- Be of good moral character
- Pass the Uniform CPA Examination
- Complete Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course
- Complete 1 year of experience meeting relevant conditions
- Provide accounting credentials
- Pay applicable fees
- Meet the 150 hour educational requirement or be within 6 months of doing so
- Complete at least 24 credit hours of accounting courses
- Complete at least 24 credit hours of business courses
- Participate in international programs
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||Bachelor's degree (150 hours)|
|Participates in International Programs||Yes|
|Hours in Accounting||24 semester hours|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||120 hours|
|Experience Requirements||1 year of accounting experience|
|Ethics Exam||AICPA Ethics Exam|
CPA exam fees in North Dakota
- Application Fee $120
- Auditing & Attestation $208
- Financial Accounting & Reporting $208
- Regulation $208
- Business Environment & Concepts $208
Special Fees: Other fees may apply, such as a re-examination fee, registration fee and initial licensure fee.
Certifying and Professional Organizations
The Board of Accountancy is an independent body responsible for reviewing the entrance qualifications of CPA candidates, for registering firms and CPAs, for maintaining and monitoring continuing education and addressing consumer concerns.
Students who are planning to become CPAs and those CPAs who are licensed may join the North Dakota Society of CPAs, which is a statewide association of 1,800 members. The Society’s goal is help its members providing advocacy, resources, involving members and equipping them with tools necessary to better serve the public and their clients.
North Dakota State Board of Accountancy
2701 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201