About The Program
Format: Online or On Campus
As a student in our accounting major, offered online or on campus, you’ll develop the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to manage financial transactions and prepare financial reports, and use those reports to make good real-world business decisions. Our caring, supportive faculty and comprehensive coursework will build your skills so you're prepared to apply for professional certification and sit for these exams:
- Certified Bookkeeper (CB)
- Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
- Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
- Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Northern’s Accounting Club offers opportunities for professional networking, industry knowledge and charitable work to extend the impact of your education into the community.
From NSU to CPA
Attending Northern will lead you directly to your CPA exam! If you earn your accounting degree at Northern, then complete our new master’s degree in accounting analytics, you'll be thoroughly prepared to sit for the exam. Conveniently, both the bachelor's and master's programs are available online and on campus.
One college, five years - that's all it takes to enter your dream career. Enroll today!
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
You’ll find career opportunities in a variety of fields, including private industry accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, financial analysis and bookkeeping.
For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.
Northern's accounting program supports career readiness through internships that give you a chance to apply your skills in the workplace and gain real-world experience in a variety of fields, such as auditing and taxation, banking and finance, and management.
Northern students have interned with public accounting and private industry firms as well as government agencies. As an intern, you also can earn academic credit towards completion of your degree.
Our School of Business shares internship opportunities through postings and on-campus presentations and interviews.
“I was attracted to Northern because it was a university where I could play baseball as well as pursue a degree in professional accounting. What I didn’t know when I enrolled was how wonderful all of the professors would be. They are all so personable and I feel like they genuinely want me to succeed. They’ve not only been supportive of me in my role as a student, but in my role as an athlete as well. At Northern I have also had more opportunities than I could have imagined. Last summer I had the honor of attending the Deloitte National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. Deloitte is the biggest accounting firm in the world, so this was a very exciting experience for me. After this conference, I was offered an internship with Deloitte in the tax department for this coming summer. Now, I am already building connections that I will be able to use in the real world after I graduate next year.” – Ben Carolin, Grand Forks, N.D. #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #NorthernStateU #GoWolves
I received my B.B.A. in business administration from Iowa State University and my M.A. in English from University of Central Missouri. As a military spouse, I lived across the U.S., Germany, and Japan, and encourage others to explore and experience the amazing world around them. I thoroughly enjoy helping students discover and plan for their futures: to see them grow into confident, always-learning Wolves!
Ph.D., Accounting, 2017, University of Isfahan, Iran
Master’s, Accounting, 2011, California State University, Fullerton
Dr. Eman Momeni joined Northern in August 2020. He previously worked in the public accounting and auditing field for three years in California. Dr. Momeni has more than six years of worldwide professional accounting experience as controller, cost accounting manager, and financial advisor. His Ph.D. research emphasis was "Convergence Effects of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on Emerging Markets." California State University, Fullerton, from which he earned a master's degree, is a double AACSB-accredited business school in Southern California.
Sanford Faculty Development Award,…
Master of Business Taxation, University of Minnesota
B.S., Accounting, Northern State University
Candi Olson, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), began teaching at Northern in 2017. She previously worked in public accounting (Deloitte) and large corporate environments, including 10 years with Target Corporation headquarters.
MPA, University of South Dakota
B.S., Business Administration and Accounting, University of South Dakota
Certified Public Accountant, South Dakota Board of Accountancy
Josh VanLaecken is a full-time accounting Instructor in the School of Business. He graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy and holds an active CPA license.
Prior to entering academia, VanLaecken worked in both public and private accounting environments. While in public accounting, he served a wide variety of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to locally-owned small businesses; and, from energy and financial Institutions to governments and nonprofits. While in private accounting, VanLaecken worked in agricultural manufacturing for a foreign subsidiary. During this time, he created and oversaw budgets for corporate and several plant…