Professional Accountancy (BS)

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DSU's professional accountancy major (offered on campus and online) takes you beyond traditional accounting and prepares you for certification. You’ll learn the essentials of accounting, but at DSU, you’ll also get a solid background in the technical systems underlying modern accounting. This will help you understand, manage, and lead accounting teams—or start your own business.

Our professional accountancy track prepares you to become a certified public accountant (CPA). In South Dakota and most other states, CPA candidates are required to have 150 semester hours of college credit before they’re allowed to take the test. This is more than the average major requires, so we created this professional track degree especially for this requirement.

If you don’t want your CPA or you want to finish the program sooner, take a look at our Bachelor of Business Administration–Accounting program.

Accounting students can also choose to continue their education with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at DSU. If you’re interested in a graduate degree, we’ll work with you to develop a plan for your future and make sure you take all the right courses.

Benefits of studying accounting at DSU

Class size in accounting courses is typically small with 15-20 students per class. Outside of class, you can participate in a number of student activities and clubs, including Finance, Investment, and Real Estate (FIRE) Club and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Club. Scholarships and grants are also available for professional accountancy students.

Integrated technology

You’ll become familiar with accounting software and other business essentials like Excel, Access, QuickBooks, Sage 50 and tax preparation software.


ACBSP LogoOur professional accountancy major is one of a handful of schools in South Dakota accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This means that in addition to meeting all evaluation criteria and curriculum standards, DSU is also involved in the creation of innovative programs. This additional accreditation means your degree will be recognized wherever you go.

Get your degree online

Our professional accountancy program is also offered completely online. Learn more about our online professional accountancy program.

Possible job titles

  • Financial Analyst
  • CPA Firms

Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.

Schedule a campus visit to meet accounting professors and students in the department and see the campus.

You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.