• Payroll Specialist

    Payroll is a vital process that affects every employee in every organization. The Payroll Specialist program will prepare M State students to perform payroll duties including calculations, reporting, employee communications, and support for their employers.


Payroll Specialist

M State's Payroll Specialist program will provide you with the training to perform routine calculating, journalizing, posting and verifying duties to maintain accounting records and to prepare payroll reports and returns and employee records. The program includes instruction in both manual and computerized accounting concepts.

The 33-credit program is offered on our Detroit Lakes and Moorhead campuses and through eCampus.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Apply accounting theory to service andmerchandising organizations
  • Prepare financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Analyze and solve human resource-related problems and situations
  • Use technology effectively
  • Use variety of software programs including integrated accounting software
  • Apply federal, state and local employment regulations and reporting and record-keeping requirements to payroll and HR functions
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate ethical policies and procedures related to the payroll specialist responsibilities

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Payroll Specialist Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Online, Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Adam Baker
Accounting Instructor
Moorhead, Online
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Dana Haagenson
Accounting Instructor
Moorhead, Online
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Brian Keller
Accounting Instructor
Moorhead, Online
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Nancy Stigen
Accounting Instructor
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Michele Waldera
Accounting Instructor
Detroit Lakes
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Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized, hands-on instruction
  • Convenience and flexibility of online programs and courses
  • Faculty committed to student success
  • Spartan Centers offer support services to on-campus and online students

Required courses

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Math and Calculators
  • Introduction to Computer Technology
  • Benefits Administration
  • Financial Accounting I and Lab
  • QuickBooks
  • Payroll
  • Financial Accounting II and Lab
  • Spreadsheet Applications
  • Contemporary Career Search

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 08:55am