• 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

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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.


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


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


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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 Faculty
Moorhead, Online
Contact Adam

Dana Haagenson

Accounting and Human Resource Faculty
Moorhead, Online
Contact Dana

Brian Keller

Accounting Faculty
Moorhead, Online
Contact Brian

Michele Waldera

Accounting Faculty
Detroit Lakes
Contact Michele


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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

Last modified: June 27th, 2017 at 01:23pm