Melissa Christianson

Melissa Christianson



Beacom Hall 309D

Phone: (605) 274-9581



I grew up in Chester, SD. I graduated with a BS from Mankato State University and received my MS from Ohio University. I worked in the accounting field for over 10 years with various CPA firm prior to becoming an Instructor with USD.

Teaching Interests:

Financial and Managerial Accounting, Information Systems, TAX, Entrepreneurship, Cost accounting.

Research Interests:

Individual and business taxation, financial decision making activities.


  • MPA, Accounting, University of South Dakota, 2017
  • MS, Ohio University, 2001
  • BS, Biology, Mankato State University, 1998

Licensures and Certifications:

  • CPA, South Dakota Board of Accountancy
  • Enrolled Agent, IRS


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Christianson, Melissa, Stephenson, Teresa, and . IRS ruling provides guidance on unused vacation contributions to a 401(k) or HRA: New ruling offers more flexible planning opportunities for employers, 4. Practical Tax Strategies, 2016.

Awards and Honors:

  • Masters of Public Accountancy Degree, Beacom School of Business, USD, 2017
  • Outstanding graduate student, Accounting department, 2016