Montana State University


Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 994-2773

Office: 435 Reid Hall

E-mail: JJCBE Directory

Curriculum Vita



Dr. Mary Burns

Mary Burns, assistant professor of accounting, earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. with an emphasis on Control from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in IS from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Burns joined the MSU accounting faculty in 2013. Prior to relocating to MSU, Mary was a tenure-track assistant professor in Accounting at Georgia Regents University. Throughout her academic career, she has taught courses in Accounting and Information Systems at the undergraduate and masters’ levels. Her research examines three key areas: 1) information systems security, 2) fraud detection, and 3) using technology to increase audit effectiveness. Her research has been published in several journals, including Decision Support Systems. She has two forthcoming articles in:  the Journal of Information Systems and the Journal of Organizational and End User Computing.

Before her academic career, she spent over 11 years managing Control and IS functions at two Fortune 200 companies.