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A Brief History

North Dakota State University offered its first business course in 1891. In 1987, NDSU established the College of Business Administration, which subsequently shortened its name to the College of Business in 2006.

The College of Business is committed to providing students with a quality education in the functional areas of business, a systematic exposure to the global business issues they will face in their careers, and an introduction to the technologies that will be a part of their work life. The College is guided by its mission statement “to develop professionally competent organizational citizens in a learning environment centered on creating and sharing knowledge,” and by the principle held by the University that students are paramount.

The College is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Accreditation confirms an institution’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review process. NDSU is one of only two schools in North Dakota and western Minnesota with AACSB International accreditation.    

In August of 2009, the College held its first classes in its new home Richard H. Barry Hall, one of three new facilities at the NDSU Downtown campus. It is home to more than 1,400 students, faculty, and staff. This wireless complex consists of 135,000 square feet and includes a six-story building with faculty and administrative offices, a three-story wing featuring 11 high-technology classrooms including a financial management center, and a 250-seat auditorium.

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North Dakota Agriculture College created, Business courses listed in first catalog


NDAC becomes NDSU


Undergraduate major in business administration established


Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree approved


Department of Economics and Business moves to Putnam Hall


John Scheilbelhut appointed Dean


Department become College of Business Administration


Management Information Systems major approved


Harriette McCaul named Dean


College is awarded AACSB accreditation candidacy status


Jay A. Leitch named Dean


College earns AACSB accreditation (December)

College departments formed:

Accounting and Management Information Systems

Management, Marketing, & Finance



Drawings of proposed new building are unveiled

Beta Gamma Sigma chapter established


Cuba: College's first international study trip


Ronald D. Johnson named Dean


College renamed: College of Business (CoB)

Student Management Investment Fund is founded


President announces College to move to refurbished Pioneer Building on 10th St. N

Construction on Richard H. Barry Hall begins (July)


Center for Global Initiatives established

New majors Management, Marketing, and Finance are added

College Ambassadors reorganize as leadership class named Legacy


Students, faculty, and staff move into Richard H. Barry Hall (August)

Departments are renamed:

Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems

Management and Marketing

Graduate program established: Master in Accountancy (MAcc)

China: First study trip to China

European Semester established in Center for Global Initiatives


Innovation Week begins in partnership with the NDSU Research & Technology Park (January)

Global Business Week begins in partnership with the ND Trade Office (March)

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Phone:  +1 (701) 231-8651

Campus address:   Richard H. Barry Hall - Dept 2400

Physical/delivery address:   811 2nd Ave N, Suite 102, Fargo, ND  58102

Mailing address:  NDSU Dept 2400 / P O Box 6050 / Fargo, ND  58108-6050

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Last Updated: Friday, May 18, 2012 2:07:19 PM