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Graduate School


Business Administration

Acting Program Director

Dr. Ron Johnson, Dean

Department Location

Barry Hall

E-mail Address

Telephone Number

(701) 231-8805

Degree Offered

Master of Business Administration

Application Deadline

International applications are due May 1 for fall semester and August 1 for spring semester. Domestic applicants should apply at least six-weeks prior to the start of classes.

Test Requirements


English Proficiency Requirements



Program Description

The Master of Business Administration program at North Dakota State University is a non-thesis, professional program structured to serve qualified students with undergraduate degrees in various fields. The program is designed to provide the student with an effective set of analytical skills, a broad view of the way organizations work, and an understanding of the functional areas of business. The NDSU program takes a generalist approach to graduate business education while providing a variety of electives to give the student the opportunity to pursue a particular area of interest in business or a related discipline.

The NDSU business faculty use a variety of teaching methods: case studies, group and individual projects, field research, computer applications, class discussion, and lecture. The student is able to acquire and improve problem-solving and communication skills and to apply these skills in business situations.

Financial Assistance

The College of Business offers financial assistance through graduate assistantships and scholarships. Applicants must be admitted on a conditional or full-standing basis. Assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver in exchange for work within the College.

The tuition waiver is limited to graduate course work. Awards are based on academic excellence as determined by grade point average, high potential as measured by the GMAT score, and the financial needs of the student. Applications are available in the MBA director's office. 

Degree Requirements

The total course requirements necessary to complete the MBA degree will vary depending on the background of the student. An adequate background in the functional areas of business is necessary for all students. 

Foundation course areas include accounting, economics, statistics, management, marketing, and finance. Based on previous coursework, some or all of these courses may be waived. 

Beyond the foundation course requirements, all students must complete 30 semester hours of graduate work. Graduate courses in the MBA Program include the following eight required 3-credit core courses: ACCT 720 – Strategic Cost Management, FIN 740 – Advanced Financial Analysis, MGMT 750 – Advanced Organizational Behavior, MGMT 751 – Advanced Operations Management, MRKT 760 – Strategic Marketing Management, MIS 770 – Information Resources Management, BUSN 780 – Business Conditions Analysis, BUSN 789 – Strategic Management, for a total of 24 semester hours. Students will take at least an additional six semester hours of approved elective courses. 

Joint MBA-Pharm.D. Degree Program

The College of Business and the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences offer a dual degree program where students receive a Pharm.D. degree and an MBA. Pharm.D. students meet the business foundation course requirement through the pharmacy curriculum, and the choice of MBA elective courses is flexible for students in the dual degree program. To be eligible for this joint degree program, students must apply to and be accepted into both the Pharm.D. and the MBA programs. The MBA course work can be completed in one year following completion of the Pharm.D. degree.

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Margaret Andersen, Ph.D.
Indiana University, 1989
Field: Accounting 

Bahman Bahrami, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1983
Field: Managerial Economics, Management Information Systems, Labor Relations and Negotiation

John Bitzan, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1997
Field: Economics 

William "Bud" Bowlin, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin, 1984
Field: Accounting

James W. Clifton, M.Acc.
University of North Dakota, 1988
Field:  Accounting 

Thomas D. Dowdell, Ph.D.
Temple University, 2004
Field: Accounting

Karen Froelich, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 1994
Field: Strategic Management 

Rajani Ganesh-Pillai, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida, 2009
Field: Marketing  

David Herda, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Arlington, 2010
Field: Accounting 

Yongtao "David" Hong, Ph.D.
Drexel University, 2008
Field: Accounting  

Fariz Huseynov, Ph.D.
University of Memphis, 2009
Field: Finance

Ronald D. Johnson, D.B.A.
Indiana University, 1970
Field: Organizational Behavior

Joseph M. Jones, Ph.D.
University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
Field: Marketing

Bonnie Klamm, Ph.D., CPA
Virginia Commonwealth University-Richmond, 1999
Field: Accounting Information System

Sukumarakurup Krishnakumar, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 2008
Field: Organizational Behavior  

Michael Krush, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2009
Field: Marketing  

Derek Lehmberg, Ph.D.
University of Western Ontario, 2010
Field: Strategic Management 

Jin Li, Ph.D.
University of Alberta, 2007
Field: Marketing

Gerry Macintosh, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992
Field: Sales and Sales Management 

Joshua Marineau, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2012
Field: Organizational Behavior 

Michael J. Peterson, Ph.D.
The University of Iowa, 2002
Field: Accounting 

Tim O. Peterson, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University at College Station, 1988
Field: Management/Organizational Behavior 

Frederick Riggins, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University, 1994
Field: Management Information Systems

Herbert Snyder, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, 1994
Field: Auditing, Forensic Accounting

Charles D. Stevens, Ph.D.
University of Kansas, 1998
Field: Human Resource Management 

Joseph G. Szmerekovsky, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, 2003
Field: Operations 

Chanchai Tangpong, Ph.D.
University of Southern Illinois, 2002
Field: Strategic Management 

Ruilin Tian, Ph.D.
Georgia State University, 2008
Field: Finance 

Rodney D. Traub, Ph.D.
Purdue University, 1994
Field: Operations Management 

Newell Wright, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1993
Field: Marketing  

Wei "David" Zhang, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, 2001
Field: Finance 

Limin Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, 2005
Field: Management Information Systems  

Jill Zuber, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas, 2007
Field: Accounting 


C. Frederick Eisele, Ph.D.
University of Iowa, 1971
Field: Labor Management and Negotiation 

Terry W. Knoepfle, J.D., CPA
University of North Dakota, 1981
Field: Business Law and Tax Accounting


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Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
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