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 applying the technologies that will be a part of their work life. In addition, students may choose elective courses that will help prepare them for careers in specific areas in which they have an interest.
Undergraduate majors offered are: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Academic minors are offered in Accounting, Business Administration, Fraud Investigation, Logistics Management, and Management Information Systems. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Students who wish to pursue a degree in the College of Business at NDSU enroll as pre-major students for their freshman and sophomore years. Pre-major students apply for admission at least one semester prior to enrolling in the major program. To be considered for admission, students must submit an online application which can be found under Resources on the left menu.
Admission to the major programs (i.e., Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing) requires students to successfully complete, with a grade of 'C' or better, pre-college, and pre-major courses that are indicated with an asterisk (*) on the requirements page, achieve junior standing (60 credits), and earn a minimum 2.50 institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Students must be admitted into the major program prior to enrolling in the advanced 300-400-level accounting, business administration, finance, management, management information systems, and/or marketing courses offered by the College.
The College of Business has specific policies on transfer course evaluations. The transfer of business courses into the professional program is limited to credit earned at business programs accredited by AACSB International. Contact the College of Business Student Service Center for more information.
The College of Business offers undergraduate majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy degrees are described in the Graduate Bulletin online.
Students are required to complete the course requirements of one of the majors in the college. Students follow the published curricula for the major program of study from the semester/year of entrance in the College of Business to graduation, provided enrollment at NDSU has not been discontinued for more than one year. Students who change their major program of study are subject to meeting the curricular requirements in effect at the time the new major is declared.
Students enter the College of Business as a pre-major student. Admission to the major program requires an application indicating the successful completion of the pre-major and college courses with a grade of "C" or higher, a 2.50 institutional grade point average, and a minimum of 60 credits.
Students must be accepted into the major prior to the completion of the last 30 credits in required 300-400 level College of Business courses.
Graduation from the College of Business requires students to also earn a grade of 'C' or better in all courses included in the professional program (including all required courses, elective requirements, and additional 300-400 level CoB electives or breadth electives).
Students in the College of Business are responsible for monitoring their individual progress toward degree completion. Full time academic advisers and faculty advisers are available to provide guidance and answer questions.
Students must have junior standing (60 credits) and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to enroll in 300-400 level courses in the College of Business. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of 'B' in ACCT 200, and ACCT 201, or the equivalent courses in transfer, to enroll in 300-400 level accounting courses.
Cooperative Education, a program of the Career Center, offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to integrate classroom study with paid, career-related work experience for academic credit. Work may be full or part time. A cooperative education experience may substantially improve students' employment opportunities after graduation. A cooperative education experience is one way to satisfy the practicum requirements described below for Accounting and Management Information Systems majors.
General College Academic Policies
- The College of Business may consider granting transfer credit for upper level business courses from colleges that are accredited by AACSB International. Business courses from programs that do not hold AACSB International accreditation cannot be used for a major or a minor in the College of Business; such courses may be eligible for use as a free elective. The College of Business accepts a maximum of nine credits of non-NDSU 300 and 400-level business courses from AACSB programs with the approval of the department.
- Pre-approval from the department head or chair is required to enroll in 300 and 400-level business courses at another university or Tri-College University. Transfer courses with grades of 'D' are not accepted for ACCT 200, ACCT 201, other pre-college or pre-major requirements, and 300 and 400-level major requirements.
- Students must have junior or senior standing and a minimum 2.50 institutional grade point average to enroll in 300 and 400-level courses in the College of Business.
- Students are required to earn a minimum grade of 'B' in ACCT 200 and ACCT 201, or the equivalent courses in transfer, to enroll in 300 and 400-level accounting courses.
- College of Business courses completed in previous semesters are considered valid for degree requirements if taken within the previous five years. College of Business coursework taken before the five-year limit may be reviewed by the College of Business Student Progress Committee to determine its appropriateness to the major requirements.
- Students majoring in the College of Business cannot minor in business administration.