Earn your MBA from NDSU


NDSU's College of Business maintains the highest possible accreditation—a designation reserved for the top 5% of business schools in the world.


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Graduate Programs Coordinator + MBA Advisor

Elizabeth Worth
Barry Hall 100E
(701) 231-6038 



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The MBA program at NDSU requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate courses. MBA core courses and most MBA electives are delivered on campus at Barry Hall, one evening per week, in eight-week increments. Select MBA elective courses are offered online in eight-week increments.


MBA Core Courses

Course #
Course Name  Credits
Total Credits
MBA 701Strategic Cost Management2
MBA 702Advanced Financial Management2
MBA 703Advanced Organizational Behavior2
MBA 704Supply Chain and Operations Management2
MBA 705Strategic Marketing Management2
MBA 706Managing Information Resources2
MBA 707Microeconomics for Managers2
MBA 708Advanced Strategic Management2
Approved Electives*14

MBA Elective Courses

Of the 30 total credits required to earn the MBA degree, 16 are satisfied upon completion of the eight 2-credit core courses (MBA 701-708). MBA students are afforded a great deal of flexibility in fulfilling the remaining 14 elective credits. Students can choose from the list of MBA-prefixed elective courses listed below, or can choose to supplement with non-MBA courses.


    MBA Concentration Areas
    Investments + Applied Portfolio Management
    MBA 711     Advanced Investment Analysis
    MBA 712Advanced Portfolio Management
    MBA 713Financial Derivaties
    MBA 714Financial Analysis and Valuation


    Digital Marketing + Innovation
    MBA 721Creating and Marketing Innovations
    MBA 722Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence*
    MBA 723Digital Marketing
    MBA 724Integrated Marketing Communications


    Leadership + Managerial Skills
    MBA 731Leading and Managing Teams
    MBA 732Managerial Leadership: Essential Competencies
    MBA 733Management Decision Making
    MBA 734Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution


    Business Analytics
    MBA 751Business Analytics Concepts
    MBA 752Business Analytics Strategy
    MBA 753Business Analytics Methods
    MBA 722Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence*


    In general, any course at the 600-level or higher that is offered from within the College of Business can be considered as an MBA elective, as long as the student has not taken the equivalent 400-level undergraduate course. This may include credits from Accounting (ACCT), Business Administratrion (BUSN), Finance (FIN), Management (MGMT), Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing (MRKT), or Transportation and Logistics (TL).

    A variety of courses from outside the College of Business have been used as electives, as well, including—but not limited to—the following academic areas:

    • Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Communication
    • Community Development
    • Computer Science
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Public Health

    Prerequisite Requirements

    Because the MBA degree is structured to serve students from various undergraduate disciplines, a set of foundation course requirements is needed to ensure adequate background preparation. Students should have proficiency in each of the following foundation course areas prior to enrolling in its subsequent MBA core course:

      • Accounting
      • Economics
      • Finance
      • Management
      • Marketing
      • Statistics   
                                                                            Proficiency will be determined based upon academic and professional experience, contingent upon review of the applicant's transcript(s) and resume. If it is determined that the applicant is deficient in one or more course areas, they will be given the option to take an approved undergraduate course in that subject (Option 1) or to complete an online, self-paced instructional module (Option 2). Foundation course completion is not required for admission, but rather should occur before the student enrolls in the subsequent MBA course.


      Option 1—Most Common for Current Undergraduate Students 

      ACCT 200 or 102MBA 701 Strategic Cost Management
      ECON105 or 201 + 202        MBA 707 Microeconomics for Managers
      FIN320MBA 702 Advanced Financial Management
      MGMT320MBA 703 Advanced Organizational Behavior
      MRKT320MBA 705 Strategic Marketing Management
      STAT330MBA 704 Supply Chain Management

      Option 2—Most Common for Bachelor's Degree Holders/Current Working Professionals

      Students wishing to complete an online, self-paced instructional module in order to meet proficiency requirements for one or more of the foundation course areas will be provided with a link to register for the module online. Each module has a fee around $125-150. No course credit is provided for completing these modules.


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      2021-2022 Graduate Tuition & Fee Costs

      (Per Credit)

      North Dakota Residents           
      Minnesota Residents         
      All Other U.S. Residents   
      Non-U.S. Residents
      * and WRGP states* Reciprocity Rate


      Various resources may be available to help cover program costs. Common examples include:

      • Employer Support1
      • Scholarships2
      • Graduate Assistantships3
      • Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)4

      1Many companies offer tuition reimbursement or other forms of financial assistance for their employees. Check with your supervisor or HR department top find out what educational benefits you may be eligible to use toward your degree. This is the most common way that MBA students help cover program costs.

      2A very limited number of scholarships may be available to graduate students. Applications are open from December 1st to March 1st each year for students to apply for awards that would disburse during the following academic year.

      3Graduate assistantship positions are limited and awarded on a competitive, case-by-case basis. Positions are not offered at the time of admission to MBA students, but rather awarded (if available) prior to the start of each semester. Selected students may receive a 10-, 15-, or 10-hour/week contract in exchange for a base tuition waiver and a modest stipend. Interested prospective students, applicants, or admitted/current students may express their interest to be considered for a graduate assistantship position by completing this form

      4Domestic and permanent resident students may be eligible to receive federal financial aid and/or need-based scholarships by completing the FAFSA



      How to Apply

      • Application
      • $35 Application Fee
      • Statement of Purpose & Resume
      • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
      • All Official Transcripts
      • Official GRE or GMAT Score*
      • Proof of English Proficiency


      *Individuals with significant post-baccalaureate professional work experience in mid- to upper-management levels (i.e. leadership, managerial, or supervisory roles) -AND/OR- individuals who have earned a terminal degree (e.g. PhD, EdD, MD, JD, PharmD, PsyD, DPT) may request consideration for a GMAT/GRE waiver. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. 



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