Earn your MBA from NDSU


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Graduate Programs Coordinator
Elizabeth Worth, MEd

Richard H. Barry Hall 330
(701) 231-6038


MBA Curriculum

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.


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. 

Option 1


Option 2

Incoming students are required to have taken approved undergraduate principles courses in each of the following foundation areas: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Statistics. The specific NDSU courses that fulfill these areas are:

ACCT    200 or 102

Foundation requirements may also be met by completing self-paced instructional modules. This option may be desirable for individuals who are self-disciplined or for those who have taken courses in these areas in the past but would like a refresher.

While no academic credit is earned through completion of the modules, successful completion will meet the foundation requirement of the MBA program.

For more information on this option, contact


Core Courses

Course #

Course Name  Credits
Total Credits

MBA 701Strategic Cost Management2
MBA 702 Advanced 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 Program Electives


Investments & Applied Portfolio Management         
MBA 711Advanced Investment Analysis
MBA 712Advanced Portfolio Management
MBA 713Financial Derivatives
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*


*MBA 722 is used in both the Digital Marketing and Innovation track and the Business Analytics track.




Eight 2-credit core courses are required for all MBA students, totaling 16 credits. That leaves 14 remaining credits to be satisfied with electives.

Students may choose their electives from the four MBA concentration areas above, or they may supplement with non-MBA electives. Non-MBA electives that are approved to be applied toward MBA degree requirements will vary in their term offerings (fall, spring, summer) and their delivery (on-campus, online, day-time, evening) and number of credit hours. Approved electives must be 600- or 700-level courses in the College of Business, or a related area, taught by graduate faculty, and approved by the MBA Program Director and the NDSU Graduate School.

Click here to view additional approved electives available in accounting, business administration, communication, finance, industrial and manufacturing engineering, management, marketing, public health, and transportation and logistics.


2020-21 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 Support
  • Scholarships & Graduate Assistantships*
  • Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Many 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.


*There are limited scholarship and graduate assistantship opportunities available directly through the MBA program. The application for these awards is made available on the website at the end of the spring semester, with applications typically due early July. Recipients funds are applied during the subsequent academic year. Graduate assistantships require 10 hours of work per week, assisting either with teaching or research, in exchange for a waiver of base rate tuition and a monthly monetary stipend.


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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