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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.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MBA 701||Strategic Cost Management||2|
|MBA 702||Advanced Financial Management||2|
|MBA 703||Advanced Organizational Behavior||2|
|MBA 704||Supply Chain and Operations Management||2|
|MBA 705||Strategic Marketing Management||2|
|MBA 706||Managing Information Resources||2|
|MBA 707||Microeconomics for Managers||2|
|MBA 708||Advanced Strategic Management||2|
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.
|Investments + Applied Portfolio Management|
|MBA 711||Advanced Investment Analysis|
|MBA 712||Advanced Portfolio Management|
|MBA 713||Financial Derivaties|
|MBA 714||Financial Analysis and Valuation|
|Digital Marketing + Innovation|
|MBA 721||Creating and Marketing Innovations|
|MBA 722||Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence*|
|MBA 723||Digital Marketing|
|MBA 724||Integrated Marketing Communications|
|Leadership + Managerial Skills|
|MBA 731||Leading and Managing Teams|
|MBA 732||Managerial Leadership: Essential Competencies|
|MBA 733||Management Decision Making|
|MBA 734||Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|MBA 751||Business Analytics Concepts|
|MBA 752||Business Analytics Strategy|
|MBA 753||Business Analytics Methods|
|MBA 722||Marketing 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
- Community Development
- Computer Science
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Public Health
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:
|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
|COURSE||NUMBER||SERVES AS A PREREQUISITE FOR:|
|ACCT||200 or 102||MBA 701 Strategic Cost Management|
|ECON||105 or 201 + 202||MBA 707 Microeconomics for Managers|
|FIN||320||MBA 702 Advanced Financial Management|
|MGMT||320||MBA 703 Advanced Organizational Behavior|
|MRKT||320||MBA 705 Strategic Marketing Management|
|STAT||330||MBA 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.
Contact Elizabeth.Worth@ndsu.edu for more information.
2021-2022 Graduate Tuition & Fee Costs
North Dakota Residents
All Other U.S. Residents
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Various resources may be available to help cover program costs. Common examples include:
- Employer Support1
- 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.
- $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.