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 MBA electives in areas including business analytics, digital marketing and innovation, investments and applied portfolio management, and leadership and managerial skills.

NDSU business faculty use a variety of teaching methods: case studies, group and individual projects, field research, computer applications, guest lecturers, student presentations, and discussion. Class interaction provides rich opportunity to network with professionals from a wide range of industries and countries. The student is able to acquire and improve problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills and to apply these skills in business situations.

Financial Assistance

The College of Business offers financial assistance through a limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships. Applicants must be admitted on a conditional or full-standing basis to be considered for either an assistantship or scholarship. Assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver for NDSU's base graduate tuition in return 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, and high potential as measured by the GMAT score.


Individuals seeking admission to the MBA program may request a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • The applicant holds a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD, etc.).
  • The applicant has a minimum of five (5) years of recent, post-bachelor’s, full-time, professional work experience, including managerial responsibilities.

Appropriate documentation (i.e. official transcript, resume) is required to be uploaded to the application file. It does not, however, guarantee a waiver. Applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and waiver approval is determined at the discretion of the MBA program coordinator and/or director.