The Master of Business Administration (MBA) 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 provides a generalized core curriculum along with a variety of elective options in areas such as business analytics, digital marketing and innovation, and leadership and managerial skills.
For individuals who
Are looking to enhance their careers and improve skills in business analytics, leadership and innovation.
An advanced degree focused on professional development. Advanced training in the modern business environment.
- Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
- Data Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Management Consultant
- Product Manager
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 apply these skills in business situations.
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. In addition to a stipend, graduate assistants receive a graduate tuition waiver. Tuition waivers cover base tuition for NDSU graduate credits only. Students are responsible for differential tuition, student fees, and tuition for non-graduate level credits taken or Cooperative Education credits. Awards are offered on a competitive, case-by-case basis.
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 has a cumulative post-secondary GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution of higher education.
- The application has successfully completed two or more post-secondary degrees (bachelor's level or higher).
- The applicant holds a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, MD, JD, etc.).
- The applicant has substantial post-baccalaureate professional work experience (typically a minimum of five (5) years), including demonstrated leadership ability.
Appropriate documentation (i.e. official transcript(s), resume) is required to be uploaded to the application file. It does not, however, guarantee a waiver. Applicants requesting an exam waiver are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and waiver approval is determined at the discretion of the MBA program coordinator and/or director.
Pharm.D./MBA Dual Degree Program
The School of Pharmacy and the College of Business offer a dual degree Pharm.D./MBA program that allows students to use eight (8) credits toward degree requirements for both programs.
Students must have a completed bachelor’s degree in order to enroll in graduate credits under MBA degree-seeking status.
- Students admitted to the Pharm.D. program via the Post-Baccalaureate Pathway may apply for admission to the MBA program at any time.
- Students admitted to the Pharm.D. program via the Traditional Pathway or Early Admission Pathway may apply for admission to the MBA program for any term after the one in which they earn their bachelor’s degree (typically awarded after the P2 year).
The following courses/credits have been approved to be used toward both Pharm.D. and MBA degree requirements:
- PHRM 640 Public Health for Pharmacists (3 credits)
- PHRM 670 Pharmacy Practice Improvement and Project Management (2 credits)
- PHRM 675 Pharmacy Management (3 credits)
Dual degree students should register for the above three courses under their PHRM career (rather than their GRAD career). A Change to Plan of Study form will then be filed with the Graduate School (by the student and the MBA advisor) in order for the credits to be recognized on the MBA degree audit.
In order to earn the MBA degree, dual degree students who complete the three courses (eight credits) listed above must also complete 16 core MBA credits (eight 2-credit core courses: MBA 701-708) and six additional approved elective credits. Dual degree students can expect to earn the MBA degree within one year following completion of their Pharm.D. degree by averaging 10-12 credits per semester during that final year.
Students enrolled in the MBA program will be charged business differential graduate tuition on all graduate-level courses in which they are enrolled (even non-business course). Graduate credits do not count toward the undergraduate or pharmacy tuition caps.