Our on-campus MBA program combines quality, convenience, and flexibility into an affordable package that's tailored to you. All MBA courses are offered one evening a week in 8-week sessions. The program requires 30 credits for completion: eight 2-credit core courses and seven 2-credit specialty courses in areas such as:

  • Business Analytics*;
  • Digital Marketing & Innovation*;
  • Leadership & Managerial Skills*; and
  • Investments & Applied Portfolio Management.

*The four-course tracks in Business Analytics, Digital Marketing & Innovation, and Leadership & Managerial Skills also are offered as 9-month, stand-alone MBA certificates.

The four-course tracks in Investments & Applied Portfolio Management is currently in the MBA certificate approval process.

As an alternative option to the topic areas listed above, individuals may choose to supplement their core with other approved electives from areas such as Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Finance, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Management, Marketing, Public Health, Transportation and Logistics, or other academic areas.


MBA Program Goals

  • Persuasive communication
  • Contemporary business know-how
  • Resourceful business problem-solving
  • Effective collaboration
  • Principled leadership


Core Courses

Eight core courses are required and are two credits each. Classes are held one night per week for eight weeks.

  • MBA701: Strategic Cost Management
  • MBA702: Advanced Financial Management
  • MBA703: Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • MBA704: Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • MBA705: Strategic Marketing Management
  • MBA706: Managing Information Resources
  • MBA707: Microeconomics for Managers
  • MBA708: Advanced Strategic Management

Elective Courses

Seven elective courses are required and are two credits each. Classes are held one night per week for eight weeks.

Choose from:

Business Analytics

  • MBA751: Business Analytics Concepts
  • MBA752: Business Analytics Strategy
  • MBA753: Business Analytics Methods
  • MBA722: Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence

Digital Marketing & Innovation

  • MBA721: Creating and Marketing Innovations
  • MBA722: Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence
  • MBA723: Digital Marketing
  • MBA724: Integrated Marketing Communications

Investments & Applied Portfolio Management

  • MBA711: Advanced Investment Analysis
  • MBA712: Advanced Portfolio Management
  • MBA713: Financial Derivatives
  • MBA714: Financial Analysis and Valuation

Leadership & Managerial Skills

  • MBA731: Leading and Managing Teams
  • MBA732: Managerial Leadership: Essential Competencies
  • MBA733: Management Decision Making
  • MBA734: Negotiations & Alternative Dispute Resolution

**MBA722 is used in both the Digital Marketing & Innovation track and the Business Analytics track.

Additional approved electives are available in areas such as, but not limited to, accounting, business administration, communication, finance, industrial and manufacturing engineering, management, marketing, public health, and transportation and logistics.


Admission Requirements

  1. Online application and $35 application fee
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Official transcripts
  5. GRE or GMAT score (may be waived for individuals with considerable post-undergraduate professional work experience or persons with a terminal degree, i.e. Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., J.D.)
  6. English proficiency.
    All graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship or residency, must demonstrate proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
    This requirement may be met by applicants who have:
    1. Been raised in a recognized country where English is the only official language.
    2. Earned a bachelor's degree or higher from a recognized institution in a recognized country where English is the only official language.
    3. Achieved a satisfactory TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score.
    *Please note that applicants meeting either of the first two criteria listed above may need to contact the Graduate School to ensure that the test of English proficiency requirement is waived.


Costs for the MBA program at NDSU are very reasonable, especially as compared to peer institutions and programs of similar quality.

Tuition rates vary by residency = ND resident, MN resident, Other U.S. resident, and Non-U.S. resident:

Tuition & Fee Cost Per Credit

ND resident MN resident Other U.S. resident Non-U.S. Resident
$600.41 $747.48 $872.77 $1,008.94

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