College of Business North Dakota State University

College of Business North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Program of Study

The College of Business at North Dakota State University offers two graduate programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.).

These programs integrate case study and applied learning to prepare students for career advancement. Accreditation from AACSB International, which accredits less than five percent of the business schools worldwide, ensures that these programs meet the highest academic standards.

In addition to providing high-quality programs, the college offers a collaborative learning environment. Students learn from fellow students' experiences and network with leaders from top businesses.

Master of Business Administration program: The MBA program provides analytical skills, an expansive view of how organizations operate, and in-depth understanding of business functional areas. Its curriculum consists of 24 credits of core courses in finance, information resources, management, marketing, and organizational behavior. The curriculum also includes six credits of elective courses in accounting, finance, management, and information systems. In addition, concentrations are offered in public health and in supply chain/logistics.

Required courses are generally offered during the evening to accommodate working professionals, while elective courses are offered during the day and in the evening, as well as in the summer. The program is also available to distance students via teleconferencing technology.

Master of Accountancy program: The 30-credit M.Acc. program is ideal for students who want to advance their careers in corporate accounting, government accounting, or public accounting. The program's curriculum consists of four required courses, five additional accounting courses, and one management course. It emphasizes the analytical, decision-making, and research skills involved with identifying and solving accounting problems. It also prepares students for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.


Faculty members in the College of Business conduct innovative research to advance business education, theory, and practice. They investigate an extensive range of topics, including the following:

- auditing

- entrepreneurship/small business strategy

- financial accounting

- fraud in nonprofits

- intellectual capital

- international accounting

- managerial accounting

- market structure and performance

- personal selling

- public-private partnerships

- sales management

- services marketing

- strategic leadership

- strategic management in nonprofit organizations

- transport economics

Students assist faculty members with their research and conduct their own research through course work. For example, the Marketing Research course emphasizes research design, data collection, and data analysis. The Applied Professional Research course focuses on the research methods used to address complex accounting issues.

Financial Aid

Graduate students in the College of Business may qualify for graduate assistantships and scholarships. Assistantships provide stipends and tuition waivers.

Students may also qualify for loans through federal programs or private lenders and receive tuition reimbursement from their employers.

Cost of Study

The most current information on tuition and fees can be found online at

Living and Housing Costs

Information about on-campus housing for graduate students can be found at https:// While there is no specific residence hall for graduate students, they are able to live in the University apartments. There are also numerous housing options in the Fargo community.


Graduate faculty members in the College of Business have considerable academic expertise and practical experience working at Fortune 500 companies.

For example, Professor of Accounting Peggy Andersen has more than 30 years of academic experience. A prolific researcher, she has investigated issues concerning corporate responsibility, business ethics, target costing, new product costing, real estate, and mutual funds. Her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, and she has received several grants and awards for her research.

Professor of Management Bahman Bahrami also has more than 30 years of academic experience. His research interests have included unions, retirement, outsourcing, technology, education, and income inequality. His articles have been published in a number of publications, including "International Business and Economics Research Journal", "Journal of Labor Research", and "Journal of Business" and "Economics Research".

Student Life

The College of Business provides a supportive environment where students with diverse academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds thrive. Students build productive relationships with each other, faculty members, and business leaders. They have access to co-curricular activities that enhance academic and professional achievement, including student organizations, events, speakers, and study abroad opportunities.

Support services like the Career Center, Counseling Center, Disability Services, Military and Veterans Services, Office of Multicultural Programs, and Wallman Wellness Center also enhance students' academic, professional, and personal growth.

Students take classes in Richard H. Barry Hall in downtown Fargo. This 135,000-square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art trading room, 250-seat auditorium, and a library, as well as wireless Internet. Its three-story atrium also has a coffee bar and study lounges.


North Dakota State University is located on the eastern edge of North Dakota in Fargo, the state's largest community. With its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota, directly across the Red River, Fargo is one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle and offers a family-friendly environment with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and a low crime rate; an active arts and cultural scene, including a symphony, civic opera company, art museums, and community theater; and many places to shop and eat, including numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and a newly refurbished downtown district.

The University

North Dakota State University, a student-focused, land-grant, research institution provides student-centered education for more than 14,700 students (2,200 graduate students) who represent forty-eight states and sixty-nine countries. Its rigorous academic programs integrate theory and practice to create a comprehensive learning experience. Challenging academic programs coupled with outstanding co-curricular activities allow students to achieve academic excellence and contribute to the world.

Highly regarded for excellence in education and research, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education ranked North Dakota State University among the top 108 public and private universities in the country. The National Science Foundation ranked several of its programs among the top 100 in the country.

Location & Contact

College of Business

North Dakota State University

1340 North University Avenue
Fargo, ND 58108
United States

Mr. Paul Brown


Phone: 701-231-7681
Fax: 701-231-7508

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Business Administration And Management Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 43
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


93% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 32
    • Accepted 30
    • Acceptance Rate 93
    • Enrolled 26
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $35
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th August 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMay 15
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students97
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students97
    • Part-time Percentage28%
    • Full-time Percentage72%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown11%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty16
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchLabor management, operations, international finance, agency, Internet marketing
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported