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College of Business and Public Administration

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The UND Graduate School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Industrial Technology (MSIT), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Science in Career and Technical Education (MSCTEd.).

Thirty-two total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Information Systems
  • Managerial Finance
  • Advanced Managerial Theory
  • Accounting Information for Decision and Control
  • Strategic Market Planning
  • Quantitative Analysis for Decision and Control
  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Macroeconomic Decision Making
  • Independent Study

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements Students may substitute another graduate course for a core course if they have extensive undergraduate work in the core course area.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 7 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 7 years.

In a recent year, there were 42 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 25.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x overall GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 67; 60 were accepted; 47 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.1. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and a goal statement. Students are notified of the admissins decision 1 week after submission of the completed application. Once accepted, students may defer admission. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $235 per credit. Nonresidents pay $535 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5500; books and supplies, $600; personal expenses, $2600, for an estimated annual total of $14,200 for in-state residents and $21,200 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing consists of accommodations for 5000 undergraduate and graduate students. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Twenty-six percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 80% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from North Dakota (78%). Thirty-six percent were women, 12% were minorities, and 9% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 21 to 49. Ten percent enter directly from undergraduate school. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 75%, business; 10%, engineering; 6%, liberal arts; 6%, social sciences; and 3%, math and science. About 15% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree.

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