The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management provides strong management skills training with information technology support and enhancement. It is offered on campus and online - both synchronously (student and instructor meet online as a group) and asynchronously (transitional online assignments). The program is intended to meet the needs of career-employed professionals who are seeking promotion or expanding their employment opportunities.
Dakota State University and its programs (including the MBA) are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The MBA program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Goals and Objectives
The MBA program will prepare students from a variety of backgrounds for advancement or a career change. Students who complete the program will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management.
- Apply their knowledge of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management to business and professional situations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of management information systems and project management as they relate to organizational functions.
- Use analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills to anticipate, identify, analyze and solve business problems.
- Demonstrate an ability to employ ethical principles and legal reasoning when making business decisions.
The program requires 36 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. All students must take the following:
- Nine core courses (27 credit hours);
- Two elective courses or one emphasis area (6 credit hours); and
- A three-credit capstone course (3 credit hours)
Students must complete the program within five years of the semester of admission.
Students may enroll in six credits (two courses) per term (fall, spring, summer) and complete the program in two years (or two years plus one semester). Students may also choose to enroll in one course per semester and therefore complete the program in four years. Students may also vary between one and two courses per semester, as needed to fit their work and personal schedules. The program requires that at least one course be taken in each of the three terms each year.
Students with an undergraduate business degree should participate in the program as described above. Students without an undergraduate business degree may need to complete foundation courses to be ready for graduate study in business. This will be determined by the applicant's education and experience.
Admission Requirements Specific to the MBA
The MBA program admits students in the fall, spring and summer. To apply, you must have one of the following:
- A Baccalaureate degree in business administration with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
- Two years of professional employment, with transcripts from an undergraduate or graduate degree showing a GPA of at least 3.0.
- An undergraduate degree with a satisfactory GMAT or GRE score. This means that either your GMAT score must be 450 with a GMAT score +200 x your undergraduate GPS > 950, or your minimum GRE score must be 360 verbal and 480 quantitative, with a GRE score +200 x your undergraduate GPA > 1350.
Please note that your undergraduate degree must be from an institution that is fully accredited for that degree.
If you don't meet any of these requirements, we may still be able to admit you provisionally. If you don't have an undergraduate business degree, you may be required to take up to 12 credit hours of foundational courses.
Jack Walters, Program Coordinator
Yen-Ling Chang, Scott Morstad, Cheri Noteboom, Ronghua Shan, Daniel Talley, and Deb Tech
All candidates for graduation must participate in an assessment activity. The MBA students will take their final assessment exam during their final semester. ETS offers a major field test for MBA programs and graduating students will take this assessment test in the semester in which they are graduating. This assessment tool will be an integral part of the program improvement process.
The results of the exam are used as one means of evaluating the MBA curriculum by providing information to the faculty who teach the courses.
Course Grades are used as an indirect measure of student attainment of specific program goals and objectives. DSU Program Guidelines require students to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the program, receive no grades below a C, and have no more than 2 grades of a C. If you do not maintain the required "B" average you will be placed on academic probation and given the opportunity to raise your GPA to 3.0 within the next nine credit hours. If you do not raise your GPA to 3.0 you will be suspended from the program. If you receive more than 6 credits of "C" or any grade lower than a "C" you will be suspended from the program. You may appeal the suspension. If students have questions regarding grading, they should review the "Satisfactory Progression" Program Guidelines or speak with their advisor.