The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management provides strong management skills training with emphases in several technical fields, including information systems, data analytics, and health information management. It is offered 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 operations and project management.
- 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, and your GMAT score +200 x your undergraduate GPS > 950, or your minimum GRE score must be 360 verbal and 480 quantitative, and your 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
Core Courses: Yen-Ling Chang, Scott Morstad, Daniel Talley, Deb Tech and Jack Walters
Emphasis Courses: Jun Liu, Cherie Noteboom, Ronghua Shan, Julie Wolf Plimpton
All candidates for graduation must participate in an assessment activity. The MBA students will take their final assessment exam during their final semester. This assessment is an integral part of the program improvement process, by providing competency and performance information to the faculty who teach the courses.
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, he or she will be placed on academic probation and given the opportunity to raise your GPA to 3.0 within the next nine credit hours. If their GPA is not raised to 3.0, the student will be suspended from the program. More than 6 credits of "C" or any grade lower then "C" will also result in suspension from the program. A student may appeal a suspension. If students have questions regarding grading, they should review the "Satisfactory Progression" Program Guidelines or speak with their advisor.