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Business Administration

Program and Application Information
Co- Coordinator:Paul Brown, MBA
Co- Coordinator:Derek Lehmberg, Ph.D.
Department Location:Barry Hall
Department Phone:(701) 231-9407
Department Web
Application Deadline:International applications are due May 1 for fall semester and August 1 for spring semester. Domestic applicants should apply at least six weeks prior to the start of classes.
Degrees Offered:Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Test Requirement:GMAT or GRE
English Proficiency Requirements:TOEFL ibT 79 IELTS 6.5

Program Description

The Master of Business Administration program at North Dakota State University is a non-thesis, professional program structured to serve qualified students with undergraduate degrees in various fields. The program is designed to provide the student with an effective set of analytical skills, a broad view of the way organizations work, and an understanding of the functional areas of business. The NDSU program takes a generalist approach to graduate business education while providing a variety of electives to give the student the opportunity to pursue a particular area of interest in business or a related discipline. Concentrations in the health care industry, and in supply chain and logistics are offered.  

NDSU business faculty use a variety of teaching methods: case studies, group and individual projects, field research, computer applications, guest lecturers, student presentations, and discussion. Class interaction provides rich opportunity to network with aspiring professionals from a wide range of industries and countries. The student is able to acquire and improve problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills and to apply these skills in business situations. Teleconferencing software enables distance learners to fully participate in class and complete the MBA program off-site.

Financial Assistance

The College of Business offers financial assistance through graduate assistantships and scholarships. Applicants must be admitted on a conditional or full-standing basis. Assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver accompanying work within the college.

The tuition waiver is limited to graduate course work. Awards are based on academic excellence as determined by grade point average, high potential as measured by the GMAT score, and the financial needs of the student. Applications are available at

The total course requirements necessary to complete the MBA degree will vary depending on the background of the student. An adequate background in the functional areas of business is necessary for all students.

Foundation course areas include accounting, economics, statistics, management, marketing, and finance. Based on previous course work, some or all of these courses may be waived.

Beyond the foundation course requirements, all students must complete 30 semester hours of graduate work. Graduate courses in the MBA Program include the following eight required 3-credit core courses:

Core Courses
ACCT 720Strategic Cost Management3
FIN 740Advanced Financial Management3
MGMT 750Advanced Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 751Advanced Operations Management3
MRKT 760Strategic Marketing Management3
MIS 770Information Resources Management3
BUSN 780Economics for Managers in the Global Economy3
BUSN 789Advanced Strategic Management3
Total Credits24

Health Care Industry Concentration

Core Courses24
PH 704Leading and Managing Public Health Systems3
Two of the following courses:6
Healthcare Delivery in the United States
Environmental Health
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
Cultural Competence Health Care
Total Credits33

Supply Chain Logistics Concentration

Core Courses24
Additional nine credits selected from the following set of courses:9
Logistics Systems
Introduction to ERP
International Logistics Management
Advanced Supply-Chain Planning Across the Enterprise
ERP Configuration
Adaptive Planning in Logistics Systems
Logistics Decision Analysis
Total Credits33

Joint MBA-Pharm.D. Degree Program

The College of Business and the College of Health Professions offer a dual degree program where students receive a Pharm.D. degree and an MBA. Pharm.D. students meet the business foundation course requirement through the pharmacy curriculum, and the choice of MBA elective courses is flexible for students in the dual degree program. To be eligible for this joint degree program, students must apply to and be accepted into both the Pharm.D. and the MBA programs. The MBA course work can be completed in one year following completion of the Pharm.D. degree.

Margaret Andersen, Ph.D.
Indiana University, 1989
Field: Accounting

John Bitzan, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1997
Field: Economics

William "Bud" Bowlin, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin, 1984
Field: Accounting

James W. Clifton, M.Acc.
University of North Dakota, 1988
Field:  Accounting

Thomas D. Dowdell, Ph.D.
Temple University, 2004
Field: Accounting

Rajani Ganesh-Pillai, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida, 2009
Field: Marketing 

David Herda, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Arlington, 2010
Field: Accounting

Yongtao "David" Hong, Ph.D.
Drexel University, 2008
Field: Accounting 

Fariz Huseynov, Ph.D.
University of Memphis, 2009
Field: Finance

Ronald D. Johnson, D.B.A.
Indiana University, 1970
Field: Organizational Behavior

Joseph M. Jones, Ph.D.
University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
Field: Marketing

Bonnie Klamm, Ph.D., CPA
Virginia Commonwealth University-Richmond, 1999
Field: Accounting Information System

Sukumarakurup Krishnakumar, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 2008
Field: Organizational Behavior 

Michael Krush, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2009
Field: Marketing 

Derek Lehmberg, Ph.D.
University of Western Ontario, 2010
Field: Strategic Management

Jin Li, Ph.D.
University of Alberta, 2007
Field: Marketing

Gerry Macintosh, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992
Field: Sales and Sales Management

Joshua Marineau, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2012
Field: Organizational Behavior

Michael J. Peterson, Ph.D.
The University of Iowa, 2002
Field: Accounting

Tim O. Peterson, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University at College Station, 1988
Field: Management/Organizational Behavior

Frederick Riggins, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University, 1994
Field: Management Information Systems

Herbert Snyder, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, 1994
Field: Auditing, Forensic Accounting

Charles D. Stevens, Ph.D.
University of Kansas, 1998
Field: Human Resource Management

Joseph G. Szmerekovsky, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, 2003
Field: Operations

Chanchai Tangpong, Ph.D.
University of Southern Illinois, 2002
Field: Strategic Management

Ruilin Tian, Ph.D.
Georgia State University, 2008
Field: Finance

Rodney D. Traub, Ph.D.
Purdue University, 1994
Field: Operations Management

Newell Wright, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1993
Field: Marketing 

Limin Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, 2005
Field: Management Information Systems 

Wei "David" Zhang, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, 2001
Field: Finance

Jill Zuber, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas, 2007
Field: Accounting


Bahman Bahrami, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1983
Field: Managerial Economics, Management Information Systems, Labor Relations and Negotiation

C. Frederick Eisele, Ph.D.
University of Iowa, 1971
Field: Labor Management and Negotiation

Karen Froelich, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 1994
Field: Strategic Management

Terry W. Knoepfle, J.D., CPA
University of North Dakota, 1981
Field: Business Law and Tax Accounting