Students are required to complete the course requirements of one of the majors in the college. Students follow the published curricula for the major program of study from the semester/year of entrance in the College of Business to graduation, provided enrollment at NDSU has not been discontinued for more than one year. Students who change their major program of study are subject to meeting the curricular requirements in effect at the time the new major is declared.

Students enter the College of Business as a pre-major student. Admission into the professional program requires the completion of the following pre-College requirements with a grade of ‘C’ or higher: ENGL 120, MATH 144, ECON 201 or 202, SOC 110 or PSYC 111 and COMM 110 and a 2.50 institutional grade point average. 

Students must be accepted into the major prior to the completion of the last 30 credits in required 300-400 level College of Business courses.Graduation from the College of Business requires students to also earn a grade of 'C' or better in all degree required courses (including all major required courses, business elective requirements, and additional 300-400 level CoB electives or breadth electives). 

Students in the College of Business are responsible for monitoring their individual progress toward degree completion. Full time academic advisors and faculty advisors are available to provide guidance and answer questions.

  • Examine financial statements to be sure they are accurate and comply with laws and regulations
  • Compute taxes owed, prepare tax returns and ensure taxes are paid properly and on time
  • Inspect accounting books and accounting systems for efficiency and use of accepted accounting practices
  • Organize and maintain financial records
  • Assess financial operations and make best-practices recommendations to management
  • Suggest ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues and improve profits
Common Career Titles
Auditor         Industry Consultant          Personal Financial Adviser
Tax Planning and PreparationInternal AuditorTax Examiner
Forensic AccountantControllerCollector and Revenue Agent
Fraud InvestigatorBank Examiner


  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies and procedures

  • Direct and oversee an organization’s budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports and other performance indicators
  • Consult with other executives, staff and board members about general operations
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies and programs
Common Career Titles
Administrative Service Manager         Industrial Production Manager          General Manager
EntrepreneurOperations ManagerMedical and Health Services Manager
Retail ManagerBusiness AnalystSmall Business Owner
Human Resource Manager


  • Serve as intermediaries (such as broker/dealer) in the financial market
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Value and make recommendations for investments decisions
  • Help management make financial decisions
Common Career Titles
Budget AnalystFinancial Analyst         Loan Officer          Personal Financial Adviser
Chief Financial OfficerSecurities, Commodities and Financial Service Sales AgentRisk Manager


  • Analyze data to determine effectiveness of programs
  • Supervise staff who provide services to clients
  • Develop and manage budgets for programs and organizations
  • Suggest and carry out improvements to programs and services
  • Design and oversee programs to meet the needs of the target audience or community
Common Career Titles
Administrative Services Manager         Compensation and Benefits Manager          Social and Community Services Manager
Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing ManagerHuman Resource ManagerGeneral Manager
Agriculture ManagerSupply Chain and Operations ManagerProject Manager
Bank Relationship ManagerBank Examiner


  • Create information solutions to support and improve successful business operations
  • Mine and analyze large data sets to discover trends for improving business outcomes and decisions
  • Design and implement cyber security systems and procedures to safeguard organizational systems and information
  • Integrate enterprise systems into business operations
Common Career Titles
Business Analyst         Database Administrator          Technical Support Specialist
Business Application DeveloperBusiness Intelligence AnalystInformation Systems Manager
IT ConsultantSystems Developer

IT User Liaison

Systems AnalystDatabase AnalystCyber Security Analyst
IT Development Project LeaderWeb DeveloperNetwork Administrator

  • Monitor and forecast marketing and sales trend
  • Analyze data using statistical software
  • Measure the effectiveness of marketing programs and strategies
  • Gather data about consumers, competitors and market conditions
  • Convert complex data and findings into understandable tables, graphs, and written reports
  • Prepare reports and present results to clients or management
Common Career Titles
Sales         Market Research Analyst          Buyer
Advertising and Promotion ManagerConvention and Event PlannerRetail Manager
Pricing SpecialistPurchasing AgentBrand Manager
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