The College of Business is committed to providing students with a quality education in the functional areas of business, a systematic exposure to the global business issues they will face in their careers, and an introduction to applying the technologies that will be a part of their work life. In addition, students may choose elective courses that will help prepare them for careers in specific areas in which they have an interest.
Accounting is the analysis, interpretation and communication of financial information about the resources of an organization and the use of those resources. The accounting major prepares students for entry-level positions in managerial, corporate, government and forensic accounting.
NDSU accounting graduates currently have the highest pass rate for the certified public accounting examination in the state of North Dakota. Students who want to pursue public accounting should consider staying at NDSU to complete their Master of Accountancy. To sit for the North Dakota certified public accountant professional examination, individuals must complete 150 semester hours of education, which can be accomplished through completing NDSU master’s program. Students should consult their faculty adviser for further details.
The business administration program has evolved to meet the needs of business firms and students by providing our students with a broad knowledge base in economics, accounting, management, marketing, management information system and finance – with a blend of theory and practice.
Our program is the first AACSB-accredited undergraduate business degree to be offered fully online in the state of North Dakota. It allows you to earn a four-year B.S. in Business Administration from wherever you are! Online students take classes that are asynchronous, promoting flexibility for students juggling life's demands. This offering is ideal for students who are starting fresh and looking for an online program or who want to transfer credits earned at a previous institutions. Click here to see a list of institutions and courses accepted in transfer to NDSU.
The role of finance professionals, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have significantly reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. They monitor companies’ finances, conduct data analysis and advise managers on ideas to maximize profits. Their tasks are often specific to their organization or industry.
The management curriculum has been designed carefully to ensure students will be well equipped for the demand of today’s business and organizational landscapes. Management is an exciting and ever-developing field, and our students are supported by curriculum that fosters critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, analytic skills and global awareness.
The management information systems major emphasizes the collection, organization, analysis and dissemination of information for planning and control of business or organizational operations. Students learn how to handle the complex problems of building a bridge between the computer science professional, who has a technical orientation, and the managerial individual, who has a functional perspective.
Marketing is a primary function of organizations to ensure the needs of customers and external constituents are met. The curriculum is carefully designed to ensure students have understanding of how to successfully manage products, price, place and promotion, and have analytical and interpersonal skills.
This 2nd major prepares students for positions in the diverse, multicultural, and global environment they will encounter in the future.
*** Academic Year 2020/21 - the study abroad experience requirement for this major has changed to allow ANY study abroad experience, and is no longer minimally 3 weeks in length ***
The College of Business offers four-year undergraduate majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
- 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.
m = minor, c = certificate
Entrepreneurship (m, c)
To add, delete, or change a College of Business minor or undergraduate certificate (except for the certificate in professional selling*), complete the Minor/Advisor Change Form, located on the Office of Registration and Records website under "Student Forms."
*The undergraduate certificate in Professional Selling requires application and approval by the College of Business Center for Professional Selling and Sales Technology.
If you have questions or need assistance with College of Business minors, please contact:
Diane Axness at 701.231.9407
To add, delete, or change a College of Business certificate, please complete the "Minor/Advisor Change Form" on the Office of Registration and Records' website under student forms.*
*With exception to the Professional Selling certificate. This certificate requires application and approval by the College of Business Center for Professional Selling and Sales Technology.