More than a decade ago, the University of North Dakota’s MBA Program expanded into the online delivery space. Currently, the program is delivered using a synchronous delivery method where local students and distance learners can work together in real time, guided by top faculty, using elite materials to the benefit of all.
Michelle Garske, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs & Accreditation for the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration, believes this program provides students a platform which encourages engagement, networking, and a collaborative learning experience without the requirement of physically visiting campus. With the use of technology, students can have the feeling of a campus based environment while being geographically separated.
The UND MBA Program has been consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Most recently, in 2019 the Online MBA Program was ranked #31 which places the program in the top 15% of all such programs. The MBA program at the University of North Dakota holds AACSB International accreditation, which affirms the program’s high standards and faculty qualifications. The program is designed to advance knowledge in the areas of executive management, business analytics, financial analysis, and strategy. In addition to the core modules, students can choose from a variety of concentrations such as aviation management, business analytics, government & business, or social entrepreneurship. The concentrations allow students to tailor their learning experiences to their areas of interest.
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“UND’s MBA Program is unique in that it aligns a student’s individual learning goals to the degree requirements. With customizable curriculum plans, networking opportunities, and interactive class environments, students are sure to receive a valuable learning experience at an affordable price,” said Director of Graduate Recruitment & MBA Coordinator Kate Menzies.
In addition to national rankings, the program consistently makes advancements to the curriculum and admission requirements. For example, the four competency subjects, which includes financial accounting, understanding corporate finance, fundamentals of economics, and business math/statistics, can be easily completed using a self-paced online boot camp course. Each boot camp course is priced at a low cost of $75 and is estimated to require 15 hours to complete. The program has also recently implemented GMAT waiver opportunities to highly-qualified candidates.
The MBA Program’s innovative curriculum and unique delivery platform are not the only reasons why a student should consider UND. The Program also has an affordable price tag. Students who pursue the online MBA Program are able to receive North Dakota in-state tuition regardless of residency. In addition, the program provides scholarship opportunities to online students as well. These incentives can greatly alleviate financial burden for students who are considering a graduate education.
SHOWING ‘A WILLINGNESS TO INVEST IN YOURSELF’
Shauna Vistad graduated from the UND program in 2014, before the big curriculum changes, but she praises the program for its impact on her career. Currently the Special Investigations Unit and Provider Audit, Compliance, Audit, & Corporate Ethics manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Vistad tells Poets&Quants that her BS in criminal justice wasn’t quite enough to advance her career.
“I did some research online and found that I could do the MBA program through UND all online, which fit with my very busy lifestyle, so I pursued the program,” she says. “As a mom with a full-time job, I needed the flexibility.”
In her job, she adds, “having an understanding of business has helped me to better structure and lead the department and present information to my executive leaders in a way that helps them to better understand how our objectives align with the overall objectives of the business. I would absolutely recommend the program to anyone looking to further their education. The flexibility is great, the teachers are easy to work with, and furthering your education shows your willingness to invest in yourself.”
Nathan Adams, a Technical Account Manager for Microsoft, credits UND’s MBA Program with advancing him in his career. “I believe I have countless career opportunities thanks in part to my MBA. The program has changed the way in which I think and approach problems. I am more analytical, better informed, and ask pertinent questions. The MBA program at UND had a good mix of required versus elective courses; the required courses were extremely relevant and I was able to find elective courses that appealed to my personal career goals.”
Adams also said “One of the courses focused on Board of Director leadership. Throughout the course, we heard from several UND alumni who were C-level executives at well-known corporations. Their insights remain some of the best advice I’ve ever received, and their participation proved how far a degree from UND can advance you. Furthermore, the lessons learned from that class prepared me to be an effective member on the Board of Directors for Community Health Services, Inc. I would absolutely recommend an MBA from UND to anyone considering it. Personally, this degree has become more than a resume-builder – I am better able to perform my job thanks to the skills I gained from this program.”
Jeremy Nere, a 2017 online graduate of the program, praised the program’s ability to build connections between online and campus students. “I was seeking a strong, AACSB accredited program that was affordable, convenient, and hybrid. I wanted to make sure that regular, live interactions with fellow students and faculty were a central part of the program. UND’s MBA program matched all of those areas. This program is an excellent fit for a student who wants a highly interactive, challenging MBA program. You will learn as much from the faculty, case studies, and curriculum as you will from other students in the program with varying educational and work experiences.”