Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Online; Alexandria, MN; Billings, MT; Bismarck, ND; Dickinson, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Now your Return On Investment is even better!

get your mba for only $15k

Mary has top-ranked MBA programs

When researching university tuition prices, you see "affordable" and "value" over and over. But, if you dig deeper, you'll often find the sticker price is just to get you in the door. There are no games here. 

The University of Mary is introducing an MBA for only $15,000! Values-based and affordable, a graduate degree from Mary is not subject to annual tuition increases, miscellaneous fees, etc. Just pay $7,500 in the beginning of your first and second semester or $4,400 for your first five semesters and take the rest of your program tuition-free!

Our trusted enrollment advisors can help you through payment options by simply visiting with them. Financial aid is available. Contact Mary today and find out how you can get started on your degree. Classes begin every five weeks.


In graduate degrees in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary, you will solve real-world business problems in an academic setting that prepares you to lead and manage in diverse business areas. Beyond our MBA, we have three additional programs. Each is a blend of leading-edge research and experiential learning, provided in an accelerated format that enables you to complete your master’s degree in as few as 20 months. Your degree can be tailored to your specific career goals, with eight optional areas of concentration*.

Optional areas of concentration for your MBA degree:

*Concentrations will be charged to the student at a per-credit hour rate and are not included with the $15,000 price point. 

MBA Program Highlights

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Mary is designed to offer maximum flexibility and convenience for today’s adult graduate learners, while providing the knowledge, skills, and values you need to be a successful business leader.


  1. Start anytime

    Most MBA evening classes start every 5 weeks year round.

  2. Class format

    At the University of Mary, you have several options to earn your MBA degree depending on your preference:

      1. Evening courses available in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks Air Force Base, and Watford City in North Dakota or at Fort Riley, Kansas. Evening classes meet one night each week.
      2. Mary's affordable online MBA program.
      3. Blended program that combines online and evening courses.


  1. Competitively priced

    Enabling you to complete your MBA degree at only $15,000, the University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the United States.

  2. Immediate return on investment

    Master’s degree graduates earn, on average, 28% more than those without an advanced degree, according to U.S. News and World Report.


  1. Accreditation

    The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the University of Mary is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

  2. Scholar practitioners

    In addition to being exceptional educators, our faculty are also experienced business leaders who bring real-world expertise to the classroom.

  3. Support when you need it

    Because our focus is on state-of-the-art business practices (as opposed to research), you will get the level of personal attention and support you need at the University of Mary.
  4. Values-based Education

    Our MBA degree evening program is firmly grounded in the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values of the university.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Capstone

Our MBA degree program offers a capstone model to help create a more positive, less stressful experience for working adult students. Instead of writing a traditional thesis following your studies, Mary’s curriculum is based on researching material for a final capstone throughout your coursework.

At Mary, your MBA program is customized to align with your experience and business interests. Throughout your coursework, you will apply course concepts to address the specific challenges you’ve encountered in business. As you progress through the program you will build the foundation for your capstone which will examine a business topic that you are passionate about.

Being a graduate student has been character building for me. The coursework has provided the opportunity to take what I am learning in graduate studies and apply those principles to my career. It has been great being able to make a difference in my profession and grow at the same time. It is a win-win that I am grateful for!

Trisha Jungels
Trisha Jungels, RN - Vice President of Clinical Services/CNO - Jamestown Regional Medical Center

Why Earn Your MBA Degree?

The MBA program at the University of Mary offers a number of advantages that will position you to succeed in your career.

In demand

According to U.S. News and World Report, a master’s degree is quickly becoming the minimum education required for many types of jobs.

Employment outlook

Approximately 20% of current open positions in the U.S. require or prefer job applicants with graduate-level education. But only about 11% of Americans hold graduate degrees.*

Financial benefit

The average salary for workers age 21-64 in the United States who hold bachelor’s degrees is $42,877. The average salary for those with master’s degrees or higher is $55,242.

* In Defense Of The Master's Degree (Forbes)

  • BUS 501 Graduate Business Orientation
  • BUS 565 Statistics and Research
  • PHI 572 Ethics
  • BUS 504 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MPM 500 Project Management
  • BUS 505 Human Resources
  • BUS 635 Law in the Managerial Environment
  • BUS 610 Marketing
  • BUS 502 Operations Management
  • BUS 555 Managerial Finance
  • BUS 605 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 571 Executive Economic Analysis
  • BUS 790 Graduate Business Capstone

To view specific course requirements for each MBA concentration, click the links below.

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Application
  • Goal Statement – 3 to 5 paragraphs stating how this graduate degree will align with your personal and professional goals.
  • Official transcripts – Please mail the transcripts to the University of Mary at
      • Office of Graduate Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND  58504
  • Two letters of reference – when you apply you will be asked to enter email addresses for your references.  This will generate the form to automatically be sent to the email recipient for completion.   
  • Resume – Submit this to your admission representative.
  • Application/enrollment fee – This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.


The GMAT is not a requirement for acceptance into the online MBA degree program but must be completed prior to the MBA specific classes. In lieu of the GMAT, you can take three preparatory classes in Finance, Accounting, and Economics.

If pursuing an MBA (in the evening or online program) you will need to take the GMAT (or additional courses) and achieve a score of 550 prior to MBA specific courses with only the following exceptions:

  • Currently serving military or veterans who have been discharged honorably.
  • Practicing physician (passed MCAT), practicing dentist (passed DAT), practicing attorney (passed LSAT), or a CPA
  • Comparable score on another graduate school entrance exam, such as GRE or MAT

The related Master of Science in Business (MS) and Master of Project Management (MPM) programs do not require the GMAT.

Program Advisors: Raquel Fischer

For more information about our graduate programs, please contact Raquel Fischer at [email protected], or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.