Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Affordable Online MBA Programs

Mary has top-ranked MBA programsEarn your MBA degree online in as few as 20 months at the University of Mary. Our Master of Business Administration online program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for management and leadership positions in a variety of business careers. With eight optional areas of concentration (including a new leadership MBA program), you can also tailor your MBA degree toward your specific career objectives.

Optional areas of concentration for your affordable online MBA program:

In addition to our online MBA degree program, we also offer the MBA degree on-site at locations across the Midwest, or in a blended format that includes both online courses and on-site courses.

MBA Online Program Highlights

Our $15,000 online MBA program offers the convenience and flexibility that today’s adult students want and need, while also providing the skills and knowledge that will help you succeed in business management and leadership positions.


  1. Start anytime

    Most classes in the online MBA program start every 5 weeks year round. 

  2. Class format

    Choose what works for you. Our online program is a proven method of receiving top-quality instruction; however, you do have other options. At the University of Mary, you have three options to earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree:

      1. Entirely online
      2. Evening courses, one night per week. Evening classes are located in Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota or at Fort Riley, Kansas.
      3. Blended combination of online and evening courses

Affordable online MBA

  1. Competitively priced

    At the University of Mary, you can complete your online MBA degree for $15,000, which makes us one of the most affordable private universities in the United States.

  2. Immediate return on investment

    According to US News and World Report, employees with a master’s degree earn 28% more than their counterparts without an advanced degree.


  1. Accreditation

    The University of Mary’s online MBA degree is accredited through both the Higher Learning Commission and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

  2. Collaborative learning

    Earn your MBA degree online by collaborating with other adult students in a supportive environment that’s based on teamwork.

  3. Online learning technology

    Use a state-of-the-art online learning program, called Canvas, to ensure that you receive top-quality instruction throughout your online MBA degree program. See how our teachers use Canvas.

  4. Scholar practitioners

    Learn from Mary’s faculty who are also experienced business leaders who bring real-world expertise to their classes.
  5. Support when you need it

    At the University of Mary, you’ll get personalized attention, because our priority is on state-of-the-art business practices, not research.
  6. Values-based education

    Everything that you’ll learn in the online MBA degree program will be taught from the perspective of Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.

The Online MBA Degree Program Capstone

The online MBA degree program at the University of Mary offers a capstone model. Instead of writing a traditional thesis at the conclusion of your studies, Mary’s curriculum is based on researching material for a final capstone that you will build throughout the online MBA program.

At Mary, your online MBA program will correspond with your business interests and experience. As you earn your degree, you will apply course concepts to address the unique business challenges you’ve encountered. The foundation for your capstone will develop as you progress through the program and determine which business topic to cover in the capstone. 

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?

Earn an online MBA degree from the University of Mary, and you’ll be uniquely poised to succeed in an ever-changing job market, both today and throughout your career:

In Demand

More than 20% of current open positions in the U.S. prefer or require a graduate degree, but only about 11% of job applicants hold an advanced degree.*

Financial Benefit

The average salary for U.S. workers (ages 21-64) with a bachelor’s degree is $42,877, whereas the average salary for those with a master’s degree or higher is $55,242

Employment Outlook

A master’s degree is quickly becoming the minimum education requirement (not a bachelor degree) in many career sectors, such as social services, public affairs, and higher education administration.**

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

** 6 Reasons Why Graduate School Pays Off (US News and World Report)

  • 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

Specific course requirements for each online MBA concentration are listed at 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.

If you are considering a Master of Business Administration degree, you might also be interested in the following graduate business programs offered online and on-site at the University of Mary: