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 online MBA degree in as few as 20 months at the University of Mary. Our Master of Business Administration online program provides you with the knowledge and skills needed for management and leadership positions in a variety of business careers. With nine optional areas of concentration, you can tailor your MBA degree toward your specific career objectives.

Optional areas of concentration for your affordable online MBA program:

We offer our MBA degree on site at locations across the Midwest, or in a blended format that includes both online and on-site courses.

MBA Online Program Highlights

The University of Mary's 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. Most classes in the online MBA program start every five weeks, year-round, allowing you to benefit from:

  1. Quality, Accredited Curriculum

    Our online MBA degree is accredited through both the Higher Learning Commission and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

  2. Online, Collaborative Learning

    Collaborate with other adult students through a state-of-the-art online learning program, called Canvas, as you receive top-quality instruction throughout your online MBA degree program.

  3. Scholar-Practitioner Support

    Receive personalized attention from Mary’s experienced faculty who bring real-world business expertise to their classes.

  4. Values-Based Education

    Everything that you’ll learn in the online MBA degree program will be taught from the perspectives of Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.
  5. A Top-Ranked Business School

    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business is ranked as the top business school in North Dakota by

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?

Earning your MBA degree prepares you to succeed in an ever-changing job market, both today and throughout 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.

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

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

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


Curriculum that Utilizes Your Interests and Experience

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.

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.

  • 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 (MARY).