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

Earn your online MBA degree in as few as 15 months with 36 credits 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 seven areas of specialization, you can tailor your MBA degree toward your specific career objectives.

Areas of specialization for your affordable online MBA program:

We offer our MBA degree onsite 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 fully 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

University of Mary’s MBA program allows students to learn in the best way for them – online, in the classroom, or a combination of both. I recommend University of Mary to anyone I know looking to further their education.”

Mary LaHaise, MBA Graduate

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.

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, or may qualify for a waiver if certain conditions are met. Contact your admissions representative or academic advisor for more information.

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

Raquel Fischer

Assistant Professor of Graduate Programs
Office: TSB 120
Phone: (701) 355-8155
Email: [email protected]

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

How long does it take to earn an MBA at Mary?

Students can earn their MBA degree in as few as 18 months.

Can I work while I earn my degree?

Yes, the MBA program is flexible with classes offered in the evenings or online, allowing working professionals the opportunity to continue working while going to school.

When can I start my classwork?

Most MBA evening classes start every 5 weeks year-round, allowing you to begin your courses as soon as you’re ready.

Does this program require the GMAT or other prerequisites?

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, students can take three preparatory classes in Finance, Accounting, and Economics.

How do I apply?

Visit, email [email protected], or call 701-355-8030.