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

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Evening Program

In the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree evening program 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.

What is an MBA degree?

The University of Mary MBA degree program 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 15 months with 36 credits. The MBA degree can also be tailored to your specific career goals, with seven areas of specialization (including the Catholic Philanthropy MBA program).

What are the different types of MBA degrees at Mary?

The University of Mary offers the following areas of specialization for your Master of Business Administration coursework, so that you can choose the best type of MBA degree for your life’s goals:

In addition to our MBA degree evening program, we also offer an affordable online MBA degree, as well as in a blended-format program that includes online and on-site classes.

MBA Evening Program Highlights

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) evening 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. Our MBA evening classes allow students to continue to work, while preparing for a better future.

  1. Start anytime

    Classes start every five weeks. Begin the application process today to reserve your place.

  2. Class format

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

    • 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.
    • Mary's fully online MBA program.
    • A blended program that combines online and evening courses.
  1. Competitively priced

    With current tuition priced at $520 per credit, the University of Mary is one of the most affodable private universities in the US.

  2. Immediate return on investment

    Master’s degree graduates earn, on average, 30% 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 evening program offers a capstone model to help create a more positive, less stressful experience for working adult students. Instead of requiring 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. You will apply course concepts to 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.

University of Mary has the best programs with each degree clearly mapped out, allowing students to know what to expect. The flexibility for students to jump in and out of various classes to meet their scheduling needs is fantastic. University of Mary truly is the best!”

Mary LaHaise, MBA Graduate

Why Earn Your MBA Degree?

The MBA evening 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.

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.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition


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]

To see the full listing of our business faculty please click here.

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

Students can earn their MBA degree in as few as 15 months.

Can I work while I earn my degree?

Yes, the MBA program is flexible with classes offered in the evenings or online, allowing time for working professionals to continue their career.

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.