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

Master of Science in Business Online Degree Overview

Complete your MS in Business degree online in as few as 15 months at the University of Mary. The online Master of Science in Business program prepares experienced business professionals for management and leadership positions in a variety of organizational settings. The online MS in Business degree is ideal for graduate students who wish to advance their careers and gain leadership skills while gaining a broad overview in the essentials of accounting, economics, and finance. Like Mary's MBA, which is one of the most affordable online MBA programs, the online MS in Business offers eight optional areas of concentration that you can use to customize your degree to specific career goals:

Optional areas of concentration for your online MS in Business degree:

In addition to our online Master of Science in Business degree program, we also offer the MS in Business degree on-site as convenient evening classes across the Midwest, or as a blended program that includes both online and on-site evening classes.

MS in Business Online Program Highlights

  • Earn your Master of Science in Business degree online in as few as 15 months.
  • Add a concentration and complete the online MS in Business program in just two years.
  • Pursue your master’s in business without having to complete the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  • Work and study from the convenience of your own computer using our state-of-the-art online learning platform.
  • Access live, online, on-demand tutoring and writing support anytime, anywhere. 

The online Master of Science in Business program emphasizes leadership and critical business soft skills, such as communication and interpersonal skills, while offering the flexibility and convenience you need to achieve your master’s degree.


  1. Start anytime

    Most courses in the online MS in Business program start every five weeks throughout the year.

  2. Class format

    At the University of Mary, you can earn your Master of Science in Business degree in three different ways:

      1. Entirely online.
      2. Evening courses that meet one night each week. Evening classes are offered in Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota or at Fort Riley, Kansas.
      3. Combination of online and evening classes.


  1. Tuition

    The cost of tuition for your online MS in Business degree is $550 per credit.

  2. Competitively priced

    Complete your online MS in Business degree for less than $18,000 (tuition only). It’s another reason that the University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.

  3. Immediate return on investment

    Employees with a master’s degree earn 28 percent more than those without an advanced degree, according to US News and World Report.


  1. Accreditation

    Our Master of Science in Business program is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

  2. Collaborative learning

    Work toward your MS in Business in a team environment in which you can find support and make long-lasting friendships.

  3. Technology

    Use a state-of-the-art online learning program, called Canvas, to ensure that you receive top-quality instruction. See how our teachers use Canvas.
  4. Scholar practitioners

    Learn from experienced faculty who are also business leaders in their communities and in the North Dakota region.
  5. Personal attention

    Emphasizing cutting-edge business practices over research, our online MS in Business program offers you support when you need it.
  6. Values-based Education

    In the online MS in Business program, you will gain the skills to apply Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to serve the greater good.

The Online MS in Business Capstone Experience

The online Master of Science in Business program at the University of Mary includes a capstone model. Instead of writing a traditional thesis at the conclusion of your studies, Mary's curriculum allows you to research material that will be used to develop your final capstone throughout your coursework. This model, which is designed for busy working professionals, helps to make your online master’s program more manageable by allowing you to build your capstone one chapter at a time. 

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 MS in Business Degree?

With an online MS in Business degree from the University of Mary, you can look forward to a number of competitive advantages in the job market:

Employment outlook

More than 20% of current open positions in the United States prefer or require graduate-level education, but only about 11% of the population holds an advanced degree.*

In demand

According to US News and World Report, master’s degrees are increasingly replacing undergraduate degrees as the minimum requirement for employment.

Financial benefit

U.S. workers between the ages of 21 and 64 with a master's degree or higher earn an average annual salary of $55,242, compared to those with a bachelor's degree whose average annual salary is $42,877.

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

The University of Mary’s Master of Science in Business program focuses on coursework in leadership and management. The program consists of 33 required credits.

  • BUS 501 Graduate Program Orientation
  • BUS 565 Statistics and Research
  • PHI 572 Ethics
  • BUS 504 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MPM 500 Project Management
  • BUS 505 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 635 Law in the Managerial Environment
  • BUS 610 Marketing
  • BUS 502 Operations Management
  • BUS 554 Fundamentals of Finance, Accounting and Economics
  • BUS 690 Leadership
  • BUS 790 Graduate Business Capstone

Course requirements for the optional online MS in Business concentrations are listed below: 

We encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. Financial aid is available, and in some cases, a scholarship may be available as well. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Upon applying to the University of Mary, you will be assigned a personal admissions representative who will help guide you through the application process. We encourage you to contact the graduate admissions office for details.

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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.
  • Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted on probation, or denied admission to the program.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program. 


The Master of Science in Business (MS) does 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.