Your Guide to Career, Curriculum and Education
EARN AN ONLINE MBA DEGREE TODAY
No matter what delivery options or concentrations you choose, earning your MBA at a university in North Dakota will be worth every minute of your efforts. In 2018, Poets & Quants ranked the University of North Dakota’s MBA program fifth in the nation for online MBAs. The 2015 Princeton Review rated the MBA program as #13 out of the Top 25 in Online MBA programs.
Those two rankings right there tell you that, if you are seriously exploring the MBA program at UND, you’re going to be entering a high-quality program.
In a nod to today’s technologies, UND offers every one of its MBA courses in a hybrid format. This means that, if you enroll here, you’ll take your classes in an online format and in a face-to-face environment too. If you’re already working, this makes class participation much easier.
WHY CONSIDER AN ONLINE MBA?
The University of Mary, in Bismarck, North Dakota, has locations all over this state and in Billings, Montana. This makes attending classes much easier if you live in another city or even at the Grand Forks Air Force Base or Fort Riley, Kansas.
The faculty of the MBA program understands that you have a career and probably a family. This means you can’t spend hours each day, commuting or studying when you should be working. You will have to spend some time every day, studying, writing papers and getting ready for exams. But, because the program for the University of Mary’s MBA students takes place in the evenings, this means you can focus on your studies. If you have a family event taking place, you’ll be able to participate without worrying that you’re missing a vital class session.
Percentage of Students Enrolled By Distance Education
You learn how to analyze, manage and share data so you can solve business and organizational problems. You’ll learn about statistical analysis as well as management and processing of data. Good for students who want to manage information.
Here, you learn how to move and work within a global economy. This gives you a much larger advantage in business opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad. Ideal for students planning to work internationally.
Government & Business
This concentration shows you how to work within the nexus of government and business. You’ll gain an understanding of public organizations and government, learning how to operate within both. If you plan to enter government, this concentration is ideal for you.
Here, you’ll get to take part in courses that all come from different disciplines (economics, marketing, social entrepreneurship and healthcare administration). Choose courses geared closely to your interests (relationship marketing, demographics or brand management.
Use entrepreneurial principles in looking at and working on existing social problems. You’ll obtain a background, academically to help you succeed as a social entrepreneur (non-profit business, business, public administration and political science). Again, politics, as well as management of social enterprises can be your focus.
Taking one of these concentrations will help you establish yourself for a job that allows you to work in the field of your choice.
Accreditation in North Dakota
The University of North Dakota is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and the Network of School of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The university’s accreditation page is filled with agencies that have accredited several academic programs.
The University of Mary has been accredited by The Higher learning Commission (a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).
The Gary Tharaldson School of Business has been accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
North Dakota State University’s College of Business has been accredited by the AACSB.
CAREER AND JOB OUTLOOK FOR GRADUATES
Once you have graduated from your North Dakota MBA program and find the job in North Dakota for which you earned your MBA, expect to earn according to the concentration you chose.
As a manager, you’ll earn a median hourly wage of $41.98 and an annual mean wage of $99,010. If you are a general or operations manager, your median hourly wage is slightly higher at $43.24 and your annual mean wage will be $103,630. As a marketing manager, your median hourly wage will be about $47.58 and your annual mean wage, $206,000.
|Company||Industry||Headquarters City||Number of Employees|
|City of Horace, ND||Government||Horace, ND||1,466|
|Aldevron||Biological Science||Fargo, ND||150|
|Customer Experience Mgr.||U.S. Bank||Fargo, ND||73,000 (in whole country)|
|Salesforce Senior Manager, Director||Silverline Jobs||Fargo, ND||(unable to find)|
EARNING POTENTIAL WITH AN MBA IN NORTH DAKOTA
Earning with Associates
A Business Development Manager in Devils Lake, ND earns $29,000 to $31,000 annually. Position also pays commission. This position requires only a high school diploma. Applicants are required to hold a driver’s license and vehicle insurance because they will be driving (mileage is paid). This employee must also know the Microsoft Office Suite.
Earning with Bachelor’s
The Senior Financial Analyst at St. Alexius Medical Center works under the CFO. They will b responsible for reimbursement and cost reporting, as well as working closely with information systems and affiliated business service departments. Required to hold bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration with four years of medical billing, reimbursement and cost reporting experience.
Earning with MBA
The Director of Hospital Based Physician Practices at St. Alexius will work under supervision of the vice-president. Handles budgeting and manages all aspects of hospital-based physician practices in the various departments of each specialty (ER, Intensivists, Infectious Disease, Hospitalists and Anesthesia). Will be expected to guide the facility in meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements.
MBA Careers in North Dakota
Commercial (Real Estate) agent for a realtor’s office in Fargo, North Dakota. The right applicant takes care of leasing functions in the company’s portfolio. Negotiates lease transactions and agreements.
Soft drink company position for a unit sales manager in Mandan, North Dakota. This manager oversees and leads the sales and distribution strategy for a regional distribution center. Responsible for sales, customer service and marketing.
National health insurance provider needs senior business systems analysis professional. Position is in Plaza, North Dakota. Employee completes analyses of business, process and user needs, documents requirements, cost/benefit analysis.
State university in North Dakota advertising for an adjunct business instructor. MBA or an equivalent master’s degree. Instructor would teach three sections per semester, teaching management, marketing, entrepreneurship and international business classes at undergraduate and graduate levels.
International technology company advertising for a product marketing manager. Manager is responsible for one product’s scorecard metrics (small, median and corporate). Will work jointly with field sales leadership, achieving all scorecard metrics devoted to the product being sold.
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MBA PROGRAM
Before you apply to an MBA program, you need to explore several programs and figure out the financing.
Once you have completed the exploration process, choose the program that meets your career goals. Decide on a face-to-face or online program, based on your current life.
First, explore each program. Second, choose the program that fits your goals. Third, take your GMAT graduate school testing. Apply to that program and start your enrollment. Apply for financial aid.
After choosing the program of your choice, it’s time to register and prepare for the GMAT exam. Give yourself a minimum of 3 to 6 months to prepare for and study everything you’ll need to know for the exam. If possible, try to begin preparing 9 to 12 months in advance. If you kept your undergraduate textbooks, use these as a base from which to study.
Decide what score you want to achieve. A good way to decide is to add 20 to the highest scores above those GMAT averages at the first school of your choice. Take a diagnostic exam so you know what areas you need to focus on most strongly. A private tutor or mentor will be a useful addition to your preparations. Choose a tutor with a Real GMAT score of 760 or higher. They should also have at least two years of experience. If you can’t find anyone in your community, a virtual tutor may help you out.
Three or four days before exam day, decrease the intensity of your studying so you don’t exhaust yourself mentally. You want to be well-rested and able to remember all the material you just learned.
Think about those people from whom you will request recommendation letters. Again, complete this well before the application deadlines of the schools to which you’re applying.
Think of people who have had an impact on your professional career or your years in college. Perhaps a mentor who guided you in your early professional years would be a good selection. If you became close to a particular adviser in your school years, this person might also be a good choice, especially if they know what your goals are.
After you have made your recommender selections, give them 6 to 8 weeks, at a minimum, to complete online recommendation forms for each school. They will have to answer several essay questions. Be sure to let each recommender know that the essay questions won’t be the same from school to school, so they should go back over several of their memories of you.
Choose recommenders who know you very well—what they say about you may be a “make or break” decision as schools decide whether to extend an invitation for you to apply for admission. Statements and answers to essay questions should be strong and certain, not wishy-washy or unsure.
It’s time to explore yourself and who you are so you can share yourself with the admissions offices of the schools to which you’re planning to apply. You also need to know yourself academically and professionally. Your goal is to convince them that you are one of the best applicants to invite to apply.
Take some time to think about who you are in several spheres of your life. Admission committees want to know who you are personally, so they can establish that you’ll fit in well with other students in their MBA programs.
What makes you different from other applicants who have similar career goals and academic profiles? While it may seem like a step you can omit, it’s one of the most important for your eventual admission to the program of your choice.
Some of the questions you should ask yourself are: What makes you stand out from the crowd of applicants, especially when their applications are similar to yours? How have you affected the world, especially in your community or region? How do you plan to continue making an impact? Regarding leadership skills, what makes you so effective as a leader? Communicate why you need an MBA right now.
Narrow your list of schools down and note down the deadlines of each program. Create a list of a minimum of four schools and a maximum of eight. Some schools will be safe bets for admission; others are targets, where you’re almost sure of admission, but not quite. The stretches are those schools that are very selective about MBA student selection.
In choosing schools, your GMAT score shouldn’t be the only consideration. It’s important, but not the be-all and end-all.
After making your own final program choices, create a spreadsheet and highlight approaching deadlines. Once you finish this, it’s time to start jotting down ideas for essay questions. About these essays—don’t do a “copy-and-paste” job, thinking this will save time and still impress admission committees. Customize each essay you write. It’s obvious when applicants have taken the time and trouble to write their essay answers for each school. Make sure to have your application essays submitted on time to each school.
Keep track of deadlines every week—applications, application packets and GMAT exam. You want to be able to meet every deadline, perhaps even sending in required documents a little early.
Look at your resume and look for any gaps in either volunteer experience, leadership skills or work experience. Keeping these gaps in mind, begin to fill them in. If you’ve taken the GMAT one time already, but your score wasn’t as high as you wanted it to be, schedule a new testing date if you still have some time before application deadlines roll around. If you can, take a summer course that allows you to obtain the knowledge you need so that, when you re-take the GMAT, your score will jump higher.
Spend a few hours each week, working as a volunteer with an organization whose work you like. Explain to the director that you would like to improve your leadership experience or non-work activities. They will help you to find something that needs to be done—such as assuming control of staff members; working with management of the organization or nonprofit.
At work, talk to your immediate supervisor. Let them know that you’re seeking to improve your resume in several areas. Explain that you have a gap in x area and you want to correct this. They may have you begin working in a leadership position—add this to your resume prior to applying to your preferred programs.