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Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Begins every Fall (August), Spring (January) & Summer (May)
Options for Completing MBA Prerequisites
The UND College of Business & Public Administration requires certain core prerequisite courses or their equivalents be successfully completed prior to full admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. If attending on-campus classes is not an option for you, you may choose from several other options, including:
1. UND College of Business & Public Administration Challenge Exam
- Challenge exams exist for all 12 of the MBA prerequisite courses.
- Purchase the textbook(s) for an individual course and study it on your own in order to pass the challenge exam.
- Pass with a 70% or better.
- The challenge exams are free for a pre-MBA student at UND.
- You are allowed one attempt with each exam.
- Exams vary, but are mostly True or False and Multiple Choice questions.
- For more information or to schedule an exam, contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs/Accreditation Coordinator at 701.777.2397 or e-mail: michelle.garske@UND.edu
2. Online Courses through UND Online & Distance Education
You may complete MBA prerequisite courses by completing online semester-based or open-enrollment independent study courses from UND.
- Enroll during the University’s standard registration dates.
- Use federal financial aid.
- Complete courses in 10, 12, or 16-week terms.
- Get opportunities for interaction with other students.
- Follow the semester’s schedule for completing lessons and exams.
Open Enrollment, Independent Study Courses*
by Mail or Online
- Enroll at any time.
- Take up to 9 months to complete your undergraduate course(s).
- Work independently by studying anytime, anywhere.
- Set your own schedule for completing lessons and exams.
*Open enrollment, independent study courses are not eligible for financial aid; however, alternative loans are accepted.
3. National CLEP Exam
The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams.
- CLEP exams are offered at a national level and consist of multiple choice questions.
- Purchase the textbook(s) for an individual course and study it on your own in order to pass the national CLEP exam.
- Exams are offered at most university testing centers.
- The cost per exam is approximately $60.
Acceptable CLEP Exams to Substitute for MBA Prerequisite Courses
- Financial Accounting CLEP exam for Acct 200
- Introductory Business Law CLEP exam for Acct 315
- Principles of Microeconomics CLEP exam for Econ 201
- Principles of Macroeconomics CLEP exam for Econ 202
- Information Systems and Computer Applications CLEP exam for ISYS 317
- Principles of Management CLEP exam for Mgmt 300
- Principles of Marketing CLEP exam for Mrkt 305
- Calculus CLEP exam for Math 146
MBA Prerequisite Courses That Do Not Have Acceptable CLEP Exams
- Acct 201
- Econ 210
- Fin 310
- Mgmt 301
4. Complete Courses at Any Regionally Accredited Institution
You may take courses from a regionally accredited institution of higher education at a location near you. Prior to taking courses from another institution, you should check with your academic advisor to make sure the credits will transfer and apply to your degree program.