The University of Mary’s online MBA program will shape you into a True Leader — a person of courage and conviction with broad expertise, deep understanding, and undeniable character.

All organizations, communities, and societies need capable, ethical business leaders who put excellence in the service of the common good. Through skills-focused instruction rooted in transformative Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values, our online Master of Business Administration (MBA) pathway integrates thorough professional preparation in management, finance, and more with enriching personal formation, all to equip you with the confidence of an executive, the insight of a specialist, and the integrity of a True Leader.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission. After you're admitted to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Median annual salary for general and operations managers in 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Program Length

As little as one year


  • Online

  • Evenings at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; Williston, ND; and Billings, MT

Scholarships & Aid

In keeping with our commitment to supporting working adults seeking further education, we offer each eligible MBA candidate up to $10,000 in scholarships.

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Emerging business professionals looking for a flexible, affordable, holistic overview of advanced business leadership essentials
  • Working professionals in any field seeking to familiarize themselves with core business processes and optimize their leadership capabilities
  • Established business leaders interested in elevating their expertise and exploring the role of values and ethics in successful business management

Career Paths

  • Business Operations Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Public Sector Administrator
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Entrepreneur

What You’ll Learn

Genuine success encompasses life’s professional, personal, and communal dimensions. As you progress through our program, you’ll:

  • Build professional confidence by mastering advanced technical skills in the areas of finance, accounting, management, marketing, research, and communication.
  • Cultivate professional integrity by internalizing timeless principles of True Leadership, clarifying your personal values, and assessing your broader goals as a current or future business leader.
  • Foster professional responsibility by discerning the impact of ethical business excellence on organizations, communities, and societies.
Additional Opportunities

Are you looking for a graduate degree pathway that concentrates primarily on team development, conflict resolution, and interpersonal well-being? Learn more about our Master of Organizational Leadership program.

Chart Your Own Course

Align your degree plan with your interests and goals by choosing a concentration from the following list. If you’ve already received a graduate certificate in any of the below areas, you can apply your earned credits toward your MBA.

I would 100% recommend this program to anyone wanting to earn their MBA. Mary has a unique program that focuses on mission and values as well as the skills you need to be a great business leader.



    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business program(s) through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.

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Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from regionally accredited colleges and universities and those with military or career and work experience. 

How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

  • Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
      • Have your transcripts sent to:
        Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
      • Or request to send electronic transcripts to
  • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
    • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
    • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
  • Military experience can count towards a degree.
  • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
  • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

Each qualifying candidate will receive up to $10,000 in scholarships.

For more information about this and other financial aid opportunities, please reach out to our online admissions team at 701-355-8030 or

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