Black Hills State University

The Business programs at Black Hills State University are dedicated to delivering quality business classes and preparation to students who are working intellectuals. Through innovative instruction, mentoring, research, internships, and service, BHSU develops business graduates who can compete effectively in a dynamic global environment.


South Dakota was recently named the number one state in the nation to do business. The best place to earn your business degree is Black Hills State University. We offer bachelor and master degree business programs on our campus in Spearfish, S.D., and online. 

BHSU is a premier, student-centered college, where students can fulfill their potential in an exceptional business environment.


MBA Program

The MBA in Applied Management at BHSU provides graduates with a strong foundation, practical administrative skills and responsive management insights to meet today’s global issues and the foresight required to anticipate obstacles and opportunities in the future of economic development. The program is focused on developing students’ problem solving abilities and emphasizes a broad range of critical skills required for effective management in a 21st century business world.

Learn more about the MBA Program.

Featured Students

Elise Foltz

Elise Foltz – Spearfish

Elise Foltz recently received a $6,800 scholarship from the South Dakota Certified Public Accountant Society (SD CPA). The Accounting Program Completion Scholarship paid for all of Foltz’s fall semester and half of the spring semester. The scholarship is targeted for students who are nearing completion of the 150 hours required to be a qualified CPA exam candidate and pursing a major in accountancy. Read more about Elise.

Featured Alumni

David Henry

David Henry

David Henry, a 2013 graduate in finances and economics, keeps informed on anything going on in the business world and is now using his expertise as a utilities analyst at South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in Pierre. While at BHSU, David began writing for the national business blog the Motley Fool, a site that offers news analysis and commentary for investors of all kinds. David was also part of a research team studying the benefits of integrating social media into classroom instruction to enhance learning.

Leigh Kamstra

Leigh Kamstra

Leigh Kamstra, a business administration major, spent 10 years in the banking world before setting her sights on a different path and pursued her entrepreneurial dreams. Leigh just celebrated 13 years as chef/owner of Spearfish’s Roma’s Ristorante - an Italian restaurant which draws patrons from all over. She was named South Dakota’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2011.

Kelsie Darling

Kelsie Darling

Shortly after graduating with her master’s in business services management, Kelsie Darling started Spearfish’s Quick Signs. In just a few short years, Kelsie, who also received her bachelor’s in entrepreneurial studies and management from BHSU, surpassed her goals for her business. In 2011, Kelsie was listed in the “20 to watch under 40” by the Black Hills Pioneer , and last spring she was awarded the Enterprising Young Entrepreneur by the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity.

William Weyer

William Weyer

After earning his degree in business education in 1962, William “Bill” Weyer spent 16 years teaching math and science in California. In 1978, he decided to use his business expertise in a different way and purchased his wife Sandra’s parents’ business Hensell Materials, a company that sells building materials to contractors. Over the next two decades, they expanded the business and increased sales. Last year, Bill received the BHSU Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Damian Ederhoff

Damian Ederhoff, Class of ’86, joined Denver’s Bauerle and Company the same year he graduated with his accounting degree. He quickly moved up the ranks becoming a partner specializing in financial, tax and consulting.

Raj Bathal

Raj Bathal, a 1962 BHSU business graduate, is the epitome of success. Only five years after earning his bachelor’s degree, Raj founded Orange County-based RAJ Manufacturing, now one of the largest swimwear companies in America. RAJ designs, manufactures and markets designer and private label swimwear and cover ups under nationally recognized brand names including ATHENA, GUESS Swimwear, Hurley Swimwear, and Luxe by Lisa Vogel. An avid sports fan, Raj also joined a group of investors who recently purchased the NBA team the Sacramento Kings

Curt Skaleyl

Curt Skaley has been moving up the ranks of Wells Fargo since graduating with his business administration degree from BHSU in 2009. He was recently promoted a business relationships manager for the Bismarck, N.D. Wells Fargo. In his new role, Curt works with business customers to help meet their commercial deposit, cash management and credit needs.

Shanna Quinn

Shanna Quinn, a 2012 graduate, secured a job before even earning her degree in business administration – economics/finance, accounting and management emphasis. The November prior to her graduation, Shanna was offered a position as a financial analyst with the Colorado Water Resource and Power Development Authority in Denver. She is scheduled to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam in December.


Black Hills State University
Office of Admissions
1200 University St. Unit 9502
Spearfish, SD 57799-9502

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