Black Hills State University has been authorized by the Board of Regents to offer a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in applied management in Rapid City. This innovative master’s degree, which will build on the thriving business program offered at BHSU, will target mid- to upper-level business professionals.

Courses will be taught in Rapid City on a part-time basis in the evenings and on weekends to meet the needs of working business people.

BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says the MBA program will provide an exceptional educational experience for business people seeking to advance in their careers and will also create the potential for economic development in the Rapid City region.

“This program is good news for business people seeking to advance in their careers. It’s also good for western South Dakota because it will meet the unique needs of the business community and strengthen the economic development partnerships through the region, including those affiliated with the Sanford Lab in Lead,” Schallenkamp says.

Schallenkamp noted that the MBA program will build upon the partnerships the University has with Black Hills Vision and western South Dakota Economic Development associations to address the specific needs of the business community in the Rapid City region.

“BHSU’s MBA degree will provide experiential learning to engage and encourage participants to share their collective professional experiences while enriching their individual knowledge base, skill set, and outlook as mid-level managers,” says Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Technology at BHSU.

The degree will be focused on applied management and will incorporate the best practices across the related disciplines of law, accounting, human resource management, small business management/entrepreneurship, international business, finance, marketing, and information technology.

When approved by the Higher Learning Commission, the degree will formally be advertised. Individuals interested in more information should contact Romkema at 605.642.6341 or PriscillaRomkema@BHSU.edu .