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The MBA program in Applied Management at BHSU is designed specifically for managers and professionals and is delivered face-to-face in Rapid City, with a hybrid course during the summer. To accommodate employed students, face-to-face classes are delivered in the evening, after business hours.

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Admission requirements for the MBA in Applied Management include professional work experience and a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Applicants Requirements:

  • Online Graduate Studies Application
  • One of the following:
    • B.S. in Business Administration or Management with a cumulative GPA > 3.0
    • B.S. degree in a non-business field plus 18 credits of required prerequisite business courses (Listed Below):
  • GMAT score recommended
  • Official transcripts documenting Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • IF your undergraduate institution is from outside the United States, please send the official transcript directly to WES or ECE, requesting the evaluation be sent directly to Black Hills State University.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a supervisor in a professional work environment
  • Detailed resume outlining education, professional work experience, and professional development
  • Writing sample in the form of a 500-word personal essay responding to the following:
    • Why do you want to join our program?

Take your Prerequisites

You may need to complete prerequisites for admission into the MBA program. Prerequisites may be taken by enrolling at BHSU as a non-degree seeking student. Courses are available both face-to-face on campus or online. Contact the Registrar's Office at 605-642-6289 for more information about how to enroll.

ACCT      210      Principles of Accounting I    3
ACCT      211      Principles of Accounting II     3
BADM     310   Business Finance    3

  Organization and Management

  Organizational Behavior and Theory

BADM     370    Marketing     3
ECON     201    Principles of Microeconomics    3 
Total Prerequisite Hours   18


Prerequisite Option :  Foundation courses available to applicants to the BHSU MBA program are offered for two reasons: the increasing number of applicants to graduate business schools with baccalaureate degrees in non-business fields, and the increasing number of applicants with some years of business experience who desire a refresher course in certain areas. The BHSU School of Business has contracted with provider Ivy Software to offer foundation courses for applicants who may need a summary course to achieve an entry-level understanding and meet the rigors of graduate work.  Foundation courses are offered in  Business Finance, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, and Business Economics .  Prospective MBA candidates who need to complete Prerequisites for admission may subscribe to the Ivy Software option as an alternative to taking a full semester prerequisite course.

Ivy courses are online and generally require a minimum of 20 hours to complete.  The cost is $300 per course and Ivy Software will bill students directly. A student must achieve a score of 80% or higher for the foundation course to be considered a viable substitute for a full semester class.  BHSU continues to require Accounting I and Accounting II as full-semester prerequisites.  No acceptable accounting classes are offered through the Ivy option.


BEFORE considering the Ivy Option, please contact MBA Program Coordinator Dr. Barbara Looney at to verify that this option is the best choice for you and your application situation.


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Graduate Application and other required materials can be electronically submitted after payment of the $35.00 application fee. Apply Here.

Official transcripts in paper or electronic format can be emailed to Jodi Gabriel at or sent by mail to:

Graduate Studies Office Black Hills State University 1200 University St. Unit 9501 Spearfish, SD 57799-9501

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April Yenglin
Phone: 605-642-6212

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799

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