Program Overview

Northern State University offers a program in Banking and Financial Services (MS) that requires students to complete a total of 36 credits. Students without an undergraduate Business degree are required to take the following courses: Foundations of Accounting and Business Law, Foundations of Economics and Finance, and Quantitative Procedures for Business. Quantitative Procedures for Business is an accelerated course that aims to teach students how to apply mathematics and statistics to business and economics. In the other courses, students will be taught the fundamental knowledge needed to understand management, marketing, and accounting. Foundations of Accounting and Business Law, and Foundations of Economics and Finance are also available from Dakota State University.

All students will take 12 courses which include: Accounting for Banking, Communication and Team Dynamics, Credit Analysis, and more. Students will need to complete a capstone course on strategic management.  Throughout all the classes, students should learn the domestic and international financial system, the role of money, operation of central banking, organizational behavior and goals, conflict resolution and the categories of lending (consumer, commercial, real estate and government). The capstone course taken at the end of the program is designed to help them understand strategy formation, implementation, and evaluation for firms in the financial services industry. The capstone course also incorporates a variety of business perspectives into a theoretical understanding that allows students to practically apply strategic management, specifically with a focus on the broad financial services industry.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Northern State University, a four year public institution, traces its beginnings to the Northern Normal and Industrial teacher’s institution, founded in 1901. Throughout the following century the college continued to grow, transitioning into a multifaceted academic facility, and in 1987, the school adopted its current Northern State University title. Today, the value of education at Northern State University is stated through its mission to provide “outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities.”

    Northern State University offers bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs and master’s degrees. Fields of study are housed in the following schools.

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business
    • School of Education
    • School of Fine Arts

    Northern State University offers courses and degrees that can be completed through the distance learning program. Programs include master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and associate’s degrees.


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