Minneapolis Business Schools with Degree Program Summaries

Feb 22, 2019

Research business degrees in Minneapolis, which currently has more than 10 colleges and universities offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within five miles of downtown and decide which program is right for you.

Minneapolis Schools with Business Degree Programs

The Minneapolis area has many schools for people interested in studying business, and this article explores three that are no more than 10 minutes from the city center. After a look at the schools and their programs, the article features a table of important statistics about the schools, such as the percentage of applicants who are accepted, the number of students and tuition. Following this are the names of a few more Minneapolis-area schools with relevant programs.

  • The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, about four miles from downtown, awards a Bachelor of Science in Business with10 possible majors, as well as several master's degrees and a doctoral degree. Graduate students can enroll in dual degree programs, such as Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP)/MBA.
  • Around three miles from downtown, Augsburg College offers eight undergraduate business administration majors.
  • North Central University offers a bachelor's degree and a minor in business administration. This school is just a mile from downtown Minneapolis.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are looking for a business school need to consider many factors. The following table presents information about these schools in a way that makes it easy to compare them.

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Augsburg College North Central University
School Type 4-year, Public 4-year, Private not-for-profit 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,848* 3,562* 1,109*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $14,419 in-state; 26,603 out-of-state* $37,615* $23,840*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 81%* 100%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) 50%* 65%* 91%*
Retention Rate (2017) 93%* 77%* 73%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 80%* 62%* 40%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, oldest and largest of the University of Minnesota system's schools and among the nation's largest public research universities, enrolls close to 52,000 students. The U of M Carlson School of Management offers experiential learning and research. Students can take part in the Emerging Leadership Program, Virtual Team Projects and Global Executive MBA programs, among many other opportunities. The Carlson School of Management also offers several joint MBA degrees with other schools and departments across the U of M campus.

Bachelor of Science in Business

Undergraduate students can choose from one of ten business majors. For example, the accounting program focuses on gathering, analyzing and presenting financial information. The U of M accounting program offers several different specializations, such as financial accounting, business accounting and income taxation. The supply chain and operations management program is focused on training students to understand the logistical processes that go into business supply chains while training them to improve and maintain these processes. Topics of study include transportation and logistics, service management and supply chain operations strategies. Also, the entrepreneurial management program gives students the training and skills to start and operate a business. Along with the study of business practices and economic functions, students study marketing principles, sales management and learn to create business models.

Master of Business Administration

The full-time MBA program can be completed in two years while students enrolled in the part-time MBA program can complete their requirements at their own pace. Students participate in hands-on projects which allow them to apply classroom learning to real-life situations. Courses may include strategic management, business ethics, managerial accounting, marketing management, managerial economics and organizational leadership.

Executive MBA

The Executive MBA is designed for individuals who are already business executives and wish to build on their experience with a new master's degree. Programs like these are completed while students are still working full-time. Students must complete a study of business practices and capstone master's project during their first year of study. There is an emphasis on global business during the second year, in which students engage in an international residency and work with the Global Team Project.


The joint MHA/MBA program is designed for individuals interested in healthcare administration as well as business. This program typically leads to positions working for healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and financial organizations concerned with healthcare. This is a 3-year program and students typically follow a study plan in which they begin the MBA curriculum during the fall semester of their second year. Summer residencies and internships are required and typical courses can include operations research, data analysis, health economics, health finance and healthcare delivery.


This combined 3-year degree is offered through Carlson and the U of M's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and is for students who wish to work with public policy and management. Several topics in the required courses include planning economics, financial accounting, survey research, financial analysis, organizational management and marketing. Two internships, one for the MPP and one for the MBA, are required during the summer terms.


This is a combined program that allows students to obtain both a law degree and an MBA simultaneously in four years. This program is ideal for individuals interested in corporate law, corporate real estate and business consulting. Law electives, summer clerkships and writing assignments are required in addition to the general MBA curriculum.


The combined MD/MBA program is for individuals interested in healthcare entrepreneurship, development of new medical devices and the pharmaceutical industry. This 5-year program is for students already enrolled in the MD program through the U of M's Medical School.


This 5-year combined program is designed for students already enrolled in the U of M's PharmD program who wish to work in management positions in a pharmacy setting. PharmD students seeking this additional degree begin the MBA curriculum during the fourth year of studies in the College of Pharmacy.

PhD in Business Administration

PhD students are asked to choose from seven concentrations to focus on: accounting, finance, information decision sciences, marketing, strategic management and entrepreneurship, organizations and work and supply chain and operations. Students must complete at least 40 course credits.

Augsburg College

Augsburg College, also located in the Twin Cities, stresses the importance of personalized educational experiences. It is founded on the values of the Lutheran Church and offers 50 undergraduate majors. The business program prepares students to either enter the workforce or continue on to graduate studies.

Bachelor of Art in Business Administration

Undergraduate students may choose one of eight majors, including business administration-music business, accounting, management information systems, finance, management, marketing, international business and business administration-economics. Courses may include principles of management, financial management, statistical literacy and business law.

North Central University

North Central University is a Pentecostal school that prepares graduates to attain their career goals. Biblical values and an emphasis on ministry is entwined with classroom learning, and there are many opportunities to get involved on campus, including sports, music and theater. The school helps students with career placement upon graduation.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Business administration students are required to complete general education core courses, which include communication arts, fine arts, history, English, science and math. Business topics covered in this degree program comprise management, business law, marketing and accounting.

Other School Options

Business degrees are also available at Hamline University, located 7.3 miles from downtown Minneapolis, and at Bethel University, located 11.5 miles away.

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