Northern State University's Master of Science in Banking and Financial
Services was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents during their
March 2012 meeting. This is the only such program in South Dakota or the
bordering states and will be taught in an online format.
The degree will prepare students for the intense competition in the banking
and financial services industry that they will face upon graduation and will
provide current banking professionals the opportunity for advancement.
Director Bret Afdahl and Deputy Director John Crompton, with the South
Dakota Division of Banking, stated: "In the last ten years, the total assets
of South Dakota state chartered banks that the South Dakota Division of
Banking regulates have more than doubled. We see both a demand and need for
quality educated personnel to manage and service the growing asset base of
our state chartered banks."
Northern worked with professionals in the financial services industry to
develop a curriculum that meets the needs of the financial services sector.
The curriculum consists of twelve 3-credit courses, with two courses offered
each semester (fall, spring, summer) over a two-year span.
Graduates from the undergraduate program are currently employed across the country in banks as loan officers, compliance and regulation officers, internal auditors, as well as many other positions. In addition, some graduates are employed at the South Dakota State Banking Commission and the South Dakota Legislative Audit. Graduates also hold positions in several public accounting firms, credit unions and in the insurance field.
For more information about this program, please contact the Dean of the School of Business Bill Broucek at 605-626-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.