Northern is one of the only accredited institutions to offer an entirely online Master of Science degree in banking and financial services.

    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


    In Northern’s entirely online Master of Science in Banking and Financial Services program, you’ll study the business of banking. You’ll learn how bankers best serve customers’ financial needs through business performance evaluations. You’ll also study the inner workings of banking and financial institutions, and the economic environment in which they operate.


    Graduates are prepared for careers in all aspects of the financial services industry: commercial banking, insurance, credit unions, investments, regulation and consumer finance.


    This program is ideal for:

    • Students expecting to earn a master's degree in banking and financial services, and
    • People with a bachelor’s degree in business seeking to expand their knowledge and opportunities with a concentration in the banking and financial services industry


    Our faculty have extensive experience in money center and community commercial banking organizations, where they gained hands-on experience in lending, bank operations, bank management, investments, financial planning, trust operations, law, and bank regulation. This industry experience, coupled with the academic theories behind the operations and practices of the industry, will give you a strong foundation on which to build career success.


    Our program enjoys the strong support of local, state and regional banking and financial service professionals, many of whom employ our graduates.


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    And now, a new partnership between Northern State University and Dacotah Bank will guarantee a personal interview for graduates of the NSU Banking and Financial Services program. Learn more in this article!



    Admission to the banking and financial services program requirements include the following:

    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
    • Completed graduate application
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • An official transcript
    • $35 application fee

    Students may enter the program fall, spring or summer term.


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    The Master of Science in Banking and Financial Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.


    Graduates of this online program can expect to find opportunities as financial managers, lenders, compliance officers, analysts, personal financial advisors, and insurance underwriters.

    Advisors and instructors counsel students on potential career paths, as well as internship and post-graduation employment opportunities. 

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    Contact Information

    For more information about this online degree, email or call 605-626-2558.

    I received my B.B.A. in business administration from Iowa State University and my M.A. in English from University of Central Missouri. As a military spouse, I lived across the U.S., Germany, and Japan, and encourage others to explore and experience the amazing world around them. I thoroughly enjoy helping students discover and plan for their futures: to see them grow into confident, always-learning Wolves!

    J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law

    B.B.A., University of North Dakota


    Dr. Todd A. Muehler began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Banking and Financial Services Department of the NSU School of Business in 2013.  For the past five years, he has been an associate professor of finance at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. Dr. Muehler returned to Northern in fall 2022 as an assistant professor in banking and financial services. He is married to Kerri Muehler, and they have four children.