Experience all aspects of business administration and tailor your studies to meet your personal career goals in Northern's online bachelor's degree in business administration.

    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


    Northern's flexible bachelor's degree in business administration - offered online and on campus - allows you to personalize your studies to fit your needs and interests.


    In this broad-based business major, you’ll learn the fundamentals of:

    • Accounting
    • Business law
    • Finance
    • Information systems
    • Management
    • Marketing

    You’ll also gain a basic understanding of how organizations work – and how to unleash your potential to make them successful. 


    Northern also offers an associate degree: Business Administration A.S.


    ccreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, blue letters beneath an orange pyramid


    The Associate of Science in Business Administration, Associate of Science in Business Administration-Management Information Systems and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.


    A business administration degree from Northern prepares you for a career in business, government, and public or social service organizations.


    Our caring, supportive advisors and instructors will counsel you on potential career paths, as well as internship and post-graduation employment opportunities. 


    For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.


    Northern's business administration program, offered online and on campus, supports career readiness through hands-on internships that give you a chance to apply your skills in the workplace. Our students have interned in business administration, programming, banking, marketing and accounting. 


    The NSU School of Business shares internship opportunities through postings and on-campus presentations and interviews.


    Northern students pursuing a business administration degree can apply for NSU School of Business scholarships and other scholarships.


    Business Scholarships

    NSU Scholarships

    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, offered both online and on campus, contact Jennifer Bengs or call 605-626-7725. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or admissions@northern.edu.

    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!

    Ph.D., Human Capital Management, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.

    Master's, Management, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.

    Bachelor's, Finance, Northern State University

    Bachelor's, Business Education, Northern State University



    Dr. Kristi Bockorny joined Northern's faculty in the spring of 2010. In 2020, Dr. Bockorny assumed the role of Honors Program director in addition to her teaching duties.


    Research Interests

    Psychological capital



    Employee motivation and engagement

    Training and development

    Workforce recruitment and selection




    Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.), Management, Anderson University

    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of Mary

    Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Economics emphasis, University of Jamestown


    Dr. Amber Henderson joined Northern in the fall of 2015. 


    Research Interests


    Cross-cultural Leadership

    Organizational Commitment


    Group Decision-making


    Dr. Henderson is also an honored member of the eighth cohort of Native Governance Center’s Native Nations Rebuilders. Her other recent accomplishments include the 2021 NSU Sanford Faculty Professional Development Award, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40 Award (2018), Salzburg’s Global Forum Young Cultural Innovator Fellow, and…

    Courses Taught

    Computer Science

    Web Programming

    Networks and Telecommunications

    Information Security



    Research interests

    Information and network security

    Blockchain governance

    Doctor of Philosophy, Finance, 1996, University of Kansas

    Master's, International Economics, 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Bachelor's, General Economics, 1986, South Dakota State University


    John E. Peterson joined Northern's faculty in fall 1992.  

    Doctorate of Education (EdD), Adult and Higher Education, University of South Dakota
    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Emphasis in Accounting, University of Mary
    Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Accounting, University of Mary
    Dr. Schmidt received her CPA certificate after graduating with a bachelor’s degree. She worked in public accounting for 10 years before starting her career at Northern in fall 2008. Dr. Schmidt also served as associate dean until the position was eliminated, and currently serves as a co-chair in the School of Business.
    Courses Taught
    Principles of Accounting I
    Principles of Accounting II
    Intermediate Accounting I
    Intermediation Accounting II
    Income Tax
    Advanced Income Tax

    Ph.D., Business Administration (Organizational Behavior emphasis), University of Utah, 2020

    M.Ed., College Student Affairs Leadership, Grand Valley State University, 2012

    B.S., Psychology, Grand Valley State University, 2009


    Dr. Shannahan joined the School of Business faculty in fall 2020.


    Research Interests

    Dr. Shannahan studies problem-solving and decision-making processes among the members of groups and teams in organizations.  In particular, his research focuses on the factors that lead groups to be successful in recognizing and utilizing the skills, knowledge, and abilities of their members and the consequences that can result when managers and their employees have conflicting understandings of work tasks and the standards by which they will evaluated.

    Doctor of Business Administration in Management, George Fox University

    Master of Business Administration in Management and Strategy, Western Governors University

    Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science, The College of Idaho


    Dr. Sal Villegas joined Northern in the fall of 2020. Before teaching, he spent the nearly two decades in the finance and banking industries, where he managed multi-million dollar portfolios, dozens of employees, and thousands of clients. He is well-versed in business-to-business networking, sales, credit, and service.


    Research Interests 

    Dr. Villegas’ research interests include organizational power, business ethics, human resource management, and networking/reciprocity. In practice, one of his greatest interests is working with entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses…

    Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.), Marketing, Anderson University, Indiana

    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of South Dakota

    Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Marketing emphasis, Dakota Wesleyan University


    Hannah Walters joined Northern in fall 2012. 


    Courses Taught


    Marketing for e-Commerce

    Marketing Management

    Integrated Marketing Communications

    Consumer Behavior

    Marketing Research

    International Marketing.



    Walters research focuses on ethical issues in marketing and consumer behavior, specifically the ethicality of targeting women based on body shape and size. She has also conducted research and published multiple papers on the perception of liberal arts education in business.