About The Program
Northern's flexible bachelor's degree in business administration - offered both online and on campus - allows you to choose classes that personalize your studies to fit your needs and interests.
In this broad-based business major, you’ll learn the fundamentals of:
- Business law
- Information systems
You’ll also gain a basic understanding of how organizations work – and how to unleash your potential to make them successful.
Northern also offers a Business Administration A.S., and a Business Administration A.S. (MIS Specialization).
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.
“I was originally planning on going to pastry school, but that’s expensive. I always get asked when I started Mo’s Cakes, but I honestly don’t know. I remember doing a baby shower cake for one of my nieces and then it continued to grow from there. When you’re younger, it’s always fun to play around in the kitchen—I remember baking for friends during holidays or special occasions, and from there it slowly grew into the business that it is today. I feel like I am doing something truly special from making wedding cakes to getting to see everyone’s facial expressions when they cut into a gender reveal cake. Getting a degree in business from Northern has helped me learn the information that I need to know about opening my own business after I graduate. Understanding the processes of handling money, advertising and marketing will all be key aspects in order for me to be successful. After graduation, I plan to open my own bakery in Aberdeen so I can continue to do what I love.” – Mady Ogdahl #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #NorthernStateU
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.
Employee motivation and engagement
Training and development
Workforce recruitment and selection
LL.M. in Taxation Law, Boston University School of Law, 2002
J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1999
Bachelor’s, English Literature, Buffalo State University
Theresa M. Giannavola joined Northern's faculty in fall 2018.
My research focuses on Hyflex teaching pedagogies and increasing engagement with online students. I am also interested in studies regarding an individual’s gratitude influence on psychological capital, satisfaction with life, and intent to stay within their current organization.
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.
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…
I am the academic advisor for health and physical education and psychology and business administration at Northern. Since 2015, I have greatly enjoyed working with Northern students. Before moving to South Dakota, I worked and lived in Minnesota, Illinois, Wyoming, South Korea, and Wisconsin. I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Eureka College (Illinois) and a master's of science in counseling (K-12 and higher education) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marketing for e-Commerce
Integrated Marketing Communications
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…