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U.S. Citizens:
School of Graduate Studies
Deputy Hall 111
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #48
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

Phone: (218) 755-2027
Toll Free: (888) 386-8464
Fax: (218) 755-2258

Non-U.S. Citizens:
International Program Center
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
Phone: (218) 755-4096
Fax: (218) 755-2074

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission to the online MBA program

How do I apply to the MBA program at BSU?

You will need to apply through the School of Graduate Studies and choose Form 1, Application for Admission to Graduate Studies (there is a $20 non-refundable application fee) and other items needed to complete your application file. As soon as your application is processed, you will receive an email with the remaining items needed.

How long does the application process take?

That depends on the applicant. The sooner all documents are received to complete your application file, the sooner an admission decision will be made by the Department of Business Administration.

Is the GMAT required for this program?

Yes, a GMAT score of at least 500, and the test must have been taken within the past five years. For more information, go to GMAT.

What happens if my undergraduate grade point average (GPA) does not meet the required 2.50 or its equivalent?

The Department will take into consideration all requirements before an admission determination is made; the GPA is only one part of it.

What if my undergraduate degree has not yet been completed? Do I still provide an official transcript?

If you have not yet completed your undergraduate degree, you may be applying prematurely for the MBA, as work experience is a plus for the student before pursuing this degree. However in some instances, the Department will encourage a student to apply. In that case, we would ask that you provide to us an unofficial transcript indicating an expected graduation term. Once the degree has been conferred, you would need to provide us with an official transcript.

What is meant by “professional” individuals for the letters of recommendation?

Professional recommendations should come from current or former supervisors or other professionals who can speak to your abilities as an employee or graduate student.

Is the MBA an accredited program?

Bemidji State University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, which is a national accrediting body that includes the MBA.

Can I begin to take courses in the MBA program without actually having been accepted into the program?

No, this is a cohort model. Therefore you must be fully admitted into the program before being allowed to register for courses. The cohort model will have the same students throughout the program.

Online programs in general

How are online courses different from classroom courses?

The obvious difference is that online courses are completed over the Internet as opposed to in the classroom. Online courses contain may of the same elements of classroom courses – studying, coursework, assignments, exams, group discussions – but many aspect of the online course occurs asynchronously. That is, your interactions with your fellow students, your instructor and course discussions will not occur simultaneously. Usually, there are no set meeting times. Online learning demands more self-motivation and discipline from you to meet course requirements.

At Bemidji State University, academic excellence is always our priority. Our online programs offer the same standards of excellence in faculty and curriculum as you find in the traditional classroom.

Required credits are also consistent between programs offered on campus and through Extended Learning. In addition, our online undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited and transfer to other institutions in the same way as traditional courses.

How do online classes work?

Generally, there are two different types of online classes: synchronous, where students must be online at certain times to interact in real time with classmates and instructors, and asynchronous, in which you can complete your coursework whenever you like, though there are generally still due dates for assignments. Asynchronous classes are generally the most common due to demands for the greater flexibility they offer.

Online courses at BSU are delivered through a program called Desire2Learn (D2L)and can be accessed from anywhere you have access to the Internet.

What is Desire2Learn?

Desire2Learn (D2L) is an interactive software program that allows you to use your computer to receive and submit assignments, work in groups, explore advanced learning options and interact with your instructors and other distance learners. You receive access to the D2L software when you register for your Extended Learning courses. D2L holds the content and tools of an online course. It offers a secure environment by requiring a login process.

When will my courses show up on Desire2Learn?

You will have access to your D2L account approximately three weeks before the semester begins. You will have access to your course in D2L the first day of the course.

When and how often do I have to be online for class?

When and how long you log in during the week is completely up to you. Online courses at BSU offer you the flexibility to complete assignments at your own pace, at a time convenient to you within each week. Most courses are constructed so as there are no required login times during the week, with the exception of group projects that may require being logged at the same time as other group members. In most cases, as long as you meet the deadlines specified by the professor for turning in assignments, you can complete your assignment

at any time of the day or night. This level of flexibility allows you to fit school into your busy schedule, rather than attempting to fit your schedule around school, while at the same time providing enough structure to keep you on track to ensure successful completion.

What are the technical requirements for these courses?

To complete an online degree program or take online courses at BSU, your computer system will need to meet some basic minimum requirements to be able to use Desire2Learn, our online learning management system.

System Requirements:

Operating System: Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X Video: SVGA monitor, minimum resolution of 800 x 600 Internet speed: 56K modem or faster Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE): JRE v1.4.2.x, 1.5.x, 1.6.x

JavaScript: Enabled Cookies: Enabled

Browser Requirements:

Windows: Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Firefox 3.5 or higher Mac OS X: Firefox 3.0 or higher, Safari 3.1 or higher

What should I do if I need technical assistance with D2L?

Our online classroom experience is extremely user friendly. However, should you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties, Bemidji State offers online technical support assistance by phone. The Help Desk can be contacted at, (888) 240-4759 or (218) 755-4207. The Student Help Desk responds to questions via e-mail, the phone or in person from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Users can get immediate assistance by using the MnSCU online knowledge base for D2L, which is available 24/7. To begin, go to, then browse questions to find an answer or submit a question through the “Ask a Question” tab or call 1-877 GO MNSCU (1-877-466-6728). Live help is available by phone or chat Sunday – 7:30 a.m. Thursday until 11:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Information needed to log in to D2L will be sent to you three to four weeks before your course begins. Log in information is also available at If your password does not work when you try to login, there is a “Forgot Password” link on the log in page which can be used to request a password reset. If you still cannot login, you may call the BSU Student Help Desk for technical assistance.

Are there student support services available online?

Many campus services at BSU can be accessed online or in person. Services include online tutoring, technical support, career and internship services, access to the Writing Resource Center and services for students with disabilities. In addition, you have access to a wide variety of electronic library references, including home delivery services for some library materials.

Will I have access to BSU student events and services?

As an online student, you will have full access to materials and services in BSU’s A.C. Clark Library (electronic and in person), as well as access to computer labs on campus. However, online students are not automatically charged fees for athletic events, health services or rec center access, so you will not have access to these events and services without paying the additional fees.

You do have the option to pay additional fees to attend athletic events at the student rate ($54.90/semester), to access Health Services ($54.90/semester) and for access to the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center ($85.38/semester). Please contact the Cashier’s Office to pay the appropriate fees, at (218) 755-2045. (all are subject to change)

I have more questions; whom do I call?

For general information about online courses, contact Extended Learning at (218) 755-2068 or (800) 852-7422.

Admissions questions, contact Graduate Studies at (218) 755-2027 or (888) 386-8464.

Registration questions, contact Records and Registration at (218) 755-2020 or (800) 755-2001.

Financial Aid questions, contact the Financial Aid office at (218) 755-2034 or (877) 755-FIAD.

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