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About the School

In the Ness School of Management and Economics, we share a commitment to imagination, engagement and ambition that is reflected in our curriculum and in the preparedness of our graduates.

With 30 personnel who teach, conduct research and participate in outreach, the Ness School of Management and Economics has a vital role in the life of the university and in the state. Many of our personnel engage in research funded by the federal and state governments, regional commodity groups and other external stakeholders with the aim of improving the economic conditions and quality of life for the citizens of South Dakota. 

Undergraduate Programs

We maintain close relations to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, through which the agricultural business and agricultural economics programs are offered through the cross-platform between the departments.

Graduate Programs

Our school offers two graduate programs that prepare students for professions in business and government as well as for advanced studies in economics and finance. The program offers two curriculum options: an economic theory option and an applied business economics option.

Additionally, we offer an accelerated master's degree to qualified undergraduate students who maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in their business or economics major; these students may begin their graduate studies while they complete their undergraduate degree.


Our school also collaborates with SDSU Extension to disseminate and apply economic knowledge. Some of our personnel have a portion of their time devoted to extension and other outreach efforts, and the school also employs several SDSU Extension Field Specialists who are stationed around the state.

School Values:

  • Excellence in all programs.
  • Responsive to needs and requests of stakeholders.
  • Integrity and ethics above reproach.
  • Collegiality and collaboration envied by all.
  • Diverse creating opportunity for everyone.
  • Accountable to all stakeholders.