2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Ness School of Management and Economics

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Nicole Klein, Associate Director
Ness School of Management and Economics
Harding Hall



David Davis, Matthew Diersen, Eluned Jones, Nicole Klein, George Langelett, Jamie O’Brien, David Palmer Joseph Santos, Evert Van der Sluis, Zhiguang Wang, Jason Zimmerman

Associate Professors

Lisa Elliott, Matthew Elliott, Craig Silvernagel

Assistant Professors

Hailong Jin, Myoung Gin Keay, Deepthi Kolady, Andrea Leschewski, Anna Sadovnikova, Pei-Yu Sun, Nacasius Ujah, Tong Wang


Victoria Dubbelde, Barbara Heller


Thomas Clark, Elijah Kosse, Ryan McKnight, Darin Wipf

Field Specialists

Jack Davis, Heather Gessner


David L. Chicoine, Carol Cumber, Thomas Dobbs, Scott Fausti, Larry Janssen, Han Kim, Charles Lamberton, Ardelle Lundeen, Patrick Lyons, Donald Peterson, Richard Shane


The Ness School of Management and Economics plays a vital role in the life of the university and the state through its commitment to quality teaching, research, and outreach. School coursework includes Accounting, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, Business Administration, Business Law, Decision Science, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, and Marketing. The curriculum provides students with experience in agribusiness, agricultural finance, banking, business finance, business management, entrepreneurship, farm and ranch management, marketing, real estate appraisal, sales, and related fields. Faculty members are strongly dedicated to preparing students for successful careers.

School Objectives

The Ness School of Management and Economics expects all its students to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts of economics and management that underlie the global economy and commerce;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply quantitative and qualitative analytical methods from economics and management to decision-making;
  • Interpret and articulate analysis and decisions orally and in writing to diverse audiences;
  • Make and support ethical decisions.




Certificate Programs

Graduate Programs*

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The school is housed in Harding Hall. The First Dakota National Bank e-Trading Educational Lab is located in Harding Hall and provides access to state of the art financial and marketing analytics for students and extension workshops. 

Faculty and staff engage in outreach with industry and the community through one-on-one interaction, workshops, media contacts, and publications in areas such as banking and finance, business policy and strategy analysis, entrepreneurship, economic policy analysis, investment, and macroeconomics. Agricultural outreach work is shared through SDSU Extension, with programming in land economics, farm and ranch management, commodity marketing, risk management, and agricultural finance.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The school provides opportunity for students in and out of the classroom. The school supports several active student organizations: CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization) Club, Economics Club, FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) Club, HR (Human Resources) & Management Club, Investment Club, and NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) Club. Students may earn credit while acquiring hands-on experience through national competitions associated with these organizations.  Students are also encouraged to complete professional internships.  Internships may be completed for credit which may be advantageous to some students.

Accelerated Master’s Degree in Economics

The program offers an accelerated master’s degree to qualified undergraduate students who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.5; these students may begin their graduate studies while they complete their undergraduate degree.  Students may apply for admission to the accelerated master’s degree program once they have completed 60 undergraduate credits.  Students interested in the accelerated master’s degree should contact the Ness School Management and Economics graduate coordinator to obtain application requirements. Application and admission to the Graduate School is required.

Contact the Graduate Coordinator for further information.

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