Course Catalog

MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship (MBA - AIE)

The MBA in AIE program prepares leaders to effectively manage and support sustainable business critical to the growth of sustainable economies in Indian Country and independent communities throughout Native America. The program expands student’s analytical skills, critical thinking, and tribal leadership skills in order to successfully address the unique demands facing tribal organizations and communities in a global economy.

The MBA in AIE is a two-year cohort program. Each new cohort begins in the summer with a three-week session at Gonzaga University. The remaining three weeks of summer term are taught via distance learning. 

Fall and spring semesters include three to five day on-campus visits and distance learning.

Admissions Requirements

Enrolled membership in a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribe is a requirement for all candidates EXCEPT for non-natives working at tribal colleges and native-owned businesses.

An admissions decision is based on our evaluation of the following factors: cumulative grade point average (GPA), three short essays, two confidential recommendation letters, resume with relevant work experience, and admissions interview. Each applicant must submit the following materials to the Graduate School of Business:

  1. A completed application form and a non-refundable application fee (see
  2. Two online recommendations from professors, supervisors or managers.
  3. One official set of transcripts from each college or university attended.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted. We now accept e-scrip transcripts..
  4. A professional resume detailing relevant work experience and professional objectives.
  5. Answers to three essay questions.
  6. Copy of Tribal Enrollment Verification Card (unless teaching at a tribal college or a non-native working for a Native-owned business) 
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Degree Requirements

To complete the MBA - AIE degree program, thirty-five credit hours of 500 and 600-level graduate business administration courses are required beyond the pre-requisite courses. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

Curriculum: 35 credits

MBUS 560T Accounting Analysis 3 credits
MBUS 614 Business Ethics 2 credits
MBUS 618 Tribal Seminar 1 1 credit
MBUS 520 Financial Management 2 credits
MBUS 628 Managerial Accounting 2 credits
MBUS 647 Entrepreneurship  1 credit
MBUS 672 Decision Making for Managers 1 credit 
MBUS 624 Finance Theory & Practice 2 credits
MBUS 625 Operations Theory & Practice 2 credits
MBUS 615 Small Business Marketing 3 credits
MBUS 610 Economic Analysis  2 credits
MBUS 699 Study Abroad Trip: Operations & Tribal Leadership 2 credits
MBUS 612 Managing People and Performance 2 credits
MBUS 683 Doing Business in Indian Country; Legal Environment  3 credits
MBUS 619 Tribal Seminar 2 1 credit
Elective 1 credit 
YEAR 2 – Spring
MBUS 616 Tribal Strategic Management 2 credits
MBUS 626 Information Systems Theory & Practice 2 credits
Electives  2 credits