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Applied Business Information Technology

Is applied business information technology (ABIT) right for you?
The ABIT major is for students holding an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree with a desire to enhance their knowledge and skills to a supervisory or management level in their current profession. With an ABIT degree, you will be prepared to work in a variety of IT settings as system analysts, IT managers, information security analysts, web designers, webmasters, network specialists, database designers, project managers, IT trainers, and more. Graduates are multi-taskers who are highly organized, detail-oriented, analytical, and have excellent interpersonal and management skills.

Learn with Minot State
The B.A.S. program in ABIT at Minot State focuses on the design, development, and implementation of technology in today’s business environment. The degree is offered on campus and online.. Major requirements include the areas of project management, collaboration, e-commerce, data and information management, enterprise architecture, strategy and acquisition, and information assurance. You can choose from two career tracks - Systems Analyst or IT Manager.

You will engage in learning opportunities focused on developing technical competence, global perspectives, communication skills, and professional and human relationship skills. Coursework emphasizes situational analysis, critical thinking, creativity, and application as such skills are applied in a reflective decision-making process.

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Employment outlook
A degree in ABIT can be used in all industries, including agriculture, banking, energy and healthcare, while offering opportunities for quick career advancement. Opportunities within North Dakota’s IT industry include:
  • an average wage 48% higher than the state average
  • double the national job growth rate since 2002
  • the hiring of 2,600 workers through 2020
  • an important skill in all industries
Learn with us
The College of Business is committed to active learning and preparing students for careers in business. Our facilities include the new Slaaten Learning Center which features:
  • Financial trading lab with stock ticker board
  • Corporate-style board room with video-conference equipment
  • Student study lounge
  • Meeting room for student organizations and groups

Our internship program gives you the chance to apply classroom knowledge to real-world settings. Many internships are initiated by employers, but you may seek out and develop your own internship opportunity. Internships may be full time, part-time, or project oriented. All internships provide you with great hands-on learning opportunities and often lead to offers of employment.



Get involved
Enhance your skills and boost your knowledge by being involved in one or more of Minot State’s seven student-run business clubs and organizations. Many of Minot State’s clubs participate in state, regional, and national competitions, or attend business-related events, traveling to major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Omaha, and Washington, D.C. 
Admissions standards
A student must have an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree to be accepted into this program. Minot State University’s or another institution’s general education requirements must also be met. There are special exceptions to Minot State policy that apply only to North Dakota residents. Residents only need 42 credits from Minot State to complete the degree. If you have completed an A.A.S out of state, all regular Minot State University policies apply (meet Minot State general education requirements, 60 credits at a 4-year institution, and at least 30 credits from Minot State). A minimum cumulative total of 120 credits is required to graduate.

The College of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.