Master of Business Administration - MBA

Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program emphasizes the core values of the School of Business and Professional Studies: innovation, social responsibility, global perspective, and practice-ready graduates. These concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum, in the core MBA courses as well as concentration-specific courses in general management, healthcare management, and integrated marketing communications.

The St. Catherine University MBA integrates graduate business education with the liberal arts, grounded in the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Fundamental concepts of leadership, collaboration, ethics, and social justice are essential elements of the program. With an emphasis on delivering knowledge and experience that can be immediately applied in a professional or academic setting, the MBA program weaves theory and practice together in a meaningful way for students. Courses include a blend of case studies, guest speakers, readings, presentations, analytical work, and creative projects designed to build effective leaders within organizations of all types. St. Catherine MBA graduates will be positive agents of change who are well-prepared to lead and influence with confidence.

Mission Statement

The St. Catherine University MBA program develops innovative leaders who are knowledgeable in their disciplines, act with integrity, and have a commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Graduates of the program will be prepared to make a difference in their professions, integrating theory and practice to lead and manage in a globally connected, changing world.

Vision Statement

To be the MBA program of choice for future business leaders with a desire to innovate, think creatively, and affect positive change in business and the world around them.

Graduate Outcomes

The program delivers a curriculum and learning experiences to enable students to develop skills in the following areas:

Practice-Ready Integration of Business Skills and Processes

Students will demonstrate practice-ready integration of business skills and processes by their ability to:

  • Integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge to formulate meaningful work products and recommendations
  • Apply analytic, creative, financial, and operational practices in making business decisions
  • Develop and apply knowledge of concentration-specific theories and practices

Innovative and Entrepreneurial Mindset

Students will demonstrate an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset by their ability to:

  • Identify the processes for building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within various types of organizations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of innovation, and articulate its importance to an organization’s strategic vision and goals
  • Critically evaluate market trends and unmet needs within specific industries, and identify innovative solutions for addressing them
  • Evaluate the linkage between ongoing operational process improvements and large-scale innovation, and describe the frameworks and strategies for each

Communication through Influence and Reasoning

Students will demonstrate communication through influence and reasoning by their ability to:

  • Produce clear and focused written assignments, deliverables, and work products
  • Confidently deliver oral presentations to peers, instructors, and others
  • Thoughtfully and respectfully provide feedback to and receive feedback from peers, instructors, and colleagues
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness in classroom and business situations, and effectively integrate multiple perspectives into assignments and deliverables
  • Construct and defend persuasive oral and written arguments based upon sound business logic

Personal, Team, and Organizational Leadership

Students will demonstrate personal, team, and organizational leadership by their ability to:

  • Develop awareness of personal leadership through comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation of one’s strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Demonstrate effective leadership and interpersonal skills in team environments
  • Promote diversity and multicultural understanding within an organization, and implement best practices for effectively leading and motivating a diverse group of individuals
  • Identify and propose actions that increase organizational effectiveness

Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving

Students will demonstrate strategic thinking and problem solving by their ability to:

  • Critically analyze, evaluate, and interpret data to solve problems and identify opportunities in business.
  • Demonstrate a general management perspective on the strategies within a variety of types of organizations and industries.
  • Execute strategic initiatives and business decisions and evaluate their impact on the organization.
  • Utilize creative and critical thinking processes in developing and communicating recommendations and conclusions.

Global, Social, and Ethical Responsibility

Students will demonstrate global, social, and ethical responsibility by their ability to:

  • Identify and analyze alternative approaches to addressing ethical challenges in business and recommend effective solutions
  • Critically evaluate the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental implications of managerial decisions
  • Develop a deep appreciation of and commitment to social justice by applying interdisciplinary business knowledge for the good of the community
  • Demonstrate a focus on sustainability by incorporating the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit into business decisions and strategies

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration degree is conferred upon candidates who have met the following requirements:

  • completion of all required courses
  • attainment of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Class Attendance

Regular class attendance (for in-class), or online communication (for online learning) is expected of all students. MBA classes meet on an accelerated schedule and are fast-paced and intensive. As such, students are expected to attend each face-to-face session and adhere to all online course requirements. Specific course attendance policies will be communicated by the instructor and outlined via the course learning website (D2L).  

Years to Complete the Program

The MBA program must be completed within five years. This includes leave of absence and withdrawal.

Transfer of Credit

A total of six graduate semester credits from another regionally accredited institution(s) may be accepted at the point of admission for transfer into the MBA program, with the approval of the program director, under the following conditions:

  • the course content is relevant to the MBA curriculum
  • the credits were earned with a grade of B or better
  • the credits were earned within the past five years

A decision on whether to grant the transfer of credit will be made as soon as possible after the request is received, but no later than the first term in which the student is enrolled.

Academic Advising

Students work with an academic advisor (MBA faculty member) to chart their academic progress and find answers to program-related questions.

MBA Articulation Program for St. Catherine Undergraduate Seniors

Overview

As part of the university’s articulation process, qualified students from the College for Adults may enroll in one or two MBA courses (3-6 credits) while completing their undergraduate degree at St. Kate’s. There are two options for articulation:

Option 1: A student may choose to substitute the following undergraduate level courses for the associated MBA courses1:

  • MBA 6100 Foundations for Personal and Team Leadership will substitute for MGMT 3400 Leadership, Effective Teams and Change Management  
  • MBA 6400 Marketing Management will substitute for MKTG 4300 Strategic Marketing

Option 2: If a student has elective credits remaining to complete their undergraduate degree, and meets all other requirements outlined below, the student may take one or two MBA courses to count as elective credits toward their bachelor’s degree.2

It is also allowable to take one course under Option 1 and one course under Option 2.

Regardless of the option selected, the total number of articulated courses cannot exceed two (6 credits). All credits taken through the articulation program count toward undergraduate degree requirements AND MBA requirements (should the student choose to pursue the MBA in the future). Acceptance as an Articulation student does not guarantee admission into the full MBA degree or certificate program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the MBA Articulation program, students must:

  • have an institutional (St. Catherine University) cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • have completed at least 92 semester credits by the first day of the graduate course (including 16 credits in residency);
  • have at least two years of work experience;
  • need elective credits in order to complete their bachelor’s degree (if pursuing Option 2);
  • obtain the approval of the Academic Advising Office, Undergraduate Business Administration Chair and the MBA Director.

Applicants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of articulation students is limited per graduate course.

Application Process

Step 1: The student should first talk to their faculty advisor about the possibility of participating in the program. The advisor and student will identify a plan for either course substitutions (for the two courses allowed) or for MBA courses to count toward elective requirements.

Step 2:  The student should contact the Office of Academic Advising to discuss eligibility.  If it is determined that the student is eligible for consideration as an articulation student, she/he must then prepare and submit the following materials via email to the Office of Academic Advising:

  • Personal statement, indicating professional background and personal goals (1-2 pages)
  • Current résumé
  • One brief letter of recommendation/reference from a professor or work supervisor

Step 3: Once Academic Advising has received all of the application materials, they will confirm that the student is eligible for articulation and then forward the materials to the MBA Director. The MBA Director will then connect with the student to determine the specific courses and timing.

All application materials should be submitted by early December in order to be considered for January or Spring MBA courses and by early July for fall MBA courses.

Additional Considerations:

1 Permission to substitute a graduate course for a required undergraduate course in instances where the student does not need elective credit may be obtained from the business administration department chair and student’s advisor if there is sufficient similarity in the courses.

2 An MBA course may be substituted as an “upper division business elective” in place of the practicum requirement.

Note: Students must be registered for at least 50% of her credits in her home program. So if a student wants to be registered for 6 graduate credits she must also be registered for 6 undergraduate credits. No articulation student can be registered for only graduate credit or fewer undergraduate than graduate credits in any term.

Technology Statement

Because all classes incorporate an online component, students are expected to have a working knowledge of computer technology and access to a computer and internet connection. MBA faculty will use the Desire to Learn (D2L) platform for course work and St. Catherine University’s email system for communication with students.

Progression Policy

Students are expected to make appropriate academic progress leading to the successful completion of the MBA degree. To remain in good academic standing, students must:

  • maintain a cumulative B (3.0) average
  • meet specific course requirements with a minimum grade of C (2.0)
  • comply with all MBA program student policies
  • adhere to the MBA program’s criteria for professional behavior, personal responsibility and respect for others

Conditions for Probation

A student will be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:

  • earning a cumulative GPA below 3.0
  • earning a grade below C in a single course
  • failing to comply with the MBA program student policies
  • violating the Institution’s policy on academic integrity.
  • violating the Institution’s policy on student conduct.

Terms of probation and requirements for removal from probation will be documented in written form with copies provided to the student and the program advisor and the program director.

Removal from Probation

A student must meet the specified written requirements to be removed from probation. At the end of the probationary term the student may be removed from probation, placed on extended probation due to extenuating circumstances, or suspended from the graduate program.

Conditions for Program Suspension

Program suspension will result as a consequence of the following:

  • not meeting the requirements of probation at the end of the probationary term
  • violations of the MBA program student policies, and/or the University’s policies on academic integrity or student conduct (depending on the severity of the issue)

Readmission to the MBA Program

A student may apply for readmission after program suspension one time only. Application for readmission may be submitted after the lapse of at least one term after the term of suspension.

To be considered for readmission, the student must submit a letter to the program director explaining why he or she should be readmitted to the program. The letter must include a plan for successful completion of the program.

If readmitted, the student is automatically placed on probation with the term of probation provided in writing. Readmitted students are required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 the first term after readmission. Failure to achieve 3.0 GPA or to comply with terms of readmission will result in dismissal from the program with no option for readmission.

Healthcare Concentration

The MBA’s healthcare concentration is designed for motivated and creative individuals seeking a rewarding career in healthcare administration. Qualified applicants will have a minimum of two years of experience connected with health care, either through an undergraduate degree in a healthcare-related field, and/or healthcare-related work or volunteer experience. The graduate program will provide students with the adaptable business, technology, communications and leadership skills they need to succeed in an evolving and dynamic health care industry.

General Management Concentration

The General Management concentration of the MBA is focused on providing emerging leaders with the advanced business concepts and tactical skills they need to succeed in a global market economy. Along with the latest business skills in project management, finance, analytics and digital marketing, students also learn critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to better adapt these skills as markets change.

Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Concentration

Integrated Marketing Communications prepares graduates for highly in-demand digital marketing jobs and related career paths. Students will learn about traditional marketing management along with skills leveraging various social platforms and measurement tools through unique course work in branding and digital storytelling, creativity and innovation, as well as social media engagement and analytics.

Curriculum

MBA Core Courses

The following courses are required for all of the MBA concentrations:

MBA 6000Advanced Management Essentials3
MBA 6100Foundations for Personal and Team Leadership3
MBA 6400Marketing Management3
MBA 6600Quantitative Methods for Managers3
MBA 8100Business Strategy3
MBA 8200Integrative Management Capstone3
MBA 6250Accounting for Managers3
Total Credits21

Healthcare Concentration

MBA Core Courses 21
MBA 6500Healthcare Systems and Policy3
MBA 6710Healthcare Innovation3
MBA 6810Healthcare Quality3
MBA 6910Healthcare Economics and Finance3
MBA 7300Healthcare Informatics3
MBA 7400Project Management3
MBA 7500Managing People and Organizations3
Total Credits42

General Management Concentration

MBA Core Courses21
MBA 6700Strategic Innovation3
MBA 6900Economics for Managers3
MBA 7100Operational Excellence3
MBA 7200Financial Management3
MBA 7400Project Management3
MBA 7500Managing People and Organizations3
MBA 7600Global Business Management3
Total Credits42

Integrated Marketing Communications Concentration

MBA Core Courses21
MBA 6410Creative Strategy and Process3
MBA 6700Strategic Innovation3
MBA 6720Digital Strategy and Storytelling3
MBA 6800Strategic Integrated Marketing Communications3
MBA 6900Economics for Managers3
MBA 7120Social Intelligence3
MBA 7130Insights Driven Branding3
Total Credits42