Business Management - BA, BS

St. Kate’s Business Management degree prepares students to lead people, develop and implement business strategies, manage resources, and market products. The management courses will strengthen leadership, team-building, and change management skills. Additionally, students will develop a global mindset, learn how to design effective marketing strategies, and strengthen their understanding of the revenue and societal impacts of organizational decision making. The professional business education will also integrate liberal arts course work to give students well-rounded perspectives on ethics and the social dimensions of business decisions.   

Students who major in business management should expect to work in small groups, design and deliver professional presentations, and work on real-world client projects. Professors and peers will get students thinking about factors that influence organizational success like culture, economics, politics, technology, and sustainability. In the Strategic Management capstone course, students will practice running their own business using a web-based simulation that integrates all the major functional areas of business: research and development, human resources, sales, finance, marketing, and corporate social responsibility.

Students interested in expanding their professional work experience will be encouraged to enroll in the Business Practicum course. This course combines a supervised internship off-campus with classroom seminars where students can evaluate their experience with their peers and professor. A student can opt to do an internship or a "stretch project" (above and beyond their current work responsibilities) at their work organization. A  major in business management from St. Catherine will equip students with the skills that employers in both for-profit and non-profit organizations are looking for. 

This major is available to students enrolled in the College for Adults only.

Common Aspects of All Business Majors

St. Kate’s offers a values-based business education built upon a foundation of liberal arts and guided by the following mission: Grounded in Catholic social teaching, the Department of Business Administration at St. Catherine University delivers a transformative business education, providing students with the confidence, adaptability, and performance-ready expertise to become ethical and effective leaders in their chosen field.

In the classroom, students work to successfully master business fundamentals and gain an appreciation for the interrelated nature of business functions—tools necessary for navigating a global, competitive business environment. By conducting online research and preparing computer-based presentations, students learn to incorporate technology into solutions for business problems and become prepared for careers in worldwide, decentralized organizations. Examples of this type of essential, highly-relevant coursework are collected in each student’s business portfolio, serving as a showcase of academic accomplishments required for graduation.

St. Kate’s business majors benefit from abundant resources as they move through the program towards their career goals. Exceptional instructors, both full-time professors and practicing professionals with a broad range of experience, provide a balanced theoretical and applied business curriculum. Outstanding women role models and accomplished executives participate on-campus as guest speakers, mentors, and recruiters.  Many of them are St. Kate's alumnae and employees of the 60+ companies attending St. Kate's annual on-campus job fair—the largest of any Minnesota private college or university.

St. Kate’s business administration department, part of the School of Business and Professional Studies, offers a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science in one of the following fields:


  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Business-to-Business Sales
  • Healthcare Sales
  • Healthcare Management
  • International Business and Economics


  • Accounting

  • Business Administration
  • Financial Economics
  • Finance

  • Healthcare Sales
  • Integrated Marketing Communications and Design
  • Sales

*See individual major descriptions or the Programs of Study section of this catalog for information about which college offers the program (the College for Women or the College for Adults).

See also: Accounting, Business-to-Business Sales, Healthcare Sales, Sales Certificate

This major is offered in the College for Adults only.


ACCT 2112Financial Accounting I2
ACCT 2130Managerial Accounting4
ACCT 3202Business Finance2
ACCT 3212Advanced Finance2
BUSI 2012Business Analytics2
BUSI 2502Global Business2
BUSI 2652Legal Environment of Business2
BUSI 3652Business Law - Contracts2
BUSI 4800Business Portfolio0
MGMT 2400Principles of Management4
MGMT 3400Leadership, Effective Teams and Change Management 14
or MBA 6100 Foundations for Personal and Team Leadership
MGMT 4490WStrategic Management4
MKTG 2302Introduction to Marketing2
MKTG 4300Strategic Marketing 14
or MBA 6400 Marketing Management
Total Credits36
Required Supporting Courses (minimum grade of C- required)
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis
ECON 2610Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON 2620Principles of Macroeconomics4
Total Credits12

Business Portfolio

All majors are required to complete a business portfolio. The portfolio is the vehicle that enables students to integrate the life skills and knowledge they bring with them and the knowledge, skills and values learned within the courses and field experiences throughout the program. This portfolio allows students to validate their experiences at St. Catherine University.

The portfolio is cumulative in nature; most aspects are completed as part of course work. Students must present the portfolio to their advisor no later than September 30 for December graduation or February 15 for May graduation.

For specific portfolio (BUSI 4800 Business Portfolio) requirements, please refer to the Professional Portfolio Handbook.

Business management majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing MGMT 4490W Strategic Management. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice and another writing-intensive course in this or another department).