Master of Business Administration - MBA

Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program fosters collaboration rather than competition. The program combines academic excellence with practical skills and experiential learning, offering students a chance to test business strategies in a learning environment focused on their success. The curriculum is focused on teaching relevant, practical knowledge that students can immediately use on the job. Skills learned in class can be implemented at work the next day.

Courses include a blend of creative projects, analytical work, case studies, guest speakers, and presentations designed to build effective leaders within organizations of all types. St. Catherine MBA graduates are well-prepared to lead with confidence.

Mission Statement

The St. Catherine University MBA program educates women to advance as leaders and thrive in the business world.

Vision Statement

To be the MBA program of choice for women in business with a desire to advance to leadership levels where they can have an impact and affect change.

Graduate Outcomes

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

Problem Solving and Reasoning

Graduates from St. Kate’s MBA understand the larger context of business and approach problem-solving from the perspective of an experienced leader.

Business Skills and Functional Expertise

St. Kate’s MBA program graduates leaders who have mastered the skills and gained the experiences employers demand.

Communication through Influence and Reasoning

St. Kate's MBA program prepares leaders to communicate information and ideas effectively at all levels of an organization.

Team Collaboration  

St. Kate's MBA program prepares leaders to collaborate with empathy and inclusiveness. 

Innovative and Global Mindset

St. Kate's MBA program inspires students to embrace innovation and prepare for rapid transformation, while developing leaders with a conscientious and global (sustainable) mindset. 

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 and Participation

Regular online class attendance and participation is expected of all students. MBA classes are offered on an accelerated schedule and are fast-paced and intensive.  Students are expected to adhere to all online course requirements. Specific course attendance and participation 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 nine 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.

Program for St. Catherine Undergraduate Seniors Taking MBA Courses

Overview

Qualified seniors 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:

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 or LEAD 3400 (same title)
  • 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 courses cannot exceed six credits. All credits taken through the program count toward undergraduate degree requirements AND MBA requirements (should the student choose to pursue the MBA in the future). Acceptance does not guarantee admission into the full MBA degree or certificate program.

Eligibility

To be eligible to take MBA courses, 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 senior 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, they 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 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 their credits in their home program. So if a student wants to be registered for six graduate credits they must also be registered for six undergraduate credits. No student can be registered for only graduate credit or fewer undergraduate than graduate credits in any term.

Technology Statement

Because all classes are delivered online, 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 they 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 terms 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 6250Accounting for Managers3
MBA 6400Marketing Management3
MBA 6600Quantitative Methods for Managers3
MBA 7500Managing People and Organizations3
MBA 8100Business Strategy3
MBA 8200Integrative Management Capstone3
Total Credits24

Healthcare Concentration

MBA Core Courses 24
MBA 6500Healthcare Systems and Policy3
MBA 6710Healthcare Innovation3
MBA 6810Healthcare Quality3
MBA 6910Healthcare Economics and Finance3
MBA 7300Healthcare Informatics3
MBA 7400Project Management3
Total Credits42

General Management Concentration

MBA Core Courses24
MBA 6700Strategic Innovation3
MBA 6900Economics for Managers3
MBA 7100Operational Excellence3
MBA 7200Financial Management3
MBA 7400Project Management3
MBA 7600Global Business Management3
Total Credits42

Integrated Marketing Communications Concentration

MBA Core Courses24
MBA 6410Creative Strategy and Process3
MBA 6700Strategic Innovation3
MBA 6800Strategic Integrated Marketing Communications3
MBA 6850Digital Strategy and Planning3
MBA 6900Economics for Managers3
MBA 7130Insights Driven Branding3
Total Credits42

Curriculum

MBA 6000Management Essentials 13
MBA 6100Personal and Team Leadership3
MBA 6150Managing Innovative Talent and Teams1
MBA 6202Applied Financial Analysis and Control2
MBA 6300Accounting for Decision Making3
MBA 6400Strategic Marketing: Building Value and Brand3
MBA 6900Behavioral Economics and Decision Making3
MBA 6990Corporate Finance: Funding Innovation and Creating Value3
MBA 7050Design Thinking for Innovation1
MBA 7150Operations and Supply Chain Management3
MBA 7350Customer Insights and Strategy2
MBA 7450Agile Project Management3
MBA 7660Business Intelligence3
MBA 8200Strategic Management Capstone3
Total Credits36