Business Department

The study of business, when coupled with the liberal arts, provides students with a broad educational foundation from which to enter a rapidly changing business environment.

Business majors at Saint Mary’s gain business knowledge and experience while learning in a program offering new learning technology, study-abroad opportunities, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and active business clubs to help students get involved.

Business Core Curriculum

All business majors must complete a common set of business core courses as part of their major. The business core curriculum introduces students to a variety of important functional areas including accounting, marketing, management, economics, finance, finite mathematics, business law, and the international business environment. Basic knowledge in each of the core areas is considered essential to a broad-based business education.

Mike Mezzano'17

Hockey player, double major. Find out more about his experience at Saint Mary's.

Kabara Institute lights entrepreneurial spirit

WINONA, Minn. — With new leadership, visionary ideas, and innovative community collaborations, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Mary’s University is announcing its fall schedule of events. The public is invited to watch as students pitch their passions and participate in important community discussions about the social and economic impacts of entrepreneurship. Above […] Read more ›

Hauser helps the Wild increase revenue goals

Brad Hauser ’17 spent his college hockey career analyzing how to increase the percentage of goals kept out of the Cardinals’ net; now he’s helping the Minnesota Wild analyze how to increase their revenue and grow the game of hockey across the state. The business intelligence and data analytics major from Gurnee, Ill., landed the ideal start to his dream career as a marketing intelligence intern for the Minnesota Wild at the beginning of September. Read more ›

Student-athlete scores with NFL team internship

By Kassondra Burtis ’12 Saint Mary’s golf athlete Brett Jackson ’18 recently traded in his Cardinal red for brown and orange, as the senior marketing and sports management double major had a unique opportunity to intern with the Cleveland Browns. As a summer intern in the Browns’ Fan Experience and Special Events Department, Jackson focused […] Read more ›

Bright student, big business opportunity

By Kassondra Burtis ’12 Incoming Saint Mary’s junior Frydha Cordova got an indepth look at the world of finance through a national development fellowship program, which took her to both New York and Chicago this summer—and it proved to be a sound investment in her future, one that’s sure to pay high dividends. The Sophomore […] Read more ›

A career by sophomore year

Mike Mezzano ’17 admits there was only one, very small negative aspect to having a job lined up early in his college career. During his senior year, when Mezzano found himself with a little extra free time, his friends were busy sending out résumés and lining up interviews. A double major in finance and business […] Read more ›

Proof of success is in the data

In response to the needs of an ever-changing business environment, Saint Mary’s University launched its Business Intelligence and Analytics undergraduate program in 2013. Now beginning its fifth year, the program is growing, with 48 students currently enrolled. But the true evidence of the success of the program can be verified through the outcomes of Business […] Read more ›

Turning data into decisions

Students in Michael Ratajczyk’s data analysis and business modeling course reviewed notes and discussed tactics as they waited for their turn in front of the judges. The students, primarily sophomores and juniors, had been given the task of analyzing data from a fictional business, Cardinal Hardware, which utilizes multiple suppliers and uses their own fleet […] Read more ›

Students inspired by DMC’s entrepreneurial opportunities

Jamie Sundsbak, the community manager of Collider Coworking in Rochester, decided to get down to business. “How many of you like entrepreneurship?” he asked a crowd of Saint Mary’s undergraduate entrepreneurial and science students. Appropriately, dozens of hands shot up the air. Sundsbak, along with other key Mayo Clinic and Rochester business and entrepreneurial leaders, […] Read more ›

Inspired to be an entrepreneur

In middle school Quashingm “Q” Smith-Pugh ’17 cornered the market on candy by catering to adolescents with a sweet tooth. Although the future Saint Mary’s marketing major hadn’t yet learned terms like “target market” or “return on investment,” he became an adolescent tycoon by building a lucrative business from his middle school locker—until the principal caught […] Read more ›

Alumni give strong business advice

Their advice to students was sound: Prepare well for interviews Do the best you can at the job you’re in—always Be open and receptive to new ideas and opportunities Differentiate yourself Build your network Four Saint Mary’s University business alumni currently working for the same business group at 3M in the Twin Cities have formed […] Read more ›

Accredited Business Programs

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the IInternational Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Degree programs accredited by the IACBE include B.A. degrees with majors in accounting, entrepreneurship, management, international business, marketing, and sport management.

Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Kabara Institute aims to incite a passion for entrepreneurial spirit in students across the university, regardless of their major field of study, to enhance the entrepreneurship program offerings at Saint Mary’s University by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.

Goals for Our Students

  • Develop analytical and quantitative decision-making skills
  • Deploy qualitative problem solving
  • Strengthen students' written and oral communication skills
  • Emphasize the importance of human interaction and develop skills that will promote future success


Shelly McCallum-Ferguson, D.B.A.

Business - Professor, Department Chair

Saint Mary's Hall, SM424

Campus Box: #1439

(507) 457-7279

Shelly McCallum-Ferguson D.B.A.
Christine Beech

Director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Assistant Professor of Business

Saint Mary's Hall, SM401

Campus Box: # 15

(507) 457-6978

Christine Beech
Jeffrey Hefel, M.B.A.

Business - Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM422

Campus Box: #1482

(507) 457-1456

Jeffrey Hefel M.B.A.
Shahid Hussain, M.S., MBA, LL.B, DAIBP, CPA

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429D

Campus Box: #1517

(507) 457-1434

Shahid Hussain M.S., MBA, LL.B, DAIBP, CPA
Derek Jackson, M.B.A.

Business - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429E

Campus Box: #1501

(507) 457-1490

Derek Jackson M.B.A.
Thomas Marpe, Ed.D.

Dean of Business and Technology; Business - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM107A

Campus Box: # 22

(507) 457-6963

Thomas Marpe Ed.D.
Zakary Mayo

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429B

Campus Box: #1528

(507) 457-1491

Zakary Mayo
John Nebeck

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Saint Mary's Hall, SM405

Campus Box: #1420

(507) 457-1411

John Nebeck
Blake Pickart, M.B.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM421

Campus Box: #1481

(507) 457-1576

Blake Pickart M.B.A.
Deborah Piscitiello, M.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429C

Campus Box: #1530

(507) 457-1449

Deborah Piscitiello M.A.
Lawrence Price, M.B.A., J.D.

Business - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM417

Campus Box: #1474

(507) 457-1533

Lawrence Price M.B.A., J.D.
Michael Ratajczyk, M.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429A

Campus Box: #1434

(507) 457-1698

Michael Ratajczyk M.A.
Andrew Scott, M.B.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM419

Campus Box: #1529

(507) 457-1468

Andrew Scott M.B.A.