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.

Accredited Business Programs

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate 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 - Associate Professor, Department Chair

Saint Mary's Hall, SM424

Campus Box: #1439

(507) 457-7279

Shelly McCallum-Ferguson D.B.A.
Jeffrey Hefel, M.B.A.

Business - Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM422

Campus Box: #1482

(507) 457-1456

Jeffrey Hefel M.B.A.
Derek Jackson, M.B.A.

Business - Assistant 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.
Blake Pickart, M.B.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM421

Campus Box: #1481

(507) 457-1576

Blake Pickart M.B.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, SM429C

Campus Box: #1529

(507) 457-1468

Andrew Scott M.B.A.
Teresa Speck, M.B.A.

Business - Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429D

Campus Box: # 56

(507) 457-1449

Teresa Speck M.B.A.
Chandu Valluri, M.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM419

Campus Box: #1517

(507) 457-1466

Chandu Valluri M.A.