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.

An entrepreneur in training

After pitching an invention to one of the executives on TV’s Shark Tank, presenting to Saint Mary’s faculty was a piece of cake. Stephany Beck ’21 might only be a freshman, but the Entrepreneurship and Marketing double major is already finding ways to enhance her pitching skills, network with area professionals, and learn how one day she could put her name on an innovative product that could help others. Read more ›

Business background aids HR supervisor at Hormel

Angie (Pieper) Bissen ’07 describes herself as “practical.” When she was choosing a major, she thought about the type of career she could envision herself in, as well as what job opportunities would be available. At the time, accounting jobs were in high demand. As she loved numbers, an accounting major seemed … practical. Her sophomore year, she added a second major in human resources, thinking the unique pairing could be beneficial. Currently the HR programs supervisor at Hormel Foods Corporation, Bissen’s instincts were spot-on. “Businesses need to make a profit, so being able to understand the numbers and have a grasp on general business practices is extremely important, no matter what aspect of business you’re interested in,” she said. Read more ›

Building a game-changing career in business intelligence

Rowan Flynn remembers the moment when he could first picture his future. One fall afternoon, after listening to an energetic lecture from Michael Ratajczyk, Flynn changed from an “undecided” major to a finance and business intelligence and analytics double major. Since then, he’s been honing his skills to be a game-changer in the healthcare business sector after graduating this spring. Read more ›

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 ›

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.

IACBE Report of Outcomes Assessment Results (PDF)
IACBE Outcomes Assessment Plan (PDF)

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

The Business Department's focus is to advance student learning and achievement at the undergraduate level through excellence in teaching within a dynamic and supportive learning environment. The undergraduate business education program delivers a broad educational foundation to prepare students for a rapidly changing business world. The business program strives to prepare its graduates for ethical lives of life-long learning, career success, and community engagement.

  1. Students will gain relevant business knowledge and competencies reflective of a bachelor-level program.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of business environmental factors.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate analytical tools to aid decision-making.
  4. Students will gain professional business-related skills.


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.