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.

The Business of Sports

Two Alumni. Two Sports. Two Careers.

Jake Mencacci ’18 (Business Management and Marketing) and Brad Hauser ’17 (Business Intelligence and Analytics) knew that they wanted to channel their love of sports into a career.

Mike Mezzano'17

Hockey Player, Double Major.

Picking the right college for you is a tough decision. Mike chose Saint Mary's because he knew he would succeed here.

Accredited Business Programs

The School of Business at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

List of Accredited Saint Mary's Programs (PDF)

Public Disclosure of Student Achievement (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.


Derek Jackson, M.B.A.

Business - Associate Professor, Department Chair - Business

Saint Mary's Hall, SM421

Campus Box: #1501

(507) 457-1490

Derek Jackson M.B.A.
Christine Beech

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

Saint Mary's Hall, SM408

Campus Box: # 15

(507) 457-6978

Meet 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

Meet Shahid Hussain
Matthew Klosky, M.A.

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429C

Campus Box: #1513

Matthew Klosky M.A.
Thomas Marpe, Ed.D.

Business - Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM401

Campus Box: #1455

(507) 457-6963

Thomas Marpe Ed.D.
Shelly McCallum-Ferguson, D.B.A.

Business - Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM424

Campus Box: #1439

(507) 457-7279

Shelly McCallum-Ferguson D.B.A.
Zakary Mayo

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429B

Campus Box: #1528

(507) 457-1491

Meet Zakary Mayo
Dennis Pedrick

Business - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429E

Campus Box: #1481

(507) 457-1576

Dennis Pedrick
Blake Pickart, M.B.A.

MBA Program - Adjunct Instructor

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, Program Director, BA & MS Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

Saint Mary's Hall, SM429A

Campus Box: #1434

(507) 457-1698

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

Business - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM419

Campus Box: #1529

(507) 457-1468

Meet Andrew Scott