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The future of business

August 25, 2020

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Saint Mary’s knows the best way to prepare learners for today’s rapidly changing business world is to expand the way we view business education.

Today, preparing business students — graduate or undergraduate — extends far beyond classroom instruction.

At the undergraduate level, Saint Mary’s provides undergraduate students with both holistic preparation and hands-on learning to thoroughly prepare them for the business world of tomorrow. And, at the graduate level, Saint Mary’s is creating programming and individualized pathways to help adult learners get ahead and stay ahead in business — regardless of where they are in their careers.

It’s not just about adapting, it’s about being on the front lines of change, whether in experiential learning, technology trends, collaborative disciplines, or individualized pathways.

Undergraduate Business and Technology

Students in our School of Business and Technology receive the unique pairing of critical thinking skills and a broad liberal arts education, and they have the added benefit of emerging with a solid foundation of ethics and core values — so needed in today’s business climate. These students develop skills in all aspects of business: accounting, business intelligence and data analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, marketing, and sport management.

Simultaneously, they integrate theory and practice through unique experiences like the Mayo Innovation Scholars program, immersive internships and co-ops with national and international businesses, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and collaborative hands-on projects like working at ESPN’s X Games.

And, because the real world of business expands into other disciplines, we’re renovating a space for business and science students to learn and collaborate together to better solve today’s complex problems. The Adducci Science Center’s Hoffman and Brother Charles Halls, expected to be completed in fall 2021, will include a makerspace, sales training suite, nursing suite, collaborations space for external partners, and labs for finance and trading, business analytics, and science research.

Graduate Business and Technology

In 2019, Saint Mary’s MBA was recognized as the third largest in the state. Building on our reputation for innovation and excellence, we’ve developed a series of focused certificates built around our MBA and other master’s programs.

Through these new stackable credentials — called Saint Mary’s Accelerators — adult learners will be able to accelerate their careers, as well as their education.

These graduate certificate programs can stand alone, keeping adult learners up to speed on current knowledge and trends. The certificates can also stack together to form a full program, putting our adult learners ahead of the game should they want to earn a graduate degree in the future. Adult learners can couple them with our degree programs to customize their learning experiences and prepare them for the next steps in their careers.

All Saint Mary’s Business and Technology graduate programs are convenient, affordable, and known for both rigor and relevance.

As we position ourselves for growth, we are building additional business partnerships and creating more flexible academic opportunities. Saint Mary’s also plans to launch an accelerated bachelor’s completion into master’s program while building pathways between our campus locations in Winona and Rochester to our graduate programs. These programs will allow learners to achieve higher-level credentials in a shorter amount of time.

Michelle Wieser, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business and Technology, intends to make Saint Mary’s a destination school for business across all locations and modalities. It’s part of our strategic plan, but it’s who we’ve always been: innovators.

Find out more information about undergraduate programs and graduate programs or connect with our admissions offices.

Dr. Wieser tells us more about “The Future of Business” at Saint Mary’s University.