Interim Dean Joann Bangs
Professor Joann Bangs
Dean, School of Business and Professional Studies


Greetings! It is my pleasure, as dean, to introduce you to the School of Business and Professional Studies. Here you will find a comprehensive selection of educational opportunities to fit your professional ambitions and personal goals, as well as your needs and schedule.

As a vital part of St. Catherine University, the School of Business and Professional Studies encompasses our signature career-oriented majors at the bachelor’s degree level — including business administration, communication studies, economics, education, fashion merchandising, healthcare sales, information systems, marketing and management, and, as of fall 2012, interior design — as well as renowned graduate programs.

Our graduate offerings include:

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL), which is proud to partner with the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program;
  • Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), accredited by the American Library Association since January 2011; and
  • Three master’s degree programs in education, including curriculum and instruction, initial licensure and AM2, a largely online learning program for certified Montessori educators.
  • The St. Kate's Master of Business Administration (MBA) focuses on healthcare and management, which complements our strong programs in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

St. Kate’s master’s and certificate programs are open to both women and men. In keeping with the vision of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the University’s baccalaureate programs remain for women only.

Four focus areas

The School of Business and Professional Studies has built its curriculum on a strong foundation of liberal arts, professional education, ethics and social responsibility. Our students learn to write and speak persuasively, think critically and communicate effectively in preparation for the team-based work environments that increasingly are part of the corporate, small-business and nonprofit landscapes in the United States and internationally.

All of our programs, at every degree level, incorporate four focus areas:

  • We develop practice-ready graduates who are both liberally educated and practically prepared;
  • We emphasize a global perspective, with a particular emphasis on global justice, to ensure that our graduates are ready to assume leadership positions in a globally connected, changing world;
  • The innovative spirit inherent in the University’s mission and culture informs our entrepreneurial approach to internship opportunities, professional development, corporate partnerships and ongoing research projects such as the Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership; and
  • Sustainability is broadly defined in the School of Business and Professional Studies to include the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profits. Our business programs, in particular, examine and emphasize business models based on ethical profits, long-term perspective and systems thinking.

Prepare to launch

Every student at St. Catherine University is educated to lead and influence. Our STEM Center for Elementary Education, for example, is the only elementary education program in the region to include a focus on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students as young as fourth grade.

In the School of Business and Professional Studies we focus on the study and practice of ethical leadership in the context of the workplaces, community-based organizations and interest groups of which our students may be a part — now or in the future. We aim to teach all students to be curious and courageous lifelong learners, and we partner with them in that process of discovery.

Our award-winning faculty — for whom teaching and collaborative student research come first — have helped launch an internet radio station, numerous partnerships with the area’s top corporations, job placement opportunities and more.

Traditional-age college students, working adults and lifelong learners all can find a home at the School of Business and Professional Studies, where academic excellence, leadership preparation and the development of real work skills are at the core of what we do.