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Study the Business Aspects of Organizations

The BA in Business Management program at St. Scholastica develops these skills and also teaches students specialized business skills, such as human resources management, business strategy and effective decision-making.

Convenient and Flexible Format

This program can be completed through a face-to-face format in Duluth or Grand Rapids or finish your degree 100% online in 2-3 years depending on transfer credits. Our online learning environment allows you to collaborate with your peers and complete the program on your schedule, even if that schedule varies from week to week or month to month.

Healthcare Administration Concentration

The Healthcare Administration concentration offering is perfect for adult practitioners who do not yet have a four-year degree. It focuses on the operational aspects of a healthcare administrator with competencies in accounting, communication, compliance, financial management, health care law, information technology and risk management.

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Degree Details


Are You Looking for a Face-to-Face (on-campus) Experience?

St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.

Are You Looking for a 100% Online or Hybrid Experience?

St. Scholastica is committed to providing adult students highly competitive tuition for all programs. This exceptional value for a comprehensive educational experience will allow you to advance in your career.


Program Requirements

Total degree requirements: 128 credits
Major: 68 credits
Minor: 20 credits

Any applicable transfer credits or credit for prior life experience will shorten this timeline.


Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.


ACC 2210 – Principles of Financial Accounting

Introduces the preparation and use of financial accounting information. Course includes preparation and analysis of financial statements and related disclosures.

ACC 2220 – Principles of Managerial Accounting

Introduces the internal use of accounting information to plan, control and evaluate the activities of business organizations. Course emphasizes problem solving and decision making for manufacturing and service enterprises.

ACC 3205 –

ECN 2230 – Principles of Microeconomics

Focuses on how economists explain the behavior of individuals, how markets direct activities and the policy implications that flow from economic analysis. Emphasis is less on the development of theories and more on the application of theories. Course examines how developments in other fields, most notably evolutionary psychology, have affected microeconomics.

ECN 2280 – Principles of Macroeconomics

Addresses “the economy” in the sense of the big picture. Topics covered include national income accounting, the determination of economic activity through consumer spending, business investment, government taxation and expenditure and foreign trade. This course also addresses the issues of fiscal and monetary policies, inflation and unemployment.

FIN 3420 – Financial Management

Examines the concepts and tools that are needed by managers when making financial decisions. Students are required to analyze a financial statement, assess risk, calculate the cost of capital for capital budgeting, and describe the methods for valuing securities such as stocks and bonds for an organization. Approach to the course content is from a manager’s perspective on how to make value-creating decisions for an organization’s stakeholders. Prerequisite: ACC 2210.

MGT 2120 – Principles of Management

Introduction to the process of management. Course includes the history of management theory with emphasis on forces of change that have resulted in a changing view of the business world for managers. Principle management functions covered are planning, organizing, leading and the process of control as an information feedback function for increasing productivity. Emphasis is on the integration of all management functions into one effort for visionary, effective and efficient operations.

MGT 3130 – Business Research & Decision-Making

Further examines the theories, models and practice of effective business managers in using creativity, strategy, and information in decision making. Students apply methods to generate ideas for solving real-world business problems. Decision-making models and research are used to analyze consumer/employee behavior, create goals, and make recommendations for solving problems.

MGT 3150 – MGT Communications: Written

Emphasis on the writing process as adapted to the management situation. Students complete a series of writing assignments including letters, memos, proposals, problem-solving reports and informational reports and procedures, with an emphasis on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students will be introduced to writing for electronic media. Students must be juniors and have some professional experience before enrolling. Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or competency.

MGT 3240 – Human Resource Management

Provides an in-depth exposure to the major areas of human resource management including recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, planning, labor relations and compensation.

MGT 3354 – Management Ethics

Study of the application of ethical principles to problems encountered in management. Confrontation of the problems is preceded by inquiry into the nature of human interaction in general and management in particular. Other topics include: obligations of the manager to a number of clients or spheres of responsibility, including employees and clients of the organization; rights and obligations of employers and employees; and discrimination, liability and advertising.

MGT 4160 – Legal Aspects of Management

Nature and functions of law with emphasis on applications in economics, marketing and management. Course includes contracts and business entities and the regulation of business under federal and state administrative agencies.

MGT 4170 – Strategic Management

A senior capstone course for management majors. This course ties together all of the content covered in undergraduate management and applied economics classes. Focus is on realities of management in contemporary situations. Course utilizes studies of real organizations that include examples of successes and failures. Students prepare written case analyses with emphasis on understanding the environment of management, the knowledge required by managers, and the functions performed. Prerequisite: FIN 3420, or approval of the instructor, and senior standing.

MKT 2320 – Principles of Marketing

Surveys terms and concepts concerned with the planning process and selection of appropriate actions resulting in successful and unique marketing plans. Product design, pricing strategy, distribution and availability of goods or services and marketing communications are topics covered.

Healthcare Administration Concentration

St. Scholastica has prepared students to be leaders and problem-solvers in the healthcare field for 100 years. This program combines the school’s expertise in health sciences and management to prepare future healthcare administrators to help improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery.

Graduates of this program will receive a bachelor of arts in management degree with a healthcare administration concentration.

Key Benefits
  • 100 percent online option. Move your career forward without leaving your career. On-campus courses also are available.
  • Designed for working adults. Balancing work, family and school can be a challenge, so we’ve designed this program with that in mind.
  • Become a leader. The healthcare industry is growing rapidly and needs excellent managers with the specialized skills the medical field requires.

In this program, students will master core business skills and develop specialized skills that are unique to healthcare management. Graduates will be skilled in the following areas:

  • Healthcare information systems and technology
  • Management and interpersonal communications
  • Process development
  • Risk management and legal issues
  • Human resources
Career Outlook

Healthcare administrators plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of healthcare. This includes a variety of roles, from large hospitals, physicians’ offices, rural clinics and nursing and residential care facilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 23 percent growth rate in healthcare administration by 2022.

Who is this program designed for?
  • Working managers who want to move into a leadership role
  • Small business owners and other entrepreneurs
  • Those who need a bachelor’s degree to advance their career


Students may have opportunities for applied internships with various area organizations. Recent placements include: Upper Lakes Foods Inc., Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Townsquare Media Group, Target, Best Buy, 3M and Amsoil Corp.

Career Outlook

The need for qualified and ethical managers is expected to increase in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Those skilled in the ethical application of business management theories to solve real-world business problems are always in demand.

What Can I Do with this Degree?

Business management graduates are prepared for management positions in large corporations and small businesses, have the skills to run their own business and have the educational foundation necessary for graduate studies.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.


New Student
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for entrance into the college

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

Application Deadlines

Are You Looking for a Face-to-Face (on-campus) Experience?

Students applying for the fall semester have two application timelines to choose from – Early Action (Nov. 15) and Regular Decision (Feb. 1). Both options are completely free and deposits are fully refundable until May 1. We will accept applications for fall semester through the end of August.

Are You Looking for a 100% Online or Hybrid Experience?

Most of our online and hybrid programs operate on a rolling admission basis – allowing you to apply anytime. Once your application and other necessary documents are received, we will forward them to the appropriate department for review.

Meet Our Faculty

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Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.