Online Accelerated MBA Degree and Certificate Programs

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OptionInternational Capstone


1 – 2Year Program**

Master Leadership Challenges

Businesses today face a myriad of issues that, if not managed well, can hamper an organization’s success. In the Accelerated Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, you’ll complete real-world coursework taught by instructors who lead their field. At the same time, you’ll develop a professional network that benefits you beyond graduation.

Our accelerated online MBA program also includes a capstone project where you’ll apply what you’ve learned by analyzing and evaluating competitive strategies used by firms. Optional: you’ll have the ability to complete your capstone internationally in one of five cities: Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Florence or Milan. The international capstone will be offered in Fall 2023.

Saint Mary’s also offers graduate business certificates to help accelerate your career.

Best Online MBA Program in Minnesota — 2021, U.S. News & World Report1

“For professionals who want to advance their career, and advance their career quickly, I think the accelerated online MBA program is a perfect match.”

– Patrick Lafond, Saint Mary’s MBA online student

“This capstone project stirred my curiosity about how I can be a contributor toward international business development. This was a very rewarding experience; I am confident that the knowledge I have acquired from the Saint Mary’s MBA program can guide me anywhere around the world.”

– Josepha Kodjo, Saint Mary’s MBA Student

Accelerated Options to Deepen Your Knowledge

The Saint Mary’s Accelerators are a carefully crafted series of master’s-level graduate certificates designed to help you meet your personal and professional goals. Each of these options can be taken alone or stacked and be applied toward Saint Mary’s accelerated online MBA program.

Benefits of Customizing Your Education with Saint Mary’s Accelerators

  • Each of Saint Mary’s Accelerators only requires 12 credits.
  • Accelerator certificates can be stacked to provide a customized education experience.
  • Finish each in just one year to save time and money.
  • Get a glimpse into graduate coursework in a specific field to prepare for the next steps in your education and your career.
  • Earn Credly badges for your accomplishments.

As part of our commitment to your success, several of Saint Mary’s Accelerators offer Credly badging. These badges serve as a graphic representation of the skills you gained by completing a specific course or graduate certificate program.

For each successful course completion in the Finance, Human Resource Management or Project Management graduate certificate programs, a digital badge will be awarded. They can be displayed on social media platforms like LinkedIn and your CV and resume to visually showcase your specific leadership knowledge and skills to current and potential employers, credentialing programs, and admissions offices.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help your organization make data-driven decisions and optimize business processes. This program combines topics from computer and data science, business, project management, and communications to prepare you for in-demand careers.

Prepare for leadership roles as you pursue a career in an information security environment or continue your education with an MSCS graduate degree. Study topics include security policy, risk management, operational strategies, security architecture and security planning.

Explore technical topics in cybersecurity to apply computer networking environments, programming, and cloud-based application security. Learn the network-oriented protection techniques that include cloud and network-based aspects of security such as intrusion detection, network security, cloud applications, programming/scripting, and network defense methods. You can apply credits earned in the program toward the MSCS graduate degree.

Access a hands-on curriculum that provides specialized knowledge and training in essential finance skill sets, including financial markets, security analysis, and portfolio management. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who are industry experts.

Get the focused training you need to lead in a variety of healthcare settings. Learn the fundamentals of modern health and human services delivery and study topics. The credits you earn can be applied toward the M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration degree.

Gain a deep understanding of the role data analysis plays in clinical and hospital operations. Use the latest industry tools and approaches to apply artificial intelligence techniques to improve patient care delivery and business functions.

Acquire the human resources skills and approaches you need to be successful, including HR management, compensation and benefits, consulting, and employment law.

Learn the ropes of nonprofit management, including management, community engagement and collaboration, grant writing and financial management, and human resource management.

Gain foundational skills in project planning, resource management, stakeholder analysis, quality control, risk management, and more.

Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. The Saint Mary’s community, together and by association, is dedicated to quality, diversity, accessibility, social justice, and sound stewardship in all its endeavors.

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Online Convenience, On Point Outcomes

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to providing excellence in education beyond the borders of the campus. You want to excel in your profession and to maximize your career, all while maintaining family and work responsibilities. Saint Mary’s online programs are offered in an easy-to-use format that allows for flexible scheduling and provides you with leading-edge knowledge and valuable credentials.

Customize Your Curriculum Focus

With the graduate online business administration degree from Saint Mary’s, you can tailor your MBA to fit your needs. Customize your degree with a graduate certificate, along with core courses such as:

MBA 604 Managerial Economics

Focus on the application of economic theory to examine how an organization can efficiently achieve its aims or objectives. The tools and applications used by organizations to make decisions and assess their outcomes in a global context are covered. Topics include advanced supply and demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis, market structure and price analysis, regulation and risk analysis, and global pricing practices.

MBA 600 Quantitative Decision Making

Gain a practitioner’s ability to utilize quantitative decision-making tools and techniques commonly used in business. The QDM tools and techniques used in operations management, inventory management, marketing, project management, and finance are covered. Topics include hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, subjective probability, decision trees, Bayes Theorem, and regression.

MBA 655 Marketing Strategy

Address the principles of marketing and the tools and practices used to design and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy. Explore the frameworks and strategies behind making effective marketing decisions that build customer value and drive an organization’s growth. Topics include market research, target marketing, product development and positioning, brand-building, buyer behavior, pricing, distribution, and integrated marketing communications.

MBA 643 Corporate Finance

Examine the principles of corporate finance and the tools and practices used in financial decision making. Delve into the treasury function of an organization and the decisions made by the treasurer. Topics include long-term financing, capital budgeting decisions, beta, debt-equity options, dividend policy analysis, and IPOs.

MBA Career Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those in the financial business field possessing a master’s degree earn on average $32,000 more than those with a bachelor’s degree2, but that’s not all you stand to gain after completing this program. Every Saint Mary’s MBA student graduates with an education focused on management and leadership, as well as the ability to:

  • Apply quantitative analysis and economic theory
  • Communicate effectively across various modes and to a variety of audiences
  • Exhibit pragmatic decision-making skills and the ability to apply evidence-based solutions
  • Contribute to your organization’s success through a broad knowledge of business
  • Make an impact and lead organizational improvement

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  1. U.S. News & World Report L.P., Rankings, Best Online MBA Programs. Retrieved from
  2. Dalton, Terrell and Torpey, Elka (2015, September). “Should I get a master’s degree?,” Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved from

*GRE not required. GMAT required only if student has less than two years of relevant work experience.

**Students must be registered for 12+ credit hours each semester in order to complete the program in 12 months. 12 month time to completion only applies to the non-certificate program option.