Hamline News

Business As Extraordinary

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Hamline is proud to announce the creation of the School of Business, a new undergraduate and graduate program offering master’s degrees in business administration, nonprofit management, and public administration, as well as enhanced undergraduate degrees in business and economics. “The School of Business will embrace our university’s commitment to innovative curriculum and program delivery, small class sizes, internship placement, and practical, hands-on learning,” said Dr. Julian Schuster, dean of the School of Business. “We will graduate students who are prepared for success. Our graduates will bring to their workplaces not only high levels of competence but also initiative, creativity, and passion.”

“We are combining our strengths in several key areas to create undergraduate and graduate programs that are mission-centered and market-driven and aimed at educating the whole student—intellectually, emotionally, and ethically,” President Linda Hanson said.

The School of Business will offer undergraduate programs culminating in degrees of choice for employers: bachelor of arts in economics or business administration, with concentrations available in finance, general business, marketing, management, and international business. “Business all by itself is not enough—employers have told us that,” School of Business Professor Jenny Keil said. “They’ve said, ‘We’ve got to have students who have critical thinking skills, who can process complex data analysis, who work well on teams, write well, and speak well.’ What we offer that is different is this deep tradition of the liberal arts.” Graduate degree programs will include Hamline’s new master’s degree in business administration (MBA), which launched in January 2008. The unique modular-based curriculum approaches business theory thematically to build strategic leaders.

“We recently announced a fully integrated master’s of business administration program that responds to the need of business leaders for graduates who are ready for work in businesses and for organizations that need leaders who think creatively and act responsibly,” President Hanson said. “Our students, faculty, and the business community have responded enthusiastically to this major move forward.”

The school will also continue to offer two of the university’s successful master’s degree programs: the master’s in public administration and the master’s in nonprofit management as well as the doctorate in public administration. The public administration program has educated the region’s state and local government leaders since 1985, and the nonprofit management program is one of few such programs in the region. Dual management and joint degrees in collaboration with the School of Law will also be available. “The Hamline University School of Business will provide an innovative approach to business education that builds on Hamline’s 154-year tradition of connecting liberal education with practical experience,” said President Hanson. Undergraduate classes will be taught on Hamline’s Saint Paul campus. Graduate students can take courses in Saint Paul or Minneapolis. For more information, visit www.hamline.edu/ business.