Business professionals can now become even better leaders through Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. This fall the university launched its first DBA cohort of 18 students at the Twin Cities campus.

DBA students will gain enhanced research, writing and problem-solving skills. Students will engage in coursework centered around research methodology and leading in diverse business environments. Participants will then choose between specialization coursework in business economics and finance or strategy and management before moving on to their dissertation.

Other news this academic year from the School of Business and Technology:

  • The MBA International Capstone class will travel to Manila, Philippines, in the fall to work with a number of firms and visit with MBA students, faculty and staff at De La Salle University Manila. (De La Salle, like Saint Mary’s, is part of the international network of Lasallian schools and universities.)
  • An M.S. in Accountancy is in development, with a planned launch in 2014.

In the Graduate School of Education, here’s what’s new this fall:

  • A Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language program will begin. This program prepares K-12 teachers to effectively serve those students in their classrooms for whom English is not their first language.
  • The first two fully online graduate education programs are being launched: the M.A. in Special Education in October and the M.A. in Educational Leadership in January. (Note: Opportunities to gain licensure in special education will only be available for the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.)
  • An M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology is in development and will be launched in partnership with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Diocese this spring, and then launched fully online next fall.
  • The second Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit will be held Feb. 6 at the Saint Mary’s University Center and feature Gloria Ladson-Billings as the keynote speaker. The summit will again include youth; however, this year, parents are invited to join the conversation.

In the Graduate School of Health and Human Services the following new programs are being launched:

  • The B.S. in Psychology starts on the Twin Cities campus in January, with applications now being accepted.
  • The M.A. in Health and Human Services is offering, for the first time, the courses needed to take the licensure exam for Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. This license also covers administrators at group homes, residential treatment centers, hospice care, home healthcare, assisted living, adult daycare and other areas.
  • The Certificate in Addiction Studies is accepting applications. This program is open to anyone with a B.S./B.A. degree or higher. The cohort starting in January is filling.
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