School of Business Hamline University

School of Business Hamline University

St. Paul, MN
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Graduate Business Programs at a Top-Ranking Midwestern University

The Hamline University School of Business offers a variety of flexible graduate degree programs designed for working professionals interested in furthering their careers in business, public administration, and nonprofit management.

Hamline was founded in 1854 and is the oldest university in the state of Minnesota. The Hamline School of Business is ranked in the top 150 public affairs graduate schools by "U.S. News and World Report."

An M.B.A. Degree with 4 Concentration Options

Hamline's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program is designed for working adults interested in advancing their careers and sharing best practices with colleagues and faculty members.

The M.B.A. curriculum, which is grouped into 6 modules, can be completed in 24 months. Students may pursue concentrations in international management, finance, conflict management, or marketing.

M.B.A. degree program students have the option of completing master's theses or participating in capstone projects. Students who choose the capstone option will gain valuable experience as part of a consulting team for an organization interested in making a change or solving a problem.

A Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Degree Program with an Online Option

The 48-credit Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program is designed for students working in leadership positions within government organizations. Students work closely with experienced faculty members who combine academics with relevant, real-world experiences.

The program is offered as a traditional, on-campus program or in a hybrid online/onsite format. Students in the hybrid program complete coursework online and attend on-campus, weekend residencies.

In addition to completing core coursework and electives, students enrolled in an M.P.A. degree program at Hamline University may choose to complete either final capstone projects or thoroughly researched master's theses.

A Unique Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management

Hamline's Master in Nonprofit Management (M.N.M.) degree program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. The 2- to 3-year degree program combines theory with practical experience, and students learn innovative leadership skills that will help them advance their careers in nonprofit management.

The M.N.M. degree program at Hamline is designed to provide flexibility for working professionals. Students can choose full- or part-time courses of study, and evening classes are available.

M.N.M. degree program students are required to complete 10 core courses, plus 3 graduate-level electives selected from the School of Business. In addition all students must complete either final capstone projects or master's theses.

Dual Master's Degree Programs at Hamline's School of Business

Hamline University offers dual-degree programs that allow students to earn 2 master's degrees at the same time.

Available dual-degree programs include the Master of Business Administration and Master of Nonprofit Management; the Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration; and the Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Management.

Joint Graduate Degree Programs from the School of Law and the School of Business

Students can pursue joint degrees from the School of Law and the School of Business. Joint degree options include: law and public administration; law and business administration; law and nonprofit management; law and public administration for international lawyers; and law and nonprofit management for international lawyers.

Before applying to a joint law program, students must each complete one year of law school at Hamline with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.

Sequential Graduate Degree Programs for Hamline School of Business Alumni

Alumni may return to the School of Business and complete an additional, "sequential" master's degree program. The program gives graduates the option to return to Hamline to earn an M.B.A, M.P.A., or M.N.M. degree for fewer credits and at a reduced cost.

To qualify, students must each have earned an M.B.A., M.P.A., or M.N.M. degree from Hamline in the last 5 years.

Hamline's Doctorate in Public Administration Program

Hamline University offers a Doctorate in Public Administration (D.P.A.) degree program for public administrators. Students develop the leadership skills and high-level management tools necessary to address complex issues related to infrastructure needs, homeland security, diverse populations, and world trade.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Public Administration

The part-time Certificate in Advanced Public Administration (C.A.P.A.) program is composed of 9 doctoral-level courses and a comprehensive written examination. The program is designed for working professionals who have earned master's degrees in relevant fields.

Exciting Study Abroad Opportunities

Hamline M.B.A. students may each choose to attend a 10-day, 4-credit international seminar. Students enrolled in international seminars attend pre- and post-seminar class sessions and complete several written assignments. Past international seminar locations include China, Germany, Dubai, India, and Italy.

Faculty Members with Diverse Professional and Educational Backgrounds

Professor William Joynes has more than 3 decades of executive-level public service experience, including 18 years as city manager for the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in urban studies from Occidental College, and he is a graduate of the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship Program in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kris Norman-Major holds a B.A. from Hamline University, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include social equity and diversity; social policy related to children and families; and cultural competency in public policy and administration. She has written several book chapters and has published articles in "Albany Law Review" and "Journal of Public Affairs Education."

Admissions, Costs, and Financial Aid

To be considered for admission into a master's degree program, each student must submit an application, a personal statement, a resume or C.V., official transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate coursework. 3 letters of recommendation, and an academic or work-related writing sample.

Students interested in the D.P.A. degree program must each have at least 3 years of relevant work experience and a master's degree or 36 hours of relevant, graduate-level coursework from an accredited college or university.

Costs for Hamline graduate programs include tuition, software, and administrative fees. Financial aid, scholarships, graduate assistantships, and grants are available.

Location & Contact

School of Business

Hamline University

1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104-1284
United States

Dr. Anne McCarthy


Phone: 651-523-2284
Fax: 651-523-3098

Mr. Shawn Skoog

Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admission

Phone: 651-523-2900
Fax: 651-523-3058

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Administration Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
      Master of Laws/Master of Arts (LL M/MA)
      Master of Laws/Master of Business Administration (LL M/MBA)
    • Nonprofit Management Master of Arts (MA)
    • Business Administration Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 203
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 216
    • Accepted 172
    • Acceptance Rate 79
    • Enrolled 134
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreespersonal statement, official transcripts, curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation, writing sample
    • Doctoral's Degreespersonal statement, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation, writing sample
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • Tuition *
    • Student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students439
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students439
    • Part-time Percentage74%
    • Full-time Percentage26%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian18%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown74%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty39
    • Full-time Percentage33%
    • Part-time Percentage67%
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchLiberal arts-based business programs, experiential learning, organizational process/politics, gender differences, social equity
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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