Gary Tharaldson School of Business

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Virtuous Leadership. Real-World Experiences. A Global Perspective.

Colleges of Distinction Business Seal

At the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, you’ll learn the skills you need to succeed in business from faculty who are industry experts. Your coursework will be based on Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values – providing you with a strong sense of ethics and responsibility.

You can start a business, receive professional mentorship, and build quality relationships through our required internship program.

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Investment Club

Research stocks, make market pitches, and develop leadership skills with your fellow students.

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On-Campus, Student-Run Bank

The full-service Bravera Bank Branch, located in the Student Involvement Center, provides students with a unique, hands-on learning opportunity.


  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education

    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business program(s) through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.

For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE member status page. View additional information regarding the accreditation of this program

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Need an Online or Evening Option?

We offer five online bachelor's programs through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business. Our online offerings also include flexible graduate pathways in business administration (MBA, MBA/MA in Philosophy, and DBA), organizational leadership (MOL), and project management (MPM).

A Message From the Dean

“A Catholic university should invite students into a community of profound intellectual conversion…There are many ways for this conversion to happen, but it will simply not happen without the teaching faculty. They are the lifeblood.” 
~ Monsignor James P. Shea, President, University of Mary 

The Gary Tharaldson School of Business is committed to the formation of the whole person as they engage in their educational experience. Our mission-driven Catholic business education programs graduate new generations of business leaders who uphold the human dignity of each person – assisting them in their development and human flourishing. As champions of the common good, our faculty is dedicated to a philosophy of virtuous, servant leadership - helping students recognize their God-given gifts and assisting them in aligning their skill sets and gifts with the needs of business in whichever community they are called to serve. This is true leadership.

There is faith in our purpose, and reason is our path.

Our students develop a rich appreciation for their own lives and those they encounter, particularly for the poor and marginalized. Secondly, our students learn how business is a noble vocation and practice it as a force for good, developing an integrity-based perspective. The university’s Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values are woven into the fabric of our courses just as they are lived out by our words and actions. Our graduates understand the true meaning of success and use it in their search for truth – leading by example and infusing their wisdom into every realm of business and beyond. 

Every initiative we undertake – for faculty and staff, our existing students and alumni, and our business community – reflects our commitment to “an education for the whole of life.” We are honored to support you all along your educational journey and beyond. You were created for greatness and called to holiness. We look forward to helping you fulfill that action of grace in your chosen vocation.

— Dr. Karel Sovak, Dean

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Within the business school, especially through the Emerging Leaders Academy, we were challenged to look through the lens of an ethical business leader, preparing me to live this out in my future career

Emily Haagenson ’18

Have Questions?

We’re here to help. Call us at 701-355-8030 or 800-288-6279 (MARY).