If you want to advance your business career by improving an organization’s operations and abilities in ways that are ethical and focused on serving others, an evening or online MBA with a Virtuous Leadership specialization is the perfect choice.

Strong ethics, an understanding of the four cardinal virtues, and long-term business success all go together—and our Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Virtuous Leadership will teach you how they do. Provided in partnership with the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute (HVLI), our program gives you the solid, measurable skills and deep understanding of virtuous business practices you need to improve your organization and take your career to the next level.

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Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Businesses managed from a base of integrity and ethics stand out in public perception, leading to both ‘doing good’ and ‘doing well,’ — being a force for good while achieving true success.

Program Length

As little as 16 months


  • Online
  • Evening courses at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; Billings, MT; and Fort Riley, KS

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Professionals who care about financial success achieved with integrity
  • Anyone who wants to leverage best business practices to become ‘a force for good’
  • All other business professionals who want to improve business operations that are integrated with morality and service

Career Paths

  • B-Corp Executive
  • Nonprofit Operations
  • Entrepreneur
  • Corporate Director of Charitable Giving
  • Department Manager
  • C-Suite Executive

What You’ll Learn

In our MBA with a Virtuous Leadership specialization, you will gain advanced quantitative knowledge focused on the successful operations of businesses, with an in-depth examination of how to leverage morality-infused practices. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Integrate virtue into effective business practices.
  • Apply techniques inclusive to moral courage into your personal leadership style.
  • Evaluate the contemporary global business environment in an integrated manner to propose business solutions.
  • Demonstrate professional business communication.
  • Interpret results from multiple business support tools to inform decision making.
  • Handle operational tasks focused on accounting and finance.
  • Understand business processes and how to modify them for different situations.


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    The Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

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Program Details

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!
  • Online
  • Evening courses at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; Billings, MT; and Fort Riley, KS

Philosophy of Happiness (2 credits)

Critically investigate the philosophy of eudaimonia, that is, the human quest for happiness throughout the ages and various cultures, especially within the Catholic tradition. Arguments for and against various philosophical claims about paths to achieve human happiness are evaluated in light of ancient, medieval, and modern and contemporary secular and religious thought.

Virtuous Leadership Immersion (3 credits)

Interface directly with representatives of Alexandre Havard’s Virtuous Leadership Institute and classmates. This immersion session will be bookended with technically-blended content to prepare for the session and reflect on implementation techniques afterwards.

Business and Catholic Social Teaching (3 credits)

Examine workplace diversity and discrimination, workplace conditions, privacy, wages, the use of technology, environmental concerns, and corporate social responsibility. Students will integrate these business topics through meaningful reflection of faith-based readings including Rerum Novarum, Economic Justice for All (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), and John Paul II’s Laborem Exercens.

Culture and Public Service (3 credits)

An exploration of the indispensable role of human culture including the influence of relationships among employers and employees. Compare and contrast different models in organizational management and define how competitive advantage and strategic goals and outcomes, with a view to the common good, are achieved through ethical and effective leadership.

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  • Tuition: $560/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit
  • Parking fee (evening class participants only): $25 per semester
For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the graduate program:

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.

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