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Cameron School of Business Teaches Servant Leadership

Priests MEAM

MASTERS OF SCIENCE

Ecclesial Administration and Management

The calling to help clergy has always been in Mario Enzler’s heart 

From serving as a Swiss Guard of St. John Paul II* to excelling as an international banker to leading as dean of the Cameron School of Business for the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Enzler lives out his vocation and impacts the lives of those he encounters. 

“At the Cameron School of Business, we do not educate to create more efficient workers or more satisfied consumers, but freer—and better—persons,” Enzler said. “As educators, we accept as axiomatic the ancient view that the purpose of education is first and foremost moral, not utilitarian. We, therefore, seek not merely to inform our students, to fill their minds, but to form them as persons by holding up for them the classical ideals of the Good, the True and the Beautiful.”

Practical business skills for priests

Enzler noticed the need and demand for clergy to learn practical business and managerial skills, as he created the Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management (MEAM) in 2017.

The MEAM is a professional degree preparing clergy for effective and efficient parish and diocesan leadership. The 100 percent online, 30-credit pathway includes a weeklong, on-campus intensive session plus online coursework, which can be completed in as few as 11 months. It includes proven best practices established in the secular business environment to assist in the management of day-to-day administrative responsibilities and support the best response to particular challenges and difficulties that might arise.

Clergy are like CEOs

Clergy and other such figures act as CEOs of small companies. Yet practical business skills like accounting, finance, human resources and communication strategies are not taught in seminary. Many priests yearn for the knowledge of these useful business competencies and the MEAM degree provides them. 

MEAM has been incredibly successful since its inception. “My fourth class of priests will graduate this summer and will go on to implement their new knowledge,” said Enzler. “Their degree provides a vital component of ongoing priestly formation during this critical time in the life of the Church.”

Priest learners acquire knowledge for transparent and value-added leadership in the modern-day administration of a parish or diocese. Specifically, classes on personnel management, budgeting and asset maintenance, and financial reporting build competencies that priests are called to use every day. 

“This degree forms the priest as a servant-leader who will be a responsible steward and ethical shepherd for the people of God,” said Fr. Justin Fulton, Vicar General for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.   

* Enzler wrote a book“I served a Saint,” celebrating John Paul II’s birthday.

MBA student

MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Consider attending the Cameron School of Business as a graduate student, to experience a highly interactive and discussion-based approach to business education. CSB professors emphasize the moral and ethical questions faced in today’s marketplace.

Degree Programs focus on:

  • Developing leadership potential
  • Taking higher-level views of business processes
  • Viewing success as more than just making a profit

Become a magnanimous leader in business by learning how to be a Force for Good.

CSB prepares graduate business students for a career in a rapidly changing world. If you are ready to advance in your career and increase your earning potential, then consider an MBA from UST. Choose from eight MBA concentrations including Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Administration, Finance, International Business, Marketing and Supply Chain.

On-campus or online. No GMAT required.  

In the 30-credit hour MBA program, students learn how to engage in capitalism with a conscience by weighing the ethical implications of their decisions. Students are empowered with knowledge, integrity and skills to serve society with conviction to become a leader in their field.   

To apply, go to stthom.edu/csb.

MASTER OF SCIENCE NON-BUSINESS MAJORS

Engage in Capitalism with a Conscience

Fast-track to a Career You Love

If you are looking to expand your business skills and advance your career, the Master of Science in Business is the program for you.

The MSB program caters toward anyone who does not have an undergraduate degree in business but wants to learn the necessary skills for career success. This one-year, 30-credit hour master’s degree grounded in Catholic ethics and morals allows graduate candidates to acquire the knowledge and the tools to make a living doing what they love in the corporate or non-profit worlds. No business pre-requisites required.  

Cameron School of Business is fully accredited by the AACSB, the most-respected accrediting body in business education worldwide.   

To apply, go to stthom.edu/csb.

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN GENERAL BUSINESS

Improve Job Prospects and Earning Potential skills employers want

Business knowledge is in demand because organizations always need people who have the practical skills to organize, plan and manage the varied activities within an enterprise. 

The new Associate of Applied Science Degree in General Business helps improve job prospects and earning potential. This 100 percent online program exposes students to the knowledge and skills for a foundational degree in business. The program also enhances skills in critical thinking, communication, information literacy and professional responsibilities with a unique focus on leadership skills, ethics and the role of the human person.

Graduates will be workforce ready. This two-year general business associate degree will provide the foundational coursework in the major areas of business, such as accounting, finance, management and marketing.   

To apply, go to stthom.edu/aas.

CERTIFICATES

In-Demand Skills Continuing education

CSB will launch certificates to better serve Houston community and beyond.

Topics are:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Investment Management
  • Sales

In order to earn the accredited certificate, individuals will take four courses (either online or in-person) for a total of 12-credit hours. All courses are taught by esteemed CSB faculty.   

For more information: csbaction@stthom.edu

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