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Resources for Current Students

These resources may be useful to students as they progress through the MBC program.


Student information is found on Blackboard, the University of St. Thomas academic Intranet. When you have questions about course selection, degree planning, math review, graduation procedures or program news and events, begin there.

Log in to Blackboard then select  "My Organizations" then "MBC Students."


UST MBC students register for courses online. You may use your Blackboard course site or go directly to Murphy Online and register for:

  • summer and fall terms in April
  • January and spring terms in November

Advising For Students

New UST MBC students should arrange a meeting with the MBC student services adviser during their first semester to review degree or certificate plans, course options, and the timelines for their graduate work. Schedule an appointment early, and then follow up regularly to stay on track as you progress through the program.

Student advising includes orientation and student services, advice about course planning and student performance, as well as career planning and direction. The UST MBC staff and faculty make themselves readily and regularly available for student conversations. Just make your need known, and we'll be there for you.

Application for Transfer to Degree

MBC certificate program students can apply for transfer to UST MBC degree status by completing an online Transfer to Degree form. An official GMAT or GRE test score must also be submitted for degree consideration. Applications are reviewed in January, April and August of each year. Call the MBC program office to confirm the next application deadline or visit our admission page for more details.


When you enroll in your final class, you will also apply for graduation. Your student file will be reviewed for approval to graduate, attend commencement and receive your UST MBC diploma. Visit the Opus College of Business events page for the next spring commencement date and details.

Degree students are eligible for an Opus College of Business commencement ceremony held in May each year. Graduates are also invited to attend the Dean's Reception scheduled in December and May for graduates and their mentors.

MBC certificate students will receive a letter to acknowledge an earned certificate. Certificates are sent via postal mail after completion of the final course.

Professional Associations

The MBC program is committed to giving its students the knowledge, skills and tools to advance in the world of strategic communications.

Part of that mission includes providing business communicators with valuable networking and other professional resources, including the Professional Association Event Calendar.

Here are links to professional organizations with chapters in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area that would be of interest to business communicators.

Advertising Federation of Minnesota (Ad Fed)
American Institute of Graphic Arts/Minnesota (AIGA)
American Marketing Association – Minnesota Chapter (AMA)
American Society for Training and Development – Southern Minnesota Chapter (ASTD/SMC)
American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE)
Association of Independent Creative Editors (AICE)
Business Marketing Association (BMA)
HTML Writers Guild (HWG)
International Association of Business Communicators Minnesota (IABC)
International Special Events Society (ISES), Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter
Midwest Direct Marketing Association (MDMA)
Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC)
Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA)
Minnesota National School Public Relations Association (MinnSPRA)
Minnesota Health Strategy & Communication Network
Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communication
National Black MBA Association
National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Twin Cities Chapter
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
Printing Industry of Minnesota (PIM)
Professional Editors Network (PEN)
Public Relations Society of America, Minnesota Chapter (PRSA)
Sales and Marketing Executives of Minneapolis/St. Paul (SME)
Social Media Breakfast - MSP
Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)
Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
Society for Technical Communication – Twin Cities Chapter (STC)
Toastmasters International

Visit this general directory of professional associations.

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