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Specializations

The Herberger Business School specializations prepare students to gain advanced knowledge and skills and to strengthen their competitive edge. Specializations are a great way to focus your business major, develop a professional skill set, utilize open electives in your degree, or continue your education. Specializations are open to all St. Cloud State students. Below is a list of the specializations offered in the Business School.

Insurance Specialization

An Insurance specialization prepares individuals to work in  the insurance industry or insurance-related fields such as human resources,  risk management, financial planning, accounting, and the medical profession. 

Finance Insurance and Real Estate Department
Contact: Dr. Joseph Haley, jhaley@stcloudstate.edu

To earn an Insurance specialization a student must complete the following courses.  All courses must be passed with a “C- or  better.” 

  • FIRE 375 (Risk Management & Insurance)
  • FIRE 475 (Life & Health Insurance)
  • FIRE 476 (Property & Liability Insurance)
  • FIRE 479 (Social Insurance)
  • FIRE 480 (Employee Benefits & Group  Insurance)

Business Intelligence Specialization

Business Intelligence is the process to analyze and transfer data into information or knowledge to help better-decision making.

Information Systems  Department
Contact: Dr. Susantha Herath, sherath@stcloudstate.edu

To earn a Business Intelligence  specialization a student must complete the following courses, and maintain a  3.00 GPA average in specialization classes.

  • IS 443 (Database Design, Implementation and  Administration)
  • IS 450 (Strategy, Management and Acquisition)
  • IS 454 (Decision Support Systems)

Information Assurance Specialization

Information Assurance is the practice to manage any risk related  to data, system, or application.

Information  Systems Department
Contact: Dr. Susantha Herath, sherath@stcloudstate.edu

To earn an Information Assurance  specialization a student must complete the following courses, and maintain a  3.00 GPA average in specialization classes.

  • IS 471 (Policy Development & Security Issues  in Information Systems)
  • IS 472 (IT Security & Risk Management)
  • IS 483 (Client/Server Security)

Professional Selling Specialization

The Professional Selling Specialization was created to meet labor market growth in areas related to professional selling and sales management areas. The Professional Selling Specialization is open, via application process, to all St. Cloud State University students who have declared and been admitted to their major.

Apply to the Professional Selling Specialization

Marketing Department
Contact: Dr. Dennis Bristow, dbristow@stcloudstate.edu or Dr. Rajesh  Gulati, rgulati@stcloudstate.edu

To earn a Professional Selling specialization a student must complete the following courses, and must  pass MKTG 320 with a “B or better.”

  • MKTG 320 (Introduction to Marketing)
  • MKTG 333 (Business Communication Strategies)
  • MKTG 415 (Professional Selling)
  • MKTG 425 (Seminar in Sales Management)
  • MKTG 426 (Professional Selling Specialization)