Palmer College of Professional Studies

School of Business
School of Education
School of Professional Studies

The Palmer College of Professional Studies puts real-world experiences at the center of learning. In every course, students apply knowledge and skills to professional situations through case studies, collaborative techniques, multimedia presentations, and capstone projects.  

Empowered to explore career options inside and outside of the classroom, students are immersed in a variety of professional landscapes. Workplace experiences, internships, and co-ops provide opportunities to test classroom concepts and discuss outcomes as well as networking and pipelines for target jobs.

With industry expertise and proven experience in their fields, Palmer College faculty deliver a highly relevant learning experience designed for today’s economy. MBU’s partnerships with local, regional, and national businesses and organizations will bring further value for students.

These experiences and the network they build make our graduates sought-after employees in leading companies, non-profits, and government and educational organizations across the country.

School of Business

The school of business comprises the business, communication, and project management programs, including undergraduate majors and minors, as well as the MBA and dual MBA/MHA degrees. 

The school of business places a strong emphasis on sustainability and the “triple bottom line” of economic, social, and environmental benefits.

School of Education

The school of education is home to undergraduate minor and certificate programs in education, autism studies, Applied Behavior Analysis, higher education administration, as well as the major in liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies. All graduate education programs, including the master of arts in teaching, the master of education, and the provisionally licensed teaching certificate are also offered through the school of education. Some undergraduate students interested in becoming elementary or secondary education teachers take classes in the area in which they intend to teach through the Gold College, and minor in education through the Palmer College’s school of education.

With a focus on developing confident leadership skills, the school of education creates a collaborative environment of inquiry and innovation, while helping individuals find personal pathways to achieve their goals.

School of Professional Studies

The school of professional studies offers undergraduate majors in criminal justice and social work. These programs offer students a solid knowledge base in the theory and practice in their chosen field, and stress the application of that intellectual foundation to address society’s needs.


Pamela R. Bailey

Associate Dean and Director, School of Education

Catherine “Cat” Ferris McPherson

Associate Dean and Director, School of Business; Bertie Wilson Murphy Distinguished Chair in Business Administration
Rachel Potter

Rachel Potter

Director of Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies/Professor of Behavior Analysis & Education

Mary Clay Thomas

Associate Dean and Director, School of Professional Studies
Will Webb

William “Will” Webb

Chief Innovation Officer, and the Senior Vice President and Dean of the Susan Nolan Palmer College of Professional Studies