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Executive MBA in Business Analytics

This degree program is designed for the business professional that seeks the master’s level content knowledge associated with a MBA but also a deeper knowledge of business analytics. Through this program, students learn data-driven approaches to business solutions, analyze past and present performance, and improve business outcomes (skills that can have an immediate positive impact at a place of employment).

The unique hybrid format offers the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face interaction on the Loras College campus. In this cohort model, students take one course at a time and each class is held just one night per week. The first six weeks of each course are delivered online in the evening via a live virtual classroom. The last week of the course has students come together for a full weekend on the beautiful Loras campus in Dubuque, Iowa. This is a 36 credit program and can be completed in two years.

The program has been shaped by a distinctive consortium of leaders in analytics. Loras has established a rich network within the field, and offers unique features tailored to meet the needs of working professionals and new graduate students.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the program is our liberal arts focus. This focus infuses the ethical decision-making values taught through our College’s Catholic tradition, an area too easily overlooked by other programs, with the science of data analytics.

In the United States, opportunities to master business analytics tie primarily on both coasts, while Loras College leads the Midwest with the only program offering an Executive MBA in this rapidly expanding area of business.

Application Checklist & Requirements

Executive MBA in Business Analytics Program Application Checklist (Degree Seeking Student)

  • Online Graduate Program application:
  • All official transcripts from each institution attended, including undergraduate and graduate. For a transcript to be considered official it must be sent from that institution’s Registrar’s Office to Loras College Graduate Admissions. (Transcript “issued to student” will not be considered official. Faxed and copied transcripts will not be considered official.)
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 is required for admission.
  • Applicant statement: a typewritten statement outlining your interests and professional goals. This statement is an integral part of your application (maximum of 2-3 pages double spaced).
  • Current resume or vitae.
    • At least 2 years’ experience in a professional business or engineering position is required for admission.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: Please be sure that the people who submit a letter of recommendation also include their contact information. The letters need to be from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s character, academic capability, and motivation/interest exhibited in obtaining an advanced degree in this field.
  • Interview with faculty of the Executive MBA program following receipt and review of all application materials.
    You will be notified of an admission decision via email after completion of your interview.

Application deadlines:
Fall enrollment – all materials due by August 1st
Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on an individual basis.

Materials may be sent to: 

  • Applicant statement, resume, and letters of recommendation can be emailed to:
  • All official transcripts can be mailed to:
    Loras College Graduate Admission
    Attn: Megan Henderson
    1450 Alta Vista Street
    Dubuque, IA  52001

International Students:

In addition to the standard application requirements above, international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting one of the official test scores below (Loras College’s school code is 6370):

    • PBT (paper based score) 550 or higher
    • IBT (internet based score) 79 or higher
    • CBT (computer based score) 213 or higher
    • 6.5 or higher
  • SAT
    • Composite test score of 1410 or higher (calculate Reading, Math, and Writing for the composite score)

At the time of admission, you will be sent a Certification of Finances form to complete and send back to us (along with a passport photo) so that we can start the I-20 process.

Course Requirements, Rotation & Descriptions

The Loras College Executive MBA is delivered in a new hybrid format!

Each course in the program is delivered partially online in a live virtual classroom (broadband connection, microphone and headset required) and only one weekend on campus in a classroom. This hybrid format combines the flexibility an online education provides along with the personal interaction a classroom setting provides. Courses are project-based with continuity mimicking the business analytics process: defining (and redefining) the business problem, acquiring and preparing data, visualizations for insights, conducting sophisticated data modeling, communicating results on the analyses, and implementing data analytics in organizational processes.

The executive MBA is comprised of 36 credits. Students progress through the program as a cohort and complete their degree within two years. Students find the immediate applicability of the coursework to be an advantage.

L.MBA 509 Big Data Ecosystem*
L.MBA 515  Ethical & Social Responsibilities of Business*
L.MBA 520 Data Science*
L.MBA 530 Analytics Methods*
L.MBA 550 Data Visualization*
L.MBA 560 Marketing Analytics
L.MBA 525 Managerial Economic Analysis
L.MBA-512 Business Strategy for Analytics
L.MBA 540 Machine Intelligence
L.MBA 555 Financial Management
L.MBA 571 Risk Analysis
L.MBA 581 Capstone Project

* The first five courses of the Executive MBA comprise a Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis.


Course Schedule for 2017-18 (bold indicates the weekend sessions, 8AM-5PM Saturday and 9AM-5PM Sunday, held on the Loras Campus in Dubuque). The six online classes are held Monday evenings 6:30PM-8:30PM.

Fall 2017
L.MBA 550 Data Visualization Sept 9-10 (weekend); Mondays: Sep. 18, 25;
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
L.MBA 520 Data Science Mondays: Oct 30; Nov 6, 13, 20, 27;
Dec 4, Dec 9-10
Spring 2018
L.MBA 530 Analytics Methods Mondays: Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26;
March 5, Mar 10-11
L.MBA 509 Big Data Ecosystem Mondays: March 19; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
May 5-6, No class March 26
Summer 2018
L.MBA 515 Ethical & Social Responsibilities of Business Mondays: May 14, 21; June 4, 11, 18, 25;
July 7-8, No class May 28
L.MBA 560 Marketing Analytics Monday: July 16, 23, 30;
August 6, 13, 20, 25-26

Note: We offer a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics which is comprised of the first 5 of these courses.

L.MBA 509 Big Data Ecosystem*
This course examines the data management process from access to data sources through implementation of scalable processes.  Big data requires understanding database design, and increasingly involves parallel processing and cloud-based data storage and analysis.  Data formats and database architectures are examined.  Tools for extracting data from relational, structured, and non-structured databases are explored.  Included are issues related to data security and governance.  Students will also learn how to evaluate technologies used to implement scalable decision analytic systems. 3 credits

L.MBA 550 Data Visualization*
Data/Information visualization is widely used in a number of industries, including business, engineering, and media disciplines to help people analyze and understand what the data is telling us. The industry has grown exponentially over the last few years, and as a result there are more tools available to help us quickly and efficiently create compelling visualizations. 3 credits

This course provides an overview of the data/information visualization discipline. Using a hands-on approach, readings and lectures will cover various visualization principles and tools.  Our labs will focus on practical introductions to tools and frameworks, with plenty of time to explore & utilize additional applications. We will discuss existing visualizations (e.g. what we find in various publications and government data sources) and critique their effectiveness in conveying information.  All students are expected to participate in class discussion, complete lab assignments, and create & critique many data visualization examples throughout the session. 3 credits

L.MBA 520 Data Science*
Analytics is the process of taking data and turning it into new forms of value.  The beginning of this process is often referred to as Data Science and the second stage of the process encompasses algorithms and visualization.   As an introduction to data science, we proceed to cover practical data analytic skills including accessing and transferring data (ETL – extract, transform, load), applying analytical frameworks or patterns, applying methods from data mining and machine learning, and learning analysis methods for processing text.  The course will also provide students an opportunity to do hands-on exercises with Big Data.  The emphasis will be on practical usefulness and analytics patterns. 3 credits

L.MBA 530 Analytics Methods*
Business Analytics is the process of transforming data into business value.  This process is often broken into stages of Data Science and Analytics Methods.  The purpose of Analytics Methods is to use the data and rules resulting from data science methods and develop, test, and innovate business intelligence models to help solve common business problems.  These methods originate in the fields of operations research, simulation, statistics, and machine learning.  In this course, we model common business problems from the business domains of logistics, finance, marketing, and operations management using spreadsheets. 3 credits

L.MBA 515 Ethical and Social Responsibilities of Business*
This course consists of two parts.  In the first, relatively brief part, we examine the ethical principles and theories that are relevant to resolving any moral issue.  In the second part, we apply these principles and theories to the key moral issues in business (with emphasis, where appropriate and relevant, on questions dealing with data/information acquisition, analysis, and application) by studying, discussing, and debating them, principally through a case-study approach. The focus of our attention is on the three basic kinds of moral relationships in business: a) between the firm and the employee; b) between the firm and other economic agents (i.e., customers, competitors); and c) between the firm and various non-business groups (i.e., the environment). 3 credits

L.MBA 560 Marketing Analytics
Marketing remains a branch of business as well as a social science, and is often characterized by product, place, promotion, and price, and has been extended in many contexts to include people, packaging, and positioning.  Each of these is a candidate for improvement through the use of analytics.  In Marketing Analytics, we consider the analytics of:

  1. Pricing, Forecasting Sales
  2. Understanding Customer Demand
  3. Customer Value
  4. Market Segmentation
  5. Retailing
  6. Advertising
  7. Market Research Tools
  8. Internet and Social Marketing.

Topics include but are not limited to Price Bundling, Willingness to Pay, Profile Conjoint Analysis, Discrete Choice Analysis, Value Templates, Clustering and Collaborative Filtering, Bass Diffusion Models, Market Basket Analysis, Pay-per-Click Advertising, Principal Components Analysis, Measuring Nodes and Links, Network Contagion, and Viral Marketing Models. 3 credits

L.MBA 512  Business Strategy for Analytics
This course examines how analytics can be applied in various parts of the value chain.   Students, working in teams, select an industry or canonical company and identify how analytics can be applied in various parts of its value chain.  From this, they map out drivers of analytics value in the industry, and identify examples of analytics across functional areas or – ideally – segments of the value chain, for different users and with different time frames, e.g. smaller-data, more synthetic, strategic decisions for executives, down to real-time predictive analytics embedded in operational systems.  Students will also examine how different functional managers (e.g., CFO, CTO, etc.) would view analytics decisions. 3 credits
*The former Business Analytics Overview Online Certificate will count in place of the L.MBA 512 course.

L.MBA 525 Managerial Economic Analysis
In this course, students will build on the basic undergraduate microeconomic framework by application and evaluation of theoretical models of decision making specifically related to business operations.  Managerial economic analysis will proceed by covering practical microeconomic skills including supply and demand theory, consumer theory, cost analysis, market structures, regulation, and forecasting economic models.  Exploration of these models will include derivation and application geared toward scenarios applicable from a managerial perspective. The course will also provide students an opportunity to do hands-on exercises with data to aid in application and interpretation of data in a microeconomic framework to comprehend and interpret consumer behavior and influence appropriate decision making within business settings. 3 credits

L.MBA 540  Machine Intelligence
Machine intelligence involves the set of technologies that permit computers to learn, including pattern recognition (text, image, and data), classification modeling, recommendation systems, natural language processing, and a variety of applications that increasingly are part of everyday life.  Often referred to as “artificial intelligence,” this course goes further to explore techniques (such as recurrent neural networks and deep learning) which automate the ability of computers to recognize and identify patterns and learn from these.  These techniques are scalable in ways that provide automatic implementation – ranging from web search algorithms to intelligent agents to self-driving cars.  This course will provide hands-on experience building such systems, but with the focus on understanding the implications for business.  Students will gain an appreciation for the scope of potential applications, the limits of machine intelligence, ethical aspects of their use, and disruptive tendencies of these technologies. 3 credits

L.MBA 555 Financial Management
The objective of this course is to help students understand financial decision making and modeling and how these are impacted by real world uncertainty. To achieve this, students will review basic financial concepts and then work on applying them through case studies and a course project. This is all done in the context of the need for socially responsible decisions to be made with all stakeholders in mind. Students will also learn about a variety of financial regulations and why they have been put in place. 

Through the use of case studies and using Microsoft Excel, students will apply financial concepts to evaluate and analyze decisions that businesses make. To understand how financial decisions are made, students will create their own financial projections for a company and experience how financial decision making is impacted by the assumptions that go into the financial model. Financial concepts will include: current financial statement analysis and how to forecast future financial statements; capital budgeting; the cost of capital; financing operations; and risk management. 3 credits

L.MBA 571 Risk Analysis
An important part of business planning is identification, analysis, and management of risk.  This spreadsheet-based course examines a variety of models geared to addressing business and social needs.  Uncertainty is explicitly analyzed through the use of scenarios, simulation, and other techniques.  Emphasis is placed on understanding and communicating the important uncertainties associated with any plan, and developing ways to incorporate these into business plans. 3 credits

L.MBA 581 Capstone Project
The goal of this course is to have students complete a data project (generally in groups) of a complex nature.  This includes obtaining and cleaning relevant data, conducting appropriate analysis and communications of findings, and planning implementation of organizational processes that utilize the results of the project.  Projects may come from students’ work environment, Center for Business Analytics sponsored projects, or other timely data projects that may arise at appropriate times. 3 credits

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Admission FAQ

What are the academic requirements for admission into the Executive MBA in Business Analytics Program?

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (or 2.9 in last 60 credits)
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a professional business or engineering position

How do I apply for admission?
Interested applicants may apply by completing the online application and mailing all official transcripts to:
Loras College Graduate Admission

Attn: Megan Henderson
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

The resume, personal statement, and 2 letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to:

What are the application deadlines?
Fall enrollment – all materials due by August 1

Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered on an individual basis.

Does the Executive MBA in Business Analytics program require an undergraduate degree in business?

Full admission into the program requires that applicants have a familiarity with concepts in the areas of economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing. Applicants with an undergraduate business degree will generally meet these requirements. The academic readiness of an applicant who does not hold an undergraduate degree in a business field will be determined through an interview process, including a review of professional work experience, and in some cases, completion of business competency exams. Students who do not fully meet with academic readiness requirements for the program may be admitted on a provisional basis.

How long will it take to receive a decision regarding my application?
After receipt of all application materials, your file will be reviewed by our program faculty. Shortly after, you will be notified about scheduling your interview – which is the completion of the application process. After the interview is complete, you will be notified of your admission decision within a week.

How will I be notified of the admission decision?
You will be contacted by email once a decision has been made.

Can I take some courses as a non-degree student?

Yes, individuals who would like to take some graduate classes for professional development, continuing education credits, or just personal enrichment may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree (“Special”) student.

In order to enroll in the course(s), students must complete the standard online application (select “Graduate Non-Degree” as the Admit Type), and email unofficial copies of transcripts from each institution attended to: The transcripts will then be evaluated by the Program Director to ensure that any necessary pre-requisite course requirements have been met. (Please note that enrolled degree-seeking students have registration preference if a course is full.)

After the completion of 9 non-degree credits, a student must then apply for formal admission into the program in order to move forward and take additional courses.

Graduate courses completed by a “Special” student with a grade of B or better may be applied to a future graduate degree at Loras College with the approval of both the Program Director and the Academic Dean.

Financial aid is not available to non-degree “Special” students.

How can I receive more information about the Executive MBA in Business Analytics program?
For more information about the application and admission process, please contact Megan Henderson: Associate Director of Admission for Graduate Programs, at or 563.588.7140. For more information about the Executive MBA curriculum, please contact Dr. Dale Lehman: Program Director, at

Curriculum and Class Format FAQ

How many credits are required in the Executive MBA in Business Analytics degree?
36 credits are needed to meet the course requirements for the Executive MBA in Business Analytics.

What is the format of the Executive MBA in Business Analytics classes?
The unique hybrid format offers the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face interaction on the Loras College campus. In this cohort model, students take one course at a time and each class is held just one night per week. The first six weeks of each course are delivered online in the evening via a live virtual classroom. The last week of the course has students come together for a full weekend on the beautiful Loras campus in Dubuque, Iowa.

Is there a preferred entry point into the Executive MBA in Business Analytics program?
It is strongly encouraged to begin with our September (Fall) term.

Does the Executive MBA in Business Analytics program accept transfer credits?
Students can transfer a maximum of 9 graduate credits from a previous institution. The courses must be similar in content to coursework offered at Loras and approved by the Program Director.

If I have taken the prior Business Analytics Overview online certificate, will that count for credit toward this Executive MBA program?

Yes, the BAO certificate will count in place of the MBA 512 course in the Executive MBA program.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Our Executive MBA in Business Analytics program offers working professionals a cohort model of study. Most students complete the program within 2 years. Please note: students have up to 7 years to complete the program.

What is the time commitment outside of class?
Time commitments vary depending on the course and individual’s specific skill set.  As a general rule, students will spend 4 – 6 hours per week outside of classroom instruction on class-related work for each class.

Where are classes held?
The face-to-face weekend classes are held on the beautiful Loras College campus on the 3rd floor of Keane Hall.

When do classes meet?
Each online live class meets one evening per week, typically from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The face-to-face weekends typically meet on Saturday from 8am-5pm and on Sunday from 9am-5pm. For specific times and dates, see the course schedule prior to each academic semester.

Will there be an orientation prior to the first class?
Yes, students are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation prior to beginning coursework so they can become familiar with the faculty, campus, services and their peers.

Is Loras College accredited?
Yes, Loras College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Financial FAQ

What are current tuition rates for the Executive MBA in Business Analytics?
We offer a bundled pricing structure for the Executive MBA program which includes tuition, fees and books for the entire program = $29,000.

(This amount includes the tuition for all 12 courses, technology fees, parking permit, refreshments during the on-campus weekends and all associated course textbooks and materials. This amount does not include travel to/from Dubuque, accommodations or some meals while in Dubuque).

Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.

Is financial aid available?
Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and take at least 3 credits per term. Please contact Julie Dunn, director of financial planning at 563.588.7585 or for more information.

Loras College does not offer institutional scholarships for graduate students at this time.

Tuition and Fees

Executive MBA Bundled Pricing Structure for Fall 2017 Cohort

Tuition, Fees and Books = $29,000

  • This amount includes the tuition for all 12 courses, technology fees, parking permit, refreshments during the on-campus weekends and all associated course textbooks and materials.
  • This amount does not include travel to/from Dubuque, accommodations or some meals while in Dubuque.

Individual Course Offerings

  • Individuals may enroll in a single course of interest within the MBA program with permission of the MBA Program Director.
    • Courses that fulfill requirements within the Graduate Certificate = $2,770 per course
    • Courses that fulfill requirements for the Executive MBA but not the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics = $2,170.
    • The above course fees are inclusive of technology fees, parking permit, refreshments during the on-campus weekend and all associated course textbooks and materials.

Employer Reimbursement

  • The Employer Reimbursement Form must be completed.
  • Students are responsible for providing the course information, final grades, and billing information to their employer to obtain the reimbursement.
  • Students are expected to submit timely reimbursement to their employer after the final grade is posted.
  • If the employer reimbursement criteria is not met and/or reimbursement is denied, the student must bring their account current before any future registration will be permitted.

Federal Loan Options

  • Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and take at least 3 credits per term.
  • The loan will disburse directly to the school to cover the cost of the term.
  • Graduate students are eligible for $20,500 in loan funds for each academic year.
  • The Loras College academic year runs from Summer – Spring (i.e. Summer 2017 – Spring 2018)

Contact us if you have additional Billing and Financial Aid Questions

Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.
Visit our Tuition & Fees page for more Financial Aid information

Analytics Networking Opportunities

The Dubuque Analytics Club meets monthly (first Wednesday of each month).  Information at  Dubuque Analytics Club MeetUp.

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Straight Talk from a Duhawk

“The primary goal of the MBA program is to increase the business analysis skills of the next generation of leaders.  Working with industry partners there are great opportunities for bringing practitioners to campus, developing thought leadership programs to attract new students and creating project-based internship opportunities for existing students.”

– Rich Clayton (’87)
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“I have been involved with family businesses all my life, working from a financial analysis perspective, and I was intrigued by the idea of deeper and richer analytics methods. The faculty, as always at Loras, is what makes the program a success. The program is worth every penny, all the time spent in and out of classes, all the work and all the sacrifices.”

– Tom Gantz (’92, ’15), Entrepreneur, Dubuque, IA

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Loras College Business Faculty

Dale Lehman, Ph.D
MBA Program Director and Professor of Business
563.588.7725 |

Dale has a PhD is in Economics from the University of Rochester.  He has taught at a dozen universities as well as holding positions at Bellcore and SBC Communications.  He has published dozens of articles and three books on a variety of topics related to economics, industry analysis, and modeling.  He is a frequent expert witness in regulatory proceedings and regularly teaches at a number of European universities.

His current research interests involve modeling and communicating uncertainties to improve decision making, ensuring open data access, and enhancing the role of replicability of data analysis.

Roman Ciapalo, Ph.D
Professor of Philosophy and Andrew P. Studdert Chair of Business Ethics and Crisis Leadership
563.588.7434 |

Dr. Ciapalo currently teaches courses in business ethics, environmental ethics, ethics in sports, media communication ethics, and a January-Term course: Art, Beauty, and Meaning.

His academic expertise includes, in addition to the above-mentioned areas, Ancient philosophy (especially the thought of the Pre-socratics, Plato, and Plotinus), Contemporary philosophy (especially the thought of Jean-Paul Sartre and William James).  His research interests include the philosophy of Gregory Skovoroda (18thcentury Ukrainian philosopher) and the intersection of Catholic Social Teaching with issues in sports and athletics.  He has published one book and several articles, and has served as translator/editor of Ukrainian-language translations of two business ethics textbooks.

He is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar awards, one of which blossomed into the opportunity to teach business ethics in two MBA programs in Ukraine (Lviv Institute of Management and National University Kiev-Mohyla Academy) during most summers since 1994.  He is currently developing a similar course for Ukrainian Catholic University in Ukraine.  He has served as Chairperson of the Philosophy Program and on numerous committees, including the Curriculum Review Task Force, which revised the General Education Curriculum a few years ago.  He is faculty advisor to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Loras Hockey Club.

Finally, for many years, he established, and served as coordinator of, the Loras College Classical Philosophy Lecture Series, which, each semester, brought a noted philosopher to campus over a two-day period to give a public lecture and several in-class lecture/discussions, and meet with philosophy majors and faculty.

He urges his Philosophy advisees to see philosophy as a way of life, rather than merely an academic discipline to be mastered, and to employ it in their search for meaning and purpose in their lives.

William Hitchcock, MBA
Professor of Computing/IT
563.588.7286 |

In 1984, William Hitchcock graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, double majoring in Marketing and Management Computer Systems. Upon graduation, he began working as a Programmer/Analyst for the Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Most of his development work was with marketing decision support systems utilizing retail store audit information. While working full time at Oscar Mayer, he began his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1986. He completed his work and graduated with an MBA degree majoring in Finance, Investments, and Banking in 1988. In 1989, Hitchcock made a career move to begin teaching business courses at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He has taught business coursework to both traditional college students and professionals working in the Dubuque area. In 2011, he served as the Faculty Director of the Study Abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. He has a special interest in International/Irish studies, and has since taught several Irish-themed courses including a summer course in Ireland in 2014.

Doug Gambrall, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Business Administration

Doug Gambrall is Associate Professor of Business Administration at Loras College—joining the faculty in August of 2011.  Gambrall earned his BBA, majoring in finance, from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Evansville. After working in retail banking, Gambrall embraced higher education, serving four different colleges in Indiana, Tennessee, and Iowa as an administrator and faculty member since 1994.  In 2005, Gambrall received his doctorate in leadership education from Spalding University with a cognate in business management.

Krista Belanger, Ph.D
Asst. Professor of Public Relations
563.588.7268 |

Dr. Krista Belanger came to Loras in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado at Boulder. Krista has been teaching in the communication discipline since 2003. At Loras, her courses include Introduction to Mass Communication, Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, PR Writing, and PR Case Studies.  Her research focuses on issues of work and family within small family businesses.

Eric Eller, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Finance
563.588.7202 |

Dr. Eller received his PhD from the University of Virginia, a Masters degree from the University of Missouri, and his undergraduate degree from Missouri State. Prior to joining the faculty at Loras, Dr. Eller spent time on the tenure-track faculty at Bellarmine University, at Buena Vista University (where he was tenured), and at Upper Iowa University. Dr. Eller’s areas of scholarly research include International Service Learning and Microfinance. He has taught numerous study away courses with travel destinations including Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Egypt, and the Galapagos Islands.

Under Dr. Eller’s direction, the LIFE Investment class (which manages a portion of the Loras endowment) will focus on choosing investments which align with the College’s mission while still maximizing portfolio efficiency.