Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government

The mission of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government is to prepare students to be:

  • Effective business and professional leaders 
  • Responsible and successful participants in a dynamic market economy 
  • Principled civic leaders and public servants 
  • Skillful managers of technology 
  • Thoughtful contributors to the intellectual and scholarly world

This mission is achieved via the McKenna School philosophy, which is based on the intellectual and moral traditions of Western civilization. As such, the McKenna School provides a challenging curriculum that addresses contemporary issues and professional needs as well as the enduring concerns of human experience.

The hallmark of a McKenna School education is practical knowledge combined with scholarly experience. As part of Saint Vincent College, the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government educates students in the liberal arts tradition so that they are well prepared for successful and rewarding lives.

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Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government Outcomes  
  • The McKenna School of Business has seven programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). They are: Accounting, Business Education Information Technology, Business Economics, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing. The Economics, Politics and Criminal Justice programs are not accredited through the ACBSP; however, all programs in the McKenna School have regional accreditation through the Middle States Association. The ACBSP is one of the two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide. With a requirement for faculty professional development (e.g., publications and research) and courses primarily taught by faculty holding doctorates, the ACBSP is the leading business accreditation program devoted to teaching excellence and service to students. For more information on The McKenna School's ACBSP accreditation, visit To access The McKenna School's Business Performance Metrics, click here . The Performance Metrics include ACBSP Accredited Degrees, Four-Year Business Major Graduation Rates, Business Freshmen to Sophomore Retention Rates, SVC McKenna School Business Graduates Reporting Successful Placement within Six Months of Graduation, ETS Major Field Senior Exit Exam in Business, and McKenna School Graduate and Undergraduate Student Enrollment.
  • We offer SAP Business One and Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification. We are a CFP certified college and offer the entirety of the CFA Level One curriculum. We emphasize Qualtrics, CCH Intelliconnect, Morningstar, Excel, and Tableau Business Intelligence. Since 2013, job placement of McKenna graduates has been 99.1 to 100%.
  • Our job and internship placements are exceptional. The McKenna School has had a 100% placement record for 2014-2019 business graduates. Median starting salaries for 2019 graduates are listed below:

        Accounting: median salary is $52,000
        Finance: median salary is $53,000 
        Marketing: median salary is $50,000 
        Management: median salary is $48,500 
        International Business: $50,500

        All Business Majors: $52,000

  • McKenna school business graduate placements: 
    • Ph.D. Programs:
      • Finance at the University of Connecticut, and the University of Washington at the Ohlin Business School
      • Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania
      • Economics at West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh
    • M.S. Programs:
      • Management: Operational Excellence at Saint Vincent College
      • Accounting at Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh
      • Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins,
      • Finance at Case Western, and the University of Villanova
      • Supply Chain at MIT
      • Criminology at SVC and Florida State University
      • Integrated Marketing at Georgetown University
    • MBA Programs: The Katz School at the University of Pittsburgh, Saint Francis University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, Georgia Tech
    • Law School Programs: University of Pittsburgh, Ohio Northern, Duquesne, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rankings: The McKenna School’s overall rank for 2019-20 (45 exams) academic year placed us in the top 24.5% compared to 524 accredited colleges and universities of which 1/3 are AACSB accredited. Historically, from 2014 to 2020, we have placed in the Top 13.3 to 36% of all business schools. The annualized exam scores are based on the fall 2019 semester. Seniors in spring 2020 were unable to take the ETS exam due to COVID-19 complications. 
  • Economics Major: Nationally ranked program, based on data up to 2004, in terms of the absolute number of undergraduates who go on to finish a PhD in Economics, SVC ranked 38th of all BA I and BA II Colleges and universities (over 1,600 universities) in the U.S. Since 1984, SVC has had 100 percent placement at highly ranked PhD programs. Presently, we have three students with full scholarships and $23,688-$35,000 stipends at West Virginia University, Olin Business School at Washington University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Since 2011, six of our economic graduates finished their PhDs at Princeton University, University of Albany, Ohio State University, Georgetown University and the University of Virginia.
  • Nationally acclaimed Politics major: Names one of the strongest such programs "of any Catholic College" in the 2006 edition of All American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith, ISI Books. Our Politics program is distinguished by its superb faculty, academic excellence with a "Great Books" approach and with an emphasis on primary readings, its extensive, nationally known lecture and conference programs and the quality of law school and graduate school placements. Recent graduates have attended such highly ranked graduate and law schools as Georgetown, Harvard, Ohio State, George Mason, Carnegie Mellon, Washington U. in St. Louis and the Claremont Graduate School.
  • Criminology, Law and Society: The Criminology Program takes as it its most important measure of success the successful placement of our graduates into positions in which they may become significant contributors in the criminal justice area on a wide variety of levels.
    Since the fall of 2011 when the Criminology Program began at Saint Vincent, we have been honored to have a number of our graduates enter law schools throughout the country.  Some have already graduated from law school and are now successfully in the practice of law. Another group of our graduates have taken positions in the criminal justice system as probation officers and juvenile counselors. Still another contingent have directly entered the field of law enforcement.  We currently have over 10 of our graduates as members of the Pennsylvania State Police.  Others have been offered positions in law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions including the Pittsburgh Police Department. A final group of graduates have entered into some of the top graduate programs in Criminology and related fields of national security studies and cybersecurity studies. 
Meet the Deanmckenna-school-dean
Meet the Dean

Gary QuinlivanAs Dean of the McKenna School, Dr. Quinlivan oversees more than 50 full-time and adjunct faculty members, 475 undergraduate and graduate students and four centers. In addition, he is a full professor of economics and the cofounder and co-director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College. He is a member of the Executive Editorial Board of the Journal for Markets and Morality published by the Acton Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Cultural Center in Pittsburgh. From 1989 to the 2001, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Economics Department where he taught international trade, international monetary theory and monetary theory. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Shandong University in the People’s Republic of China from 1988 to 1989. Quinlivan received his PhD in economics at the University of Albany and BA at State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Quinlivan has co-edited and authored seven books, six monographs, and numerous articles in the areas of international trade, public finance and international finance. His most recent books include: A Catholic Response to Economic Globalization: Applications of Catholic Social Teaching (co-authored with Paul Cleveland, Gregory Gronbacher and Michel Therrien); Public Morality, Civic Virtue and the Problem of Modern Liberalism (co-edited with T. William Boxx); For Freedom and Prosperity: Philip M. McKenna and the Gold Standard League (co-authored with Brian Surkan); and Toward the Renewal of Civilization: The Political Order and Culture (co-edited with T. William Boxx). Dr. Quinlivan has won teaching awards at both Saint Vincent College (1993 and 2007) and Carnegie Mellon University (2000). During the summer of 2005, Quinlivan received an International Business Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh, for a ten-day seminar in Russia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. In 1997, Shandong University in PR China awarded Quinlivan an honorary full professorship rank. Dr. Quinlivan is the cofounder and former faculty moderator of the ballroom dance and the Gilbert and Sullivan clubs at Saint Vincent College. Dr. Quinlivan is one of the key administrators dedicated to enhancing Saint Vincent College’s academic links to China. He has traveled to China 51 times and has negotiated over ten academic affiliations between Saint Vincent College and some of the best universities in China.

Our Programsmckenna-programs
Our Programs
Program Major Minor Cert. Joint Prog. Career Prep Graduate Prog.
Accounting check Major, check Minor,
Business Data Analytics check Major, check Minor,
Business Education Information Technology check Major, check Certification,
Criminology check Graduate Program,
Criminology, Law and Society check Major, check Minor,
Economics check Major, check Minor,
Entrepreneurship check Minor,
Finance check Major, check Minor,
Forensic Studies - Computer Security Program check Minor,
Forensic Studies - Financial Investigations Program check Minor,
Forensic Studies - Natural Science Program check Minor,
Global Security check Minor,
International Business check Major, check Minor,
Legal Studies check Minor,
Management check Major, check Minor,
Management: Operational Excellence check Graduate Program,
Marketing check Major, check Minor,
Operational Excellence check Minor,
Politics and Political Science check Major, check Minor,
Pre-Law Program check Career Prep,
Public Administration check Minor,
Public Policy check Major,
SAP Business One check Certification, check Career Prep,
Why Choose McKennamckenna-choose
Why Choose the McKenna School

McKenna NetworkingSince birth, you have been exchanging information with others, in order to learn and grow. That is networking and it is key to a successful career. The Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government will help you build on these skills and prepare you for your future.

As a student in the McKenna School at Saint Vincent College, you will observe a scholarly, disciplined approach to life, be accepted unconditionally, challenged intellectually, nurtured spiritually and taught, by example, to pursue a full life. You will experience:

  • Outstanding opportunities to interact with a diverse group of faculty, skilled in disciplines directly and indirectly related to your major. 
  • A wide variety of internships, work-study and student research fellowships.
  • Upper-level job leads and interaction with the broader business and professional community. 
  • Networking with Saint Vincent College alumni. 
  • Valuable links to future career options, such as advice from successful Saint Vincent College alumni. 
  • Hearing and meeting top scholars from prominent universities and think tanks (the Center for Political and Economic Thought, with one of the strongest lecture and conference programs in the country, sponsors 15 - 25 renowned speakers each year).
  • Developing your network and networking skills, not only at school, but at professional conferences and extracurricular programs.

And, after experiencing all of the above, you can rest confidently, knowing that your degree from the McKenna School at Saint Vincent College offers: 

  • A solid academic foundation 
  • Small classes headed by faculty who love to teach and offer personal attention 
  • A close network of students, faculty, staff and Catholic Benedictine monks (a distinguishing feature of a Saint Vincent College education)
  • Numerous opportunities for practical experience in business and government 
  • A lifetime of relationships which reflect a priceless investment

Board of Advisersmckenna-board-of-advisers
McKenna School Board of Advisers

The McKenna School is supported by a board of advisers, which is composed of business leaders, foundation heads, prominent people in public policy, and alumni. The primary purpose of the council is to assist in strategic planning, program and curriculum review and resource development.

Daniel Hennessy, Consultant 

Robert Bartolacci, C'86, Senior Management and Financial Executive - Modern Group of Companies

Ryan Beiser, C'00, President - PNC Bank

T. William Boxx, S'92, Chairman and CEO - Philip M. McKenna Foundation 

Richard Burkhauser, C'67, Professor Emeritus - Cornell University

Amanda Cecconi, C'87, Founder and Managing Partner - Punching Nun Group

Matthew Collard, C'96, Managing Partner - Pratt Collard Advisory Partners, LLC

George N. Derhofer, C'75, Retired Executive - VF Corporation

Mark Durishan, C'70, President - SABAL Associates, LLC

David Gaito, C'99, Senior Vice President - Secured Lending - PNC Business Credit

Michael Gleba, Chairman, CEO & Treasurer - Sarah Scaife Foundation

Raymond J. Hanley, President - Federated Investors Management Company

Douglas Kepple, C'85, Retired Executive - Credit Suisse

Luke A. Latimer, C'98, Executive Vice President/Treasurer - R&L Development Company

Christopher J. Masciantonio, C'85, General Manager, Government Affairs - United States Steel Corporation

James Meredith, C'93, Vice President and Financial Advisor - Hefron-Tillotson, Inc.

Jennifer Miele, C'00, Chief Communications Officer - Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg

Michele Murphy, C'88, Retired Executive

Gabriel B. Pellathy, C'95, Managing Director of Government Affairs - PPG Industries

Karen Puchalsky, C'87, Founder/President/CEO - Innovate E-Commerce Inc.

David K. Roger, C'91, President and Trustee - Hillman Foundation

Hans Sack, President - Retired Executive

Nathan Sylvester, C'07, Americas Supply Chain Manager, OE - Kennametal, Inc.

William Thomas, C'00, Executive Director Advisory Services - Ernst & Young, LLP

Carla Zema, C'95, Director, Health Policy and Economics 

Neal Zuzik, C'98, Senior Vice President Commercial Strategy and Business Development - Clean Harbor

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    The McKenna School Business Core Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Students will have significant knowledge in the 12 core areas of:
      • Accounting; Economics; Finance; Management; Marketing; Management Information Systems; International Business; Legal Environment of Business; Statistics; Quantitative Skills; Strategic Management; and Business Ethics.