Andrew Abela

The Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America is the only business school built from the ground up to integrate faith and business. We believe that, when fed by the rich streams of the Catholic intellectual tradition, you can not only pursue business as a noble vocation, but you can also be a better and more successful businessperson.

The Busch School was established in 2013, and from the beginning, we wanted to expand our mission across the country. In 2017, we committed ourselves to finding a way to deliver a low-cost, high-quality CUA business degree in the southwest United States, far from our main campus in Washington, DC. Although this was a brand-new effort, it represented a return to what Catholic University had done early in its history.

We were blessed to partner with generous and visionary donors, without whom this dream could never have come to fruition.

After months of research, we selected Tucson as the ideal city to launch the program, from a pool of some 15 cities.

We did not imagine that we could just airdrop a program into a city 2,000 miles away. Instead, we spent the next two years getting to know Tucson and connect with leaders in business, city government, education, and the local Catholic diocese. Many meetings, design sessions, surveys, and interviews helped us grasp the specific needs and market in Tucson.

We knew we would need to use technology to bring down the cost of delivering our content. But did not want to settle for an impersonal online education. We wanted a program that was low-cost and high tech, but also high touch.

After much research, we settled on a “hybrid learning model.” This combines small, local cohorts, in-person co-instructors and support staff, cutting-edge online content and testing, a partnership with Pima Community College, and hands-on experience with local employers.

Students accepted into this program will be among the first to experience a new model for higher education, designed for the 21st century. We are delighted to be leading the way in this new endeavor.

Andrew V. Abela, Dean, The Busch School of Business