Visionaries Wanted!

JPCatholic exists for one reason – to impact culture for Christ. Businesses are not isolated; they affect culture, laws, and people, and that is why our students strive to make a positive difference via their careers in business. Through our well-rounded business programs, students become skilled entrepreneurs, marketers, and leaders with the ability to integrate the teachings of Jesus Christ into their everyday work. Students learn how to live and work ethically, not just strive for efficiency and the bottom line, creating meaningful change within themselves and the world.

At JPCatholic, you’ll have the option to choose from three emphases: Creative Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Management, Marketing & Advertising. The most effective way of learning is to learn by doing, and applied learning is at the core of the entire business program. In fact, in our Business LaunchPad, you have the chance to start your own company while you’re still a student, guided by the mentorship of faculty who have been in your shoes.

“The degree of well-being that society enjoys today would have been impossible without the dynamic figure of the entrepreneur, whose function consists in organizing human labor and the means of production in order to produce goods and services.”

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

General Education

Understand Business in a larger context and become a well rounded professional.

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THEOLOGY

Impact culture for Christ and grow in faith and understanding through a rich sequence of Scripture based Theology courses.

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PHILOSOPHY

Problem solve and reason through major questions of life while learning to break down and synthesize complex ideas and information through the Philosophy sequence.

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HUMANITIES

Study the human condition and be at the forefront of business that puts people over profits by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more.

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Envision Your Future at JPCatholic

Build Your Own Company

The Business LaunchPad program is an optional sequence of courses that gives students foundational knowledge and professional mentorship to conceive, nurture, and launch a real company.

The LaunchPad program offers an environment where the likelihood of your company’s success can be significantly increased, and your risk from failures and setbacks is minimized. Passion and hard work are required for students to participate. The experience is rigorous, time-intensive, and takes seriously the academic and hands-on commitment required to nurture sustainable startup companies. It also can be a highly rewarding experience with many startup LaunchPad companies now celebrating their multi-year growth and success.

Once a student completes the LaunchPad sequence of class courses and graduates, they can join the startup LaunchPad incubator, and receive ongoing weekly mentorship with a seasoned business professional.

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Build Your Own Company

The Business LaunchPad program is an optional sequence of courses that gives students foundational knowledge and professional mentorship to conceive, nurture, and launch a real company.

The LaunchPad program offers an environment where the likelihood of your company’s success can be significantly increased, and your risk from failures and setbacks is minimized. Passion and hard work are required for students to participate. The experience is rigorous, time-intensive, and takes seriously the academic and hands-on commitment required to nurture sustainable startup companies. It also can be a highly rewarding experience with many startup LaunchPad companies now celebrating their multi-year growth and success.

Once a student completes the LaunchPad sequence of class courses and graduates, they can join the startup LaunchPad incubator, and receive ongoing weekly mentorship with a seasoned business professional.

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Show Employers Your Leadership Skills

The Leadership Honors Program is designed for students looking to grow in their leadership skills and create lasting positive change. The class sequence is in interdisciplinary seminar format, which encourages discussion, collaboration, and critical thinking, while its experiential learning, co-curricular community engagement and social activities build and develop deep relationships.

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Show Employers Your Leadership Skills

The Leadership Honors Program is designed for students looking to grow in their leadership skills and create lasting positive change. The class sequence is in interdisciplinary seminar format, which encourages discussion, collaboration, and critical thinking, while its experiential learning, co-curricular community engagement and social activities build and develop deep relationships.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and professional excellence.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and professional excellence.

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Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life with a focus on hands-on projects and internships. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Located in San Diego County

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train.

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Get an Inside Look

LaunchPad Overview | Business Programs

Business Incubator | Business Programs

Business LaunchPad Experience | Business Programs

Jadies and Grace | Innovate Spotlight

Zen Garden Productions | Innovate Spotlight

Prof. Jerry Jackson | Faculty Spotlight

Joseph Ogawa | Day In The Life

Vandal's Games | Innovate Spotlight

Prof. Marc Burch | Faculty Spotlight

Meet the Faculty

With small class sizes and mentorship, our professors get to know your goals and are passionate about helping you achieve them. They bring significant experience to the table from diverse areas of business, including executive management, international business, social media marketing, accounting, and more.

Joe Connolly

Joe Connolly

Chair & Professor of Business

Derry Connolly

Dr. Derry Connolly

Professor of Business

Amanda LoCoco

Amanda LoCoco

Professor of Leadership

Brad Bartlett

Brad Bartlett

Adjunct Professor of Law

Vernon Mortensen

Vernon Mortensen

Professor of Film Producing and Distribution

Marc Burch

Marc Burch

Adjunct Professor of Business & LaunchPad Mentor

Angie Germain

Angie Germain

Adjunct Professor of Business

Stephan Haight

Stephan Haight

Adjunct Professor of Business

Andy Lewandowski

Joe Szalkiewicz

Adjunct Professor of Business

Jayson Downing

Jayson Downing

Adjunct Professor of Business

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Matt Martinusen

Class of 2015

Since graduating from JPCatholic, Matt Martinusen and his wife, Lisa, launched card games called Catholics Who Don’t Do Anything in 2020 and The Catholic Card Game in 2018.

Matt and Lisa both graduated from JPCatholic; Matt with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business, and Lisa in Communications Media. The couple met at JPCatholic and are now married with three kids. Alongside his full-time job in media and marketing, Matt also started and runs a gaming company Board Catholic, which he describes as “providing opportunity for community with Catholic fandom.”

He also curated and produced a hardcover comic book called The Ultimate Catholic Comic Book. It is crowdfunded over $12,000 with over 220 fans in one month to print 750 books to sell in market.

Hear from Students & Alumni

Gemma Rausch

Gemma Rausch

Class of 2023

“In a world of mediocrity, we are constantly challenged to be the best and this is exactly why JPCatholic is so great. Here at JPCatholic, we strive for greatness each and every day — whether it be in our faith life, social life, or in our academics. As a business major, it is exciting to mentally piece together my own business, while constantly learning new ways and styles of doing things. I am a sophomore business student with an emphasis in creative entrepreneurship and from my time at JP, I could not be more happy! My confidence in my faith and my future career has grown tremendously.”

Ava Ludwig

Ava Ludwig

Class of 2022

“I'm honored and truly blessed to have the opportunity to study at JPCatholic. After earning my associates degree in Communications, I transferred here from a school in New Jersey to pursue Business Entrepreneurship. I was drawn to the program here because it's characterized by creativity, practicality, mentorship, and attention to the needs of every individual. However, what I love most about being here is participating in the authentic Catholic environment and being inspired daily by my highly motivated and God-centered classmates.”

Luca Hoang

Luca Hoang

Class of 2024

“As a Business Student and commuter, I’ve found the number of learning opportunities to be plentiful, while at the same time I’ve had so much fun with my friends and grown in my relationship with Jesus. From going on a film set for the first time and leading swing dance club, to spending more time in the chapel and experimenting with business ventures, I’ve been surrounded by people who love the same things I do. I’ve had the opportunity to build, create, imagine the unimaginable, and appreciate others’ creations! God is working hard at JPCatholic, and His extraordinary presence is recognizable through the loving actions and positive attitudes of the faculty and students.”

Gemma Rausch

Gemma Rausch

Class of 2023

“In a world of mediocrity, we are constantly challenged to be the best and this is exactly why JPCatholic is so great. Here at JPCatholic, we strive for greatness each and every day — whether it be in our faith life, social life, or in our academics. As a business major, it is exciting to mentally piece together my own business, while constantly learning new ways and styles of doing things. I am a sophomore business student with an emphasis in creative entrepreneurship and from my time at JP, I could not be more happy! My confidence in my faith and my future career has grown tremendously.”

Ava Ludwig

Ava Ludwig

Class of 2022

“I'm honored and truly blessed to have the opportunity to study at JPCatholic. After earning my associates degree in Communications, I transferred here from a school in New Jersey to pursue Business Entrepreneurship. I was drawn to the program here because it's characterized by creativity, practicality, mentorship, and attention to the needs of every individual. However, what I love most about being here is participating in the authentic Catholic environment and being inspired daily by my highly motivated and God-centered classmates.”

Luca Hoang

Luca Hoang

Class of 2024

“As a Business Student and commuter, I’ve found the number of learning opportunities to be plentiful, while at the same time I’ve had so much fun with my friends and grown in my relationship with Jesus. From going on a film set for the first time and leading swing dance club, to spending more time in the chapel and experimenting with business ventures, I’ve been surrounded by people who love the same things I do. I’ve had the opportunity to build, create, imagine the unimaginable, and appreciate others’ creations! God is working hard at JPCatholic, and His extraordinary presence is recognizable through the loving actions and positive attitudes of the faculty and students.”