Founded in 1941, the UConn School of Business has evolved into one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation, offering academic programs at the bachelors, masters, doctorate and advanced certificate levels, in four Connecticut locations – Storrs, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury. The School of Business has established a strong reputation for high quality research, teaching, collaboration and outreach, spanning a wide array of functional disciplines including Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations and Information Management.
The mission of the University of Connecticut School of Business identifies our educational and strategic priorities:
“Real World, Real Learning, Real Impact. Be a globally recognized provider of exceptional managerial and business leadership through innovative experiential learning in a dynamic global business context: integrating real world education, outstanding research and strategic outreach.”
Our mission statement confirms our commitment to academic excellence, experiential learning, and globalization. We are committed to providing the highest possible quality in teaching, research and outreach in order to attain these goals. We believe that academic excellence in a modern business education requires an international perspective that strives to identify and address business challenges experienced by workers, managers, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, and the greater community.
Also, as part of New England’s premier public university, we are committed to enhancing the competitive advantage of Connecticut’s workforce in an expanding global business environment.
The School of Business is identified with excellent research-oriented faculty, talented students, successful alumni, and close partnerships with major corporations locally and globally. Bolstered by support from the state of Connecticut, UConn administration, and private donation, the School aspires to be a nationally and internationally recognized institution in key strategic areas of research, innovative training of business leaders for a competitive workforce, and engagement and commitment to the local and professional communities.
The School’s goal for the next decade is to gain international recognition for our ability to generate top-quality academic research on global business problems and for our ability to have a real-world impact on business practice and education. We will do this through our distinctive competencies, which include:
- an integrative curriculum that blends theory with contemporary practice.
- classroom pedagogy that provides a real-world context to business fundamentals.
- cutting-edge research that informs managerial practice, public policy, and teaching.
- strategic use of technology as an enabler in the solution of complex business issues.
- intensive experiential learning opportunities1 that provide a meaningful business context to the classroom.
Additionally, we will leverage our international partnerships to enhance learning by providing active global experiences to enrich student development.
1 These opportunities provide our students with real-world, critical path projects sponsored by our corporate partners. This innovative approach allows our students to merge their experience and classroom knowledge in solving problems identified by the partner companies. Student consulting teams are supervised by School of Business faculty and by corporate project managers. These accelerators include the Student Managed Fund, Financial Accelerator, Innovation Accelerator, and SCOPE (Sustainable Community Outreach & Public Engagement) Accelerator.
Accreditation & Rankings
The UConn School of Business has been continuously accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – since 1958. This means they meet or exceed established standards for business schools internationally. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The School ranks in the top 5 percent of business schools and is widely considered one of the best in the Northeast as evidenced in frequent rankings by BloombergBusinessweek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
Essential to the School of Business curriculum is the incorporation of innovative experiential learning accelerators that integrate traditional teaching and classroom experience with high-profile corporate partnering to help close the gap between theory and practice. These include:
- Innovation Accelerator
- Experiential Learning Collaborative
- Sustainable Community Outreach and Public Engagement
- Student Managed Fund
Looking ahead, business in the twenty-first century will occur in an increasingly complex environment of rapid change, particularly in the area of information technology. In this context, UConn’s School of Business — by creating knowledge that significantly influences managerial ideas and practices — educates present and future leaders to strengthen Connecticut’s businesses, the New England region, and our country’s global leadership.