Cass Business School

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Cass Business School
Established 1966
Type Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Executive Education, Research
Dean Steven Haberman
Admin. staff ca 500
Students 3495
Undergraduates 1300
Postgraduates 1300
Doctoral students 100
Location London, United Kingdom
Campus Urban
Affiliations The Association of MBAs (AMBA) The European Quality Improvement Scheme (EQUIS) Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) City University London

Cass Business School (short for the Sir John Cass Business School, City of London) is the business school of City University London. Established in 1966 as the City University Business School, the school changed its name in August 2002 following a donation from the Sir John Cass Foundation,[1] and was officially opened under its new name by the HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

The school is divided into three faculties: the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance, the Faculty of Finance and the Faculty of Management.[2] It awards BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA and PhD degrees and is one of the 54 schools globally to be triple accredited by the AMBA in the United Kingdom,[3] EQUIS in Europe,[4] and the AACSB in the United States.[5] The school’s Alumni Association has more than 31,000 members in 154 countries.[6]


Cass Business School was founded in 1966 as part of City University London. The school’s MSc in Administrative Sciences began in 1967 and became the MBA in 1979.

In 2002 the school moved to new premises in the London Borough of Islington and changed its name as part of a strategy formed by Lord Currie of Marylebone, who had become Dean the year before, to compete as an international business school in a market dominated by US universities.

The school had previously been spread out across the City of London’s mainly residential Barbican Centre development. Half of the £40 million funding for the new building came from the reserves of City University. The school also received a one-off gift from Sir John Cass’s Foundation.[7]

The school changed its name to reflect the support of the Foundation, which was founded in 1748 to educate children in the City of London. Sir John Cass, whose bequest formed the basis of the Foundation’s funds, was a former Sheriff of the City of London and Member of Parliament for the City.


In 2012, Cass Business School's full-time MBA was 30th in the world by the Economist[8] and 32nd in the world by the Financial Times.[9]

Also in 2012, Cass Business School's MSc program was ranked 15th in the world by the Financial Times and its MSc in Management was ranked 17th in the world.[10][11]

Cass Business School is ranked 2nd in the UK for undergraduate education in business and management studies in The Guardian's Good University Guide 2013.[12]

Specialist Masters Courses[edit]

Cass is currently the largest provider in Europe of specialist masters courses[1] geared towards the global financial services industry. With more than 18 programs including Insurance & Risk Management, Investment Management, Corporate Finance, Banking and International Finance, Quantitative finance, Shipping, Supply Chain, Energy, Trade & Finance, Property valuation, Mathematical Trading, Real Estate, Construction Management, International Accounting & Finance, Finance & Investment, and Real Estate Investment.


The Cass MBA is offered full-time through a one year course, or through two years part-time Executive MBA, or two years through the modular Executive MBA.

In September 2007 Cass Business School started EMBA in collaboration with DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre).

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fact Sheet". Cass Business School. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  2. ^ "The Faculties". Cass Business School. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Cass in new world rankings and re-accredited by AMBA". Association of MBAs. 19 May 2006. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  4. ^ "EQUIS Accredited Schools". EFMD. November 2009. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  5. ^ "AACSB Accredited Schools Listing". AACSB. July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cass Alumni Statistics". Cass Business School. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  7. ^ Braid, Mary (9 May 2002). "The Independent MBA: How City is realizing a dream". The Independent (London). 
  8. ^ The Economist |url= missing title (help). 
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  12. ^ "Business and management studies". The Guardian (London). 22 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "William Castell". NNDB. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  14. ^ BusinessWeek |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Professor Liu Mingkang". Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
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Coordinates: 51°31′19.50″N 0°05′24.70″W / 51.5220833°N 0.0901944°W / 51.5220833; -0.0901944

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