John Cook School of Business

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Saint Louis University
John Cook School of Business
John Cook School of Business, seen from the central mall.
Established 1910
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic - Jesuit
Dean Ellen F. Harshman, Ph.D., J.D.
Students 1700+
Location Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
38°38′15″N 90°14′09″W / 38.63738°N 90.23577°W / 38.63738; -90.23577Coordinates: 38°38′15″N 90°14′09″W / 38.63738°N 90.23577°W / 38.63738; -90.23577
Campus Urban

John Cook School of Business is the business school of Saint Louis University, a Jesuit, Catholic university located in St. Louis, Missouri. The business school was founded in 1910 and is the oldest business school west of the Mississippi River and 15th oldest in the United States. The John Cook School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business—in which it earned accreditation in 1948. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned accreditation.[1] The student body includes more than 1,700 undergraduates and graduates.[2][3][4] It is named after John M. Cook, Chairman and C.E.O. of PRG-Schultz International, Inc.

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Through a comprehensive curriculum including studies in Arts & Science, all business disciplines, as well as advanced courses in a specific concentration, the Cook School offers undergraduates a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) with concentrations in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, international business, leadership and change management, management information systems and marketing. [5]

Graduate programs[edit]

John Cook School of Business offers five graduate business programs. They include: Master of Business Administration (One-Year and Part-Time), M.S. in Finance, Master of Accounting, Executive Master of International Business, and Ph.D. in Business Administration. Additionally, graduates have the option of pursuing joint degrees. MBA dual degrees are offered with the Law School (JD/MBA), the School of Public Health (MHA/MBA), and the Medical School (MD/MBA).[6]

Center for Supply Chain Management Studies[5][edit]

The center is dedicated to supply chain management education and workshops and affiliated with leading companies and organizations such as NCMA, APICS, CSCMP to name a few.

Executive Education[edit]

The school offers a variety of executive education programs, namely the Executive Masters of International Business [EMIB] program. It is a 21-month program in which students are exposed to several areas of business coursework.

Certification in Ethics and Compliance Management[edit]

As of 2012, the business school offers a certification program in ethics and compliance management. Successful completion of the course and final exam will result in the Certified in Ethics and Compliance Management (CECM) credential.[6]


In 2000, the business school opened John and Lucy Cook Hall. The building is large and houses a 280 seat auditorium. The school is home to the Boeing Institute of International Business, U.S. Bank Advancing Women in Leadership Program, Emerson Ethics Center, Smurfit-Stone Center for Entrepreneurship, Simon Center for Regional Economic Forecasting & Center for Supply Chain Management.


Business School Ranking
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[7] NR
U.S. News & World Report[8] 71
Bloomberg Businessweek[9] NC (full-time)
32 (part-time)
U.S. News & World Report[10] 81 (full-time)
37 (part-time)

The MBA program at SLU's John Cook School of Business climbed from #94 in 2012 to #81 in 2013 as published by U.S. News. U.S. News has also ranked the John Cook School of Business' Entrepreneurship, International Business, and Supply Chain Management programs in the top 20, and its undergraduate program among the top 100 in the United States. Specifically, in 2012, U.S. News has ranked SLU's MBA in entrepreneurship at No. 13 in the nation, and SLU's undergraduate entrepreneurship program at No. 13, while its Entrepreneurship program has also been ranked highly by Entrepreneur Magazine. Fortune ranked SLU's entrepreneurship program as one of the "Top 5 for Entrepreneurs" in 2010.[11] The Part-Time MBA Program was ranked by U.S. News at No. 14 in the nation in 2012, but fell to No. 37 in 2013.[12][13] Bloomberg Businessweek ranks SLU's John Cook School of Business Part-time MBA at #5 in the Midwest.[14]

Student body[edit]

Some characteristics of the student body (in 2009), include:[15]

  • Total undergraduate business students 1,414
  • Total graduate business students 437
  • Ph.D. program students 8
  • Female students 25%
  • International students 12%
  • Married students 21%
  • Students from Africa 4%
  • Students from Asia 8%
  • Students from North America 88%

MBA Program[edit]


  • Men (full-time) 48.9%
  • Women (full-time) 51.1%
  • Minorities (full-time) 11.1%
  • Total full-time one-year MBAs 44
  • Total graduate business enrollment (part-time) 392
  • Men (part-time) 61.2%
  • Women (part-time) 8.8%
  • Minorities (part-time) 9.4%


  • The John Cook School of Business is the oldest business school west of the Mississippi.
  • John and Lucy Cook Hall, Davis Shaughnessy Hall, 3674 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
  • A picture of the school can be found on the cover of Emily Fox Gordon's It Will Come to Me.


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