Cass Business School

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Cass Business School
Type Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Executive Education, Research
Established 1966
Dean Marianne W. Lewis
Administrative staff
ca 500
Students ca 4200
Undergraduates 2200+
Postgraduates 1850+
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) was 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 Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

The school is divided into the three faculties of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Finance, and Management.[2] It awards BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA and PhD degrees and is one of under 70 schools globally to be accredited by all of the AMBA in the United Kingdom,[3] EQUIS in Europe,[4] and the AACSB in the United States.[5]


The City University Business School was founded in 1966. 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 gift from Sir John Cass’s Foundation, founded in 1748 to educate children in the City of London. The school changed its name to reflect the support of the Foundation. Sir John Cass, whose bequest formed the basis of the Foundation’s funds, was a Sheriff of the City of London and Member of Parliament for the City in the early eighteenth century.


In 2014, the Research Excellence Framework rated 84% of Cass Business and Management research as within the top two categories of ‘world-leading’ (4-star) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3-star).[6]

Specialist masters courses[edit]

Cass teaches programmes including insurance and risk management, investment management, corporate finance, banking and International finance, quantitative finance, shipping, marketing, supply chain, energy, trade and finance, property valuation, mathematical trading, real estate, construction management, international accounting and finance, finance and 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]

The school’s Alumni Association has more than 35,000 members in 154 countries.[7]


  1. ^ "Cass Business School's Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  2. ^ "The Faculties". Cass Business School. 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. ^ "Research Excellence Framework". Cass Business School. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Cass Alumni Statistics". Cass Business School. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  8. ^ "bank of new york mellon corp". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Debrett's: Barrie Pettman
  10. ^ DareYou: Professor and Mrs Pettman
  11. ^ "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