Cass Business School

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Cass Business School
Cass Business School, Official Logo, Sep 2016.jpg
TypeUndergraduate, postgraduate, executive education, research
DeanPaolo Volpin (Interim Dean)
Administrative staff
ca 500
Studentsca 4200
United Kingdom
AffiliationsThe Association of MBAs (AMBA), The European Quality Improvement Scheme (EQUIS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), City, University of London

Cass Business School (short for the Sir John Cass Business School) is ranked among the best business schools in Europe and regarded as one of the world's top leading and successful business schools.[1] Cass Business School was established in 1966 and is City, University of London's and University of London’s business school, located in the St Luke's area. The name changed in August 2002 following a donation from the Sir John Cass Foundation,[2] and was officially opened under its new name by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Cass plays a key role in the development of many academic aspects of actuarial science, finance, banking, energy and real estates, and is widely known for its innovation and academic strength, making it one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.[3] Furthermore, CBS is in the elite 1% of business schools worldwide that possess the distinguished Triple Crown Accreditation – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.[4]

Cass ranked top 5 Business school in rankings from the Financial Times. It also ranked 2nd in London and top 40 globally. The Financial Times "Top MBAs for Finance 2017" ranked Cass 4th in the UK and 25th in the world.[5] Cass ranked top 5 Business school in the UK, top 20 in Europe by "QS Global 250 Business Schools 2017". In 2018-19, the QS World University Rankings ranked Cass as one of the world's top 10 most reputable business school, and its graduates as the top 20 most employable in the world and 6 in Europe.[6][7]

The school is divided into the three faculties of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Finance, and Management.[8] 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,[9] EQUIS in Europe,[10] and the AACSB in the United States.[11]


The City 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 of London. 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.

School rankings[edit]

  • QS rankings:
  1. Cass ranked top 5 business school in the UK, top 10 in Europe and rated as a "Top-Tier Employability school" by the "QS Global 50 Business Schools 2017".
  2. Top 10 in the UK under both "Accounting and Finance" and "Business and Management" in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by subjects.[12]
  3. Cass also ranked 27th globally, 3rd in the UK under Finance category for "Global 200 Business Schools Report 2013/14"
  1. 2nd in London, 4th in the UK, 26th in Europe (Financial Times European Business School Ranking 2016)
  2. 2017, MSc Finance ranked 10th globally, 4th in the UK.
  3. 2017, Master of Management ranked 18th globally with a 3-year average at 29th.
  • 2017 EDUNIVERSAL BestMaster:[13]
  1. MSc International Accounting & Finance ranked 5th in the UK under Accounting & Audit.
  2. MSc Insurance & Risk Management ranked 12th in the world and 1st in the UK under Insurance category.
  • 2017 Times Higher Education world university rankings:
  1. Ranked Cass Business School 8th in the UK under "Business and Economics".[14]
  • MBA rankings:
  1. 5th in the UK, 13th in Europe, 37th globally (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2017)
  2. 2nd in London, 5th in the UK, 13th in Europe (Economist Which MBA Ranking 2016)
  3. 2nd in the UK, 7th in the world for Entrepreneurship (Financial Times Top MBAs for entrepreneurship 2017)
  4. EMBA ranked 31st globally (Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2016)

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, real estate investment, and business analytics

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 38,000 members in 160 countries.[15]


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  5. ^ "Top MBAs for Finance 2017"
  6. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2019 - Rankings Indicators, Academic Reputation". Top Universities. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Graduate Employability Rankings". Top Universities. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  8. ^ "The Faculties". Cass Business School. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Cass in new world rankings and re-accredited by AMBA". Association of MBAs. 19 May 2006. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  10. ^ "EQUIS Accredited Schools". EFMD. November 2009. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
  11. ^ "AACSB Accredited Schools Listing". AACSB. July 2010.
  12. ^ 2017 QS world university ranking by subjects
  13. ^ EDUNIVERSAL BestMaster
  14. ^ "2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings"
  15. ^ "Cass Alumni Statistics". Cass Business School. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
  16. ^ "Bank Of New York Mellon Corp". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  17. ^ "Professor Liu Mingkang". Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  18. ^ "People of Today Index, People of Today, People of Influence - Debrett's". Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  19. ^ DareYou: Professor and Mrs Pettman Archived 7 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

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