E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

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Coordinates: 37°44′44.2″N 77°32′10.3″W / 37.745611°N 77.536194°W / 37.745611; -77.536194

E. Claiborne Robins School of Business
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Type Private
Established 1949
Dean Nancy Bagranoff[1]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 626[3]
Postgraduates 148[3]
Location Richmond, Virginia, USA
Campus Suburban
Website business.richmond.edu

The E. Claiborne Robins School of Business is a part of the University of Richmond and was established in 1949. It offers undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs, and was named after alumnus E. Claiborne Robins Sr in 1979. Robins, the grandson of Albert Hartley Robins, founder of the A.H. Robins pharmaceutical company, was a major University of Richmond benefactor, with he and his family donating in excess of $175 million to the university.[4]

The school enrolls over 600 undergraduate students and approximately 150 full and part-time MBA students, and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

On December 17, 2008 it was announced to the university community that Dean Jorge Haddock will be leaving the university to become the next Dean of the School of Management at George Mason University effective July 1, 2009.[5] He was replaced by Nancy Bagranoff, former dean of the college of business at Old Dominion University[6]


BusinessWeek ranked the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business as the 12th best undergraduate program overall and tied for 4th in academic quality in the nation in 2011, tied with UNC and Carnegie Mellon.[7][8] BusinessWeek also ranked the school as having the 14th best part-time MBA program in the nation in 2007,[9] and the 7th best accounting program in 2013.[10]

A view of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. This, specifically, is the newest addition to the building.


All University of Richmond undergraduate students enter as members of the School of Arts & Sciences. After completion of the first year, students may join the Robins School of Business and declare a major in business administration, accounting, or economics. Students who declare Business Administration must also declare at least one concentration in either Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Management, International Business, or Economics.[11]


The part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate program focuses on attracting students from the local metropolitan area and from across central Virginia. These students are employed by a diverse set of companies and the part-time program allows them to bring their work experience to the classroom and to apply their education immediately in their jobs. Many students work for one of the numerous Fortune 500 companies located in Richmond (e.g., PhilipMorris USA, MeadWestvaco, Performance Food Group, The Brink's Company, Genworth Financial, Dominion Resources, Capital One Financial Corporation) and others come from the large number of private service industries or the public sector.

The Master of Accountancy (MACC) program allows undergraduate students to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of study.

Executive Education[edit]

The Robins School of Business offers a variety of programs and individual courses targeted at corporate leaders, including a 14-week Mini-MBA program. Over 1,000 individuals per year participate in these courses.[3]


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