University of Alberta School of Business

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Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
Motto Building on Our Strengths Investing in Our People
Type Business school
Established 1916 (1916)
Affiliation University of Alberta
Dean Joseph Doucet
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 2,025
Postgraduates 500
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
53°31′35″N 113°31′03″W / 53.526523°N 113.5175°W / 53.526523; -113.5175Coordinates: 53°31′35″N 113°31′03″W / 53.526523°N 113.5175°W / 53.526523; -113.5175

The Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 1916, it is a research-intensive publicly funded institution, and is consistently ranked in the top 50 publicly funded universities for research by the Financial Times of London.

The Alberta School of Business was the first business school in Canada to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1968[1] and maintained its accreditation in 2012 making it the longest accredited business school in Canada.[2]


Dr. Joseph Doucet (Stanley A. Milner Chair in Leadership) was appointed Dean July 1, 2013, succeeding Dr. Mike Percy who was Dean of the Alberta School of Business from 1997 to 2011. The School is also supported by a 33-member Business Advisory Council.

The Alberta School of Business is divided into four award-winning teaching and research departments: Accounting, Operations & Information Systems; Finance and Statistical Analysis; Strategic Management and Organization; including the study of family business, and Marketing, Business Economics & Law which also houses the specialty areas of Energy Economics, Retailing and International Business.

The Alberta School of Business has a strong culture of excellence and engagement. Rigorous research is also supported by 11 relevant applied research centres with close industry linkages. The School’s signature community event is the Canadian Business Leader Award (CBLA).



The School has 2,025 undergraduate, 500 full and part-time MBA, and 60 doctoral students, as well as alumni[3] of more than 23,000 throughout the world, who belong to a Business Alumni Association with national and international chapters and events. The School also houses over 20 student clubs.


The Alberta School of Business offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees, as well as executive education and lifelong learning programs. A Masters in Financial Management was introduced in September 2011.

The Alberta MBA program offers specializations in Finance, International Business, Public Policy and Management, Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, and Technology Commercialization. The Alberta MBA was ranked third in Canada for corporate social responsibility by Corporate Knights magazine.[4]

The Bachelor of Commerce program offers five degree offerings including BCom-Coop, and BCom Bilingual, and majors in Accounting, Business Economics and Law, Business Studies, Decision and Information Systems, Distribution Management, East Asian Studies, Entrepreneurship and Small Business, European Studies, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Latin American Studies, Management Information Systems, Management and Organization, Marketing, Operations Management, as well as Retailing and Services.


The Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta was founded in 1916, when a School of Accountancy was created at the University. The first Bachelor of Commerce degrees were granted in 1924, and in 1928 a School of Commerce was formally established. In 1960, after implementing significant revisions to its curriculum, the School became a full-fledged Faculty of the University of Alberta, and in 1968, the Faculty of Business Administration and Commerce became the first business school in Canada to be granted accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In 1984, the Faculty was renamed as the Faculty of Business and moved into a new building on the University campus.

In 2010 following the completion of the Preservation of the Name campaign the name of the School was formally changed to Alberta School of Business.

The book A Chronicle of Commerce: A History of the School of Business [1] was written by Dr. Bill Preshing and published in 2008.


The Alberta School of Business logo, with a stylized “A, S and B” was introduced in 2000 in conjunction with the School’s official name change to the University of Alberta School of Business. The triangular “A” was meant to convey the strength of learning and faculty, and to suggest a peak, a pinnacle, a striving to the top, a higher business education.

The design also features an abstract “S” and “B” and depicts the Alberta landscape of mountains flowing down into rivers, streams of knowledge, fields of dreams. The Alberta School of Business shares a culture with the Province of Alberta in the attributes of hard work, energy, and entrepreneurship.


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