W. P. Carey School of Business

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W. P. Carey School of Business
Motto "Business is personal"
Type Public
Established 1961
Dean Amy J. Hillman
Academic staff
Undergraduates 10,432
Postgraduates 1,478
Location Tempe, Arizona, U.S.
33°24′58″N 111°56′02″W / 33.416°N 111.934°W / 33.416; -111.934Coordinates: 33°24′58″N 111°56′02″W / 33.416°N 111.934°W / 33.416; -111.934
Campus 508 acres (ASU)
Mascot Sparky (ASU)
Website www.wpcarey.asu.edu

The W. P. Carey School of Business is the business school of Arizona State University and is one of the largest business schools in the United States, with over 250 faculty, and more than 1,000 graduate and 10,000 undergraduate students. The school was named for William P. Carey following his $50 million gift in 2003. In 2014, the W. P. Carey School was ranked 22nd in the world for economics/business by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities,.[1]


The school began as a Department of Commerce, that offer business courses and curriculum to students who are interested in business career. As the department expands, Emil John Hilkert began to serve as a dean for six months, although Glenn D. Overman was accountable for establishing most of the Business College programs and is generally recognized as the founding dean.[2]

Endowed in 2003 by William Polk Carey with a $50 million pledge from the W. P. Carey Foundation, the school was renamed, "W. P. Carey School of Business", and has quickly become an internationally recognized business school for its top-notch faculty, research, services marketing, and supply chain management programs. At the time, the $50 million pledge was the second-largest single donation to any U.S. business school, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

On October 29, 2011, the school commemorated the groundbreaking of McCord Hall,[3] named for Arizona philanthropist Sharon Dupont McCord and the late Bob McCord. Opened in the fall of 2013, McCord Hall is a 129,000 square foot facility, featuring more classrooms for graduate programs and undergraduate honors students, technologically advanced team rooms, a new career center, outdoor assembly areas, and the latest in environmental innovation.

The W. P. Carey School of Business is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


McCord Hall opened in 2013 as a home for the W. P. Carey School's MBA programs.
Business school rankings
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[4] 71
U.S. News & World Report[5] 29
Bloomberg Businessweek[6] 49
Forbes[7] 66
U.S. News & World Report[8] 30
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[9] 21

W. P. Carey offers two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science degree with option of nine business majors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with several concentration options that combines core business courses with a focus in one of 16 interdisciplinary areas from other colleges. The W. P. Carey undergraduate business program is ranked 29th in the nation overall by US News & World Report.[10]

Professional development[edit]

In addition to the degree granting programs, the W. P. Carey School offers executive education to broaden personal knowledge on business topics or develop a company's workforce.

  • Custom Programs
  • Leadership Development Workshops
  • Supply Chain Management Certificate
  • Real Estate Development Certificate
  • Small Business Leadership Academy

Business research[edit]

In rankings from the journal Technovation,[11] the W. P. Carey School ranks first among all business schools worldwide for authoring research in the Top 45 academic business journals with the most global impact. The rankings analyzed articles published in 2010 in the world’s foremost journals for business.

The University of Texas at Dallas[12] ranks the W. P. Carey School 27th in the world and 24th in the U.S. for research productivity, based on research contributions between all journals. In a joint study by Texas A&M University and the University of Florida, the research productivity of the W. P. Carey Department of Management was ranked 9th in North America[13] for the years 2005 - 2010.

In addition to the research conducted within academic departments, the W. P. Carey School of Business houses one research institute and 11 research and service centers:

  • L. William Seidman Research Institute
  • Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research
  • JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center
  • The Spirit of Enterprise Center
  • CABIT: Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology
  • Center for Services Leadership
  • Center for Entrepreneurship
  • CAPS: Center for Strategic Supply Research
  • CaSN: Center for Supply Networks
  • Center for the Advanced Study in Economic Efficiency
  • Center for Real Estate Research and Practice
  • Center for Environmental Economics & Sustainability Policy

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