The Villanova School of Business was founded as the College of Commerce and Finance in 1922 under the leadership of Father Joseph C. Bartley, who served as dean until his death in 1962. The College was reorganized in 1964 to meet the exigencies of the ever-changing business community, and in 2006 was renamed the Villanova School of Business under the leadership of James M. Danko, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean.
Today, VSB offers degrees in accountancy and business administration with majors in: Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, International Business, and Business Honors. Graduate business programs include the Professional MBA, the Full-Time Equivalent MBA (both of which are part-time programs), and the Executive MBA. Other graduate business programs include the Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance, Master of Science in Church Management, and the Master of Taxation and the JD/MBA that are offered jointly with the Villanova University School of Law. The undergraduate business and MBA programs are accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the accounting program is among a select number of collegiate programs separately accredited by AACSB.
In 2011, VSB’s undergraduate business program ranked #7 nationally, the part-time MBA program ranked #12 nationally, and the Executive MBA is recognized in Bloomberg Businessweek. VSB strives to infuse its business education with a level of creativity and agility that mirrors the real world of global business. An innovative new undergraduate curriculum, introduced in fall 2008, provides students with outstanding business knowledge and skills and an emphasis on the liberal arts in the Augustinian tradition. Underpinning this new, cutting-edge curriculum are four pillars of academic focus: ethics, innovation, technology, and global mindset.
The school is also home to prestigious business research centers including the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research, the Center for Global Leadership, the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for the Study of Church Management, the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Business Analytics.