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Howard University School of Business


Howard University School of Business was founded 49 years ago. The School of Business began as an institution of learning for training students in the field of business in 1870, when the Board of Trustees of Howard University approved the establishment of a school of Commerce in conjunction with the Freedman’s Savings Bank and Trust Company. The school and bank ventures were discontinued only four years later but the seeds that were sown led to the reopening of the school in 1903. At reopening, the school initially offered a Bachelors of Science Degree that would be reclassified, a year later, as a secondary-level training program for the next thirteen years.

Forty three years after the school reopened, in 1946, the Marketing, Accounting, and Real Estate and Insurance programs were added to the school’s educational curriculum. In 1970, the present-day School of Business was founded, with Dr. Milton Wilson as Dean. Over the years that followed, the School of Business’ prominence within Howard University grew, as it became the second largest among schools and colleges within the university in terms of enrollment, and firmly established its reputation for excellence in both the academic and business communities.

The school is accredited by the AACSB.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 67 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 33 (U.S.); 38 (Global)


The Howard University campus is situated on one of the highest elevations in the District of Columbia, overlooking downtown Washington. The White House, the Capitol, and all of the cultural and historic institutions in the city are within minutes of the campus. Many of the University’s academic programs are designed to make use of these institutions and serve the needs of the immediate community, as well as the entire Washington metropolitan area.

Howard University is close to three Washington D.C. area airports; the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport, and the Washington Dulles International Airport. All three are accessible by public transportation, with the Reagan Washington Airport closest in proximity.


Students attend classes in the School of Business facility, which is equipped with software and information systems for financial modeling, trading, and portfolio management.

School of Business Research Centers include: the Center for Accounting Education; the Center for Financial Services; the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management; the Center for Career Excellence; the Center for Global Business Studies; the Center for Insurance Education; and the Center for Cybersecurity Education & Research.


The faculty is comprised of 51 full-time faculty members, all of whom teach across five academic departments, including: Accounting, Finance & International Business, Information Systems & Supply Chain Management, Management, and Marketing.

Many instructors are researchers, consultants, board members, economists, directors, and public speakers. Their rich experiences in D.C. and abroad are used as learning tools in the classroom, and they often connect students to employment and internship opportunities at the extraordinary institutions where they work.

Student Body

The Howard University School of Business typically enrolls over 84 students, representing 65 total countries worldwide.

MBA Degree Offerings

The Howard School of Business offers a full-time Day MBA, a part-time Evening MBA, and an Online Executive MBA in addition to multiple dual MBA programs, including: the DDS/MBA, PharmD/MBA, JD/MBA, MD/MBA, MDiv/MBA, BSE/MBA, and a Fifth Year Accounting/MBA degree.

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