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Lerner College – University of Delaware


The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics (Lerner College) was established in 1963 and accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 1966. The graduate-level programs were accredited in 1982. The college is based at Alfred Lerner Hall, Purnell Hall, and the nearby Graduate & MBA hub.



The Lerner College is located on the University of Delaware’s main campus in Newark, Delaware. The Lerner College campus is located around 36 miles away from the Philadelphia International Airport.


Lerner College is centered on Alfred Lerner Hall, which also houses the Center for Applied Business & Economic Research, the Center for Economic Entrepreneurship and Education, and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance.

The Lerner College Trading Center, housed in nearby Purnell Hall, is a 2,200-square-foot educational trading facility modeled after the trading floors of Wall Street financial intuitions. The center contains sixteen classroom workstations, four research room workstations, and real-time financial newsfeeds and tickers displayed on four LCD displays. Purnell Hall also houses Lerner College’s three-room computer center. Purnell Hall also houses the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center, a facility that gives students the chance to work together with professional JPMorgan Chase employees on research.

The Venture Development Center, which occupies its own building just blocks away, caters to aspiring entrepreneurs by providing a group workspace replete with computing resources, conference rooms, office services and a business resource library.


Lerner’s MBA program employs around 150 tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

Student Body

Lerner College currently enrolls 818 graduate students. Recent surveys estimate that around 48 percent of graduate students identify as female. Over 3,300 students are enrolled in the school’s undergraduate programs.

MBA Degree Offerings

The Lerner MBA program can be completed on a full-time, part-time, hybrid, or online format.

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