Cass Business School

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Cass Business School (short for the Sir John Cass Business School, City of London) is the business school of City University London. Established in 1966 as the City University Business School, the school changed its name in August 2002 following a donation from the Sir John Cass Foundation,<ref name=factsheet>Template:Cite web</ref> and was officially opened under its new name by the HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

The school is divided into three faculties: the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance, the Faculty of Finance and the Faculty of Management. It awards BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA and PhD degrees and is one of the 54 schools globally to be triple accredited by the AMBA in the United Kingdom,<ref name="AMBA">Template:Cite web</ref> EQUIS in Europe,<ref name="EQUIS">Template:Cite web </ref> and the AACSB in the United States.<ref name="AACSB">Template:Cite web </ref> The school’s Alumni Association has more than 31,000 members in 154 countries.<ref name="Cass Alumni Statistics">Template:Cite web</ref>


Cass Business School was founded in 1966 as part of City University London. The school’s MSc in Administrative Sciences began in 1967 and became the MBA in 1979.

In 2002 the school moved to new premises in the London Borough of Islington and changed its name as part of a strategy formed by Lord Currie of Marylebone, who had become Dean the year before, to compete as an international business school in a market dominated by US universities.

The school had previously been spread out across the City of London’s mainly residential Barbican Centre development. Half of the £40 million funding for the new building came from the reserves of City University. The school also received a one-off gift from Sir John Cass’s Foundation.<ref name=Braid2002 >Template:Cite news</ref>

The school changed its name to reflect the support of the Foundation, which was founded in 1748 to educate children in the City of London. Sir John Cass, whose bequest formed the basis of the Foundation’s funds, was a former Sheriff of the City of London and Member of Parliament for the City.


In 2012, Cass Business School's full-time MBA was 30th in the world by the Economist and 32nd in the world by the Financial Times.

Also in 2012, Cass Business School's MSc program was ranked 15th in the world by the Financial Times and its MSc in Management was ranked 17th in the world.

Cass Business School is ranked 2nd in the UK for undergraduate education in business and management studies in The Guardian's Good University Guide 2013.

Specialist Masters Courses

Cass is currently the largest provider in Europe of specialist masters courses<ref name=factsheet/> geared towards the global financial services industry. With more than 18 programs including Insurance & Risk Management, Investment Management, Corporate Finance, Banking and International Finance, Quantitative finance, Shipping, Supply Chain, Energy, Trade & Finance, Property valuation, Mathematical Trading, Real Estate, Construction Management, International Accounting & Finance, Finance & Investment, and Real Estate Investment.


The Cass MBA is offered full-time through a one year course, or through two years part-time Executive MBA, or two years through the modular Executive MBA.

In September 2007 Cass Business School started EMBA in collaboration with DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre).

Notable alumni

  • William Castell – Chairman of the Wellcome Trust and a Director of General Electric and BP, former CEO of Amersham plc
  • Peter Cullum – British entrepreneur
  • Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou – Founder of easyGroup
  • Bob Kelly – CEO of Bank of New York Mellon, former CFO of Mellon Financial Corporation and Wachovia Corporation
  • Muhtar Kent – CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. Formerly, President and COO of Coca-Cola International and Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company
  • Syed Ali Raza – President and Chairman of the National Bank of Pakistan
  • Liu Mingkang - Former Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission
  • Jeff Wooller – British accountant


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