Cass Business School

Cass Business School (short for the Sir John Cass Business School) was established in 1966, and is City, University of London's business school, located in the St Luke's area. The name changed in August 2002 following a donation from the Sir John Cass Foundation,[1] and was officially opened under its new name by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Cass Business School
TypeUndergraduate, postgraduate, executive education, research
DeanPaolo Volpin (Interim Dean)
Administrative staff
ca 500
Studentsca 4200
United Kingdom
AffiliationsThe Association of MBAs (AMBA), The European Quality Improvement Scheme (EQUIS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), City, University of London

Cass ranked in the top 5 Business schools in the UK, 2nd in London and top 40 globally by the Financial Times. Cass is ranked in the top 10 Business school's in the UK and top 20 in Europe by QS Global 250 Business Schools 2017. The school is divided into the three faculties of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Finance, and Management.[2] It awards BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA and PhD degrees and is one of under 70 schools globally to be accredited by all of the AMBA in the United Kingdom,[3] EQUIS in Europe,[4] and the AACSB in the United States.[5]


The City Business School was founded in 1966. 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 of London. The school also received a gift from Sir John Cass's Foundation, founded in 1748 to educate children in the City of London. The school changed its name to reflect the support of the Foundation. Sir John Cass, whose bequest formed the basis of the Foundation's funds, was a Sheriff of the City of London and Member of Parliament for the City in the early eighteenth century.

Masters courses

Cass teaches programmes including insurance and risk management, investment management, corporate finance, banking and International finance, quantitative finance, shipping, marketing, supply chain, energy, trade and finance, property valuation, mathematical trading, real estate, construction management, international accounting and finance, finance and investment, real estate investment, and business analytics

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

The school's Alumni Association has more than 38,000 members in 160 countries.[6]


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