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W.P. Carey School of Business – Arizona State University


The first incarnation of the Arizona State University business school began during World War I as the Department of Commerce. After World War II, Arizona State rebranded its business school as the Department of Business Administration, creating new concentrations available to students, including economics, management, marketing, and advertising.

The school officially rebranded again in 1955, changing to the College of Business Administration after hiring Emil John Hilkert as its dean. Years after expanding its academic offerings, including the introduction of its Masters of Science in Economics, the business school officially earned its AACSB accreditation in 1962, and began offering its first MBA degrees two years later. In 1984, the school was rebranded again as the ASU College of Business.

In 2003, after decades of positive growth and becoming one of the largest business schools in the country, William Polk Carey donated $50 to the College of Business Administration, which was then officially renamed as the W.P. Carey School of Business.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 33 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 34 (U.S.); 40 (Global)
• Forbes: 40
Financial Times: 62
The Economist: 40


The W.P. Carey School of Business is located in the heart of ASU’s immense Tempe, Arizona campus, 10 miles southeast of Phoenix. Although ASU features multiple adjacent campus locations, all of the school’s on campus MBA offerings are located in Tempe, which is less than 10 miles away from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


The Carey School of Business’ business complex features the two primary buildings housing the MBA program: the Business Administration C-Wing and the Business Administration building, which was officially opened in 1982 in on the main Tempe campus.


The W.P. Carey School of Business employs more than 250 faculty members and 300 staff members, and is consistently ranked among the best business research universities in the world. The school’s faculty departments include accountancy, agribusiness, economics, finance, information systems, management and entrepreneurship, marketing, and supply chain management.

Student Body

The W.P. Carey School of Business, one of the world’s largest business schools, enrolls more than 13,000 undergraduate students and 800 MBA students, as well as several thousand business honors, specialized master’s program, and doctoral students.

MBA Degree Offerings

The W.P. Carey School of Business offers a traditional full-time, Professional Flex, Executive, and Online MBA programs.

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