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Title:College of Business Administration records
Call Number:A25

Historical Note

Responding to the needs of the Boston business community in 1898, the Greater Boston Y.M.C.A. began offering business courses focused on training clerks; typing and bookkeeping were the principal course offerings. By the turn of the century, with business practice becoming increasingly complex, the need to educate businessmen in more modern techniques of administration and contemporary business ethics became apparent.

In 1907 the Evening Institute at the Greater Boston Y.M.C.A. formed a part-time School of Commerce and Finance, initially offering courses in finance, administration, business law and languages, and later, more specialized courses, including banking, finance and bond salesmanship, and accounting. The School of Commerce and Finance operated until 1960 when its programs were merged with other evening/part-time curricula into University College.

The College of Business Administration (CBA) was established in 1922 as a conventional four-year program leading to the Baccalaureate Degree in Science. It was the second day college in the Northeastern University complex. In 1924 the CBA adapted its programs of instruction to the five-year Cooperative Education Plan. The college became part of Northeastern's Day Division, along with the College of Engineering.

In 1951 a part-time M.B.A. program was started in the Graduate Division of the University, which operated independently of the CBA. The 1960s marked a period of unprecedented growth for the college and its programs, particularly in the areas of graduate and executive education. In 1963 the newly created Graduate School introduced its first day program, the full-time M.B.A. The Graduate School of Professional Accounting was established in 1965 as a 15-month program offering an M.S./M.B.A. degree and an M.S. in Taxation. Graduate-level certificate programs in executive development were also introduced in the 1960s. Offered through the Center for Management Development, the programs utilized College faculty as well as faculty from other institutions. Certificate programs offer advanced study in business administration, management development, and, since 1996, information resources management.

Both the graduate and undergraduate programs are fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. In 1990 the Graduate School was one of 57 business schools selected from among 700 nationally for inclusion in Prentice-Halls' Top Business Schools: The Ultimate Guide.Northeastern was one of five New England business schools selected. The Graduate School of Business offers full and part-time M.B.A. programs, and the following graduate degrees: Management Intern M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., High Technology M.B.A., M.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Finance, and the M.D./M.B.A. program in Health Management, which was first offered in 1995 in conjunction with Tufts School of Medicine and Brandeis University's Florence Heller School to allow medical students to study the business and policy aspects of health care while earning a joint degree in four years.

In the Fall of 1994, the CBA introduced its innovative Bachelor of Science in International Business, the first degree program of its kind in the country. Since 1996 the cooperative education, five-year, undergraduate-program has offered concentrations in: Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Finance and Insurance, Human Resources Management, International Business, Logistics and Transportation, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.
1922-1928Turner F. Garner
1928-1935Carl S. Ell
1935-1939Wilfred S. Lake, Dean of Instruction
1939-1942Asa S. Knowles
1942-1944Robert Bruce, Acting Dean
1944-1965Roger S. Hamilton
1966-1967Harry E. Wilkinson
1967-1976James S. Hekimian
1976-1977Philip T. Crotty, Acting Dean
1977-1979Geoffrey P.E. Clarkson
1979-1980 Philip R. McDonald, Acting Dean
1980-1983David H. Blake
1983-1987Philip R. McDonald
1987-1994David P. Boyd, Acting Dean, Dean
1994-2004Ira R. Weiss
2004-PresentThomas E. Moore

"The Business Report," 1997. (Box 4, Folder 118).

"Masters Program Accreditation Questionnaire," 1968. (Box 1, Folder 40).

"Masters Program Accreditation Questionnaire and Undergraduate Self-Study Report," 1973. (Box 2, Folders 46-47).

"M.B.A. Student Guide," 1984-85. (Box 4, Folder 149).