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Heider College of Business: Indicators of Excellence

The Heider College of Business has received numerous national accolades:

  • Named No. 2 in the country on PayScale's 2013 Return on Investment (ROI) report for business majors, comparing the cost of tuition with future compensation of graduates. Creighton was ranked directly behind University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and ahead of University of California, Berkeley, Notre Dame and other highly regarded business schools.
  • Creighton's undergraduate program in finance is ranked 17th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The business graduate program in finance is ranked 22nd by U.S. News and World Report.

Businesses are drawn to Creighton graduates because they see students who are prepared to hit the ground running and lead with knowledge, character and vision. Businesses also see internationally recognized faculty who possess real-world business experience. They see business education programs that are innovative and responsive to the dynamic world of business.

  • 96 percent of College of Business graduates are employed or pursuing graduate/professional studies six months after graduation.
  • The median starting salary for College of Business graduates is $47,000.

Creighton is located within walking distance of five Fortune 500 company headquarters and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies have operations in Omaha. Local business leaders serve as guest lecturers, presenters and offer real-life program opportunities to our students.
Students receive hands-on business experience through:

  • Investing over $5.6 million in University funds through the Portfolio Practicum
  • Developing leadership skills through planning the annual Creighton Business Symposium, the largest student-planned business event in the nation, or working with the Youth Leadership Omaha program
  • Helping to run an Apple-authorized campus retail store.

Creighton is among only 2 percent of business schools in the world accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Students actively participate in the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics at Creighton University (Business Ethics Alliance), the nation's leading nonprofit dedicated to city-level business ethics programming. The Business Ethics Alliance leads in building a climate of ethical excellence throughout  the business community.

At the college level, the Student Business Ethics Alliance serves as a vital contributor to academic life at Creighton. The Alliance offers nine highly-prized internships to Creighton College of Business students. Beyond an ordinary internship, students participate in research projects that include a national college ethics assessment.

Faculty members have received Fulbright and other fellowships, including being named scholars-in-residence at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congressional Budget Office. The college has more chartered financial analysts than any other higher education institution in the world.

Creighton has been able to grow its innovative business program offerings. The University has created numerous interdisciplinary offerings that leverage the expertise of the other eight schools and colleges on campus, real-world instruction with exposure to hands-on business experiences as well as online courses ranging from information technology to security analysis.

Creighton runs the Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Program, one of the few four-year leadership programs in the country that offers business students the opportunity to study and practice leadership in a college setting.

The Heider College of Business relocated to the Harper Center on campus in the fall of 2013, allowing the college to provide an inspiring learning environment and increase undergraduate student enrollment. The Heider College of Business is named for Charles and Mary Heider, long-time supporters of the University.  Charlie graduated from the College of Business in 1949, served on the Board of Trustees for 17 years and has never forgotten his alma mater.  Mary is a recipient of a Creighton University honorary degree in 2010 and is a long-time community and philanthropic leader.