Creighton University College of Business Fact Sheet
In 1920, the Creighton College of Commerce, Accounts and Finance was opened in direct response to the educational needs of World War I veterans. In 1956, the name was changed to the College of Business Administration and since its start, it has awarded nearly 10,000 degrees. In 2010-2011, 993 students were enrolled in the college, including 656 undergraduates and 337 graduate students.
- Anthony R. Hendrickson, Ph. D., serves as dean of the college.
- There are five endowed chairs in the College of Business. Those chairs and current chair holders include:
- The Union Pacific Endowed Chair in Accounting, held by Jack Krogstad, Ph.D.
- The John P. Begley Endowed Chair in Accounting, held by Thomas Lewis, Ph.D.
- The Robert B. Daugherty Endowed Chair in Managerial Ethics, held by Beverly Kracher, Ph.D.
- The Jack A. MacAllister Endowed Chair in Regional Economics, held by Ernest P. Goss, Ph.D.
- The Jack and John McGraw Chair in Information Technology Management, held by Ravinder Nath, Ph.D.
- Forty-three full-time faculty members provide instruction in accounting, economics, finance, business intelligence and analytics, management and marketing.
- Faculty members have received Fulbright and other fellowships, including being named scholars-in-residence at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congressional Budget Office.
- Creighton University’s Finance program was ranked 19th in the nation by U.S News and World Report for the 2011-2012 year.
- The college has the highest number of finance faculty who are Chartered Financial Analysts, according to the CFA Institute.
- Nearly 100 business professionals join Creighton students in the classroom as guest lecturers through the Real Returns program.
- The MBA program is in the top 100 among all accredited Colleges of Business in the country.
- Creighton business students come from 28 states; 81 percent come from outside of Nebraska.
- The college’s 2012 freshman class boasts an average ACT score of 26; the average score nationwide is 21.
- Ranked in the top two percent of business schools in the world, the college is helping students meet their life goals. From Nike internships, to Ivy League graduate school placements and study abroad opportunities in developing countries, business is booming at Creighton!
- The college has been host to graduate fellows from western Asia through the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
- The college offers 3,000 local and national internship opportunities annually.
- Placement rates for graduating seniors at the time of their graduation are usually at or near 70 percent, well above the national average. In 2011, 98 percent of Creighton business graduates were employed within six months of graduation. In addition, 90 percent of graduating seniors had one or more internships during college. The average starting salary for the class of 2011 was $47,000, very competitive with national salary data despite geographic placements being primarily in Midwest locations, where the cost of living and entry-level salaries are below the national average.
- Compared to business students at peer institutions, Creighton University College of Business students ranked the services offered by the college’s Career and Placement Services as high - especially in the number of quality of companies that come to campus to recruit students; the access that Creighton students have to alumni, to help cultivate job opportunities; and the assistance offered by the career center in helping students conduct a job search.
- All accounting graduates from 2011 were employed or were accepted to graduate school immediately following graduation.
- The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The Accounting Department is also accredited by the AACSB.
- The college offers a four-year undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), and four graduate degree programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA); Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) on campus and online; the dual Master of Business Administration/MS-Information Technology Management; and the Master of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (MSAPM) on campus and online.
- The college brings business and science together through its multi-disciplinary Bioscience and Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) which involves students of business, law and medicine who gain hands-on experience in commercializing medical innovations.
- The Creighton University College of Business is one of the few business schools in the country to offer a Master of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management degree, available on campus and online.
- The Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Scholars Program is a four-year leadership development program that offers undergraduate students in the College of Business the opportunity to study and practice leadership in the college setting. It is one of the few four-year leadership programs in the country. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers a concentration in leadership.
- The College of Business, in conjunction with the Graduate School, Werner Institute and Schools of Law and Pharmacy and Health Professions, offers combined master’s degree programs in law, pharmacy, medicine, international relations and negotiation and dispute resolution.
- The College of Business has one of the world’s first online Master of Securities and Portfolio Management (MSAPM) programs. The program is recognized by the Certified Financial Analysis (CFA) Institute as an educational partner for preparing students to take the CFA exam while earning a degree from an accredited university.
- The Creighton University College of Business offers a social entrepreneurship track as a major or a minor. The track is in addition to the entrepreneurship program. While it is rooted in business, it also embraces Creighton’s Jesuit values.
- The College of Business offers a pre-health-care program, one of only a few in the nation, for students who wish to pursue a business degree while completing requirements for admission to a health sciences professional program in medicine, dentistry, occupational or physical therapy.
- The College of Business offers a 3/3 law program in conjunction with Creighton Law School. Students may earn the undergraduate degree in business and begin law school in their fourth year. The program can be completed in six years.
- The College of Business offers a unique MD/MBA program that allows students to complete their MBA during their third year of medical school, without disrupting their medical careers.
- The college has a number of other innovative programs and centers:
- Greater Omaha Business Ethics Alliance – A partnership of Omaha-based organizations, including the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau, to promote ethical business practices.
- Community Assistance Teams (CAT) – Teams of two to five undergraduate and graduate students that provide specific service to organizations in the community. The College of Business has about 20 CAT teams per semester.
- Youth Leadership Omaha (YLO) – An interactive leadership development program that informs, motivates and increases high school students’ awareness through issue-oriented seminars and interaction with community decision-makers. Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Scholars run this program.
- Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsibility – Over 1,000 students have been recognized over the past 17 years for performing a minimum of 24 hours of documented community service. Projects and activities vary widely.
- Entrepreneurship Center – John Workman, Ph.D., directs this effort, which focuses on bioscience entrepreneurship, funded in part from a grant from the National Science Foundation.
- Creighton Business Symposium – This event is led by Creighton’s Anna Tyler Waite scholars and is the largest student-run business event in the nation. In 2011, the symposium attracted more than 700 Creighton students and business professionals from various disciplines who came to hear panel discussions and keynote speeches.
- Leadership Conversations – This program, in partnership with Cox Business, brings world-class leaders to Creighton University for intimate conversations about leadership. These “conversations” are taped before a live audience by Cox and made available on the “On Demand” network.
- Mid-America Money – This is a monthly video program hosted by Ernie Goss, Ph.D. that reviews his monthly Midwest Economic Survey which is conducted in 14 states. A special guest is featured each month to discuss current business issues.
- Portfolio Practicum–In this course, students manage a multi-million-dollar portfolio, receiving hands-on experience. The course culminates in a trip to Wall Street to study the financial markets.
- The college is taking the lead in e-commerce education, and the Joe Ricketts Center in Electronic Commerce and Database Marketing is at the heart of the school’s e-commerce initiatives.
- The Halo Institute – This innovative business incubator prepares up to 20 new businesses each year for early stage investment by taking them through a seven-step “Halo Process.” Faculty and students have an opportunity to participate as mentors, consultants and as business owners.
- Dean’s Fellows Program - The College of Business Dean’s Fellows Program provides a premier set of opportunities designed for a select group of students wishing to incorporate the business community into everyday student life. It provides students with unique opportunities and challenges to enhance their undergraduate experience in the College of Business, positioning them well for specialized internships and future job placement.
- Center for Insurance and Risk Management - CFIRM supports educational programming through the business school that aligns curriculum with requirements for professional designations in the financial industry. Undergraduate students, graduate students and executives can work toward completion of their course work for the CLU® (Chartered Life Underwriter), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), and academic requirements to sit for the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) exam, while also earning a degree or certificate. Creighton is the first business school in the nation to have direct recognition of insurance and financial planning classes towards the CLU® and ChFC® professional designations through the American College, for our undergraduate finance program. The school offers three different CFP® Board of Standards approved curriculum programs, and is one of fewer than 10 universities to have a student chapter of the FPA (Financial Planning Association) on campus.
- Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program - This program is a joint venture between the Creighton College of Business, Health Sciences and the law school. It is a 12-month course of study, that includes a spring seminar on Bioscience Technology Commercialization, a fall seminar on Bioscience Entrepreneurship, and a summer internship at a local firm, bioscience business or technology transfer office. Students work in interdisciplinary teams to research and formulate plans for commercializing university research-based technologies.
- Executive Partner’s Program - Creighton University has an Executive Partners Program to support the graduate program in the College of Business. The Executive Partners Program (EPP) allows senior executives in Omaha to share their knowledge and experience with graduate business students.
- GMAT Prep Program - Twice a year, the College of Business offers a free GMAT prep session for students who would like to review for the exam. Offered over two days, the session focuses on the quantitative and verbal aspects of the GMAT. The college offers helpful hints on test-taking, an opportunity to complete practice tests and a chance to ask questions from seasoned instructors about what to expect during the exam.
- Young Professionals – The Creighton College of Business is helping professionals with its new Creighton Leadership U program to help empower emerging leaders with tools that will help them meet their career goals. The program targets 27-35 year olds who have recently been promoted to a leadership role or would like to be. Students involved in the program come from numerous business fields, such accounting and marketing, and from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits. The program uses interaction-based learning and hands on experience, instead of a lecture-based format.