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The University of Baltimore was founded in 1925 as a private institution. Its founders were a group of Baltimore civic leaders who wanted to provide low-cost, part-time evening study in business and law for working adults.

Its first site was at the southeast corner of St. Paul and Mt. Vernon Place with a class of 62 law students and 114 business students.

Today, in a marketplace that competes for business students, UB remains steadfast in its career-focused philosophy that has served students for more than 80 years. The School of Business has been an integral part of the history of the University of Baltimore and the surrounding community, and continues to gain momentum as it strives to make excellence accessible to all students.

Snapshot of Historical Excellence at the School of Business

2015 After nine years of partnering with our sister school Towson University to deliver the MBA, the two universities thought it best to not renew the Memorandum of Understanding for the jointly offered UB/Towson MBA. Once the MOU expired, the MBA program reverted back to the University of Baltimore, as UB had established the program back in 1972.
2015 U.S. News & World Report awards the undergraduate business program as one of the best in their 2016 rankings.
2013 Established the Graduate Certificate in Innovation Management and Technology Commercialization.

2012 Established one of the most innovative undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in North America, The Entrepreneurship Fellows Program.


U.S. News & World Report ranks the MBA among best online M.B.A. programs in their 2012 rankings.


M.S. in Taxation Program Ranked in Nation's Top 30 Percent according to


U.S. News & World Report ranks Merrick School of Business among best undergraduate business programs in their 2012 rankings.


U.S. News & World Report ranks the MBA among best  part-time M.B.A. programs in their 2012 rankings.


U.S. News & World Report ranks Merrick School of Business among best undergraduate business programs in their 2011 rankings.


Established the Honors Accounting program to enhance the academic experience for the most talented undergraduate accounting majors.


Formalized the Merrick Internship program.


The Merrick School of Business hosted 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner and "Banker to the Poor", Muhammad Yunus as the inaugural speaker for Merrick School of Business Speaker Series. It was the first time a Nobel Laureate spoke at UB.


Opened the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to assist students, alumni and area businesses with their ventures.


Darlene Brannigan Smith, B.S. ’78, M.B.A. ’80, became the first alumna appointed as dean of the School of Business.


The University enrolls freshman class for the first time in more than 30 years.


Established the first and only undergraduate business program in Maryland focused on the real estate and economic development industry .


Thirty-five years after the establishment of the UB M.B.A., the School of Business became strategic partners with Towson University to deliver the MBA


Carnegie Foundation classifies UB as a 'Community Engaged' Institution

2002 Anne McCarthy became the first woman to be named dean of the Merrick School of Business.

1998 Established the nation's first online AACSB accredited M.B.A. program.

1994 The Merrick School of Business moved into its new building, the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, located at 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave.


The Jacob France Institute was established to provide grant sponsored research on various workforce development and social economic topics.


UB joins the University System of Maryland.


Business programs were accredited by AACSB International.


Business School received three generous financial gifts from the Merrick Foundation. The school was named after Robert G. Merrick, Sr.


UB became a public institution, serving an upper-division (juniors and seniors) and graduate student body.


Merger with the Baltimore College of Commerce.


Establishment of the Master in Business Administration program followed by the Master of Science and certificate program.


University received accreditation from the Middle States Association.


The junior college was added.


The University was founded as a private night school for working men and women. There were 114 students in the first business class.