Loyola University Maryland first offered courses in accounting and business administration at the undergraduate level in 1937. The Master of Business Administration was first offered in 1967. Loyola introduced the Executive MBA program in 1973, the first of its kind in the Baltimore-Washington area. In 1984, the business school was formally named the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management in honor of the late Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. In 1988, Loyola University Maryland earned accreditation by AACSB, which it still maintains today as the only private institution in the state of Maryland with a nationally accredited business school.
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Rankings and Statistics
In addition to being accredited by AACSB, the Sellinger School of Business and Management has received accolades from some of the world's most prestigious publications, including Businessweek, Financial Times, Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report.
- The Princeton Review has included the Sellinger School in its "Best Business Schools” lists every year from 2010 through 2017. In that time the publication has lauded Sellinger's approach to “preparing students to lead in a global economy” and ranked Sellinger among top 15 graduate schools in the "Global Management" category.
U.S. News & World Report
- "2017 Best Colleges" – Loyola was ranked No. 3 among the best universities in the North region, and the marketing program in the Sellinger School was ranked No. 22 (tied) in the country.
- "2017 Best Graduate Schools” – Sellinger was ranked among the national top 25 graduate business schools for information systems (No. 18), finance (No. 21), and accounting (No. 24) specialties. Sellinger was also ranked among the top 100 part-time MBA programs in the nation (No. 89).
- "2016 Best Colleges" – Sellinger was included on the national list for best undergraduate business programs and was ranked among the top 30 business schools in the country for marketing (No. 18), finance (No. 22), international business (No. 24), and accounting (No. 29.
- “2014 Best Colleges” – Sellinger's finance program ranked in the national Top 25 (No. 21), the highest ranked institution in Maryland on the specialty list. The school was also included on "Best undergraduate business programs" national list.
- “2014 Best Graduate Schools” – Sellinger ranked among the top 100 part-time MBA programs in the nation (No. 89) and was ranked among the top 30 graduate business schools in the country for finance (No. 22) and accounting (No. 29) specialties. Sellinger is the only institution in Maryland on either MBA specialty list.
- “2013 America’s Best Business Schools” - Sellinger ranked among the top 100 part-time MBA programs in the nation (No. 82) and was noted for its International specialty (No. 22). Sellinger was the only business school in Maryland to receive accolades in the international business specialty ranking
- “2011 America’s Best Colleges” - Sellinger’s undergraduate finance (No. 21) and accounting (No. 24) programs were ranking highly in a listing of business specialty programs.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola No. 27 in the “International” category of its annual “America’s Best Business Schools” business specialty rankings.
- “2010 America’s Best Business Schools” - Sellinger was ranked as one of the nation's top 30 part-time MBA program in 2010. In addition, Sellinger ranked No. 27 in “International” category of the business specialty rankings.
- “Best Undergrad B-Schools by Specialty 2013” - Sellinger ranked among the top universities in the nation for its business law (No. 2), marketing (No. 5), and information systems (No. 7) programs. Sellinger was also ranked highly for ethics (No. 13) in the same report.
- “Best Undergrad B-Schools by Specialty 2012” - Sellinger ranked among the top universities in the nation for its information systems (No. 3), microeconomics (No. 8), macroeconomics (No. 8), business law (No. 10), and ethics (No. 12) specialties. Sellinger also received high ranks for marketing (No. 15) and international business (No. 28).
- “Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013” - Sellinger ranked No. 53 in the nation. Loyola was the only Maryland school on the 2013 list. Sellinger also received high marks for academic quality (No. 35), an “A” for teaching quality, and an “A+” for facilities and services quality.
- “Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2012” – Sellinger ranked No. 62 in the nation. Loyola was the only private university in Maryland on the 2012 list. Sellinger also received high marks for academic quality (No. 33), student satisfaction (No. 50), and an “A+” for facility quality.
- "2011 Best Undergrad B-Schools" - Sellinger ranked l No. 45 on the national list. Additionally, among the 139 schools considered for specialty rankings, Sellinger was ranked highly for marketing management (No. 9), business law (No. 13), international business (No. 15), and ethics (No. 19).
- "Best Undergrad B-Schools 2010" - Sellinger ranked l No. 45 on the national list. Additionally, among the 139 schools considered for specialty rankings, Sellinger was ranked highly for business law (No. 3), marketing management (No. 5), sustainability (No. 11), and ethics (No. 15).Sellinger also scored high in student surveys for academic quality (No. 23) and student satisfaction (No. 42).
- Financial Times ranked Loyola among the “Top 100 Executive MBA Programs” in the world in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Loyola has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the world for corporate social responsibility, No. 24 in the world and first in the region for "aims achieved" by students, No. 50 in the world for career progression, and No. 14 in the U.S. for the percentage of women in the cohort program by the publication.
Loyola began offering business courses in 1937, becoming the Sellinger School of Business and Management in 1984. The growth and success of Sellinger through the years has led it to be recognized not only in numerous national and international rankings, but by the following achievements as well:
- U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola third among the Best Universities (North region) in its 2017 edition of “Best Colleges”. Loyola has ranked among the top five institutions in the North region for more than a decade.
- Loyola was named one of nation’s "Best colleges for 2017" by The Princeton Review. Loyola annually appears on this list, and has been included in the "Colleges That Pay You Back" list for superior academic quality, affordability, and outstanding career preparation.
- Loyola has been included in many "best value" and "return on investment" lists, including rankings by:
- Money Magazine - “Best Colleges for Your Money” for 2016-17
- PayScale.com - top 10% nationally for ROI and top 5% for mid-career salary potential
- The Brookings Institution - top 2% for mid-career salary potential
- Loyola University Maryland has been ranked the highest in nation among master’s institutions that had the most students who studied abroad in mid-length programs by the Institute of International Education: 2010-11 and 2012-13 (No. 1); 2013-14 (No. 2)
- AACSB-International accredited in both business and accounting - fewer than 10% of all business schools nationwide, and 1.5% in the world, hold dual accreditation through AACSB.
- 97% of our faculty hold terminal degrees in their academic specialties.
- First MBA program in the Baltimore region.
More information is available at the Loyola University Maryland accolades page.
Centers of Excellence
The Sellinger School offers specialized events and areas in the business community—such as forums for small business owners and IT executives—to network, exchange ideas, and celebrate and share best practices.
The Sellinger School of Business and Management hosts the Forum for Closely Held Firms, a seminar series promoting ideas and relationships designed to help small and medium-sized businesses thrive.
Visit the Closely-Held Firms website
Lattanze Center for Information Systems
The Lattanze Center is recognized nationally as a center of excellence for academic and practitioner collaboration on issues related to information technology. The Lattanze Center sponsors research and programs to improve the practice and education of business in the Baltimore/Washington community and the Sellinger School of Business and Management.
Visit the Lattanze website
Woodstock Business Conference, Baltimore Chapter
The mission of the Woodstock Business Conference, Baltimore Chapter, is to establish and lead a regional network of business executives to explore their respective religious traditions in order to assist the individual executives:
- to integrate faith, family, and professional life,
- to develop a corporate culture that is reflective of their religious faith and values, and
- to exercise a beneficial influence upon society at large.
The Conference, grounded in the Roman Catholic tradition, welcomes believers who are open to and respectful of one another's religious traditions. It is committed to the conviction that ethics and values grow out of one's religious heritage.
Visit the parent site, the Woodstock Business Conference hosted at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University
Student Experiential Learning Lab (SELL)
Using the equipment and information available in the SELL, students will learn to research and execute value-based decisions and, under faculty direction, engage in meaningful research relevant to local, national, and global businesses and communities.
SELL features include:
- Thomson Reuters Eikon Platform with real-time data feed for equity, fixed income, foreign exchange, options, futures, and commodities markets;
- Bloomberg Professional terminals; the most powerful and flexible platform for people who need real-time data, news and analytics
- Morningstar Direct which unites all of Morningstar’s data and institutional research, private and third-party content, rigorous analytics, and productivity tools
- IBM desktops with dual monitors and market simulation software provided by Interactive Brokers
- Opportunities for student credentialing in technologies used
- A six-screen video display for breaking news and real-time market updates
- A scrolling price ticker
- Accommodates 33 students plus faculty
The SELL is a major enhancement supporting teaching, research, and service-learning components at the Sellinger School and the University.
Incorporating the latest trading and investment technologies, the SELL ensures that faculty members have the best available tools for developing students’ practical knowledge and awareness of financial markets. Access to real-time data from diverse markets adds a real-world dimension and immediacy to concepts delivered in the classroom, reinforcing student learning and understanding. With faculty guidance and input from an advisory board of finance industry executives, select students will also use the SELL’s resources to manage a real portion of the University’s endowment portfolio, reporting their results each semester to the Finance Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees. Students will also have an opportunity to gain certification in Reuter’s Eikon, a platform expected to be used by the majority of finance firms in the coming years.
Through the tools available in the SELL, Loyola faculty and students can use research methodologies including interactive surveys for marketing data and virtual environments for product simulation. These tools will augment the depth and breadth of ongoing faculty research, allow faculty to apply emerging information to current classes, and enhance courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The SELL provides an extraordinary opportunity to partner education with service. Loyola’s strategic plan includes a commitment to working with residents, business owners, and community leaders to strengthen the York Road corridor adjacent to the University’s Evergreen campus. Extensive research conducted earlier this year revealed that strengthening the commercial strip was high among the community’s priorities, and that many residents would welcome the provision of business development resources and financial literacy programs. In addition to empowering Loyola students to access the resources they need to advance these endeavors, members of the York Road community, local high school students, and others will be able to visit the SELL, explore its resources, and experience Loyola’s university environment. Many of the courses conducted in the SELL include service-learning components. SELL tools will be used to develop and deliver financial literacy educational materials to members of the Baltimore community, particularly along the York Road corridor. In addition, Baltimore City high school students will have opportunities to visit the SELL, explore its resources, and participate in financial literacy education on site. While these opportunities offer an experience tailored to the world of business and finance, they also give high school students from Baltimore, many of whom are lower-income and/or first-generation college prospects, exposure to university life and the possibilities created through college education. The University is also exploring the possibility of developing a summer financial literacy workshop for high school students that would be held in the SELL.