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On February 8, 1693, King William III and Queen Mary II of England signed the charter for a "perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages, and other good Arts and Sciences" to be founded in the Virginia Colony. From this charter, the College of William & Mary was born.
William & Mary has been called "the Alma Mater of a Nation" because of its close ties to America's Founding Fathers. A 17-year-old George Washington received his surveyor's license through the college and would return as its first American chancellor. Thomas Jefferson received his undergraduate education here, as did presidents John Tyler and James Monroe.
For over 300 years, William & Mary has been educating the next generation of business leaders, with an impressive roster of alumni that have led a variety of innovative companies, nonprofit organizations, startups and even countries.
Best Business School for Learning1
Best Business Professors2
Top Online MBA Program3
Best College for Veterans4
Top Public University That Pays Off the Most5
In 1919, then College of William & Mary President Julian A.C. Chandler established the Department of Business. Founded in an effort to expand the institution's educational program offerings, the department evolved to become a robust school with a visionary mission to educate the next generation of principled leaders, equipping them to imagine the greatest business opportunities of the day and seize them.
The first Master of Business Administration (MBA) program was launched in 1966 and business administration remains the most popular academic subject in all of William & Mary, with one in six students either majoring or minoring in it. In 1968, shortly after launching the MBA, the Department of Business was officially renamed the School of Business. In 2005, the school was renamed once again, this time for William & Mary alumnus Raymond A. Mason, the former CEO, chairman and president of investment firm Legg Mason.
Today, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business is redefining business education by reimagining the status quo, teaching students how to think differently, and challenging them to push boundaries and find new solutions. Faculty and students alike are driven by distinctive ideals of public service, entrepreneurship and innovation, and they each embrace William & Mary's pioneering belief that commerce, integrity, hard work and, now, emerging technologies will be called on to reshape the world.
Both our Online MBA and Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) programs aim to create a new generation of technically skilled business leaders who will deliver unexpected, yet innovative and effective solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow.
The W&M history is built on critical contributions from administrative leaders, alumni sponsors and, of course, the industry experts who have taught in our classrooms. Take a moment to meet our current faculty, and consider how their depth and breadth of knowledge could help transform your future.
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1. Retrieved on October 18, 2019, from bloomberg.com/business-schools/2018/#ranking=2
2. Retrieved on October 18, 2019, from princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings?rankings=best-professors
3. Retrieved on October 18, 2019, from princetonreview.com/business/college-william-mary-mason-school-business-1010991
4. Retrieved on October 18, 2019, from usnews.com/best-colleges/william-and-mary-3705/overall-rankings
5. Retrieved on October 18, 2019, from cnbc.com/2019/07/16/cnbc-make-it-the-top-50-us-colleges-that-pay-off-the-most-2019.html