Edwards School of Business
Business education has a long tradition at the University of Saskatchewan, starting with the establishment of the School of Accounting in 1914. The first students began classes in 1917, and the School became a College of Accounting in 1936 and then the College of Commerce in 1943 and the Edwards School of Business in 2007. With a healthy long-standing relationship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants beginning with the early development of accounting education at the University of Saskatchewan, the School also celebrates its fine programs that cross the business education gamut.
The University of Saskatchewan proudly announced on July 24, 2007 the transformation of the College of Commerce to the N. Murray Edwards School of Business. The new name reflects an ongoing partnership with Saskatchewan-born businessman Murray Edwards, as well as an expansion in the School’s programming focus from wealth management to include entrepreneurship and wealth creation.
On March 10, 2008, Ted Hanlon, renowned businessperson and U of S alumnus, announced a $2 million gift towards the study of international business within the School. Hanlon's gift aims to increase the number of international students in the college, grow the number of students who participate in international exchange, and expand international research and community outreach taking place in the Edwards School of Business. In recognition of his generosity, the centre will be called the Hanlon Centre for International Business.
The Edwards School of Business has strong ties to the business community, both locally and nationally thanks to its various partnerships and extensive network of alumni, past and current staff and faculty, and current students.
Through teaching, research, and service, the Edwards School of Business is dedicated to developing tomorrow’s leaders, managers, and professionals, creating and disseminating knowledge; and serving the people of Saskatchewan and the broader community.
Murray Edwards, through his gift and his on-going relationship with the University of Saskatchewan, plays an integral role in the achievement of the goal of transforming the Edwards School of Business to a top-ranked business school offering excellent undergraduate teaching programs, innovative graduate programming, academically rigorous research centres and professionally relevant outreach and engagement initiatives which makes the Edwards School of Business a desired destination for top faculty and students.
The Edwards School of Business has more than 1700 undergraduate students and more than 160 graduate students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc), and Master of Science programs.
There are 67 tenure, tenure-track, and term faculty at the Edwards School of Business within four departments: Accounting; Finance and Management Science; Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour; and Management and Marketing.
More than 18,000 graduates have received their degrees in business disciplines from the University of Saskatchewan. The majority of our alumni work and live in Canada, but our alumni networks extend to 34 countries all over the world.