The School of Business offers an integrated, innovative undergraduate and graduate program for students who are well grounded in the liberal arts. Building on a firm understanding of the fundamentals of business and rigorous discipline-specific instruction, students continue to learn and apply advanced concepts experientially.
Our programs produce globally aware, ethically sensitive, technologically proficient graduates who think critically, communicate effectively, and understand business as a consequence of both field and classroom involvement.
To be a recognized leader in providing a transformative business education that builds on a strong foundation in the liberal arts to produce graduates who are highly sought after by top companies and preeminent graduate programs.
Values and Beliefs
The School of Business believes that:
- Because superior students contribute to better learning and are more successful after graduation, the business program should aim to produce graduates who are “preferred hires” by attracting and engaging competent and highly motivated students.
- A superior business program should be innovative, engaging and have significant experiential, ethical and international components.
- The experience of traveling and studying abroad enhances maturity and independence in students.
- Meaningful collaboration among members of the School and other academic programs, the Administration, and members of the business community results in a stronger curriculum and a better learning experience for students.
- Business students derive value from taking courses in the liberal arts and sciences; in turn, non-business students derive value from taking courses in business.
- Productivity in research and a passion for teaching are necessary to be an outstanding faculty member.
- High-quality business programs have outstanding faculty members, strong administration and a modern curriculum and accompanying capital base.
Enrollment and Degrees Granted
Figures 1 and 2 below provide School of Business undergraduate data for the current AACSB Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) period. All data are presented on a calendar year basis. Between 26% and 31% of Trinity University undergraduates received Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Business during this period, with the number of graduates averaging roughly 150 per year. The Master's in Accounting program has graduated approximately 21 students per year during the same period.
Figure 3 provides internship data for School of Business B.S. graduates. The percentage of undergraduates having at least one internship increased from 67% in 2012 to an average of 81% across 2015 and 2016. Many students have multiple internships. Further breakdowns by B.S. degree (by primary declaration) are not pictured, but reveal the following percentages for 2016: Accounting - 97%; Business Administration - 64%; Business Analytics & Technology - 100%; Finance - 71%; International Business - 100%.
Graduation Rates and Employment – Undergraduate Program
Between 2012 and 2016, 85% of B.S. graduates completed their undergraduate degree requirements within four years. Nine percent of graduates required one additional semester to finish their degrees and the remaining 6% required more than one additional semester. For 2016, these numbers were 81%, 10%, and 9%, respectively. Four-year (i.e., "on time") graduation rates for 2016 graduates across the School's five B.S. degrees (by primary declaration) were as follows: Accounting - 91%; Business Administration - 70%; Business Analytics & Technology - 100%; Finance - 82%; International Business - 83%.
According to survey data compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, 89% of spring 2016 B.S. graduates had either secured full-time employment (58%) or were pursuing graduate school (31%) by the end of 2016. The 89% rate for spring 2016 graduates improves upon the 82.5% average rate for 2014 and 2015 (the earliest years for which these data are available).
Graduation Rates and Employment – Master's Program
Between 2012 and 2016, 110 students entered the nine-month Master's in Accounting program and 107 of these students finished the program, representing a graduation rate of 97%.
One hundred percent of Master's in Accounting program graduates between 2012 and 2016 had secured employment by the time of graduation.
CPA Examination Performance
Between 2012 and 2016, the average first-time section pass rate on the Uniform CPA Examination for Trinity graduates was 73.4%. The national average first-time section pass rate across the same period has been approximately 55%. Among our 14 AACSB peer and aspirant schools, Trinity graduates rank #2 in CPA exam performance during this period. For the 2016 calendar year, the first-time pass rate was 78%, which is the highest our graduates have ever achieved. This pass rate ranks Trinity #5 nationally among almost 300 medium-sized Accounting programs and #1 among our AACSB peer and aspirant schools.
The School of Business offers Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Science degrees. Our degree programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Additional AACSB Resources may be found at the following links:
Deli Yang, Ph. D.
Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives
Julie Persellin, Ph.D.
Chair, Accounting; Director, Master of Science in Accounting Program
Charlene Davis, Ph.D.
Chair, Business Administration
Business Advisory Council
April Ancira '02
VP, Ancira Auto Group
Scott Barnes '84
Managing Partner, SB Value Partners, L.P.
Partner, Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, L.L.P.
Kevin Bergner '79
President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Jennifer Dewar '02
Director of Strategic Programs, Zachry Group
Christopher H. Granberry '89
Siro Guiterrez '05
SVP/Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bill Huber '88
Faisal Khan '98
Principal & Wealth Advisor, Southwestern Money Management, LLC
Brad Little '93
Executive Vice President and Global Head of Application Services at Capgemini
Jay Madhani '02
Cam McMartin '79
Marcus S. Mlcak '05
Senior Manager FSO Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP
George Muller '75
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc
Head of IT Sourcing, Ericsson
Doug Parker '96
Suzanne Peterson '83
Executive Vice President, Frost Bank
Mary Jane Verette '78
President & CEO of the San Antonio Parks Foundation
David Wiechmann '80
Sr Tax Manager, Valero Energy Corporation