The history of the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) began from 1937 when the Business School of CQU was established by the celebrated economist Ma Yinchu, the founder of the “New Population Theory” in China and a graduate in economics from Columbia University. Ma was also the first full-time academic dean of the college. In the 1930s to 1940s, the school was the most renowned Business School in China. "
When the national restructuring of the education system took place in 1952, the business school of CQU was disbanded and joined other universities. In 1979, CQU recovered its education in economics and management and in 1989 it re-established the business school which has gradually became the best business school in southwest China in terms of education and research activities in economics and management.