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.
Currently, SEBA plays an important role in cultivating high-caliber talents in management and producing intellectual contributions with impact in China. Except for 2 doctoral programs, 2 MSc programs in economics and management, SEBA also has 5 professional master programs (EMBA, MBA, MPAcc, MIB and MF) and 2 programs for undergraduates in Economics and Management. The School started to provide MBA education in 1997 and up to now, it has nearly 4000 graduates and made significant contribution to the economic and social development of West China, especially in Chongqing area.
The MBA/EMBA program offered by the School now are among the best in China according to latest national-wide evaluation. The school got support from both “Project 211” and “Project 985” and built 6 academic departments in total up to now, namely, Department of Management, Department of Accounting, Department of Finance, Department of Applied Economics, Department of Marketing and Department of Information Management.
SEBA at present has 6 research centers, including the Institute for the Economic Development of Underdeveloped Area in China (which is a National Philosophy and Social Sciences Innovation Base), the Modern Technological Economics and Management Base (one of the National "Project 211" Phase II and III Projects), the Business Administration and Economic Development Research Centre (which is a Chongqing Pivot Research Base of Humanities and Social Science) and the Modern Logistic Chongqing Key Laboratory (which is a Chongqing Key Laboratory). SEBA also has established the Chongqing University Institute for Energy Technological Economics.
SEBA was accredited by AMBA in September of 2013 and accredited by AACSB in 2017. Now, SEBA is making efforts to apply for EQUIS accreditation.