On a mission to redefine business education

Mission Statement

Our mission is simple: to create the most relevant global learning experience possible. We believe this requires examining the traditional model of business education, questioning its relevance and effectiveness, and making changes to our school, and our curriculum, based on real market insight. To business people like us, that sounds like common sense. In the education sector, it’s revolutionary. In traditional business schools, response to the outside world is slow, and outdated modes of practice are the norm. We’re not that kind of business school.

Mission statement

Hult International Business School provides a transformative educational experience by bringing together people, cultures, and innovative ideas from around the world. 

A history of action

History of Hult

In 1964, Hult International Business School was established in Boston as America's first corporate university, then known as the Arthur D. Little School of Management. Focused on delivering a practical business education for managers, the teaching pedagogy was different from other business schools because it emphasized "action learning" – applying classroom theory in the real world. In 2003, one of Europe's most successful entrepreneurs, :::Bertil Hult:::, had a vision to create the world’s first global business school. And Hult International Business School was born. 

Today, we are the world’s most international business school. With locations in seven of the world’s most influential business capitals, degree programs engineered to enable students to move between campuses, a student body representing more than 140 nationalities, and a faculty that combine global experience with local expertise.

Our timeline

Arthur D Little protrait

1964

Arthur D. Little Inc., the world’s oldest management consulting firm, establishes the Management Education Institute, which develops an innovative, accelerated one-year Master degree program to train business leaders.
NEASC logo

1976

The business school is officially accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting body for all academic institutions in the northeastern U.S.
Forbes logo

1998

Forbes identifies the school’s Action Learning curriculum as “highly distinctive,” ranking it in the top five MBA programs in the U.S.
The Economist logo

2002

The Economist ranks the school the third best business school in Massachusetts, after Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Hult logo

2003

The school is renamed Hult International Business School, honoring benefactor Bertil Hult’s personal vision and commitment to educating international business leaders.
Association of MBAs logo

2005

Hult's one-year MBA program earns the accreditation of the Association of MBAs (AMBA), making Hult the first business school in the U.S. to be recognized by this prestigious international accrediting body.
Dubai Palm building

2008

Hult welcomes its first class of students to the MBA program in Dubai. Hult is the first U.S. academic institution to be licensed in the U.A.E.
Financial Times logo

2009

The Financial Times adds Hult International Business School to its prestigious Top 100 Global MBA rankings. Hult London welcomes undergraduates and graduates.
Skyscraper in San Francisco

2010

Hult is ranked #5 in International Business by the Financial Times. The school's downtown San Francisco is opened. The first Hult Global Case Challenge is launched, pioneering a crowd-sourcing platform benefiting One Laptop per Child.
Shanghai Tower at night

2011

The school is ranked #3 in International Business by the Financial Times. Hult’s flagship campus in China opens in the heart of Shanghai. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton awards USD1 million prize to Water.org at the Hult Global Case Challenge Final.
Hult Prize logo

2012

Hult becomes the world’s largest graduate business school, opening new campuses in London and Dubai, and offers a rotation to New York. Hult Global Case Challenge is renamed to the Hult Prize.
Bill Clinton presenting at Hult Prize

2013

The Hult Prize final is held at the Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting in New York, after finalists are trained through the Hult Prize's Accelerator Program. Hult Labs releases groundbreaking research on the future of the MBA program.
Student in San Francisco looking at city

2014

Hult forms an alliance with Ashridge Business School to create the world’s most relevant business school for employers. The merger brings Ashridge’s expertise in executive and organization development and research with Hult’s global reach and scale together.