Our Mission Statement and History

Our legacy training for global business leaders since 1964 shapes our future as the world’s most international business school.

Hult Mission Statement and History

Our Mission

Hult International Business School is a global institution that transforms lives by providing an exceptionally valuable and enduring education that brings together people, cultures, and ideas from all around the world. The School encourages personal growth, intellectual integrity, global sensitivity, local engagement, and civic values, so that students are able to flourish in the global economy and are empowered to contribute meaningfully to their business and community.

A practical business education

In 1964, Hult International Business School was established as America's first corporate university, then known as the Arthur D. Little School of Management. ADL focused on delivering a practical business education for managers. The teaching pedagogy adopted was different from other business schools because it emphasized "action learning" - applying classroom theory in the real world. This methodology was honed over 40 years and is central to Hult's pioneering approach to practical business education today.

The world's most international business school

In 2003, one of Europe's most successful entrepreneurs, Bertil Hult, financially supported the school to expand its teaching methodology to not only train effective managers, but also prepare them to thrive on a global stage. Bertil Hult strongly believed students must experience cultural differences and global business practices firsthand, expanding the school from its single Boston location to a global network of campuses including London, Dubai, Shanghai, and San Francisco under the name Hult International Business School. Hult International Business School, Inc. is registered as a non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The world's largest graduate business school

Hult's compelling vision of a practical and global business education has attracted many students from around the world. Today, the school has grown to become the world's largest graduate business school. Our growth demonstrates the tremendous demand for a useful and enduring business school education.

World's largest business school



Hult Timeline

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.

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.

1998

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

2002

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

2003

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

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.

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.

2009

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

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 crowdsourcing platform benefiting One Laptop per Child.

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.

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.