Tuck School of Business Founded

The Tuck School of Business was founded in 1900 as the world's first graduate school of management.

At the time, establishing a business school with the status of a graduate department was bold and unorthodox, but the wisdom of the plan has been validated during the past century. Our school served as the prototype for one of today’s most important educational formats: the graduate business school conferring the MBA degree.

At the beginning of the 20th century, U.S. commerce and industry were experiencing explosive growth, and more college graduates were choosing careers in business. William Jewett Tucker, then president of Dartmouth College, was concerned about business leadership in a broad social sense and recognized the need for “training commensurate with the larger meaning of business.” Tucker thought of his former college roommate, Edward Tuck, who enthusiastically agreed to help.

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