The mission of the School of Business and Leadership is to educate its students to the very highest academic standards while developing a global orientation, an entrepreneurial attitude, a commitment to sustainability, and a strong sense of ethics and social responsibility.
We fulfill our mission by:
The School of Business and Leadership will be the globally recognized leader in business education that incorporates the Dominican ideals of study, reflection, community, and service in support of social justice.
Our graduates will demonstrate responsible, competent, and ethical leadership in their professions and communities throughout the world. We will be known for thought leadership in the integration of leadership, entrepreneurship, globalization, and environmental sustainability, arising from uncommon levels of interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement.
Our processes will be recognized for excellence in promoting an environment for superior education design and delivery, customer service, innovation, and agility. We will be respected as a good citizen of the community, the nation, and the world. We will be known for our high-performance faculty and staff, business and government linkages, international partnerships, and state-of-the-art facilities.
The business programs at Dominican University of California began in 1975 as an interdisciplinary collaborative between the Politics and International Studies Department and other academic departments. In 1983, the Buck Fund provided funding for research, giving rise to the Pacific Basin Studies (PBS) Program.
In 1986, the PBS Program initiated the MA in International Economics and Political Risk Assessment, which became the forerunner of Dominican’s MBA Program.
For the next 20 years, business programs underwent a period of growth, consolidation, and repositioning. In the spring of 2006, the Dominican Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new School of Business and Leadership, effective the 2006/07 academic year.
A new dean was hired in July 2007 with the objective of increasing the profile of the School, raising funds, developing strategic international initiatives, and leading the School to accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).