Overview, Accreditation, & AoL

Think. Do. Become. At LSBE, we teach our students to think critically and analytically—to question the answers as much as they answer the questions. We challenge them to look up from the books and physically do the things they are studying. We push them. We prepare them. In the end, this opens them up to become whatever they wish.

Our graduates are leaders in business, management, finance, accounting, management information systems, marketing, and economics. We pride ourselves on offering an industry-relevant curriculum that creates opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning. With 14 majors and four-degree programs, students have a variety of academic options to pick from. LSBE does not make use of Teaching Assistants as instructors. All our courses are taught by faculty, a vast majority of whom have terminal degrees in their respective disciplines.

Accreditation

All our programs (BBA, BAcc, MBA) are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier accrediting body for business schools. Globally, less than 5% of business schools have this accreditation. This accreditation provides an external assurance to all stakeholders regarding LSBE’s commitment to providing quality education and engaging in continuous improvement.

Core Advantages

The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) enjoys certain distinct advantages that create a unique opportunity for it to serve as a major player in the region’s business and economic landscape. These advantages are:

  • Location: Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Superior, the campus and surrounding community provides an idyllic setting for learning and living. The region is known for its incredible outdoor recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources. With an active port, a thriving tourism and hospitality industries, a world-class medical district, a flourishing art scene, and a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, the region provides the big city advantages in a small town setting, making Duluth a perfect place for a dynamic and restorative living and learning experience.
  • System Affiliation: Being a part of the University of Minnesota system, UMD and LSBE share a brand name that is globally recognized and respected. The system also provides scale advantages in several domains such as technology and information services, advocacy, and administrative support, thereby creating space for us to focus on our mission.
  • Campus Characteristics: As the UM system’s second largest campus, UMD and LSBE are uniquely positioned to offer a regional comprehensive campus experience set in a semi-urban landscape where students receive individualized attention. LSBE’s size allows its faculty to strike a balance between teaching and research. Students get to choose from a full spectrum of undergraduate majors (many of which are unique to LSBE), have classes taught by highly qualified faculty, have opportunities to grow their professional networks, and build relationships with engaged and supportive staff and faculty.