Be ready for change

Our vision is to be a Business School that is internationally recognized for high teaching standards and research outputs; for the strong connections to the corporate world and for the attention to the personal and professional development of our students, academics and professional staff. Our aim is to be among the leading European business schools that will educate talents who will drive growth and change in Italy and in Europe while promoting corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship. We also envision being an institution of higher education that is renowned for linking transversally the rigorous teaching standards with relevant academic and applied research.


Create tomorrow

We develop passion for quality in teaching, learning and research; we establish partnerships with private and public organizations and undertake the journey to become a change-maker in society. We aim to empower business and social growth by developing talents with great “can-do” attitude combined with strategic and analytical thinking.

History of the School

1966 – Pro Deo University was founded, obtaining official recognition from the Italian Ministry of Education, University, and Research in 1966.

1977 – Pro Deo University officially changed its name to LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali.

1982 – Adding to its Faculty of Economics the Faculty of Political Science, LUISS also founded the Faculty of Law.

1984 – The Chairman of the Confederation of Italian Industries (Confindustria), Guido Carli, was appointed President of LUISS. Under his leadership, LUISS reinforced its mission by introducing highly selective admission standards, a new set of degree programmes, and a wide range of customised programme services.

1986LUISS School of Management was founded (renamed LUISS Business School in 2006) as a division of the University, delivering post- graduate experience education.

1991 – The School of Management successfully launched its first MBA programme.

1995 – The first PhD programme was launched in the areas of Management, Corporate Finance, Organisation, and Human Resources.

2001 – LUISS implemented the European Higher Education Area guidelines, following the Bologna Process.

2006 – The first double-degree programme was launched in cooperation with Fudan University School of Management.

2007 – The different PhD tracks were combined into one PhD in Management. The programme began to be taught fully in English, which was uncommon in Italy at that time.

2007 – LUISS received the Golden BIP award, recognising the institution as Italy’s Best University and honoring its excellence in securing job placements for graduates.

2009 – The LUISS Creative Business Centre was founded, which develops programmes and courses in the areas of art, film, entertainment, music, and design.

2010 – Entrepreneurship was designated as a core element of the School’s strategy and made an integrating part of all aspects of business and management education, as well as research.

2011 – The existing structure of faculties and departments was replaced by four new departments: Law, Political Sciences, Economics and Finance, and Business and Management (DBM).

2012 – LUISS EnLabs, one of Italy’s most innovative incubators and business accelerators, was opened.

2013 – LUISS Business School and the DBM are part of the LUISS School of Business and Management.

2015 – LUISS Business School, including the Department of Business and Management, becomes part of the élite of education having achieved the prestigious international certification EQUIS. A one of a kind result. It is the first time that a School in Italy manages to validate all of its management programs, from the Bachelor Degree – already widely distinguished for its elevated selection standards- to the Master in Business Administration, together with the master degrees, the PHDs, the Specialised masters etc.

2015 – AACSB membership.

April 2016 – LUISS Business School’s new governance structure was put in place. Activities of the LUISS School of Business and Management were incorporated into the School.

2017 – AACSB eligibility.