Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business was founded as the College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1914 and became one of the founding members of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the US business school accreditation organisation, in 1916.
It now operates across two buildings on Tulane’s uptown New Orleans, Louisiana campus and a Houston, Texas campus and has 2,695 students on its roll altogether.
New Orleans offers students a number of advantages, it has a rich culture and heritage, as well as a booming tech sector, a busy port and a centre for banking and energy industries. Houston also benefits from a wealth of cultural activity and is extremely diverse, with its business emphasis on energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, medicine and research.
Freeman’s undergraduate business degree (BSM) has the following majors: finance; legal studies in business; management; marketing; energy specialisation and entrepreneurship specialisation.
Its graduate programmes in New Orleans are: full-time MBA; professional MBA; executive MBA; master of accounting; master of business analytics; master of finance; master of management; master of management in energy and joint degrees, while the Houston campus offers the executive MBA, master of finance and dual degree programmes.
The Freeman PhD is described as preparing students for successful careers in academia.
Freeman is known for publishing the student-authored Burkenroad Reports that analyse the stock of small to medium-sized companies in the Gulf Coast region that would otherwise be unreported.
The school's global links include classes at business schools in Europe, Asia and South and Central America to coincide with study modules about commerce in those regions.
Notable Freeman alumni include: Regina Benjamin, surgeon general of the United States; Dominik Knoll, CEO of World Trade Center New Orleans; Michael Barton, KPMG partner (San Francisco); Keith Blackwell, founder & CEO of Bristol Technology Inc; Sagar Bhimavarapu, executive director at JP Morgan Chase and Co. (New York); Timothy W Goodly, senior vice president at CNN Worldwide and Paul Friedman, senior vice president at Sony Pictures Entertainment.