The Williams College of Business

Message from the Dean

Photo of Tom Hayes, Dean of the Williams College of Business

Welcome to the Williams College of Business!

As an alumnus of Xavier University and the Williams College of Business (WCB), I cannot be more excited and proud to welcome you to our school and University! In the WCB, we are dedicated to educating the present and future leaders in business, enabling them to improve their organizations and society within the Jesuit tradition.

Our AACSB accredited college is supported by 65 dedicated faculty, 25 enthusiastic staff, 10 Business Advisory Boards, 12 Executives-in-Residence and 430 area executives serving as mentors to our undergraduate and graduate students! All of these people are working to create a learning environment that is experientially based, individually focused and built on a foundation of ethical decision making.

Our work together is having a regional, national and global impact. Our graduates have senior leadership positions at companies such as Cintas, Fifth Third Bank, Kroger, GE, Luxottica and Procter & Gamble. Our undergraduates enjoy a placement rate of 98 percent. While attending Xavier, 71 percent of the business students worked in an internship as part of their career development.

The nationally-ranked graduate programs offer a wide range of MBA concentrations as well as a Master's of Science in Accountancy and a Master's of Science in Customer Analytics. Best of all, these programs are designed to fit the lifestyle of the working professional. Courses are offered on the main campus, full and part-time, on weekends, online and at a suburban branch location.

Similarly, Xavier’s Executive MBA is one of the oldest Executive MBAs in the nation, and it is currently ranked No. 33 in the country on the Best Part-Time MBA list by U.S. News & World Report.

A 16-month program for seasoned corporate executives which immerses students in leadership, team-building and strategy, students enter as a cohort and progress through the program together, meeting on alternating weekends twice a month. All books and class materials are provided, and a 10-day, international study abroad trip is included in the program.

Students actually have multiple study abroad opportunities that range from a semester to week-long intersession options. Recent trips have seen students study business practices in established economies such as in France, Great Britain, China and the Netherlands to rapidly emerging economies in Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam. Recently, both undergraduate and graduate students have made multiple trips to Cuba to document its transition to a more open market.

The Williams College of Business continues to receive external recognition for the quality of our programs. Some of the most recent are:

  • One of the Nation's Best Business Schools (Princeton Review)
  • 20th for Executive MBA in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • 19th in Entrepreneurship (MBA) in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • 24th ranked Graduate Accountancy program (U.S. News & World Report)

As a graduate of the Williams College of Business, you will join 26,000 alumni connected through 50 alumni chapters across the world. These chapters serve as a connection to Xavier as well as an important networking link to fellow Musketeers willing and ready to help you in your career path.

I personally invite you to learn more about the Williams College of Business and how we can introduce you to a dynamic environment where we are Learning, Serving and Achieving ...Together!

Dr. Tom Hayes
Dean, Williams College of Business