Bellarmine University / W. Fielding Rubel School of Business

W. Fielding Rubel School of Business

  • 100% of Rubel School of Business graduates are working or continuing their education
  • Our graduates are working and studying in 30 U.S. States + 3 international destinations

Class of 2018 outcomes, six months after commencement. Data collection and analysis provided by the Career Development Center.


The mission of the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business is to provide student-centered quality education in the Catholic liberal arts tradition enriched by diverse intellectual perspectives to serve society with purpose, insight, and compassion consistent with the mission of Bellarmine University.

School Highlights

“One of nation’s best business schools" — The Princeton Review

Bellarmine offers our business students a unique educational experience: a broad-based liberal arts education supplemented by top-notch business preparation. This difference is viewed quite favorably by employers, who say they like our graduates because of their writing and critical thinking skills.

The School of Business also is noted for rapidly incorporating innovations and business trends into the curriculum. For example, many employers today are encouraging their workers to earn MBA degrees; therefore, Bellarmine has introduced several programs that take entering freshmen to their MBA degrees in just five (or five and a half) years.

Another important aspect to a business education at Bellarmine is the requirement of an internship and/or an international experience. We require students to have/acquire business experience—this can be accomplished via applied course projects, internships and/or course requirements as well as potential volunteer business projects too. This guarantees that you will gain practical experience while still a student, which makes you much more "marketable" upon your graduation.

The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Not only is Bellarmine the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation, but fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

Additional Accolades

  • Master of Finance Degrees ranked the Rubel School of Business #9 in the nation for accounting and finance on its Best Small Colleges list.
  • One of the Best and Most Beautiful B-School Campuses by
  • Recognized as a CFA Institute Affiliated University
CFA Institute Affiliated University


Bellarmine on Business Podcast

Bellarmine on Business podcast logoBellarmine University's Rubel School of Business is launching the Bellarmine on Business podcast. Each monthly episode will feature lively discussions with faculty and/or alumni. Episodes will focus on the economy, finance, marketing, HR, the law, business strategy and more. Learn more >>



Kimberly Cox ’18 receives national award

Kim CoxLouisville Water Company billing manager Kimberly Cox ’18 EMBA received the National Small Business Institute’s Graduate Project of the Year award at the group’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Her Executive MBA project, “Louisville Water Company Metering Project,” explained the company’s upcoming Advance Metering Infrastructure project, which will help customers monitor their water usage and detect leaks.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program at BU

Emerging Leaders 2019Rubel School of Business was selected to co-host the statewide “Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders” program! Participants seen in this photo are business owners from around the state attending sessions throughout the year to enhance and grow their businesses Photo by Molly Ricketts, a participant this year: “So excited to be accepted to the SBA Emerging Leaders Program 2019! I'll learn and share with an incredible group of local business owners. Stay tuned for graduation picture later this year.”

Blockchain and Crypto Currency

Tech Fest Louisville LOGOTechnology Association of Louisville, known as “TALK” partnered with the Rubel School of Business to host networking and presentation on Blockchain and Crypto Currency. Learn more about TALK.

TedX at Bellarmine

Bellarmine MBA Israel Curenco created a Ted Talk for Bellarmine’s first TEDx conference. Check out all the TedX talks today!

Current Macro Trends and Future Employment Opportunities

On February 12, MBA Director Dr. Frank Raymond was a guest speaker for the Louisville Employee Benefits Council. His talk focused on regional employment data and future trends. View full pdf presentation.

2019 Alumni-Student Mentoring Success

Alumni Mentor Tables Feb 5

There was a record-breaking turnout during the Feb. 5, 2019 Alumni-Student Mentoring event. Thank you to our alumni who made time for one-on-one career mentoring and to the 250 students who will one day pay this forward when they become Bellarmine University Alumni. Learn how to get involved on our Alumni Mentor site.


EMBA Graduates Become Pitch Finalists

EMBA finalists photo
Congratulations to EMBAs Russ Davenport and Kyl Wadsworth - finalists at 5 Across Pitch competition!

2018 VITA Program Update

Bellarmine Accounting students, working with Louisville Asset Building Coalition on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, prepared almost 250 tax returns for low to middle income taxpayers in the Louisville area. The VITA program is a great way for students to gain practical experience working with clients and using software to prepare tax returns. The program is also a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with the Louisville community. This year students brought more than $360,000 back into the Louisville community through income tax refunds and saved taxpayers in the community almost $50,000 in tax preparation fees.

Forbes: BU finance professor explains benefit of starting retirement savings early

In an interview with Forbes, Dr. Patrick Lach - an associate professor of finance at Bellarmine University - shared his best tip for encouraging people to begin saving for retirement early in their careers. Learn more on the Bellarmine News site.

2018 Annual Rubel School of Business Awards Ceremony

Rubel School of Business Awards 2018

Executive Speaker Series: Resilience, Agility and Change

The Rubel School of Business wrapped up its’ fall executive speaker series on November 14 with Matthew Walls, VP of Franchise Development and Recruiting for Dominos. Walls is also a 2001 graduate of Bellarmine’s MBA program. Over 60 attendees had the opportunity to hear his personal journey from growing up in Shelbyville, KY to being the point of contact for over 800 franchisees nationwide. The theme for the evening was Resilience, Agility, and Change: How to identify challenges, overcome them and come out on top.

Accounting Association Help the Ronald McDonald House

Bellarmine University Accounting Association students spearheaded a club service project to help the Ronald McDonald house. Over a two-week period, they collected items to be donated to the center from Bellarmine students, faculty, staff and local a number of local companies. On October 31, the students delivered donated items, cooked lunch for the center and handed out goodie bags to all.


Bellarmine business school revamps MBA program; adds scholarships – The Lane Report

Bellarmine University’s W. Fielding Rubel School of Business has reimagined its respected MBA program. Read full article.


New home for Rubel School of Business

The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business will move into new space in Bellarmine Centro when the building is completed in 2016.
Rendering of Centro

Startup Weekend at Bellarmine

Karaoke app wins largest-ever Startup Weekend Louisville, with over 80 participants and over 100 attending the presentations. Read full article on Insider Louisville.


2015 MBA International Trip

Bellarmine students travel to Cuba!


Chris Bailey and Jason Harrington

“The Bellarmine MBA truly changed our lives. We used the innovation and entrepreneurship tools and knowledge we learned at Bellarmine to launch a successful tech start-up during the program.”
Chris Bailey and Jason Harrington
MBA Class of 2014