The Ernest C. Trefz School of Business at the University of Bridgeport provides students with an interdisciplinary view of the ever-changing business environment.

With diverse classrooms and teachers who not only hold the highest degree in their fields but also maintain strong connections to the business world, UB graduates are well prepared to enter the business world.

At the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, students can expect:

  • Small class sizes
  • Committed, engaged faculty
  • Effective and relevant business curriculum
  • To learn in a multi-cultural environment with students from all around the world
  • Personalized academic advising

In 2013, the University of Bridgeport’s School of Business was named the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business after the local businessman and long-standing member of the board. In addition, the school has recently upgraded many of its facilities.


The Ernest C. Trefz School of Business advances the practice of business through the education of students and the scholarly and professional contributions of the faculty. Through high-quality, innovative teaching, the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business enhances critical thinking in its students, provides discipline knowledge through theoretical and applied learning and develops skills that are necessary for success in business. Students drawn from local, regional and international communities learn in a supportive environment that facilitates understanding of business in a dynamic, global environment.


All degree programs in the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business are licensed and accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In addition, the School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are professionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

* ACBSP accreditation does not include AA degree in Business Administration

About Ernest C. Trefz

Ernest C. Trefz PhotoErnest C. Trefz has been a trustee of the University of Bridgeport since 1980 and a constant presence as an advisor, philanthropist, and supporter. He is CEO of the Trefz Corporation, which owns the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, 44 McDonald’s restaurants, and investment properties. His success as an entrepreneur is in line with the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business’s commitment to entrepreneurship, which includes a MBA concentration in Entrepreneurship, and the Student Entrepreneur Center.

At the 2013 groundbreaking for the school he noted, “My family taught me the value of hard work and persistence, and the importance of education.”

“I’m honored and honestly humbled that the UB business school will carry my name,” he added. “I will be here to support the school and its mission in every way I can.”


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