Established as a mere department of the College of Education and supervised by the Very Rev. Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P. in 1930, the Department of Commerce started with only twelve enrollees and offered a two-year associate program in Commercial Science. Consistent increase in enrollment lead to it being elevated into a School of Commerce in 1933 and the Department of Public Instruction granted its eventual recognition of the School’s four-year degree program, Bachelor of Science in Commerce. Once the Bureau of Education allowed the School of Commerce to operate as a college, the College of Education granted its autonomy in 1935. Dr. Stanley Prescott was given the honor and the responsibility to be the first Dean of the College of Commerce.
In 1940, Rev. Fr. Pedro Mateos, O.P. assumed the position of Dean and it was during his term where new review courses in Accounting and Law (for Accounting) were introduced to enhance the seniors’ chances in passing the CPA licensure examinations. The College was forced to close during the Second World War and reopened in June 1945. In 1947, student enrollment reached 518 and steadily increased to 722 by 1948.
Under the deanship of Dr. Mariano Apacible, the four major programs of the College: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Economics and Management, were fortified with pedagogy improvements as well as the introduction of new techniques in teaching. The student population at this time rose to 1,244.
The year 1981, two years shy of the College’s Golden Anniversary, the College offered a variety of strong academic programs: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing. In later years, the majors were limited to Accounting, Business Administration and Economics. Specialized courses in Management, Marketing, Banking and Finance were grouped into one major, Business Administration, to provide the graduates with more flexible and greater job opportunities in different fields of business and industry.
To further improve the capacity to pass the board examinations of the College’s aspiring CPA’s, the academic program BS Commerce major in Accounting was replaced with Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.
In 1988, the College officially became known as the College of Commerce and Accountancy and it was also in this year when the College applied for its re-accreditation (the first one was in 1984).
The University of Santo Tomas College of Commerce Alumni Foundation, Inc (COCAFI), a private non-stock and non-profit foundation, was founded in 1992.
In 1996, and in response to the growing information technology needs of the commercial industry, the College offered a new program: the B.S. Commerce major in Information System Management. However, due to the University’s policy to group all computer-related programs in one College, this major was transferred to the College of Science in June 1999. The last batch of students with the degree B.S. Commerce major in Information Systems Management graduated in March 2002.
In 1999, under Dean Amelia Halili, the College was selected as a Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education. Also, for its Achievements in Accounting Education, as shown by the performance of its graduates in the CPA Board Examinations from 1996 to 2000, an Achievement Award was given to the College on November 15, 2000 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as it ranked first among those Colleges/Universities with 100 or more successful examinees.
In 2004, the Department of Accountancy separated upon recommendation of and in coordination with the UST College of Commerce Alumni Foundation, Inc. (COCAFI) Thus, the accountancy unit was moved to the newly formed college AMV College of Accountancy.
In the efforts towards asserting its presence as a primary model business school in the country, and pursuant to the Commission on Higher Education’s Memorandum Number 17, the College revived its entrepreneurship program and offered the BSC in Entrepreneurship more popularly known as the Triple-E Program (“Entrepreneurship and Ethics Education towards Equity”) in 2004 and a straight program, BS in Entrepreneurship was initially offered in 2007.
The latter part of the 2006-2007 academic year signaled the beginning of even more significant changes compressed in even lesser time. With Dean Helena Maria F. Cabrera at the helm, and pursuant to the Commission on Higher Education’s Memorandum Number 39, the Bachelor of Science in Commerce academic programs were gradually phased out and were replaced with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration academic programs offering a wider range of specialized majors: Business Economics, Financial Management, Human Resource Development Management, Marketing Management and Operations Management (initially offering of this program has been deferred).
The College was then renamed the College of Commerce and Business Administration in the same year when the BSBA major in Financial Management and BSBA major in Marketing Management were initially offered. It was in March 2009 when the University through the College first conferred these degrees on very first graduates of these degrees.
The College of Commerce and Business Administration has almost 4,000 students, majority of which belongs to the Pre-Com Department which has now been renamed as the Basic Business Education Department (BBED).
In recent years, it has been yielding the largest number of graduates (approx. 700-900).
The college is located in the third and fourth levels of Saint Raymund de Peñafort Building in the northeastern part of the UST compound, facing Dapitan St. The college shares the building with the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters which occupies the first and second levels.
The college has its own audio-visual conference room, a fully wired computer laboratory, a speech laboratory, Dean's Office, Coordinator's Room, Guidance Office, Student Organization Room, a Publication Office, a business development center, a faculty room, fully air-conditioned classrooms, free wi-fi access, and photocopying machines.BSBA Major in Financial Management
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Financial Management prepares the students to possess a strong foundation on theory, principles and concepts, as well as analytical tools and perspectives that would provide a sound and competitive basis for financial and investment decision making.
BSBA Major in Human Resource Development Management
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Human Resource Development Management prepares the students for a career in Human Resource Management in various corporations whether in the manufacturing, marketing and service sectors, or in the different types of industries such as pharmaceutical, semiconductor, food and beverage, banking industries and other types of organizations.
BSBA Major in Marketing Management
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administrative major in Marketing Management prepares the students to be responsive to the total environment by providing technical skills and competencies in the areas of Marketing. Theory is blended with practicum activities to give the students a broad and enriched base for career in Marketing.
This program is designed to provide students with solid background and training in the methods and applications of economic analysis. The students’ research skills are honed through the various economics courses such as international economics, managerial economics and human resource economics, further preparing them to be proactive when confronting current economic issues.
The program is considered to be a unique, innovative and the only one of its kind among different schools offering entrepreneurship with social consciousness and ethics education. The course is primarily designed to provide training to would-be entrepreneurs in the nuances of starting and operating a business or expanding existing family business as well as character building. Through its learning and doing approach, the program commits itself to the education and formation of students who will be competent entrepreneurs imbued with pro-social and altruistic qualities of empathy, social responsibility and justice.
The college is home to various student organizations.
Commerce and Business Administration Student Council (CBASC) - It is the primary student governing body of all bona fide students of the college of Commerce and Business Administration. Its officers are elected by the entire CBA student body. The President of the CBASC shall be the official representative of the CBA studentry in the CB or the Central Board, which consist of the student council presidents of all colleges, faculties and institutions in the university, which is under the supervision of the Central Student Council or CSC.
The UST Commerce Journal (CJ) - The official student publication of the College of Commerce and Business Administration. The UST-CJ has annually been publishing numerous outputs such as: The Propaganda, the official broadsheet of the College; The CJ Magazine, which features business articles, College culture, and outstanding Commerce graduates; The Hub, the official literary-folio of the College; and The Currency, the official collegiate research journal of the College.
There is a major organization for each of courses in the Commerce and Business Administration.UST Economics Society
UST Junior Financial and Investment Executives
UST Junior Marketing Association
Thomasian Junior Association for People Management
Society of Thomasian Entrepreneurs
Socio-cultural OrganizationsCOMACH - Community Achievers Association - Commerce Unit
Scarlet - Commerce
Red-Cross Youth Council - Commerce Unit
Rotaract Club of UST- Commerce Unit
UST Pax Romana - Commerce Unit
The Commission on Election - Responsible for class and college election.