The School of Management Studies (SMS CUSAT) established in 1964 with an aim to promote Management Education, carries the saga of the Cochin University of Science & Technology. It started functioning in the premises of Fertilizers And Chemicals Travancore Ltd. (FACT) as a part of Kerala University with Professor Emeritus Padmabhushan (Dr.) M. V. Pylee as the Director. When the University of Cochin was formed in 1971, the School became its integral part. It is one of the earliest departments in the country along with Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS, Mumbai) & Faculty of Management Studies (FMS Delhi). Since then, the School thrived with excellence in Management Education and in 2014, it celebrates its Golden jubilee.
The School has been ranked as one of the top 50 Business Schools in the country. The school is relentlessly pursuing its aim of teaching, training, research and consultancy. With this aim in mind, it offers a variety of courses. They are four Semester MBA (Master of Business Administration), four semester MBA IB (Master of Business Administration specialized in International Business), four semester MBA TT (Master of Business Administration specialized in Travel and Tourism), six semester part-time MBA program, two semester M.Phil program and Ph.D program. It also conducts Management Development Programs and undertakes consultancy projects. Currently the school offers electives in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Technology management, Production & Operations Management, International Business, Travel & Tourism and it also includes general electives in field of Corporate Social Responsibility, Management of NGOs, Simulation and Modelling.
The pedagogy includes lectures, seminars, case studies, 45 days of an internship with various organizations after first year which includes organizational study, routine work and project in the final semester. Talentime over 40 books and about 50 research papers in journals of standing. Thus the school has evolved with changing times with effectively “Moulding Managers for Mankind”