The CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was born out of the educational vision of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara, an educationalist and social reformer of the nineteenth century in South India. Established in 1969 as Christ College, it undertook path-breaking initiatives in Indian higher education with the introduction of innovative and modern curricula, insistence on academic discipline, imparting of Holistic Education and adoption of global higher education practices with the support of creative and dedicated staff. The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India conferred Autonomy to Christ College in 2004 and identified it as an Institution with Potential for Excellence in 2006. In 2008 under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India, declared the institution a Deemed to be University, in the name and style of Christ University. One of the first institutions in India to be accredited in 1998 by the NAAC, and subsequently in 2004 and 2016, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) has the top grade ‘A’ in the 4-point scale.

Under graduate and graduate in business programs started in 1991 and 1994 under Department of Commerce, Christ College affiliated to Bangalore University. In 1998 Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) was moved under Department of Management Studies, Master of Business Administration (MBA) under Christ College Institute of Management.

After Christ college conferred with university status in the year 2008, all business programs came under CHRIST (Deemed to be University). As a progress to this, business programs were started in different locations and campuses. In the year 2009, Kengeri campus started offering graduate business program; 2015 Bannerghatta Campus started offering under graduate and graduate business programs; Pune Lavasa campus and Delhi NCR campus started offering under graduate and graduate business programs in 2019.

In 2019 all business and management programs of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) clubbed under the School of Business and Management (SBM).