The history of the Faculty of Economics and Business, UKM began with the establishment of the Department of Economics and Commerce in 1970, the same year as the establishment of the University itself. The department was located at Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur. At the initial stage of its existence, the discipline of economics only enjoyed the status of a "department" in the Faculty of Arts.
The department of Economics and Commerce attained faculty status on 1st January 1974. This was the consequence of the rapid development in the discipline of economics and management. The new faculty was named the Faculty of Economics and Management.
The increasing complexity of the economics and management disciplines, combined with market demand for human resources gave impetus to the separation of the faculty into two faculties-namely, Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Business Management. This took place on 16th May 1979. From then on, the two faculties developed by leaps and bounds, each on its way.
In 1996, the top management of UKM considered restructuring the university faculties and academic departments. In August 1997, it was decided that the merging of faculties would be based on discipline groupings.
Beginning 1999, all faculties in the science group would be amalgamated into a faculty named the Faculty of Science and Technology. This was followed in 2001 by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Faculty of Development Sciences, and Faculty of Language Studies, all of which became the faculty of Social science and Humanities. On 1st April 2004, the faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Business Management became the Faculty of Economics and Business.
The name, "Faculty of Economics and Business" reflects the main disciplines in the field of Economics, business management, and accounting as well as the unity knowledge with its epistemological underpinnings.