The history of the Górnośląska Wyższa Szkoła Handlowa (Katowice School of Economics) dates back to the 15th of May 1991, when the then Private College of Economics was opened. On the 15th of June 1994, the School was entered into the register of Non-Public Institutes of Higher Education and the name was changed to the one if functions under currently. At the time, the School offered degrees in two faculties: Management and Marketing, and Tourism and Recreation. On the 4th of December, 1997, the School was the first in Southern Poland to be permitted by the Ministry for Education and Training to offer courses at Masters level in Management and Marketing. A similar decision with regards to Tourism and Recreation was handed down on the 27th of November, 2001. Between 2001 and 2005, the School created five new faculties: Administration, Information Technology and Econometrics, Sociology and Physiotherapy. In 2002, the Żory Campus was opened, offering a Bachelor degree in Management and Marketing.
Currently, the Katowice School of Economics, offers full time and part time degrees in three faculties with 7 different possible major courses of study. The Katowice School of Economics (GWSH) is consistently at the top of national rankings of non-public institutes of higher education - First in the Silesian area and in the top 5 on a national scale - according to publications such as "'Wprost", "Perspektywy", "'Rzeczpospolita", "Polityka" and "Home and Market".