Last Thursday the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking for full-time MBA programs was announced. For the first time NC State’s full-time Jenkins MBA was eligible to be listed. This has been one of the key long-term goals of our program. Our program is only 10 years old, so getting on this list is an important achievement. There are literally hundreds of schools in the US that would like to be on the list but do not meet the size and quality criteria.
There were 114 schools globally who were invited to participate in the survey, 80 of them were American schools and the rest were in Canada, Europe and Asia. We were ranked #63 in the US. This is higher than our most recent US News ranking (#78). In fact it is higher than we have ever appeared in US News except for 2008 when we were #59.
The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking is based on student satisfaction (45%), employer satisfaction (45%) and faculty research productivity per capita (10%). The student satisfaction scores came from a survey of full-time students who graduated in May 2012.
We did well in one dimension that did not enter into the rankings, but is important to students: affordability. Only eight programs in the US had lower tuition and fees than we do.
Bloomberg Businessweek will do its next survey of full-time MBAs in two years. Next year, it will do a survey of part-time MBAs, where we ranked #30 in the US last year.
Moving up in the rankings requires a joint concerted effort from students, faculty and staff. The faculty and the staff will make sure that the program is up to date and prepares students well for successful careers. Students will dedicate themselves to taking full advantage of opportunities and supporting the program, especially when they become alumni. As we all strive for excellence and improvement, the Jenkins MBA will rise in the rankings and become more visible in the years ahead!
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