The US News rankings of graduate programs came out yesterday; NC State's Jenkins MBA had its best performance yet. The Jenkins Professional Evening program came in #34 in the part-time rankings while the full-time program came in at #52 in the full-time rankings. Historically both programs have been in the 60s and 70s. Last year full-time was #70 and part-time was #103 (which was a total outlier that none of us have ever figured out). We moved up 18 spots in the full-time ranking, the second largest move of any school.
What happened? On the part-time side, the deans’ assessment score increased, selectivity increased and GMAT scores increased a lot. For full-time, recruiter assessment was up, GPA was up, selectivity increased, starting salaries were up, and placement rates were up.
This has been a remarkable year for the Jenkins MBA in terms of external recognition. We have been #15 for US News Online MBA, #29 for Bloomberg Businessweek Full-time MBA, and #45 for Bloomberg Part-Time MBA.
I think the best is yet to come. The forthcoming improvements to the curriculum will put us on the cutting edge for working professional MBAs. We have fantastic professional staff to enrich the applicant/student experience and enhance career success. Add these ingredients to the outstanding opportunities that our faculty provide in the classroom and our hands-on “Think and Do” attitude and we have a recipe for continued success.
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