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MBA Programs Rank among Best in U.S. 17th Consecutive Year
Part-time MBA Jumps into Top 6%, Full-time MBA among Top 8%

By Tim Akin

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s part-time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area moved up significantly to among the top 6 percent of AACSB International–accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released in March.

The School’s part-time MBA program placed No. 19 among U.S. business schools, up 13 positions from No. 32 last year—one of the largest jumps among the top part-time MBA programs ranked this year. That places UC Davis among the top 6 percent of the 326 AACSB International–accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed, and a steady move up since U.S. News & World Report began ranking part-time MBA programs three years ago. This latest national recognition represents an all-time high for the UC Davis part-time MBA program.

U.S. News changed its part-time MBA program rankings methodology this year, re-weighting from 100 percent to 50 percent the peer assessment by business school deans and MBA directors and adding four other factors: part-time MBA students’ average GMAT score, average undergraduate GPA, work experience
and the percentage of the business school’s fall 2011 MBA enrollment that is part time.

Full-time MBA among Top in U.S. for 17th Year

The UC Davis full-time MBA program remains firmly ranked among the premier business schools for the 17th consecutive year, having ascended a record 14 positions last year. U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking places the UC Davis full-time MBA at No. 36, and among the top 8 percent of the 441 AACSB International–accredited full-time master of business administration programs.

“The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings attest to the success of our MBA programs. During the past two years, our programs have risen significantly in the rankings,” said Dean Steven C. Currall.

“Our commitment to excellence drives our dual mission of pursuing cutting-edge scholarly research that advances global business and creating a transformative learning experience in a tight- knit, collaborative community,” Currall said. “The result: enterprising, bold UC Davis MBA graduates with the fundamental skills and hands-on expertise to execute and help grow businesses.”

The full-time MBA ranking is based on several key metrics: student selectivity (grade point average, GMAT score and percentage of applicants accepted by the school), reputation polls of recruiters and peers (business school deans and MBA program directors), job placement success for graduates and average starting salary.