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UC Davis Full-time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 19th Consecutive Year
Full-time & Part-time MBA Programs among Top 9% in U.S.
Top 10 MBA Program That Leads to Jobs

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 19th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the full-time MBA program at No. 41, placing it among the top 9% of the 453 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

The full-time MBA program also ranked among the top 10 MBA programs that lead to jobs, with a 94.9% job placement rate three months after graduation, far above the national average of 82%, according the the U.S. News survey. Only five other business schools in the top 50 rankings have higher job placement rates.”

Part-Time MBA Ranking

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s part-time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked No. 25. This is the third consecutive year the UC Davis part-time MBA program is among the top 8% of AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 310 part-time programs surveyed.

“The national recognition illustrates the School’s success in preparing the next generation of inspired, results-driven and innovation leaders who are committed to making a positive impact,” said Steven C. Currall, dean of the Graduate School of Management. “Our students thrive in a tight-knit, collaborative community where they can work closely with each other and internationally renowned faculty ranked among the best in the world for overall quality and productivity.”

Ranking Metrics

The full-time MBA ranking is based on several key metrics: student selectivity (average undergraduate grade point average, average GMAT score and percentage of applicants accepted by the school), quality assessment surveys from recruiters and peers (business school deans and MBA program directors), and job placement success for graduates based on average starting salary and bonus and employment rates at graduation and three months later.

The School’s recruiter assessment score jumped 15%. The average GMAT score was 685, up from 680 last year. The employment rate for students three months after graduation was 94.9%, compared to 92.7% last year.

The part-time MBA ranking is based on five factors: peer assessment by business school deans and MBA directors; average GMAT score; average undergraduate GPA; work experience; and the percentage of the business school’s fall 2013 MBA enrollment that is part time.

The School’s part-time average GMAT score is 596, up from 576 last year. The part-time MBA program also was more selective, with its acceptance rate at 72.5% compared to 79.3% last year.

View U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Graduate Business School rankings

In addition, the School’s other recent accolades include:

  • Fastest rising business school in U.S. based on alumni return on investment (Forbes, 2013).
  • Top 10% MBA programs in the world, and No. 13 worldwide in faculty research productivity (Financial Times, 2014).
  • No. 1 worldwide for diversity of corporate recruiters seeking our graduates (The Economist, 2013).
  • No. 6 in U.S. for greatest opportunity for women (Princeton Review, 2013).

Full details about UC Davis Graduate School of Management rankings

About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Dedicated to preparing innovative leaders for global impact, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is consistently ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. The School’s faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and pioneering research in advancing management thinking and best practices. With prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs, the school provides a bold, innovative approach to management education for full-time MBA students and Master of Professional Accountancy students at the UC Davis campus, and part-time MBA students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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