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UC Davis MBA Program Receives Its Highest National Ranking from U.S. News & World Report
UC Davis Jumps into Top 6% of U.S. Business Schools

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

The Graduate School of Management placed 28th among U.S. business schools, up 14 positions from last year—the largest jump up among the schools ranked this year. The national recognition represents an all-time high for the UC Davis full-time MBA program, which has been ranked among the top 10% for 16 consecutive years.

The UC Davis MBA program was also featured in U.S.News & World Report article about the top “10 Business Schools That Lead to Jobs,” reflecting the 93% of recent graduates who were hired within three months.

“We are thrilled with our performance in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of business schools,” said Dean Steven C. Currall.

“This recognition is a testament to the tireless teamwork of our faculty and staff. Our commitment to excellence drives our dual mission of pursuing cutting-edge scholarly research that advances global business and providing a close-knit and collaborative educational experience for our students. The result is innovative UC Davis MBA graduates who have outstanding analytical and principled leadership skills.”

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

U.S.News’ ranking places the UC Davis full-time MBA program among:

  • Top 6% of all 437 U.S. AACSB-accredited MBA programs surveyed
  • Top 4% of MBA programs at U.S. public universities.
  • Top 4% in average Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score.
  • Top 3% in student selectivity (applicant acceptance rate).
  • Top 1% (among the top six business schools) in job placement rate for alumni 3-months after graduation. Featured among top “10 Business Schools That Lead to Jobs

Working Professional MBA Program Rankings

U.S.News & World Report also ranked part-time MBA programs for the second year. The UC Davis Working Professional MBA program—with campuses in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area—moved up to No. 32.

This places UC Davis among the top 11% of the 295 AACSB-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. The part-time MBA rankings are based entirely on reputation polls of business school deans and MBA directors.