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UC Davis Part-time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Top 6% by U.S. News & World Report
Full-time MBA among Top 8% in U.S., 17th Consecutive Year among Premier Programs

(Davis, CA) — 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 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’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 six 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 Straight 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 eight 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 Steven C. Currall, dean of the management school.

“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. 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.

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

  • Top 3 percent in student selectivity (applicant acceptance rate).
  • Top 5 percent in average Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score.
  • Top 6 percent in job placement rate for alumni three months after graduation.
  • Top 5 percent of MBA programs at U.S. public universities.
  • Top 8 percent of all 441 AACSB-accredited MBA programs.

Our Other Recent Accolades:

  • No. 6 worldwide in faculty quality: The Economist, 2011.
  • No. 4 worldwide for diversity of recruiters: The Economist, 2011.
  • Top 10 percent of accredited MBA programs worldwide: The Economist, 2011.
  • No. 1 worldwide for the highest percentage of female faculty members: The Financial Times, 2011.
  • Top 30 business schools worldwide for integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research: Beyond Grey Pinstripes, Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education, 2010-2011.

View U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Graduate Business School rankings

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 distinguished by world-renowned faculty members, entrepreneurial students, a powerful alumni network and locations in Northern California’s economic and innovation hubs. Ranked among the nation’s best for 17 consecutive years, UC Davis is one of the fastest-rising U.S. business schools based on U.S. News & World Report’s latest surveys. The school has 110 full-time MBA students at the UC Davis campus and 450 part-time MBA students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. A Master in Professional Accountancy program launches this fall.

Media contacts:

Tim Akin, Graduate School of Management, (916) 402-9270,

Karen Nikos, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-6101,