UC Davis MBA Program Receives Its Highest National Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

Dear GSM Community,

As I return from Washington, D.C., I am thrilled to share great news with you, and invite you to join us to celebrate the School’s upward momentum and recognize everyone’s contributions to our collective success.

Our 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 this morning.

The Graduate School of Management placed 28th among 437 U.S. business schools surveyed, up from 42nd last year—the largest jump up by a school in this year’s ranking. This national recognition represents an all-time high for our full-time MBA program, which has been ranked among the top 10% for 16 consecutive years.

This ranking 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.

U.S. News bases its ranking on several key metrics: student selectivity (grade point average, GMAT score and proportion of applicants accepted); reputation polls of recruiters and peers (deans and full-time MBA directors); job placement success for graduates and their average starting salary.

Our full-time MBA program is now among:

  • Top 6% of AACSB-accredited MBA programs in the U.S.
  • Top 4% of MBA programs at U.S. public universities.
  • Top 3% in student selectivity (applicant acceptance rate).
  • Top 4% in average GMAT score.
  • Top 1% (among the top six business schools) in job placement rate for our alumni three months after graduation.

U.S.News also ranked part-time MBA programs for the second year.

Our Working Professional MBA program—with campuses in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area—moved up to No. 32, from No. 35. That places us 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 deans and MBA program directors.

To learn more and view the full U.S. News & World Report business school rankings, click here >>

Let’s Celebrate Together on March 31

As the spring quarter gets underway, I’d like to invite you to Gallagher Hall for a barbecue hosted by the Associated Students of Management and the GSM starting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.

We’ll celebrate these latest accolades, the hard work and dedication of our entire community, and our accomplishments that go far beyond and are not captured in these rankings snapshots.

I look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for your continued support of the School.

Best regards,

Steven C. Currall
Dean and Professor of Management