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May 8, 2012

UNL MBA Program Leaps 22 Spots in U.S. News Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report released its 2013 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings today and the UNL College of Business Administration (CBA) moved up 22 spots to be ranked 28th as a “Part-Time MBA School”. Last year, the CBA MBA program was tied with eight schools at 50.

“Considering where we were last year, this kind of a leap in the rankings is great. Knowing that a large portion of the ranking process is peer assessment by business school deans and directors of accredited master’s programs means our program is being noted. We also had an increase in our average GMAT scores, which speaks to the quality of students in our program,” said Dr. Donde Ashmos Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of CBA.

All 437 master's programs in business accredited by AACSB International were surveyed in fall 2011 and early 2012. U.S. News's part-time MBA ranking is based on five factors: average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school's overall score); the average GMAT score of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2011 (15 percent); their average undergraduate GPA (5 percent); work experience (15 percent); and the percentage of the business school's fall 2011 MBA enrollment that is part time (15 percent).

CBA tied this year with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Isenberg.

“The UNL MBA program offers courses both on-campus and online. Students can take a combination of both, and though the MBA is labeled a part-time program, many students choose to take a full-time course load and graduate in two or three years,” said Dr. Ravi Sohi, associate dean of graduate programs and research.

The U.S. News 2013 Best Grad Schools book will not be available until April 3.

Methodologies and other details are at the U.S. News and World Report Grad Schools web page.

The College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln serves nearly 3,500 students with nine undergraduate majors, six master's programs with eight specializations and three joint programs, and is the only Ph.D. granting business college in Nebraska. With 79 full-time faculty and more than 30,000 alumni, the College of Business awards $500,000 in scholarships annually. Established in 1913, the college was founding member of and accredited by the AACSB.