Category: Rankings

BU’s Full-time MBA Ranked 34th in US, 55th Globally by The Economist

October 5th, 2012 in News, Press Release, Rankings

In its recently released 2012 full-time MBA rankings, The Economist placed Boston University School of Management 34th among all US business schools and 55th in the world.

Demonstrating the School’s continued strength in industry relationships, the School of Management placed 1st globally for diversity of recruiters who recruited graduates from the most recent class, and 15th globally for the student rating of jobs secured through a school’s career services.

The Economist ranking of full-time MBA programs was based on an initial selection of 135 leading business schools around the world who were invited to take part in a two-stage survey, which requires input from schools and students/alumni. The rankings used a weighted average of data from 2012 (50%), 2011 (30%) and 2010 (20%).

The rankings included “open new career opportunities” (35%), including assessment of career services and diversity of recruiters; “personal development/education experience” (35%) including faculty and student quality; “increase salary” (20%); and “potential to network” (10%).

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Boston University School of Management Ranked 40th Nationally by U.S. News & World Report

September 14th, 2012 in News, Press Release, Rankings, Undergraduate Students

September 14, 2012 – Boston University School of Management’s undergraduate business program placed 40th overall in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of undergraduate business schools, an improvement of one spot over last year. The ranking is part of the 2013 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.

The School of Management’s “Best Colleges” ranking is based solely on a peer assessment score from AACSB-accredited schools. Each school in the ranking is rated on a 1-to-5 scale by survey participants.

Overall, the “Best Colleges” list ranked Boston University 51st in the nation, a three-way tie with George Washington University and Tulane University, out of nearly 1,400 colleges included in the report.

For more information, please visit the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings page.

Boston University School of Management Advances to 15th Nationally in AmericaEconomia’s Global MBA Ranking

May 22nd, 2012 in News, Press Release, Rankings

May 22, 2012 — Boston University School of Management placed 15th nationally and 29th globally in the 2012 AmericaEconomia global ranking of MBA programs. The annual ranking is based on academic data provided by each school and how attractive each program is to Latin American students who wish to study abroad.

This strong placement reflects continued international recognition of Boston University’s academic programs and global reach. The School of Management is a recognized leader among MBA programs, and attracts students from Latin America and around the world each year. In Spring 2012, 24.7% of the School’s graduate students were international, representing 59 different countries.

The School of Management recently embarked on a comprehensive strategy, focused on impactful research and exceptional teaching, to develop the next generation of leaders who will create value for the world. As part of this new strategy, a number of innovative curricular changes will increase students’ global exposure and ability to critically solve problems that transcend national borders, including more internationally-based cases and options for international experiences.

The AmericaEconomia Global MBA Ranking is based on the following metrics: academic measurements (25%), program selectivity (25%), the strength of the school’s network in Latin America (20%), school prestige among surveyed readers (20%), and program cost (10%).

For more information, please see AmericaEconomía‘s Global MBA Ranking 2012 rankings page (in Spanish).

BU’s Custom Executive Education Programs Ranked 2nd Nationally, 5th Globally by Financial Times

May 15th, 2012 in Press Release, Rankings, School

Boston University’s Custom Executive Education Programs placed 2nd nationally and 5th globally in the 2012 Financial Times ranking of Executive Education Programs, the highest placement in the School’s history.  Boston University’s Executive Education Programs are housed in the Executive Leadership Center at the School of Management.

Boston University placed in the top 5 globally in eight of ten subcategories, including Aims Achieved and Value for Money, within a corporate survey of executive education users. The School placed 2nd globally for both Future Use and Teaching Methods & Materials. This survey accounted for 80 percent of the ranking, with the remaining 20 percent determined by school-provided data.

In addition to the strong customized ranking, Boston University’s Open Enrollment Executive Education Programs placed 14th nationally. Schools ranked in both categories (open and custom programs) are placed on the Financial Times list of “Top 50 Executive Education Schools.”

“Our unique approach to executive education combines the very best of the School of Management’s research and teaching faculty in a city that cultivates innovation and academic excellence,” said Elizabeth Nassar, Director of Executive Programs at Boston University. “Our custom programs are designed to meet the specific needs of each and every client and use a variety of teaching methods to create immediate applicability. The use of technology in the classroom offers the ability to access internal and external resources on behalf of our clients. We are so pleased that our clients and Financial Times have acknowledged the value of this approach.”

“We’re thrilled that Boston University’s Executive Education Programs continue to receive increasingly favorable recognition,” said Kenneth W. Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of the School of Management. “As the School implements a bold strategic plan pursuing excellence in three industry sectors–healthcare, digital technology, and energy and the environment–we will continue to develop custom curricula that bring value to our participants by addressing the dynamic business environment.”

Companies throughout the world partner with Boston University’s Executive Leadership Center to create custom executive education programs designed to help directly improve the skills of executives, managers, and future leaders. The world-class staff and faculty work with corporate leaders to craft a unique program that suits each client’s needs.


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SMG among Top U.S. Undergrad Business Programs

April 26th, 2012 in News, Rankings, School

Businessweek ranks school number 18

Businessweek has ranked the School of Management 18th in the nation in undergraduate business schools, up from 43rd just three years ago. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Businessweek has ranked the School of Management 18th in the nation in undergraduate business schools, up from 43rd just three years ago. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

From BU Today and Bostonia:

The School of Management sprinted into the top 20 undergraduate business schools nationally in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, leaping 13 spots to number 18.

It’s the highest position ever given by the magazine to SMG, which just three years ago placed 43rd, and it marks “a remarkable rise,” says Steven Davidson, the school’s director of learning assessment and research.

Businessweek, which ranked 124 schools nationally, lauded SMG’s academics and cited employers’ growing awareness of its quality.

“They earned top marks in the areas of business students with internships (86 percent) and hours of time spent on class work per week (15.5),” a magazine spokesman says by email. The rankings are based partly on comments from students, who “specifically mentioned the required Core program as a high point, as well as the strength of business faculty,” the spokesman says.

“We are very pleased with the rankings improvement, which recognizes the work of SMG’s team of talented faculty and dedicated staff,” says Kenneth Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of SMG. “This represents an important step for the school as we strive to become one of the world’s elite business schools.”

Besides surveying students, the magazine polled 257 employers on the quality of the schools’ graduates, curricula, and career services, says Davidson. It also compared schools on the number of graduates they funnel into top MBA programs and on the starting salaries of graduates.

“It is very satisfying to see the progress of our SMG faculty and staff being recognized by the increased satisfaction of our students and their future employers,” says University President Robert A. Brown.

SMG, celebrating its centennial next year, ranked 37th among MBA programs in the most recent U.S. News & World Report compilation. Its evening MBA program placed first among local Boston schools and 25th nationally, up 7 notches from last year.

By Rich Barlow

Boston University School of Management Advances to 18th in Undergraduate Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking

March 22nd, 2012 in News, Press Release, Rankings, School

Academic Quality Advances to 12th

March 22, 2012 – Boston University School of Management placed 18th overall in the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of United States undergraduate programs, an improvement of 13 positions from last year. This is the highest placement the School has ever received and represents the fourth consecutive year of improvement in the ranking.

The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking is based on the following elements: Student Survey Results (30%); Recruiter Survey Feedback (20%); Academic Quality Measures (30%); MBA Feeder Rank (10%); and Starting Salary (10%).

The strong ranking reflects continuing gains in external recognition of the quality of the School of Management’s undergraduate program and its graduates.

The School’s Academic Quality ranking rose 19 positions to 12th overall, demonstrating the high quality of the most recent entering class and other academic measures.

Graduates of the program enroll in top MBA programs, reflected in a rise in the MBA Feeder rank to 21st, and are highly sought after by employers, represented by an advance of 19 places to 29th in the survey of corporate recruiters.

The School has embarked on a compelling strategy to develop the next generation of leaders that will create value for the world, through impactful research and exceptional teaching. As the School’s centennial year approaches in 2013, a number of innovative curricular changes will be implemented, building on the current distinctive nature of the undergraduate program.

BU Professional Evening MBA #1 in Boston, Health Sector MBA 11th Overall by U.S. News

March 14th, 2012 in Press Release, Rankings, School

March 13, 2012–Boston University School of Management placed 37th overall in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate business schools. The ranking is based on overall academic quality of the MBA program, employment success, the academic quality of entering students, and peer and recruiter ratings.

The School of Management’s Professional Evening MBA program was again ranked #1 in Boston, and rose seven positions to place 25th in the nation. Part-time MBA rankings are based on measures of academic quality and peer ratings from business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation’s accredited 326 part-time MBA programs.

BU School of Management’s peer assessment scores, which are determined by business school deans and directors, increased for both the graduate school ranking and part-time MBA ranking. This demonstrates external recognition of the School’s focus on research and innovation in teaching.

U.S. News & World Report also republished the Healthcare Management Ranking, where Boston University remained 11th overall.

The School of Management continues to implement a bold strategic plan pursuing excellence in three industry sectors–healthcare, digital technology, and energy and the environment–in addition to the traditional management disciplines.

According to Dean Ken Freeman, focusing on these three sectors will further enhance the School’s capabilities across the core management disciplines (accounting; finance; information systems; marketing; markets, public policy, and law; operations and technology management; organizational behavior; and strategy and innovation). “Our students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the management disciplines and how they interrelate, and working knowledge of the three sectors that are transforming the world. As a result they will be very well informed, highly employable, and ready to make a difference to create immediate value for the world.”

Recent Rankings by CNN Expansion, Financial Times, and Poets & Quants

February 1st, 2012 in Press Release, Rankings, School

Boston University School of Management placed 36th in a weighted composite ranking of US business schools released by Poets & Quants, an influential website providing analysis of premier global business schools. The Poets & Quants report was consistent with recent rankings by leading publications, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek and US News & World Report. The School of Management trailed only Harvard and MIT in the Boston area.

Two internationally focused business school rankings were also recently announced.

Boston University School of Management was ranked 39th in the United States and 77th internationally in the Financial Times 2012 Global MBA Rankings. This ranking is one of the most internationally diverse of all MBA rankings and is largely determined by a survey of full-time MBA alumni, which accounts for 59% of the ranking placement. The most significant component of the Financial Times ranking utilized self-reported salary information from 2008 alumni, only a partial reflection of the current environment, as our recent 2011 graduating class reported strong employment outcomes. The ranking methodology relies on self-reported alumni data, which also causes wide variations in positioning, with 1 in 4 schools experiencing double digit moves, up or down, in the 2012 ranking.

Boston University maintained a strong placement of 39th in the world in CNN Expansion’s annual ranking of Global MBA programs. This ranking takes into account various measures of student quality, faculty research, and school positioning in the Mexican market.

As the School of Management deploys wide ranging innovations in support of our strategic vision, Creating Value for the World, we expect continued positive recognition from the media, alumni, and the broader business community.


BU Management Job Placement Strong Despite Tough Economy

December 12th, 2011 in Press Release, Rankings, School

5% Gain Expected in Undergrad Placement; 6% Salary Gain for MBA Grads.

The Boston University School of Management Feld Career Center (FCC) announced continued strong employment numbers for the full-time MBA and undergraduate classes of 2011.

5% Gain Expected in Undergrad Placement; 6% Salary Gain for MBA Grads.

Jim O’Neill, Assistant Dean for the FCC, is cautiously optimistic about the economy. He reports that “87% of our full-time MBA students were employed within three months after graduation. We are seeing signs of an improving economy as more companies are visiting campus and are posting positions on our MBA CareerLink system.”

The average base salary, signing bonus, and other compensation of those responding this year totaled $102,006 (a 6% increase over the 2010 MBA class).

“Each year, the career center staff and I endeavor to exceed 90%, consistent with the placement rates of other top tier schools.”

The undergraduate news is excellent as well, O’Neill added. “We’re in the process of finalizing the undergrad employment stats which are the highest they have been in years. It appears that we will be at the 90% employment mark, 5% better than last year.”

NOTE: BU School of Management reports employment and salary data in compliance with the MBA Career Services Council Board requirements for dissemination to media that publish business school rankings.

School of Management ranked 30th in the US by The Economist

October 21st, 2011 in Press Release, Rankings, School

The EconomistBoston University School of Management has been ranked 30th in the US and 49th globally by The Economist in the 2011 Full Time MBA Ranking, an annual survey of full-time MBA programs.

The ranking is based on four factors that the Economist Intelligence Unit identifies as the primary reasons students pursue an MBA: to open new career opportunities (weighted at 35 percent); for personal development and educational experience (35 percent); to increase salary (20 percent); and to build a professional network (10 percent).

Landing the 4th position in the Diversity of Recruiters category, the School of Management’s ongoing relationship with a varied recruiter base continues to be a differentiator. Boston University also ranked 22nd  in Student Diversity and 24th in Breadth of Alumni Network.

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