Part-Time MBA Program Ranked by BusinessWeek
Friday, November 11, 2011
Butler University's part-time MBA program has again been named one of the nation's best by BusinessWeek magazine. Butler claimed the 7th spot in the Midwest and 37th in the nation.
BusinessWeek began ranking part-time MBA programs in 2007. This year the list includes 76 schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is second time Butler's MBA program has been on the list.
“We are very proud to continue our national recognition by Bloomberg BusinessWeek,” said Chuck Williams, dean for Butler's College of Business. “It's an external endorsement of the quality of our faculty, our curriculum and our graduates.”
In addition to its national and regional ranking, the Butler program ranked 37th in academic quality, 34th in student satisfaction and 37th in post-MBA outcomes.
BusinessWeek's rankings are based on various measures, including a student survey, academic quality and post-MBA outcomes, as well as data on program cost, work experience, class size, tenured faculty and completion rates. Each program is given a letter grade based on feedback from the student survey. Butler's program received a “B” in teaching quality and an “A” in caliber of classmates, and was rated a “best” for career switchers.
The quality and size of the Butler MBA program has grown in recent years, as has its selectivity and average GMAT scores.
“The program is attracting more high-quality candidates than ever before,” Williams said. The average GMAT of the entering student has increased from 540 in fall 2007 to above 590 in the 2011 rankings. “This puts our GMAT scores among top 15–25 evening MBA programs in the United States.”
Despite Butler's strong position in the ranking, Williams said there is still more work to be done.
“We are continually looking at ways to improve our program by providing students with unique opportunities to combine theory and practice,” he said. “I have no doubt that our efforts, such as providing extensive leadership training, combined with an executive coach for each student, will take us to the next level.”
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