Carlson School of Management ranks tenth in national poll
What: Carlson School of Management ranks tenth in national poll
Contacts: Cyndy Hanson, Carlson School of Management, (612) 626-0556
Catherine Peloquin, University News Service, (612) 624-8038
(04/04/2003) —The Carlson School of Management's Part-Time M.B.A. Program has made U.S. News and World Report's top ten list of best business specialty programs in the nation. The program ranked tenth on this list of top picks of business school deans and M.B.A. directors, up from last year's 11th place ranking. The list is part of the publication's America's Best Graduate Schools rankings, which hits the newsstands on Monday.
"This excellent news shows that our efforts to enhance student services are paying off," said Kathryn Carlson, Associate Dean and Director of the Carlson School's Part-Time and Executive MBA Programs. "These students are spreading the word about the quality of the program and the great experience they have when they get here, and our national reputation is growing. I am delighted that this highly ranked and expanding program will make our business community even stronger."
The Carlson School's Full-Time M.B.A. Program ranked 26th in this year's rankings after a two-way tie for 24th place ranking between Georgetown and Purdue Universities. The school's Full-Time M.B.A. program ranked 24th in last year's U.S.News and World Report rankings. The school's Executive M.B.A. program maintained its 16th place ranking of 2002, tying with the University of Washington.
"Our continued high placement solidifies our position as a top-ranked business school," said Dean Larry Benveniste. "I am confident that all the things we have put in place, like our Graduate Business Career Center, which achieved a student job placement rate of fifth nationwide and exceptional salaries compared with the rest of the country, will reap even greater rewards for us in the future."
The Carlson School is gearing many of its efforts, including a focused investment in faculty and new student-run enterprises in consulting, venture capital and business start-up, funds management, and brand management, to growing the school's national reputation.
For its rankings of full-time programs, U.S. News and World Report surveyed all 365 United States accredited master's programs in business. Business school deans and directors were asked to rate programs, as were corporate recruiters. Schools were evaluated based on their perceived quality; their success in terms of graduate placement and salaries; and student undergraduate GPA and GMAT scores.
The school's Management Information Systems (MIS) program, ranked every year by U.S.News and World Report, maintained its 5th place ranking from 2002. Close employment connections with national and regional firms and graduates who produce leading research at top business schools were attributed as factors in the program's continued high ranking by program director Rob Kauffman.
The school's Health Services Administration Program, ranked every three years, ranked 5th this year, from its 4th place ranking in 2001. The program ranked third of those Health Services Administration programs located at business schools, behind Wharton and Kellogg.
The school's Production/Operations program was ranked at 22nd. The school's rankings in publications such as U.S.News and World Report are seen as key in attracting the best students and faculty from around the country.
Founded in 1919, the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management is one of the nation's top schools of business. Its mission is to provide the highest quality education for present and future business and academic leaders, and advance the understanding and practice of management through research and outreach. The school, accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, has more than 3,500 students and 40,000 alumni throughout the world.