College Park, Md. – November 15, 2012 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business offers one of the best MBA programs in the nation and ranks No. 2 for the quality of its teachers, its career services and overall student satisfaction, according to a ranking published today by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. The Smith School ranks No. 24 in the nation and No. 9 among public universities.
“We’re so pleased to see our commitment to our students and our investments in our programs recognized with this ranking,” said G. “Anand” Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “We have been focused on strengthening the learning experience for our students. We have some of the best researchers in the world who truly excel at translating their work in the classroom for our students. And we’ve made significant investments to transform our career services offerings to help our students develop as strong leaders.”
Students rated the Smith School “A+” across the board for career services offerings, the quality of teachers, leadership skills they acquired in the program and the caliber of their classmates.
The Smith School completed a multimillion-dollar revamp of its Office of Career Services in fall 2011, introducing a host of new student programs and a state-of-the-art physical space for interviews that have attracted many additional employers to campus. The office’s innovative offerings include a series of improvisation workshops led by a Broadway actor and soft-skills leadership training.
The MBA student experience is a top priority for the school, both in the classroom and through the six-credit, required Smith Experience program. Renowned researchers serve not only as top teachers, but as mentors and leaders for the experiential learning program’s consulting projects and global study trips.
The Bloomberg Businessweek rankings published November 15, 2012. The list appears every two years and is based on three main sources of data: a survey of MBA students, a survey of corporate recruiters, and an intellectual capital rating. The surveys are conducted online and ask students to rate their programs on teaching quality, career services, alumni network and recruiting efforts, among other things. The recruiter survey asks companies to rank top schools from which they recruit and hire MBAs. The intellectual capital score is determined by the number of faculty books published and articles published in the top 20 academic journals in the past five years. The magazine also evaluates programs on a range of statistical information submitted by the schools.