April 1, 2005

Smith's Part-Time MBA Program Ranked #10 in the Nation

The part-time MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is rated as the No. 10 program in the United States according to the latestU.S. News & World Report business school report. The magazines America's Best Graduate Schools 2006 Edition also places the Smith School among the nations best for its full-time MBA program and in several other business specialties, including information systems, supply chain/logistics and entrepreneurship.

The Smith Schools individual specialty rankings from the U.S. News & World Reports Americas Best Graduate Schools 2006 Edition are as follows:

  • No. 5 Information Systems
  • No. 12 Supply Chain/Logistics
  • No. 18 Entrepreneurship
  • No. 10 Part-Time MBA Program

The Smith School continues to gain recognition for innovation and leadership in business education, said Howard Frank, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Our cutting-edge research and education is squarely focused on meeting the needs of a global economy, the demands presented by the intersection of business and technology, and an emphasis on building successful entrepreneurship. As a result, the Smith School continues to attract top-quality students and faculty, and rank among the best in the nation.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings place Smith's MBA program No. 27 among all U.S. business schools. This follows the Financial Times MBA 2005 rankings, released in January 2005, which place Smiths MBA program No. 20 among all U.S. MBA programs and No. 6 among all U.S. public business schools. The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive Guide to Business Schools,published in September 2004, names the Smith School as the No. 1 choice of management consulting industry recruiters.

The Smith School is featured as a successful example for its approach to experiential learning and putting business theory into practice in an article, Is the MBA obsolete? in the America's Best Graduate Schools 2006 Edition. The article mentions the schools student-managed million-dollar investment fund and quotes Frank, when students walk out, they've gotten the analytics, but they've also put it into practice in the real world.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on an evaluation of the nation's 377 accredited master's programs in business. The overall rankings are based on surveys of deans, academic directors, and MBA recruiters; school-reported MBA job placement statistics; and school-reported student data, including GMAT scores, undergraduate GPAs, and the proportion of applicants accepted by the school. The specialty rankings are based on ratings by educators at peer schools.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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