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Financial Times ranks Executive MBA program 11th among U.S. publics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Executive MBA program at the Hough Graduate School of Business in the Warrington College of Business Administration ranked 11th among U.S. public institutions in the Financial Times’ Executive MBA Rankings 2011, a global ranking of the world’s top 100 programs.

In addition, Hough’s Executive MBA program finished in the top 10 among U.S. publics in several specialty categories most notably Career Progress (second), Work Experience (fifth), Doctoral Rank (sixth) and Research Rank (seventh). Among both U.S. public and private universities, Hough’s Executive MBA program finished in the top 20 in all four specialty categories mentioned above. Overall, Hough’s Executive MBA program ranked 24th among all U.S. universities excluding consortium programs.

“The UF MBA Program is consistently recognized as a world leader in both input (faculty and students) and output (value and ROI),”said Alex Sevilla, Assistant Dean and Director of UF MBA Programs. “The 2011 Financial Times EMBA ranking is a perfect example of how premier input of talented students and accomplished and dedicated faculty translates directly to premier output of career progress for our EMBA alumni. Once again, the UF MBA delivers ROI (return on investment) in an incredibly tangible form to its EMBA students and alumni.”

The Hough Graduate School’s Executive MBA program attracts executives from Fortune 500 companies around the world for a rigorous experience designed to enhance managerial skills and impart industry knowledge necessary for leadership in today’s global business community. Participants in the program have an average GMAT score of 600 and an average of 13 years of work experience.

According to the Financial Times, Doctoral Rank was calculated according to the number of doctoral graduates from each business school during the past three years. Research Rank was calculated according to the number of faculty publications in 45 international and practitioner journals and weighted for faculty size. The Financial Times has regularly recognized the faculty of the Hough Graduate School of Business in its global rankings of traditional programs. In those rankings, the faculty of the Hough Graduate School of Business has been ranked no lower than eighth in Research Rank among U.S. public universities in the past five years.

“Attracting and retaining top-quality faculty is a guiding principle at the Hough Graduate School of Business and the Warrington College of Business Administration,” said Dr. S. Selcuk Erenguc, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. “The consistent recognition of our faculty’s significant research by the world’s top academic and financial publications validates our approach.”

Career Progress was measured by changes in level of seniority and the size of the company alumni are working in now versus before receiving their Executive MBA. Work Experience was measured by examining seniority of positions held, number of years in each position, size of company and any international work experience prior to enrolling in Executive MBA program.

The Financial Times ranked 129 schools that were internationally accredited and had an Executive MBA program, in existence for at least four consecutive years. Two sets of online surveys—one completed by the schools and the other by alumni who graduated three years ago—were used to collect data. This year, a total of 5,255 responses were submitted by alumni.