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The Economist: UF MBA ranks among nation’s top 10 public full-time programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business made the greatest improvement among U.S. programs in The Economist’s 2016 “Which MBA” full-time rankings, and is now ranked as the No. 10 program among U.S. publics.

UF MBA climbed 18 places from last year’s rankings—only WHU’s Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany) had a greater improvement (21 places)—and is now ranked 40th in the world. UF MBA, which moved up 22 places in 2015, also ranks 27th among all U.S. programs.

“Our continued progress in these rankings is a testament to the diligent work of our talented faculty and staff, and the passion and quality of our students and alumni,” said John Gresley, Assistant Dean and Director of UF MBA Programs. “This recognition is inspiring, and reinforces our commitment to provide an immersive and enriching MBA experience.”

The Economist’s full-time rankings are based on surveys sent to eligible programs and thousands of MBA students and graduates around the world. The programs are judged on four major categories: Open New Career Opportunities (35 percent weighted), Personal Development/Education Experience (35%), Increase in Salary (20%), and Potential to Network (10%).

UF MBA ranked 17th in the world in Open New Career Opportunities—a 35-place improvement from 2015. That impressive metric was buoyed by UF MBA ranking second in the world in “Student Assessment of Career Service,” which asks students if their career services experience met their needs. In 2015, UF MBA celebrated one of its most successful career placement years in program history in employment rate at graduation (85.1%), three months after graduation (95.7%), and starting compensation ($109,171).

UF MBA also ranked ninth in the world in faculty quality, which measures faculty-to-student ratio, percentage of full-time faculty with Ph.D.’s, and faculty ratings by students.

About UF MBA

Offering a progressive curriculum and delivering cutting-edge concepts in areas of greatest demand from employers, UF MBA provides an unmatched educational experience.  UF MBA offers three full-time options, and six part-time options within its Executive, Online and Professional programs.