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UF MBA continues impressive ascent in Bloomberg Businessweek rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business’s Full-Time and MBA for Professionals Programs soared considerably in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2015 MBA Rankings released Tuesday.

UF MBA’s Full-Time Program improved seven spots to No. 41 in the nation, and 16th among U.S. public MBA programs. The MBA for Professionals Program, which includes Executive, Online and Professional offerings, advanced 12 positions to 29th in the nation, and No. 10 among U.S. publics.

Bloomberg Businessweek previously ranked schools on three measures—company recruiter assessment (45 percent), graduating MBA student assessment (45%) and faculty research productivity in esteemed journals (10%).

In 2015, Bloomberg Businessweek measured five categories: Company recruiter assessment (35%), alumni survey from the classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009 (30%), student survey from the Class of 2015 (15%), career placement rate (10%) and first-year salary (10%). The organization surveyed more than 13,150 current students, 18,540 alumni and 1,460 recruiters across 177 business schools resulting in the organization’s “deepest and broadest set of data ever.”

“Our placement in this ranking is extremely gratifying, especially considering the breadth and depth of students, alumni and recruiters surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek,” said Dr. Alex Sevilla, Assistant Dean and Director of UF MBA Programs. “That our students and alumni are fulfilled by their UF MBA experience, and recruiters from the world’s top companies continually select our talent, is a powerful endorsement of our team’s efforts.”

UF MBA’s Full-Time Program fared especially well in the career placement rate category, where it ranked 19th in the U.S., and 11th among U.S. public MBA programs. In 2014-15, 96% of UF MBA students had secured full-time employment within three months of graduation.

The part-time rankings were composed of two metrics—Student Survey (50%) and Alumni Survey (50%)—and the MBA for Professionals Program ranked favorably in both. UF MBA ranked eighth in the alumni survey and 15th in the student survey among U.S. public programs.

UF MBA’s impressive showing in Bloomberg Businessweek comes only five days after the program was celebrated for a 22-place improvement in The Economist’s “Which MBA?” full-time rankings—where UF MBA’s Full-Time Program ranks 58th in the world, and 16th among U.S. public programs.

In addition to Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist, UF MBA’s program quality has been recognized by other top business publications including…

• Forbes, which named UF MBA one of the nation’s top 50 MBA programs based heavily on the program’s favorable Return on Investment.
• U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UF MBA’s Full-Time Program 16th among U.S. publics in its “Best Graduate Schools 2016” edition.
• Financial Times, which ranked UF MBA’s Online Program No. 3 in the world in its 2015 Online MBA Rankings.

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.