UF MBA, Hough Graduate School of Business ranks in top 20

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Hough Graduate School of Business ranked 20th among U.S. public business schools in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “2012 Best U.S. Business Schools” rankings.

“The rankings clearly reflect the high quality of our students and significant intellectual contributions of our faculty in their respective fields,” said Dr. S. Selcuk Erenguc, Susan Ivey Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings are based on surveys of full-time MBA graduates from 2008, 2010 and 2012 (45 percent), surveys of corporate recruiters from those same years (45 percent) and faculty research productivity (intellectual capital) over a five-year period in top 20 academic journals (10 percent). UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business ranked 13th among publics in intellectual capital, 19th among publics by corporate recruiters and 21st among publics by students.

Overall, UF MBA ranked 48th nationally, and was the only school from the state of Florida included in these rankings.

“It is rewarding to have our full-time MBA program be recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the very best in the nation,” said Alex Sevilla, Assistant Dean and Director of UF MBA Programs. “Our highly-selective, highly-personalized approach yields an exceptional MBA learning environment that is enthusiastically endorsed by both students and corporate recruiters.”

Among the factors positioning UF MBA so prominently in Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings was its selectivity, student placement and faculty strength. UF MBA’s average GMAT score was 695, which was higher than some programs ranked in the overall top 20. Also, according to the rankings, 88 percent of Traditional graduates received a job offer within three months after graduation. In addition, the Hough Graduate School’s faculty has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s best. In 2011, the Hough Graduate School’s faculty ranked third among global universities according to The Economist.