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UF MBA makes significant climb in The Economist’s full-time rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business ascended 22 positions in The Economist’s “Which MBA?” full-time rankings released Thursday.

Thanks to its 22-place gain—the largest by any school in this ranking—UF MBA is ranked 58th in the world after finishing 80th in The Economist’s 2014 rankings.

UF MBA is now ranked 36th among U.S. programs, and 16th among U.S. public programs.

The Economist’s full-time rankings are based on surveys sent to eligible programs and more than 15,000 MBA students and graduates around the world. The programs are judged on four major categories: Open New Career Opportunities, Personal Development/Education Experience, Increase in Salary, and Potential to Network.

UF MBA improved by an average of 21 spots in those categories, led by a 27-place improvement in Potential to Network—which measures students’ assessment of the program’s alumni network among other factors. UF MBA now ranks in or near the top half in Potential to Network (44th), Personal Development/Education Experience (50th) and Open New Career Opportunities (52nd) among global full-time programs.

“The dedication of our talented faculty, incredible staff, and, most importantly, the quality of our exceptional students, were vital to this impressive progress,” said Dr. Alex Sevilla, Assistant Dean and Director of UF MBA Programs. “Our career placement rates and first-year salaries are at all-time highs, and our alumni are making meaningful impacts at the world’s top companies.”

UF MBA also scored extremely well in two important categories. UF MBA ranked No. 5 in the world in Student Assessment of Career Service, which asks students if their career services experience met their expectations and needs. Also, UF MBA and the Hough Graduate School of Business ranked 13th in the world in Faculty Quality.

“We take pride in providing our students access to influential thought leaders and expert career coaches who are the best in the business,” said Sevilla, “and it’s incredibly validating to see our students so satisfied with their experiences.”

This year, UF MBA has been recognized multiple times for its program excellence by elite business publications. Most recently, Forbes named UF MBA one of the nation’s top 50 MBA programs based heavily on UF MBA’s favorable Return on Investment. Also,

• UF MBA’s Full-Time Program was ranked 16th among U.S. public programs in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2016” edition.
• UF MBA’s Executive Program was No. 8 among U.S. publics—excluding joint programs—in The Economist’s “Which MBA?” Executive MBA Rankings 2015.
• UF MBA’s Online Program ranked No. 3 in the world according to the Financial Times in 2015.

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.