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March 1, 2017

W. P. Carey rises 10 spots in national business school rankings

U.S. News & World Report annual list
March 14, 2017 (Tempe) - New national rankings are out for MBA programs, W. P. Carey secured a top 25 spot by U.S. News and World Report for its full-time MBA program. This is a ten-spot improvement for Arizona State University’s business school over last year’s No. 35 ranking.

Movement like this within the Top 30 schools is significant and rare, according to Amy Hillman W. P. Carey School of Business dean.

“This ranking reflects a lot of hard work from our faculty, staff, and students, and it speaks to our efforts to constantly evaluate our programs and find ways to improve the education we provide,” says Hillman. “Each day, we see the impact of helping students realize their potential and their dreams — no matter their background or financial situation — and being ranked top 25 is a testament to that.”

Dean Hillman credits the ten-point jump in rankings to the Forward Focus MBA scholarship program. Also, the rate of employment jumped to 95 percent three months after graduation, up from 91 percent last year.

Best ranking for any Arizona school

W. P. Carey’s program enrollment is the smallest in the entire Top 25, offering more individualized attention.

Out-of-state tuition is the least expensive in the Top 25.

Eller College of Management on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson ranks No. 49. The starting salary for U-of-A MBA graduates is $99,539 compared to $116,575 that W. P. Carey graduates earn on average.

On the part-time MBA programs list, W. P. Carey boosts it’s standing by six spots, No. 33 nationwide. On the ‘specialties’ list, the Supply Chain Management program improves a spot, coming in at No. 3, and No. 18 for Production/Operations. The Accounting program ranks No. 28, Information Systems is ranked No. 13, and the Management program comes in at No. 19, a four-spot improvement.

U.S. News and World Report is perhaps the most well-known and prestigious rankings for business schools nationwide. The 2018 rankings are based on academic reputation among peer business school administrators, and corporate recruiters who hire MBA graduates. Job placement success, average starting salary, and MBA applicant test scores were also weighed.

Other recent high rankings for the W. P. Carey School of Business, according to U.S. News & World Report:

• No. 5 online MBA program in the nation

• No. 3 online graduate program (non-MBA)

• No. 27 best undergraduate business program

About the W. P. Carey School of Business:

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and include over 50 National Merit Scholars.

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