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Ross Ranks Among BusinessWeek's Best MBA Programs

11/11/2010 --

The school is featured in the Top 10 for the 12th straight time in the biennial rankings.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Once again, Bloomberg BusinessWeek rates the Ross School of Business among the Top 10 MBA programs in the nation. The school is ranked No. 7.

Ross is one of only four business schools to crack the Top 10 all 12 times that BusinessWeek has conducted its biennial rankings, never ranking lower than eighth. The others are Harvard, Wharton and Kellogg, which finished Nos. 2, 3, and 4, respectively, in the current rankings. Even No. 1 Chicago cannot make that claim.

"We are happy to be once again ranked as one of the best MBA programs in the country by BusinessWeek," says Dean Robert J. Dolan. "We believe we have a very distinctive program with its focus on action-based learning and we continue to strive to be the very best program of this type."

The major difference between BusinessWeek's rankings and those of other publications is its emphasis on student surveys. Forty-five percent of a school's score is based on surveys of MBA alumni from the classes of 2010, 2008, and 2006. Students gave career services at Ross an "A."

Recruiting companies (nearly 700 responses from firms in 2010, 2008, and 2006), whose ratings also account for 45 percent of a school's score, gave Ross graduates an "A+" for both analytical skills and general management skills. "Michigan is quite strong," says BusinessWeek staff editor Geoff Gloeckler. "(Ross) ranks No. 5 overall in the eyes of employers."

In addition to student and recruiter surveys, BusinessWeek considers the number of faculty publications in 20 top academic journals, which makes up 10 percent of a school's score.

BusinessWeek also rates schools in specialty areas, in which Ross usually fares well. Those rankings won't be released, however, until December or January.

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For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847, bernied@umich.edu