For the fourth year in a row, Xavier University’s Williams College of Business’ part-time MBA program is ranked one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings released today list Xavier’s program as 14th and the only part-time MBA program in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky in the top 15.
The University is ranked along with schools such as New York University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. Last year, Xavier’s program was ranked 16th.
The ranking is part of U.S. News’ America’s Best Graduate Schools 2010. The annual survey is available on newsstands May 1 and covers graduate schools in such areas as business, law and medicine. This is the fourth year the graduate business school rankings have included part-time MBA programs.
“The MBA program keeps improving every year and receives higher recognition and rankings,” said Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. “Not only do we have excellent students, but we have an outstanding faculty who provide world-class education in the classrooms.”
"It is wonderful to see the efforts of the Williams College of Business faculty and staff recognized in this manner,” said Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “The strong growth the college has experienced in the past few years is testament to the Xavier experience and reinforces that we are doing our best on behalf of our students.”
The college’s part-time MBA program, in its 43rd year, is offered in several formats—the evening program, the weekend program, the Executive MBA and at three off-site locations. It is the largest part-time accredited program in Ohio. Students in the core evening program can complete their studies in about three years. The evening program allows for flexible course schedules, which many working professionals appreciate for its convenience. Students in the weekend, executive and off-site programs usually complete their degrees in two years.
“Our faculty’s commitment to providing students with an outstanding education has long been the strength of our MBA program,” said Raghu Tadepalli, dean of the Graduate School of Business. “They go out of their way to help students succeed. The students themselves know this and appreciate it. In our five-year alumni survey, 93 percent said they would recommend the Williams MBA to their colleagues.”