Williams College of Business Recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek"s Specialty Rankings

May 13, 2010

Xavier University’s Williams College of Business (WCB) has placed within the top 30 in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s annual ranking of business specialties.


Xavier’s Marketing and Business Law programs each ranked 28th in the nation and Xavier ranked 10th in the nation for Business Ethics.


“I am gratified that the hard work of our faculty members in the classrooms, and their dedication to teaching the students the latest in all areas of Business education, is being recognized nationally,” says Ali Malekzadeh, Dean of the Williams College of Business.  “We are especially gratified that we received recognition as a Top 10 program in Business Ethics.  The generosity of the Farmer Family towards Xavier University and the Cintas Institute, has allowed our faculty to excel in this area which is so important to our Jesuit mission.”


The Cintas Institute for Business Ethics at Xavier was created as an outgrowth of the WCB’s Strategic Plan. The Institute helps the faculty of the WCB increase their exposure to and confidence in the areas of business ethics and social responsibility. It also enables graduate and undergraduate students to have increased moral courage to do “the hard right as opposed to the easy wrong.”


As part of its annual ranking of the top undergraduate business programs, Bloomberg Businessweek asked senior business students from 139 participating schools to assign grades of A to F to their business programs in 12 specialty areas: quantitative methods, operations management, ethics, sustainability, calculus, microeconomics, macroeconomics, accounting, financial management, marketing management, business law, and corporate strategy.


Using those grades, scores were calculated for each ranked school in each area. Along with sustainability, students in the Class of 2010 are more concerned about ethics than graduates of past years. Most of the programs thriving in this category have a religious affiliation, including Loyola University-Chicago, Xavier University's Williams College of Business, and Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management.


Xavier University’s Williams College of Business (WCB) part-time MBA programs were also recently recognized as among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report


Xavier is noted on several graduate school lists:


  • 17th in Executive MBA and ranked with such schools as Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, UCLA, and Stanford. 
  • 24th in International Business, and ranked with Thunderbird, Wharton, Harvard, and MIT.
  • 23rd in Finance, tied with Ohio State and ranked with such schools as Wharton, Chicago, Columbia, and Cornell. 
  • 20th in Management, tied with Illinois. Other schools on this list include Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, and Wharton.