March 20, 2018

Nebraska MBA program surges to top-20 ranking

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Master of Business Administration ranks 20th nationally in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report evaluations of graduate school programs. The rankings were announced March 20.

Although students can attend classes on a full-time basis, Nebraska’s MBA is considered a part-time program because it is designed to accommodate people in the work force who want an advanced degree. This new rating is a significant leap from last year’s 66th place. It also places Nebraska’s MBA program seventh among Big Ten institutions and 13th among public universities.

“This recognition is another indicator of the College of Business’s momentum in the marketplace and a testament to the high-quality students who choose to join our part-time MBA program,” said Jake Messersmith, executive director of graduate programs and associate professor of management. “We’re grateful for their contributions and for the faculty and staff that work diligently to provide our campus-based students with an engaging and relevant academic experience.”

The MBA program is one of nine Nebraska business, education, engineering and law programs ranked in the latest U.S. News poll. Engineering’s biological/agricultural engineering specialty program ranked 10th in the nation. Nebraska’s graduate program in education was ranked 40th in the nation, moving up three spots from its previous ranking. Other ranked graduate programs include education, engineering and several engineering specialties, law, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics.

U.S. News changed its methodology this year in a way that better reflects the strengths of Nebraska’s MBA program. The ranking is based on three basic factors — peer assessments, characteristics of entering students and proportion of students who are part-time relative to full-time. The 2019 rankings gave considerably more weight to undergraduate grade point averages of students in the graduate program.

U.S. News surveyed 301 eligible part-time MBA programs and ranked 279 that submitted enough data to be listed.

“We made a jump in our peer reputation this year and also benefited from having a strong entering class, based upon undergraduate performance, standardized test scores and work experience,” Messersmith said. “We do not offer a traditional full-time program, which means that our focus is trained on providing a quality experience to our part-time and online students.”