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Part-time MBA Ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

Massey School’s professional MBA No. 59 in the U.S. and No. 12 in the South

massey hoodingBelmont University announced today that its part-time MBA program has achieved a Top 60 national ranking in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2013 report on “Top Part-Time MBA programs.” Belmont’s Massey School program ranked No. 59 in the U.S. and just behind such notables as Pepperdine University (No. 50), Case Western University (No. 53) and the University of Maryland (No. 56). In its region, Belmont was ranked 12th, joining other highly-ranked notables in the South, including Emory University and Wake Forest University.

Nationally, Carnegie Mellon University was ranked No. 1, while UC-Berkeley, SMU, UCLA and Elon rounded out the top five.  Bloomberg BusinessWeek began ranking part-time MBA programs in 2007 in an effort to recognize the best MBA programs designed specifically for working professionals.  Belmont first made the prestigious list in 2009, and has since appeared in each rankings issue.

“The student satisfaction rankings and teaching quality metrics indicate that our Massey professors are doing an outstanding job in delivering a high-quality MBA program,” said Dr. J. Patrick Raines, dean of Belmont’s College of Business Administration. “And to be in the company of this group of national peers is simply tremendous.”

Massey School Associate Dean Dr. Joe Alexander added, “Furthermore, for our business community and employers who long ago embraced Mr. Massey’s vision of a flexible, high-quality part-time MBA program for Nashville, the fact that we are again nationally-ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek signifies we have solidified our position on the national stage.”

BusinessWeek uses a highly comprehensive methodology for its rankings calculations that includes measures of student satisfaction, academic quality and post-graduation outcomes. The magazine surveyed part-time MBA students at all participating schools, including those who had recently graduated or were nearing graduation. To assess academic quality, consideration was given to six equally weighted measures, including average GMAT score, average student work experience, the percentage of teachers who are tenured, average class size in core business classes, the number of electives available and the percentage of students who ultimately graduate. As for post-graduation outcomes, BusinessWeek determined the percentage of respondents from each school who reported their part-time MBA program was “completely” responsible for them achieving their career goals.

The BusinessWeek report singled out Belmont for highest marks in “teaching quality” and “curriculum.”  The Nashville-based program was ranked 47th in the U.S. in overall academic quality.

“This recognition reinforces the quality of a Belmont education,” said Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns. “The Massey School is delivering on its commitment to students and fulfilling Belmont’s mission to provide an academically challenging education that will empower our students to engage and transform the world.”

BusinessWeek’s complete rankings of the “Best Part-Time MBA Programs” is available online  and includes expanded content, including the full rankings methodology, interactive tables, in-depth profiles and a discussion forum.

About The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business
The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business offers high-quality graduate business programs designed for working and aspiring professionals looking to advance or switch careers.  The curriculum is designed to provide challenging, yet practical content in a flexible format.  Programs are designed to stimulate critical thinking and creative problem solving while encouraging strong communication skills and a solid framework for ethical business decision-making. In addition to core coverage in business administration and accounting, the curriculum is uniquely structured around the themes of entrepreneurship and ethical decision-making across the global economy.  All students complete a brief international study-abroad experience as part of their studies.  For more information, go to:

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