August 11, 2009
By Elsie Morales
As the economic crisis looms over the business world, progressive business schools have realized that recruiting exceptional Hispanic students and other underrepresented minorities is a key establishing long-term success.
Yet progress remains slow. Hispanics may account for 14 percent of the U.S. population, but they remain grossly under-represented in MBA programs. In fact, minorities—including African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians—make up less than a combined10 percent of the students in the top 30 business schools. That makes it even more critical to recognize the schools that put a premium of drawing Hispanic students and guiding them toward success.
The business schools on this year’s listing of the nation’s leading MBA program for Hispanics do not simply reflect the schools that offer top-notch programs. This year’s listing takes into account those schools that lead in Hispanic student recruitment efforts and offer benefits and services that positively affect the not only Hispanic student population but the future of America’s marketplace.
Ranking was based on academic quality; selectivity; minority student enrollment; international curricula; and the availability of minority scholarships, professional business organizations, and multicultural student associations. Utmost consideration was given to schools with highly rated Executive MBA programs and global business opportunities.
Our selection also placed a premium on membership in such organizations as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which give access to minority scholarships a and foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development.
18. Southern Methodist University Cox School Of Business
[’08 AcceptanceRate] 35.7%
[U.S. NewsRanking] #47
Cox School has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to Latino applicants, and in the past it was named among the top MBA programs by Hispanic Trends magazine. Cox is also dedicated to making a business education attainable to all, offering 70 percent of the full-time student body with scholarships each year, including the Cox Distinguished MBA Scholars program, which awards up to 10 full-tuition scholarships. Cox’s Executive MBA is ranked 11th by BusinessWeek.
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