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Bloomberg Businessweek ranks SMU Cox #12
for its prestigious full-time MBA Program

SMU Cox is ranked in top 15 for all graduate programs

November 11, 2010

Dallas (SMU) — SMU's Edwin L. Cox School of Business is delighted to announce that its full-time MBA program has been ranked #12 among business schools in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek, up from #18 in the publication’s last ranking (in 2008) of full-time programs.

Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist UniversityTo compile the ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed MBAs from the graduating class of 2010 and the recruiters who hire them.  The MBA surveys and the recruiter polls each contribute 45% to the final ranking, with an intellectual-capital ranking contributing the final 10%. Additional information on methodology is below.

Cox graduates gave the faculty an A+ for teaching and an A for career services.  Recruiters gave the 2010 grads an A+ for analytical skills and an A+ for general management skills.

This ranking solidifies the Cox School’s ranking among the top 15 for all of its graduate programs. Bloomberg Businessweek also ranks Cox #9 and #15 worldwide for its EMBA and PMBA programs, respectively. 

This ranking comes on the heels of other good news for the Cox School. This fall the Economist ranked the Cox full-time MBA program #13 in the world for the international breadth of its alumni network.  The Economist ranked Cox among the top 15 schools in the world for potential to network, alumni effectiveness and faculty quality.  Also this fall, the Financial Times ranked the Cox EMBA program #6 in the world for its entrepreneurship program and #3 in the world for finance.

“Our students and recruiters have spoken, and the Cox School has again received glowing recognition,” said Albert W. Niemi Jr., dean of the Cox School. “Having a top-ranked MBA program begins with an outstanding faculty and offering admission to students with strong academic and professional backgrounds.  However, regardless of the continual ebb and flow of the rankings, the Cox School continues to place the greatest emphasis on providing a classroom environment that allows our students to learn not just from our tremendous faculty but also from each other.”

“We are so proud of our 2010 graduates and our Career Management Center for offering tireless, one-on-one guidance and counseling in a very difficult economy,” said Marci Armstrong, associate dean of graduate programs.  “Our small, private school environment offers a highly-personalized experience for students and recruiters, and we are honored to have earned this recognition.” 

About the Methodology  

Since 1988, BusinessWeek has published a biennial ranking of full-time MBA programs.  The ranking is based on three elements: a survey of newly minted MBAs, a poll of corporate recruiters, and an evaluation of faculty research output. The MBA survey, which measures satisfaction with all aspects of the B-school experience, is combined with two previous MBA surveys, for a total pool of more than 20,000 responses over six years. The corporate poll, which asks recruiters to identify the schools that produce the best graduates, is also combined with two previous recruiter surveys, for a total of nearly 700 responses. Finally, BusinessWeek tallies the number of articles published by each school’s faculty in 20 top journals and reviews of their books in three national publications. The total for faculty size is then adjusted and an intellectual-capital rating is assigned for each school. The MBA surveys and the recruiter polls each contribute 45% to the final ranking, with the intellectual-capital ranking contributing the final 10%.

“The Best B-Schools” is featured in the November 11, 2010 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek and online at www.businessweek.com/bschools .

About SMU Cox

SMU’s Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs, including BBA, full-time MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Management (MSM) and Executive Education. The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, ranging from its Business Leadership Center (BLC), Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Maguire Energy Institute and American Airlines Global Leadership Program (AAGLP) to its Associate Board executive mentoring program and an international alumni network with chapters in more than 20 countries.

SMU Cox is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by major publications, including BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report.

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