October 14, 2016
DALLAS (SMU) — The Cox School of Business at SMU rose 16 points in the newly released 2016 global business school rankings of The Economist magazine. The publication’s “Which MBA?” survey ranks the top 100 full-time MBA programs of the world’s business schools annually. Among U.S. schools, SMU Cox ranks No. 46. Globally, SMU Cox is ranked at No. 66, up from No. 82 in the 2015 rankings survey.
The school also receives high marks for the quality of faculty: No. 6 in the world, and student/alumni potential for business networking: No. 20 in the world. The ratio of faculty to students, the percentage of faculty members who hold PhD degrees and alumni/student opinions factored into the faculty ranking. A survey of business school alumni from the Class of 2015, which asked alumni why they decided to enroll in a full-time MBA program, resulted in the potential to network ranking.
“We are proud of the world-class business education we offer all our students,” said Al Niemi, dean of the SMU Cox School of Business. “While it’s true that ranking surveys are subjective, the fact that this one gives especially high marks to our faculty and our alumni network reaffirms our efforts to provide students with a well-rounded business school experience that will positively influence the direction of their careers.”
The survey weighs four main areas: being open to new career opportunities, personal development and educational experience, post-graduation salary increase and potential to network. In addition to measuring quantitative data from business schools, the publication conducts qualitative online surveys with business school alumni, this year from the Class of 2015, as well as each school’s most recent graduating MBA class, in this case the Class of 2016.
Each October, The Economist publishes a list of business schools ranked in its top 100. In total, 143 schools from around the world participated in the ranking survey this year. The London-based publication conducted the surveys in the spring of 2016. The complete “Which MBA?” rankings are online at www.economist.com/whichmba/full-time-mba-ranking. The magazine appears in print Friday, Oct. 14.
About SMU Cox
The Cox School of Business was originally established in 1920 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978. SMU Cox offers a full range of highly-ranked undergraduate and graduate business education programs, academic centers of excellence and an active alumni network with chapters globally.
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