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Business college moves up in ranking of M.B.A. programs

The M.B.A. program in the Terry College of Business is ranked 40th in the U.S. and 14th among public business schools in the U.S., its best placement ever among North American universities in the latest global M.B.A. survey published by The Economist.

In the 2009 Economist survey, Terry was ranked 43rd among U.S. business schools and 18th among its peer group of nationally ranked public universities.

This year’s ranking is The Economist’s ninth survey of full-time M.B.A. programs worldwide. The Terry College is ranked 87th in the new global ranking. The Economist’s ranking was based on its initial selection of 132 leading business schools around the world that were invited to take part in the magazine’s survey of schools, students and alumni.

“There are about 2,000 business schools in the United States alone,” said Robert Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College. “And there are now more than 600 M.B.A. programs in the world that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Most of those are in the United States, and all of them meet the highest standards of academic quality.

“To be considered among the top 100 schools of business in the world is significant, and to receive our highest ranking ever among public business schools is a tribute to the reputation and hard work of our faculty and students,” he added.

Editors at The Economist said they rank full-time programs “on their ability to deliver to students the things that they themselves cite as most important.”

The ranking’s methodology weights each element according to the average importance given to it by students surveyed over the past five years. These elements include furthering current career opportunities or opening new ones; personal development and educational experience; improving salaries and the potential to network.

The complete ranking and methodology are available online at