Naveen Jindal School of Management Climbs in Rankings

Hasan Pirkul
The Naveen Jindal School of Management continues to make gains in its position as one of the nation’s foremost public business schools, as shown in the recent U.S. News & World Report annual “2013 Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

The full-time program is ranked No. 37, tying with Boston College, Boston University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Rochester. Last year, the full-time program was No. 40.

The increases were more dramatic when the rankings were broken out to include only public universities. The Full-Time MBA program jumped five spots to its new ranking at No. 12, tying with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Professional (Part-Time) MBA program climbed significantly to No. 13, an increase of seven places from its previous spot of No. 20.

UT Dallas’ full-time program was ranked fourth in the state, behind only UT Austin, Rice and Texas A&M Universities.

“I am happy that we are being recognized and are gaining increased visibility for our academic programs, which are taught by talented and distinguished faculty members,” Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean of the Jindal School of Management and Caruth Chair of Management, said. “The rankings show we are committed to achieving academic excellence and delivering a high-quality education. They demonstrate that we are serious about equipping our graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the business world.”

The jump two places to No. 34 further solidifies the Professional MBA program’s position among the nation’s top part-time schools.

“In the Jindal School, we have placed tremendous effort toward attracting top students, providing them a first-rate experience and helping them obtain the best and highest paid positions,” Associate Dean Monica Powell said. “By focusing on these issues, we have gained a more prominent place in the rankings of both public and private schools.”

The Management Information Systems program maintained its spot at No. 19 among public and private universities.

U.S. News & World Report computes its rankings of full-time programs using indicators such as peer-assessment scores, quality assessment, recruiter-assessment scores, acceptance rates, students’ GPAs and GMAT scores, placement success, average starting salary and bonus, the percentage of students employed at graduation and their average starting salaries. The publication surveyed 441 MBA programs.

The publication changed its methodology for the Part-Time MBA ranking. Previously, the ranking was based solely on peer assessment. This year, the ranking was based on the following factors: peer assessment, average GMAT scores, undergraduate GPA averages, percentage of part-time MBA enrollment compared to all other MBA enrollment, and average months of work experience.