Students Give Jindal School Top Marks in 10 Subjects


Hasan Pirkul

Graduating seniors surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek helped put the Naveen Jindal School of Management undergraduate program among the nation’s top 20 in five academic disciplines and among the top 25 in five other fields.

In all, the school placed highly in 10 of the 14 subjects included in the publication’s 2012 specialty area rankings:

  • No. 4 in operations management
  • No. 14 in macro economics
  • No. 15 in information systems
  • No. 17 in business law
  • No. 19 in micro economics
  • No. 20 in marketing
  • No. 21 in corporate strategy
  • No. 21 in sustainability
  • No. 25 in accounting
  • No. 25 in quantitative methods.

JSOM student responses put four other disciplines in the top 50: No. 26 in finance; No. 31 in entrepreneurship, No. 38 in ethics and No. 43 in international business.

The results are based on Bloomberg Businessweek’s survey of more than 85,000 students at 124 business schools. The online survey garnered a 32 percent response rate.

Information systems is a specialty area new to the survey this year. It takes the place of calculus, which was removed.

Two schools, the University of Virginia and Emory University, each had 11 specialty areas that ranked in the top 25.

The Jindal School was one of five schools with 10 specialty areas in the top 25.

Adding the rankings across all 14 disciplines, JSOM had a summary score of 318, placing it fifth overall. The other top schools and their scores were: Notre Dame, 227; the University of Virginia, 229; the University of Miami, 287; and Emory, 312.

“Across a broad spectrum of subjects important to business students, we fared very well,” JSOM Dean and Caruth Chair of Management Hasan Pirkul said. “That is gratifying because we strive to deliver excellence in all courses and all programs.”

The rankings “tell it like it is to potential students,” said Marilyn Kaplan, the JSOM associate dean for undergraduate programs. “While I am glad the Class of 2012 thought well of our efforts, I hope we impress the classes to come even more.”