Full-Time MBA Program Moves Up Five Places in U.S. News Rankings


The Full-Time MBA program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management moved up five places in U.S. News & World Report rankings released March 17.

The Jindal School moved from No. 38 last year to tie with the University of Georgia for No. 33 overall among the Best Business Schools listed in the 2021 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Among public university full-time MBA programs, the Jindal School also tied with the University of Georgia for the No. 12 spot. Last year, JSOM tied for No. 13 among publics.

“I am so pleased with our recent jump in the U.S. News graduate school rankings, from No. 38 to No. 33 overall nationally, and from No. 13 to No. 12 among public universities,” Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair, said. “A significant part of this change came from an increase in the average salary of our Full-Time MBA graduates, who are now averaging a salary of $115,547.

“This number has been significantly trending up in the last four years — since we implemented a strategy that includes bringing more opportunities to these students. We created programming to better prepare them for the interview process, launched initiatives such as our Consulting Immersion Program to help them target a specific industry, and engaged our fantastic alums who are out there in top companies advocating for our students. I believe we have always had the smartest, most driven MBA students. Our average salary would indicate that the companies hiring our students agree.”

All 447 MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International were eligible to participate in the rankings survey, which took place last fall. Of those, 364 schools responded. U.S. News ranked 131 of the respondents, determining they had submitted enough required data to calculate their standings.

Part-Time MBA Program Rankings

In the 2021 rankings of part-time MBA programs, the Jindal School’s Professional MBA program placed at No. 19 overall, tying with Case Western Reserve University, Georgia Technological Institute and Virginia Tech. JSOM’s comparable 2020 ranking was No. 17.

However, among public university part-time MBA programs, the Jindal School moved up one spot from last year to tie for No. 9 with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

MBA Specialty Rankings

In rankings of MBA specialty subjects, the Jindal School was No. 16 in information systems. The school tied for No. 21 with Cornell University and the University of Southern California in supply chain/logistics. And JSOM tied for No. 40 in accounting with Fordham, Georgetown and Saint Louis universities and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kris Imherr

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