The University of Texas at Dallas has strengthened its competitive standing among top national MBA brands as confirmed by the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings in which the Full-Time MBA program placed among the top 15 public programs in the country.
Among public university full-time MBA programs, the Jindal School placed at No.13 among the Best Business Schools listed in the rankings of the 2022 Best Graduate Schools released today.
In the overall rankings, the Jindal School moved up two places, from No. 33 last year to tie with Brigham Young University for No. 31.
“To be in the company of other premier programs like the University of California – Berkeley, the universities of Michigan and of Virginia, UCLA and UT Austin is a clear indication that our school is a highly sought destination for highly competitive students as well as top employers seeking top talent,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair.
In the two years since the 2020 rankings were posted, the Full-Time MBA program has moved up seven places in all. “Our upward climb in the rankings,” Pirkul said, “speaks to our efforts to recruit the very best students, deliver an exceptional education and connect students with top employers.”
UT Dallas is the highest-ranking program in North Texas, and only two other universities in the state are among the most highly ranked programs, including The University of Texas at Austin (No. 18 tied) and Rice University (No. 25).
Other factors reflected in the ranking demonstrate that even during the pandemic, 90% of Jindal School MBA alums were employed within three months of graduation.
“We were so gratified that even when everything about career management was different, we were able to position our students in top jobs with highly competitive salaries,” said Lisa Shatz, assistant dean of MBA Programs.
The MBA standings also include rankings of specialty subjects. Among those, three appeared for the first time this year:
• Project Management, No. 6
• Production/Operations, No. 24
• Business Analytics, No. 28 (tied).
In other specialty rankings, Information Systems moved up, from No. 16 last year to No. 13, and Supply Chain Management again tied at No. 21.
The Jindal School tied at No. 11 among public university part-time MBA programs in the 2022 rankings. It also tied with Arizona State University and Wake Forest University at No. 22 overall.
Like its Full-Time MBA counterpart, the Jindal School’s Professional (part-time) MBA — which caters to employed individuals seeking to advance their careers — was also the highest-ranked program in North Texas.
“The past year required extra stamina from everyone, but part-time students in particular,” Shatz said. “In ordinary times, they juggle jobs, family and more to make school work. Add a pandemic to that, and you should understand why I offer kudos to all those who endured.”
To arrive at the rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed all 486 colleges and universities with master’s-level business programs in the United States accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International in fall 2020 and early 2021. Of those, 364 schools responded, and U.S. News received enough data to rank 143 of the respondents.
The scoring system was comprised of:
• two quality variables — reputation among other schools and reputation among employers,
• placement success, as measured by percentages of alumni employed at graduation and three months later and by average starting salaries, and
• quality of incoming students, reflected by GRE and GMAT scores, mean undergraduate GPA and acceptance rates.
Read more about the methodology here.
— Kris Imherr