U.S. News & World Report Rankings Places Jindal School Among Nation’s Elite


The UT Dallas MBA Program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management ranks among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Business Schools rankings released March 14.

The Jindal School stands at No. 20 in the Part-Time MBA program rankings, placing it among the top 5 percent of business schools. The school has the second-highest ranking in Texas, behind only The University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin, No. 10, ranked ahead of Rice University, which stands at No. 24. Among all public schools, JSOM tied with the University of Florida at No. 13.

In the rankings of full-time MBA programs, the Jindal School tied with Texas A&M’s Mays Business School at No. 38. That puts JSOM in the top 8 percent of public and private business schools nationwide. The only other Texas schools to rank higher were UT Austin at No. 17 and Rice University at No. 29. Among its public school peers across the nation, JSOM ranked No. 16.

Hasan Pirkul U.S. News & World Report Rankings Places Jindal School Among Nation’s Elite
Jindal School Dean Hasan Pirkul

“These rankings underscore what we already know,” Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair, said. “Our MBA programs provide our students with a top-notch education that is consistent with what top employers expect.”

At No. 16, the Jindal School also stands out this year in the Information Systems specialty ranking. The only other Texas school in the ranking was UT Austin, which ranked at No. 3.

Deans and MBA program directors from the list of schools surveyed voted to determine the specialty rankings. They were asked to rank up to 10 programs for excellence.

“I’m glad to see our school compared so favorably to other top business schools,” said the Jindal School’s senior associate dean, Dr. Monica Powell, who is in charge of graduate programs. I’m especially delighted to see our part-time MBA program move up six places. As for the specialty rankings, being ranked again proves that our peers are taking notice of our efforts.”

The Jindal School places at No. 20 in this year’s Production/Operations MBA specialty ranking. The only other Texas school to rank higher was UT Austin, which placed at No. 13.

To compile the rankings, U.S. News & World Report sent surveys the 471 MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Of those, 377 responded, and 131 provided enough information to be ranked.

Rankings methodology took into account several indicators, including quality assessment from peers and recruiters; placement success, which included mean starting salary and employment rates; and student selectivity, which included mean GRE and GMAT scores, mean undergraduate GPA and acceptance rate.

Jimmie R. Markham


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