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Rankings Strength Balanced with a Focus on Social Value

Whether you love them or hate them, business school rankings provide one viewpoint in time (actually, more of a slice of a viewpoint) useful in measuring how your school compares to other programs. This year, the McCombs rankings view will make a Longhorn proud. As an added bonus our recent showing in an Aspen Institute survey confirms that our push for excellence isn’t at the cost of social stewardship.

Some highlights:

Accounting programs continue reign as first in the country. McCombs made another clean sweep across all the major accounting rankings. The Texas accounting program took the No. 1 position in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 ranking of undergraduate programs (for the sixth year in a row) and graduate programs (for the fifth year in a row). And we are No. 1 in all four of the Public Accounting Report’s rankings: undergraduate, graduate, doctoral teaching, and doctoral research. Placement rates for the MPA program are at 93 percent, with more than 100 different employers.

Undergraduate majors rank second only to Wharton. Not only does McCombs consistently fare well in individual undergraduate program rankings, it is also strong across the board. McCombs is top 10 in almost all the majors ranked in U.S. News and World Report, from accounting, marketing, and MIS, through finance, entrepreneurship, and production/operations. In the last three rankings, McCombs was second only to Wharton in the number of top-10 ranked majors.

Financial Times chartOne of the top MBA programs in the country. In U.S. News and World Report (2011), McCombs currently ranks No. 17 in the nation; among public schools, McCombs has consistently been ranked in the top five for the past seven years. We’ve also been ranked in the top 10 for the past nine years among public schools according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and both The Economist and Financial Times have ranked McCombs among the top eight U.S. public schools for the last three years.

Second for Hispanic MBAs in 2011. McCombs has ranked in the top-four MBA programs in the country for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for the last 12 years; six of those years we ranked first or second.

We’ve got one of the top working professional graduate business programs. For the last two years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Texas Evening MBA program as the seventh-best program in the nation.

Executive MBA consistently ranks high. McCombs has held a top-18 rank among EMBA programs for the past nine years by U.S. News and World Report; among public schools, we have been ranked in the top six for the past seven years. Financial Times has ranked McCombs’ EMBA among the top 19 U.S. schools (top seven U.S. public schools) for the last nine years.

McCombs rises to No. 8 in graduate entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur Magazine just released its ninth annual rankings of entrepreneurship programs across the country, listing the top-25 for both undergraduate and graduate programs. McCombs rose one rank to number eight for graduate programs, and fourth nationwide among public schools. Other Texas schools in the graduate ranking include Rice University (no. 9) and the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship (no. 13).

New showing reveals a growing commitment to social stewardship. In its first year to participate in Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ global, full-time MBA ranking, McCombs landed in the top third of 100 ranked schools, no. 28 globally, ninth among U.S. public schools. The ranking recognizes schools that are preparing students in social, ethical and environmental stewardship.

Congrats to Associate Dean Eric Hirst and his team for cultivating a program emphasizing long-term societal benefits.

For the first time in many decades, a new department was created at McCombs—Business, Government and Society. In the past year, the department has introduced two new concentrations into the MBA curriculum: “Public and Governmental Affairs,” and “Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.”

A new MBA student organization, BIGS (Business, Industry and Government Society), shines light on public policy’s impact on business, the CleanTech Group promotes an economically viable, sustainable energy future through technology innovations, and Net Impact, with 240 chapters around the country, is one of the venerable social stewardship student groups.

We’re fortunate to have students, faculty and program leaders who understand that with leadership comes responsibility, and business excellence has a conscience.

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