Texas MBA Hits All-Time High in Economist Rankings
The Texas MBA program rose to 31st globally (up from 43rd) in The Economist's 2011 full-time MBA rankings, the highest ever placement in the survey.
Among U.S. schools McCombs is 21st (up from 27th), and is 5th among U.S. public schools, also an all-time best position.
The U.S. public schools ahead of McCombs this year are Virginia (4), Berkeley (6), UCLA (27) and Michigan (30). McCombs surpassed the University of Washington (35), Indiana (39) and UNC (47).
Other Texas schools include: Rice (53, down from 41), and SMU (79, down one spot from 78).
The Economist survey calculates rankings based on four criteria: effectiveness of school to open new career opportunities (35 percent); personal development and educational experience (35 percent); increase in salary (20 percent); and potential to network (10 percent). 80 percent of the data is provided by schools; the remainder comes from recent graduates.
McCombs fared well in all categories, improving in three of four from 2010. Specific areas of improvement included number of jobs three months post-graduation; those found through Career Services; higher GMAT, percentage of foreign and female students; student ratings of faculty, culture, and classmates; post-MBA salary
and student rating of the alumni network.