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BusinessWeek ranks Daniels nationally for its part-time MBA program

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Third ranking in 30 days


For the third time in 30 days, the Daniels College of Business graduate programs were ranked nationally for their focus on excellence. The only Colorado business school to be ranked, the Daniels Professional MBA (PMBA) program for working professionals was ranked 53rd in the country and 8th in the southwest region. Students in the PMBA program cited Daniels for excellence for addressing current business issues in the classroom; hands-on learning; connection with corporate executives; faculty experience; and the quality of their classmates. Most recently the College’s commitment and excellence in ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability were recognized by being ranked 20th in the world by the Aspen Institute in the Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking.  In October, 2009, the Daniels Executive MBA program was ranked 85th in the world by the Financial Times.

“To place this in context: there are over 3,300 business schools just in the United States, and only 555 business schools – of which Daniels is included – accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB – International),” said  Christine Riordan, Dean of the Daniels College of Business. “With this ranking, Daniels is among the top 10 percent of accredited business schools and the top 2 percent of all business schools in this country, placing us among the elite.  But while rankings are part of Daniels, what truly matters is that we continue to elevate the quality of our student experience.”

The rankings for BusinessWeek’s report, “The Best Part-Time MBA Programs,” were based on three separate measures that included a student survey, measuring student satisfaction; an academic quality score that included the average student work experience, the percentage of teachers who are tenured, average class size in core business classes, the number of business electives available to part-timers, and the percentage of students who ultimately complete the program; and a third measure of post-MBA outcomes, based on the percentage of survey respondents who say their program was “completely” responsible for them achieving their goals.


In 2008, the College celebrated its 100th anniversary. It is one of the first business colleges founded in the U.S.—a group that includes Wharton, Chicago, Berkeley, Dartmouth, New York, Wisconsin, Illinois, Harvard, Northwestern and Pittsburgh. As the eighth-oldest collegiate school of business in the country, Daniels has built a curriculum producing accountable citizens of the world who are business sharp, stakeholder savvy, and future ready. For more information, visit:

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