BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Full-Time MBA Program at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business solidly remained among Bloomberg Businessweek’s top 25, moving up to 22nd overall, third in the Big Ten and seventh among public institutions.
Bloomberg Businessweek evaluated 117 MBA programs worldwide and ranked 81 of them this year, based on responses to surveys completed by graduating students, recent alumni and the companies that recruited them. They rank schools based on five indexes — Compensation, Learning, Networking, Entrepreneurship, and Diversity.
The Kelley School ranked No. 2 in the Networking index, ahead of respected programs such as Harvard, Chicago Booth, Dartmouth Tuck and Northwestern Kellogg. It “gauges the quality of networks cultivated by classmates; students’ interactions with alumni; effectiveness of the career services office; quality and breadth of alumni-to-alumni interactions; and the school’s brand power, according to recruiters.”
The program also was a top 10 performer – ranking eighth overall — in the Learning index, which editors considered a measure of a school’s “core mission.” Those surveyed assess MBA programs based on “quality, depth, and range of instruction, focusing on the curriculum relative to real-world business situations; emphasis on innovation, problem-solving, and strategic thinking; mentoring and support from instructors; class size; and collaboration.”
“This year’s Bloomberg Businessweek rankings of full-time MBA programs highlights two qualities that we stress at Kelley – engagement and education,” said Ash Soni, interim dean of the Kelley School and SungKyunKwan Professor. “From their first day on campus, our students become part of a culture of collaboration that includes our global network of more than 126,000 alumni, who support one another and continue to apply the knowledge they’ve acquired through our innovative and imaginative curriculum.”
Kyle Cattani, chair of the Full-Time MBA Program, professor of operations management and Ming Mei Professor, added, “We are always pleased to be recognized as one of the top MBA programs in the world. The current rankings reflect our commitment and efforts to provide the best experience possible for our students in the classroom and beyond.”
This fall, 287 students are enrolled in the Kelley Full-Time MBA program. The program reported its highest average GMAT/GRE scores among highest ever from this year’s first-year class. The two classes include students from 28 different countries around the world.
Bloomberg Businessweek’s survey includes questions about everything from jobs to salaries, classroom learning to alumni networks. Their rankings were released on Sept. 15.