The MBA program at the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend, is ranked for the first time by Bloomberg Businessweek. The program is ranked 15th in the Midwest and 68th in the country in the part-time MBA programs category.
Seventy-eight schools made the listing.
In the Midwest rankings, the Leighton School placed above University of Wisconsin -Madison and Marquette University.
The Bloomberg Businessweek rankings are based on a survey of recent graduates, an academic quality measure that combines six school-reported data points — including average GMAT scores, class sizes and completion rates — and a calculation of post-MBA outcomes.
The ranking separates schools into six geographic regions and ranks each separately, since students in part-time MBA programs typically do not travel long distances to attend classes each week.
The Leighton School has a 92 percent degree completion rate and the teacher quality was given a “B.”
“Obtaining an additional ranking — we’ve been ranked as a ‘best business school’ by Princeton Review for seven years — has been one of our objectives. We recognize this is an outcome built on the contributions of our faculty, staff, students and supporters and look forward to working together to move up in the future,” said Robert Ducoffe, dean and professor of marketing at the Leighton School.
“In my opinion, this is a very important recognition. A lot of institutions offer an MBA which makes it difficult for a potential student to distinguish between programs. We are the only public AACSB accredited business school in this area and our MBA students routinely place in the top 10 percent of institutions that administer the Educational Testing Services “Major Field Test in Business.” The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking is another data point that affirms the exceptional quality of our MBA program,” said P. N. Saksena, assistant dean, director of Graduate Studies and professor of accounting.
The Kelley School of Business’ Evening MBA Program, offered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, rose 10 places in the overall rankings to 31st
The IU Southeast School of Business made the list in the 42nd spot.