Miami accelerated MBA among the world's bestSep 17, 2009
The Farmer School's 14-month MBA program received noteworthy recognition with the release of the Wall Street Journal's inaugural ranking of accelerated MBA programs worldwide. Miami was rated ninth overall and third among programs in the United States.
Of the top 15 programs, five are offered by American universities. Nine are located in Europe; one is in Argentina. The Journal evaluated 52 accelerated programs.
“Obviously, our program compares very favorably to similar programs within the U.S. as well as to accelerated curricula at very prestigious institutions in other countries,” said Roger L. Jenkins, dean of the Farmer School of Business. “This very positive evaluation is a real tribute to the faculty team that conceived and designed our program, the faculty committee that continues to enhance it, year by year, and the excellent quality of instruction that our faculty continue to offer.”
Input from graduates was considered in evaluating the programs. The alumni of Miami’s accelerated program responded at the highest rate of any school surveyed: 67 percent.
Brad Bays, MBA program director, credits the reputation and quality of the Farmer School’s undergraduate curriculum as a major contributing factor to the growth and success of the accelerated MBA.
“We know that employers have long thought well of a Farmer undergraduate degree and our goal has been to afford them top-quality graduate students as well. I believe this ranking shows that we are making the necessary strides to accomplish our goal.”
The Miami MBA program has established its own areas of strength as well. It successfully incorporates a two-semester internship and six-week global consultancy into each student’s experience, while maintaining academic rigor. Reviews from companies and students have been equally positive.
“Our strategic focus over the past five years has been to bring together the best students, faculty, and outside internship experiences possible,” Bays said. “It is clear that our graduates’ subsequent success validates our approach.”
Chart shows Miami 9th in a list of 15 internationally ranked fast-track MBA programs.