November 16, 2012

Fisher MBA program moves up to 27 in Businessweek ranking

Awarded a grade of A in the areas of teaching quality and leadership skills, Fisher moved up five spots in the 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Ranking released on Nov. 15 by the business news organization.

Fisher’s full-time MBA program rose to 27 among the 63 schools ranked. Corporate recruiters surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Fisher even higher, placing the MBA program at 22. In the area of intellectual capital, which represents the number of articles published by faculty in top-tier research journals, Fisher ranked 21.

Among public institutions, Fisher scaled the top-ten, ranking eighth in the corporate recruiter survey and ninth for intellectual capital. Overall, the MBA program was ranked 11th among public institutions.

“The success of our MBA programs is very much the result of effective team work.  We have excellent students, distinguished faculty, great, hard-working staff, wonderful facilities and we are part of a great university,” said Karen Hopper Wruck, associate dean for graduate programs and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Finance. “We are all very happy about the recognition that the Business Week Ranking will bring.  It is nice to be recognized for something that those of us who work and study here already know--that Fisher College is very special and extraordinary."

The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking was designed to assess how business schools served two main constituencies, students and corporate recruiters, according to the business news publication. Surveys were sent to 18,640 MBA graduates from the class of 2012 at 114 schools worldwide. The survey asked students to rate MBA programs based on a variety of experiences with emphasis placed on teaching quality and career services.

The publication then surveyed 566 corporate recruiters asking them to rank the top 20 schools where they recruit and the company’s experiences with the MBAs they hire from those schools.

Also in the same week Fisher’s MBA Leadership and Professional Development program has been ranked 11th among universities, management and business schools by Leadership Excellence magazine in its annual “Best in Leadership Development for 2012.”

Leadership Excellence is a magazine published by Executive Excellence, a leadership training and publishing firm based in Provo, Utah.  The magazine ranks leadership development programs in a range of categories, such as corporate, government, non-profits. Programs are evaluated based on seven criteria, including vision and mission; involvement and participation; design, content and curriculum; and presenters and presentation.
Earlier in the fall, Fisher’s MBA program was ranked 21st in the U.S. and sixth among public universities in The Economist and U.S. News & World Report ranked the full-time MBA 25th in the U.S. in March.