Wake Forest’s Full-Time MBA Program Surges Upward in The Economist‰’s Ranking

9.20.2010 Business Analytics, Capitalism, Careers, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, General, News Release, School News

Winston-Salem, NC –The full-time MBA program in Wake Forest University Schools of Business has made significant strides in The Economist ranking of U.S. and international business schools released Friday.

Among U.S. schools, Wake Forest’s ranking has risen from 40th to 33rd, a 17.5% shift. The surge upward was even stronger among all globally-ranked U.S. and international schools. Wake Forest moved from the 77th to the 59th spot, a 23% shift.

“These are both enormous jumps for us and very significant as we continue to provide a world-class business education and attract quality students to our programs,” said Dean of Business Steve Reinemund. “We are proud that we continue to show positive momentum and know it is due in large part to the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff.”

Some key factors influencing this ranking include the placement rate of Wake’s MBA graduates, starting salaries and student satisfaction.

• With regard to job offers within three months after graduation relative to peer schools, Wake Forest jumped 22 spots from #72 to #50, globally.

• Pre-to-Post MBA starting salaries shifted 26% over the previous year to #31 globally, up from #42.

• The student satisfaction ratings saw growth in the areas of faculty, culture and classmates, program content/electives, and facilities/other services.

“The school’s ability to help students secure jobs and achieve their career goals is a priority for us,” said Guy Groff, Director of the Wake Forest University Schools of Business Career Management Center. “Our team works hard to help students explore career opportunities and find a job that fits their individual passions. We are also keenly focused on building relationships with companies and recruiters to help them solve their talent needs,” he added.

The results of the survey, along with the analysis, appear in the Sept. 18 issue of The Economist. They can also be found online at (economist.com/whichmba).