Scranton Among ‘America’s Best Graduate Schools’

03/21/11

The University of Scranton will be among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” listed in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report guidebook, to be published April 5, 2011. The latest rankings became available online on March 15.

The University’s MBA program, which has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Graduate Schools” in the past, attained a higher level of recognition in the just-announced 2012 edition with its ranking among the top part-time MBA programs in the nation. The MBA program, offered through Scranton’s Kania School of Management, is one of only 11 in Pennsylvania and the only one in Northeastern Pennsylvania to have attained this recognition. Eighteen other Jesuit MBA programs around the nation joined The University of Scranton in the ranking. The University’s MBA program is ranked No. 138 in the nation among part-time MBA programs. The ranking is based on peer assessment scores made by business school deans and MBA program directors.

“We are honored that the business programs at Scranton are so consistently recognized nationally for their merit,” said Michael Mensah, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management. “Accolades such as this ranking by U.S. News & World Report are a testimony to the quality of our programs and the preparedness of our students.”

The guidebook ranks the quality of graduate programs in the categories of business, education, engineering, law and medicine based on an expert opinion survey and analysis of statistical data related to a school’s faculty, research and students.

In addition to the rankings, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” includes a listing of the 433 institutions accredited by AACSB International, the most recognized and respected business-school accrediting body. Only five percent of business-degree-granting institutions in the world hold this prestigious accreditation, which The University of Scranton has maintained since 1995. 

In addition to the annual rankings published in its guidebook, U.S. News & World Report maintains a more comprehensive list of top-ranked graduate programs on its website. Several of the University’s graduate programs in the Panuska College of Professional Studies are ranked on the website including rehabilitation counseling (30); health administration and human resources (46); occupational therapy (78); physical therapy (130); and nursing (193).

U.S. News & World Report  has ranked The University of Scranton among the top 10 Best Regional Universities in the North for the past 17 years, as well as in their ranking of “Great Schools at a Great Price” and in their listing of just 86 colleges in the nation recognized for having a “Strong Commitment to Teaching.”

The University of Scranton’s other national recognition includes listings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 373 Colleges” and the “Best 300 Business Schools,” and  Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, The University of Scranton’s MBA program has been ranked among the top 15 in the nation for general management by Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship magazine for two consecutive years and its online MBA program was named in 2010 as a “Best Buy” by Geteducated.com, which ranked it 45th among 133 distance MBA degrees offered by AACSB-accredited business schools.


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