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MBA Programs move up in national rankings

Friday, Mar. 28, 2008

SANTA CLARA, CA - March 28, 2008 - Two well regarded MBA programs in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University moved up in the annual assessment of graduate business education, published by U.S. News & World Report. The Evening MBA program is #13 in the nation among degree programs for working professionals, up from #14 on last year's list. The newer Executive MBA program rose to #19, from #21 in 2007.

"Both the Evening MBA and Executive MBA programs develop men and women who provide leadership in global organizations," said Barry Z. Posner, dean of the School of Business and professor of leadership. "These rankings are more evidence that our reputation is growing outside our region as well."

Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs Elizabeth Ford agreed. "Employers throughout our region know the Santa Clara University MBA represents a real-world business education that enables our alumni to lead with confidence, as well as compassion," she said. "Our graduates are in demand, and the U.S. News & World Report guide acknowledges this."

The Executive MBA program listing is especially sweet to School of Business leaders, as it comes as the School launches "the next generation" of the selective program. "We're moving from good to great," said Kirthi Kalyanam, faculty director of the Executive MBA, associate professor of marketing, and leader of the re-design team.

The Evening MBA program was begun in 1959 and was in the first group of MBA programs to be accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International). The graduate business program has expanded to included the Executive MBA program, launched in 1999. In addition, the Leavey School of Business offers a M.S. in Information Systems, and began its Weekend Accelerated MBA program last fall.

The list of the best MBA programs for working professionals was released in the magazine's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009" guidebook published today and available online at www.usnews.com . The SCU School of Business has appeared in the top 20 every year since the publication began evaluating part-time MBA programs in 1995.

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