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SCU School of Business MBA rises in U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Santa Clara University’s part-time MBA program rose to No. 24 in the recent U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools Guide 2014.” The annual classification ranked Santa Clara’s program at 41 last year.

“The bright, ambitious individuals who work in Silicon Valley have discovered Santa Clara will help them build a career and a business,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the University’s Leavey School of Business. “Our students know what U.S. News has just noted—Santa Clara’s blend of theory and practice is perfectly adapted to working professionals’ success in the Bay Area.”

In addition, the U.S. News guide placed SCU’s entrepreneurship specialty at No. 13. Interest in courses comprising the specialty has increased over the past few years, the Santa Clara graduate staff reports. This is the second time Santa Clara has appeared on the list of schools offering the specialization; the 2011 list ranked SCU at No. 16.

“This entrepreneurship ranking confirms our decision to introduce a new M.S. in entrepreneurship degree last month,” said Elizabeth Ford, senior assistant dean for graduate programs. “Our faculty members connect Santa Clara’s curriculum to the practice of business in Silicon Valley, making SCU the ideal location to study entrepreneurship.”

To compile the list, U.S. News surveyed business school deans and MBA program directors at 325 MBA programs, asking them to rank their peers on a 5-point scale. Eligibility for ranking was based on size (more than 20 enrolled part-time in Fall 2012) and accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The specialty lists were created from nominations for excellence in a particular specialty with those receiving the most mentions appearing on the list.

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