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MBA program again in top 20

Friday, Apr. 5, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - April 5, 2002 - The MBA program of Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business continues to be among the top 20 part-time programs in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. In addition, of the 270 schools nationwide that reported data to U.S. News, graduates of the MBA program at SCU in 2001 earned an average salary, $90,145, that was the 16th highest in the country, including both part-time and full-time programs.

The Leavey School of Business 17th-place ranking among the nation's 218 part-time programs, 4th best in California, was reported by the magazine in its annual "Best Graduate Schools" rankings, which are posted on its Web site, www.usnews.com.

"These rankings again confirm the strong national reputation of our MBA program, and the great return on investment for our graduate students," said Barry Z. Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business and professor of leadership. "Our students and faculty work in the heart of Silicon Valley's dynamic business environment, and our MBA programs reflect the region's continuing energy and innovation."

The business school part-time rankings were based on a reputation survey of business school deans and MBA program directors. In addition to Santa Clara University, the other Bay Area part-time program ranked in the top 20 was the University of California, Berkeley. UCLA, University of Southern California, Pepperdine and UC Irvine also were ranked in the top 20.

Nationally, only graduates of part-time MBA programs at Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago earned more in their first year than MBA graduates from Santa Clara University.

SCU added an Executive MBA program in 1999 and in January added a Saturdays-only MBA program. In 2000, when the Academy of Management Journal ranked faculty scholarship at all of the nation's MBA programs, SCU was sixth in California and 72nd nationally. The University's undergraduate business program last year was ranked third in California last fall by U.S. News and World Report, 57th among all U.S. universities.

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About The Leavey School of Business

The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1926, and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. The business school's MBA program was one of the original group of MBA programs in 1961 to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

SCU's business school offers a professional education emphasizing humanistic and moral development as well as technical proficiency. In the MBA program, 924 part-time students were registered in fall 2001, more than 80 percent of them working professionals in Silicon Valley.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 7,400 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is on line at www.scu.edu.

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For more information about Santa Clara University and its programs, see http://www.scu.edu, or, for business, http://business.scu.edu. Call Barry Holtzclaw, director of media relations, at 408-554-5126, for more information. The U.S. News and World Report data is at www.usnews.com.

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