Cox MBA Finance Program ranked in top 10 globally for 2015

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Cox MBA Finance Program ranked in top 10 globally for 2015

The SMU Cox School of Business graduate finance program is ranked No. 10 in the newly released Financial Times Global MBA 2015 rankings.

Cox is the only business school in Texas to make it into the publication’s specialty rankings this year. The publication bases its top 10 finance program and other specialty findings on feedback provided by MBA alumni three years after graduation.

Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University“We are very encouraged that our alumni highly rank the Cox experience three years after graduation,” said Kumar Venkataraman, Finance Department chair and James M. Collins Chair in Finance. “It is a testament to the rigorous, applied finance curriculum that helps solve real world problems.”

For the 2015 rankings, the publication surveyed Class of 2011 alumni from 159 schools in the spring and summer of 2014. At least 20 percent of each school’s alumni were required to respond, with at least 20 fully completed responses, in order for a school to be ranked. The Financial Times reports it had an overall response rate of 40 percent for the 2015 rankings survey.

In addition to gathering input for its specialty rankings, the Financial Times weighs alumni feedback with data submitted by business schools to evaluate full-time MBA programs from around the world. Since the 2013 rankings, the SMU Cox Full-Time MBA program rose 22 places in this year’s survey, coming in at No. 39 among business schools in the United States and No. 76 globally out of 159 schools that submitted data.

The Financial Times, based in London, is a leading news provider to the global business community. The paper’s business education team conducts Global MBA and Global Executive MBA (EMBA) rankings surveys annually. In the Financial Times’ EMBA rankings released in October 2014, the SMU Cox EMBA program ranked No. 15 among business schools in the U.S. and No. 63 among global business schools.

February 10, 2015|News|

SMU receives Top 25 rankings in Princeton Review’s 2015 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Dallas Hall at SMUSMU has been named one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking outstanding career preparation and networking opportunities, according to The Princeton Review.

The University placed #6 among the Top 25 Best Schools for Internships and #18 among Top 25 Best Alumni Networks. It is one of 200 schools profiled by the education services company in its new book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review, Feb. 3, 2015).

“In this new edition of the book, we recommend the colleges we consider the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects,” The Princeton Review stated in announcing the new rankings. The Review has developed a “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating to create its list of the 200 colleges it profiles. ROE measures 40 weighted data points in areas such as academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

The Review based its ROE rating on data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools.

“An SMU education is a great investment. And while the cost might seem a tad steep on paper, the university really aims to make it affordable for all qualified students,” reads one excerpt from the University’s entry in the new guide. “Inside the classroom, students are greeted by ‘great’ professors who continually ‘take a personal interest in you and push you to reach higher.’ Finally, it’s not just the professors who receive terrific marks. The ‘administration genuinely care[s] about the personal growth of each individual student’ as well.”

In addition, the Review writes, “the school excels at leveraging its prime Dallas location where there are ‘ample internship [and job] opportunities.’ It also manages to attract a number of corporations for its spring job fair…. And fear not; career services ensures that students arrive at the fair prepared. Indeed, they provide interview techniques, resume workshops, networking tutorials and, most important, votes of confidence.”

“We salute and highly recommend Southern Methodist University and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher and lead author of the book. “Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”

February 5, 2015|For the Record, News|

SMU Guildhall ranked 3rd among graduate game-design programs in 2014 Princeton Review list

The Guildhall at SMU, SMU-in-PlanoThe Guildhall at SMU has risen to the third spot among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s fifth annual report, published Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The list puts The Guildhall four places higher than last year’s ranking of #7.

The University of Southern California is #1 on both the undergraduate and graduate school lists in The Princeton Review’s 2014 report; UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy ranked #2 among graduate programs. At #3, The Guildhall ranks above the Rochester Institute of Technology (#8) and MIT (#10), and higher than three other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: UT-Dallas (#11), University of North Texas (#23) and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio (#25).

> Read The Princeton Review‘s full report on its 2014 game design program rankings

The Review selected the schools based on its 2013-14 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad offering game design coursework and/or degrees. The 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics, from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. Among the 60 data points the Review considered in its assessments were program curriculum, facilities, career services and technology.

“Being in the top three schools is a tribute to faculty with deep experience, bright and motivated students, industry support, and a commitment to continual improvement,” said Gary Brubaker, director of The Guildhall at SMU.

The Princeton Review’s reporting partner, PC Gamer magazine, will include a section on the top schools in its May 2014 issue. The issue will feature information on degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni. The print edition will be available on newsstands Tuesday, April 1.

> Visit The Guildhall at SMU online

March 24, 2014|News|

SMU’s Dedman School of Law rises in 2015 U.S. News rankings

SMU Law QuadSMU’s Dedman School of Law rose in the ranks of both the nation’s top law schools and best part-time J.D. programs in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, which was published online on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Among 194 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association, the Dedman School of Law ranks 42nd, an increase of six points from last year’s ranking of 48th. The ranking again places Dedman Law in the first tier of law schools in the guide’s “best schools of law” category. In Texas, SMU is one of only two law schools in the first tier.

> Visit U.S. News’ rankings online at usnews.com/grad

Among 83 part-time J.D. programs, Dedman Law ranks 7th, an increase of 8 points from last year’s ranking of 15th.

Recently, The National Law Journal ranked Dedman Law 26th among law schools based on the percentage of 2013 graduates placed in NLJ 250 firms – the nation’s largest firms.

“SMU Dedman School of Law continues to provide a legal education of the highest quality,” said SMU Dedman School of Law Dean ad interim Julie Forrester.  “I would like to recognize the efforts of our career services staff for the tremendous job they do in helping our students find excellent employment opportunities and the efforts of our admissions staff for continuing to enroll outstanding students.”

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March 12, 2014|News|

The Guildhall at SMU scores in Animation Career Review rankings

The Guildhall at SMUThe Guildhall at SMU,. Southern Methodist University’s master’s-level game design program, has earned high national and international rankings from Animation Career Review.

The Review ranks The Guildhall as one of the top 10 animation and game-design schools in the Southwest. Other schools to make the list include Brigham Young, UT-Austin and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The Review cites The Guildhall’s partnerships with SMU undergraduate tracks in Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts among its attractive features, noting that The Guildhall’s Master of Interactive Technology program “has produced hundreds of successful graduates, employed at more than 140 video game studios around the world.”

In addition, the Review ranks The Guildhall in the top 100 (#76) among game animation programs worldwide. This ranking is especially noteworthy because The Guildhall’s four areas of study – Art Creation, Level Design, Production and Software Development – do not include an animation specialization.

> The Guildhall hosts 2013 Fall Exhibition Dec. 20

Animation Career Review launched in 2011 to provide “the most comprehensive … information for aspiring animation and game design professionals,” according to its mission statement. In creating its 2013 regional rankings, the Review considered more than 400 U.S. schools that offer programs geared towards animation or game design. Their ranking criteria include academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as it relates to tuition, and geographic location.

The Guildhall at SMU is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2013-14 with everything from a virtual yearbook to a brand-new career portal for its alumni. Additional details and upcoming events will be posted to The Guildhall website and Facebook.

When The Guildhall opened its doors in 2003, “The Tonight Show” had a field day.

“At Southern Methodist University they have opened a college of video games. It’s a school where the students can specialize in video games. Finally — a degree more useless than political science,” Jay Leno joked.

Since then, The Guildhall has proven the complexity and value of the education it provides.

“At our 10-year milestone, we have successfully answered the initial critics. A master’s degree in game development is not a passing fad,” he said. “And the growth in gaming and gamification will provide many more creative opportunities for our students, faculty and alumni.”

> Visit The Guildhall at SMU online

December 20, 2013|For the Record, News|
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