Cox School of Business rises 16 places in <em>The Economist</em>‘s global M.B.A. rankings

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Cox School of Business rises 16 places in The Economist‘s global M.B.A. rankings

Fincher Building, Cox School of Business, SMUSMU’s Cox School of Business has risen 16 places in the newly released 2016 global business school rankings of The Economist magazine. The rankings appeared in the magazine’s Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 print edition.

The publication’s “Which M.B.A.?” survey ranks the top 100 full-time M.B.A. programs of the world’s business schools annually. Among U.S. schools, the Cox School ranks No. 46. Globally, SMU Cox is ranked at No. 66, up from No. 82 in the 2015 rankings survey.

The school also receives high marks for the quality of faculty: No. 6 in the world, and student/alumni potential for business networking: No. 20 in the world. The ratio of faculty to students, the percentage of faculty members who hold Ph.D. degrees and alumni/student opinions factored into the faculty ranking.

A survey of business school alumni from the Class of 2015, which asked alumni why they decided to enroll in a full-time M.B.A. program, resulted in the potential to network ranking.

> Find the complete “Which M.B.A.?” rankings online at The Economist

“We are proud of the world-class business education we offer all our students,” said Cox Dean Al Niemi. “While it’s true that ranking surveys are subjective, the fact that this one gives especially high marks to our faculty and our alumni network reaffirms our efforts to provide students with a well-rounded business school experience that will positively influence the direction of their careers.”

The survey weighs four main areas: being open to new career opportunities, personal development and educational experience, post-graduation salary increase and potential to network. In addition to measuring quantitative data from business schools, the publication conducts qualitative online surveys with business school alumni, this year from the Class of 2015, as well as each school’s most recent graduating M.B.A. class, in this case the Class of 2016.

> Read the full story from SMU News

October 20, 2016|For the Record, News|

University earns high marks in several 2013 rankings

Originally published Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

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SMU has been named in a variety of annual rankings of universities and graduate schools during spring and summer 2013:

SMU earns spot in “100 Best and Most Collaborative U.S. Colleges”

Outreach to students via social media has earned SMU a spot in the “100 Best and Most Collaborative U.S. Colleges” as calculated by Vala Afshar – CMO of Enterasys Networks, Huffington Post Business contributor and author of The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence.

Afshar used the U.S. News Top 100 list as a starting point and re-ranked it according to combined Klout and Kred scores – which measured SMU’s Twitter reach and influence. Among 35 “small” colleges and universities, SMU came in 14th and 47th overall.

National Ranking for Engineering

SMU is ranked No. 19 among the top 50 colleges and universities nationwide whose engineering graduates earn the highest salaries, as calculated by CollegeFactual, a new site that uses outcomes-based tools and rankings to guide the college selection process.

Read the news release

High Marks for Undergraduate Education

The Princeton Review ranks SMU as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to its guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year institutions and only four colleges outside the U.S. are included. In its specific categories, SMU placed in the top 20 for College City with High Marks (7); Best Career Services (8); Greek Life (12); Best College Dorms (14); Best-Run Colleges (14); Happiest Students (17); Best Athletic Facilities (18); and Most Beautiful Campus (20). The guide’s narrative is the most positive for SMU in recent years, focusing on the quality of the academic and campus experience.

Read the rankings

Rising Forbes Rankings

In Forbes‘ recent rankings of the nation’s top colleges, SMU has risen 24 places. SMU is the highest-ranked institution in North Texas, third-highest in the state and among the top 100 universities nationwide. The survey ranks SMU 81 out of 650 U.S. colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards. The Forbes rankings are produced annually by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.

Read more about the Forbes ranking

Top Rankings from The Economist and BloombergBusinessweek

The Economist ranks the Cox Executive M.B.A. program at No. 18 out of 62 business schools globally in the magazine’s first-ever E.M.B.A. rankings survey. Read more.

BloombergBusinessweek ranks the Cox School of Business 30 among 169 in its 2013 Best Undergraduate B-Schools guide. In the category of business law, Cox ranks fourth out of 124. Read more. 

Law Rankings Rise

The Dedman School of Law rose to 48 among the top 144 law schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 rankings. The rankings are based on reputation, selectivity, placement success and faculty resources. Read more.

U.S. News & World Report rankings

August 28, 2013|News|

The Economist ranks Cox E.M.B.A. program in top 20 globally

SMU Cox School of BusinessThe SMU COX Executive M.B.A. is ranked at #18 in The Economist magazine’s first-ever Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A.) rankings survey. The results were released Friday, July 19, 2013. The Cox School of Business ranks in the top 20 out of 62 global business schools.

Tom Perkowski, assistant dean of the Cox Executive M.B.A. Program, credits its success to the leadership and vision of Cox Dean Al Niemi and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Marci Armstrong.

“Their leadership, coupled with the Executive M.B.A. team’s high energy, customer service and constant pursuit of excellence has resulted in recruiting the highest quality Executive M.B.A. students,” says Perkowski. “These students take advantage of the increasing program resources and move into more successful roles after graduation.”

The business school data portion of the survey was conducted in winter 2013, and questionnaires were distributed to students and alumni of the last three graduating classes. The programs were ranked on two broad measures: personal development/educational experience and career development, with both categories equally weighted and each consisting of 27 subcategories. Those included such factors as the quality of students and faculty, student diversity, the percentage of students promoted after graduation, student and alumni networking potential and average alumni salary increases.

The Cox School is one of four Texas-based business schools included in this new Executive M.B.A. ranking. The Economist plans to make it a biennial rankings survey.

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July 29, 2013|News|
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