Mason School of Business improves in Wall Street Journal rankings

For the second consecutive year, The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary has improved its position in the Wall Street Journal ranking of graduate business schools. Among regional business schools, the Mason School is a top 10 public school and 17th overall, up from 19th in last year’s regional ranking.

“We are pleased and honored to be held in such high regard among the companies who know and experience the quality of our graduates,” said Mason School Dean Lawrence B. Pulley. “As a top 10 public regional school and top 20 overall, the strength of our students, faculty, and program is underscored by our performance in this ranking.”

The 2006 Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive survey is based on the opinions and perspectives of more than 4,100 corporate recruiters who hire full-time MBA graduates. The ranking components measured include: recruiters’ perception of a school and its students; recruiters’ intended future supportive behavior toward a school; and mass appeal (the number of recruiters a school attracts). Each of these components accounts for one-third of the overall ranking.

The first component, recruiters’ perception, is based on 21 different attributes, including communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work well within a team, personal ethics and integrity, analytical and problem-solving skills, success with past hires, fit with corporate culture, leadership potential, strategic thinking, content of the core curriculum, faculty expertise and more.

The Mason School of Business includes an undergraduate business program, a full-time MBA program (21months), a new full-time accelerated MBA program (11 months) a flex (evening) MBA program, executive MBA programs in Williamsburg and Reston and a one-year master’s of accounting program. In November the business school was named for Raymond A. “Chip” Mason, an alumnus of the college and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Legg Mason, Inc., the fifth largest investment house in the United States.

The Mason School of Business has deep roots in the history and traditions that have made the College of William and Mary one of the most distinguished liberal arts universities in the nation. Founded in 1693, the college is the second oldest university in the nation—the first was Harvard—and educated many of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

It ranks consistently among the top 10 public, undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the United States. This fall, Newsweek called the college the “hottest small state school” in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranked William and Mary sixth among public universities and colleges.