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Mason School climbs to ‘Top 40’ in Businessweek ranking

The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary has been ranked among the top business schools in the country and has some of the best professors in the U.S., according to recent rankings.

The Mason School’s MBA programs made big gains in Bloomberg Businessweek rankings this year, when W&M’s full-time MBA program was ranked 14th among public universities and 37th in the nation overall.

The Mason School jumped a full 22 spots, from its ranking at 59th the previous year, which puts W&M among the coveted “top 40” business schools in the nation.

William & Mary scored especially high on the measure that is most heavily weighted in Businessweek’s rankings: the employer survey. William & Mary ranked 15th in the nation overall and fifth among public universities.

The part-time program fared just as well, rising seven spots over the previous year to land at 33rd in the nation overall. Among public universities, it is ranked 12th.

“Having both our full-time and flex programs ranked in the top 40 puts us in a unique category with a very small number of top schools,” said Ken White, associate dean of MBA and executive programs. “It’s nice to receive this type of recognition. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and corporate partners work to continuously improve the program. That effort is reflected in the recent rankings.”

Businessweek’s full-time rankings are based on surveys of employers, alumni and students, plus salary and job placement data. The part-time rankings are based on student and alumni surveys.

Princeton Review also ranked the Mason School’s MBA faculty fourth in the nation in its list of Best Professors recently. 

Among public schools, the Mason School ranked third, behind only Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, according to the Best Business Schools 2016 Edition.

The measure is based on survey rankings of 22,000 students at 295 accredited business schools.

“Our faculty is simply amazing,” White said. “They are teachers, scholars and consultants, and of course they share their expertise and experience with our students in the classroom.

“But what makes them extra-elite is the relationship they have with our MBA students. They truly care about them and go the extra mile to make sure the students learn and excel.”