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BusinessWeek magazine has ranked the Robins School of Business MBA program 17th in the country on its list of "The Best Part-Time MBA Programs."

The Richmond MBA was the only professional MBA program in Virginia to be included in the top 50 of the rankings, which were released online November 5. The program also moved up from 4th (in the 2007 rankings) to 3rd in the mid-Atlantic region, behind the part-time programs at Carnegie Mellon and Drexel.

The Robins School again received high marks for salary increases of its MBA graduates (3rd) and moved up from 29th to 17th in academic quality. It also earned an A-plus for teaching quality and caliber of classmates, while having the smallest average class size in the country.

“We are thrilled to be included among the top 20 part-time MBA programs in the country again this year,” said Richard Coughlan, senior associate dean of the Robins School. “This year’s survey indicates that our students are extremely pleased with the quality of their teachers and classmates, and it shows that many of our graduates are enjoying positive outcomes after completing the program.”

BusinessWeek bases the part-time MBA ranking on student satisfaction, academic quality and post-graduation outcomes. A student survey makes up 40 percent of the final ranking, with academic quality and post-MBA outcomes each 30 percent.

“I can’t imagine a part-time MBA program that could better suit my needs as a working executive,” said Mike Matthews, CEO of Richmond-based Hankins and Anderson consulting engineers and Robins School MBA student. “The comprehensive curriculum, paired with a diverse faculty and student body, has made for a very rich educational experience for me.”

The Robins School’s undergraduate program is ranked 12th in the nation by BusinessWeek.

For more information on the Robins School’s rankings, visit the BusinessWeek Web site.

 

 

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