U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of business schools, and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is again among the nation’s top programs. The 2015 ranking survey includes 2013 data for Full-Time, Evening and Executive MBA Programs on metrics around selectivity, placement and peer review. Goizueta is pleased to report that its Full Time MBA Program (Two-Year and One-Year) ranked #20 nationally, while the Part-Time/Evening MBA placed 11th nationally, raising 3 spots from its position in last year’s ranking. The Executive MBA Program ranked 17th in the nation, positioning all Goizueta Business School graduate programs within the top 20.
“Our efforts at Goizueta continue to be focused on student success – both inside and outside the classroom. We are honored to have that commitment recognized by U.S. News, and to be among the top 20 business schools in the nation,” said Vice Dean Robert Kazanjian.
The Full-Time MBA ranking uses data from the 2013 graduating class and relies on metrics such as GMAT scores, recruiter surveys, salary and bonus figures and job and internship acceptance rate three months after graduation. Goizueta again performed strong in the area of career success, raising its recruiter assessment ranking as well as recording 96% employment three months after graduation, making Goizueta #1 for employment in the nation for two years in a row.
In the Part-Time MBA program ranking, deans and directors from all accredited business schools rate the academic quality of other accredited programs through a survey process initiated in fall. For the second year in a row, Goizueta saw an increase in its part-time MBA peer assessment, a key metric in the survey that amounts to 50% of the overall score. This new ranking of 11th in the nation places Goizueta’s Part-Time MBA as the best in the Southeast two years running, further solidifying the program’s distinction.
The Executive MBA ranking methodology relies solely on peer assessment through a survey distributed to all accredited business schools featuring an executive program. The ranking does not award an overall score, however, Goizueta remained among the top 20 programs and reported the third highest overall percentage for students with employment at graduation among the top 20 list.
About Emory University’s Goizueta Business School
Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is one of the nation’s only business schools with four top 20 ranked business degree programs. Home to an Undergraduate degree program, a Two-Year Full-Time MBA, a One-Year MBA, an Evening MBA, an Executive MBA (Weekend and Modular formats), a Doctoral degree and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses, Goizueta is named for the late Roberto C. Goizueta, former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.
In the 2014 annual ranking by the Financial Times, Goizueta’s Full-Time MBA Program placed 22nd in the nation and 41st in the world. Data gathered to determine the rankings include information on alumni salaries, student job placement, and faculty research output, among other criteria. Goizueta rose 8 spots in the global ranking versus its 2013 results, and 9 spots in terms of careers, which evaluates changes in the level of seniority and size of company where alumni are working. Both reflect the school’s commitment to student short and long-term success.
“We continually look for ways to enhance the program’s effectiveness by considering changes in the marketplace,” said Robert Kazanjian, vice dean of programs. “Our inclusion in the Financial Times ranking recognizes our commitment to providing a comprehensive MBA experience and meeting the needs of students and alumni.”
The Financial Times data adds to a list of rankings success for the Full-Time MBA Program, which includes our No. 1 ranking in 2014 for employment by Poets & Quants; No. 22 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek (November 2012); No. 18 by U.S. News & World report (March 2013).
Poet & Quants recently published a comparison of the overall rank and peer rank for the top 20 business schools, using the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking.
In the article, Poet & Quants highlights Emory University’s Goizueta Business School as “a school to watch,” noting the school’s jump up the rankings nine positions to number 18 and the “highest placement rate and biggest increase in reported salary of any business school in 2012.”
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This past weekend, 14 Full-Time and Evening MBA students from Goizueta Business School took part in the Ft. Benning Leadership Challenge. They traversed (imaginary) minefields, scaled a 60-foot tall rappelling tower, and learned about leadership from military leaders who had served on the frontline.
On Friday afternoon, the students were guided on a personal tour of the National Infantry Museum’s “Last 100 Yards” exhibit by museum director, Colonel (retired) Greg Camp. That evening, Colonel (retired) Ralph Puckett, a highly decorated leader from the Korean and Vietnam wars, shared his thoughts on leadership. A leader must “have a vision” and communicate that vision effectively to all levels, he shared. “Leaders do not lead by email,” he told the students. “Be there.” Lead by example and share the experience of those you lead, he added. “Never be satisfied.”
On Saturday, the students put their leadership skills to the test at Ft. Benning’s Leadership Reaction Course, a course meant to push participants to their physical and mental limits and reveal how they’d react under pressure, explained Lt. General (retired) Ken Keen, associate dean for Leadership Development at Goizueta.
Armed with a helmet, gloves and a few helpful items—rope, a pipe, a ladder—the students, in groups of two, made their way through the course’s stations which were populated with imaginary mine fields and electric fences. Their mission was not without the challenge of overcoming the ever-present danger of enemy attack and a 20-minute time constraint. After each station, the teams performed an “after action review” to assess their ability to work together to solve the problem in a short period of time.
“I was surprised by how challenging it was. We have advanced degrees and we couldn’t do it correctly,” said Joe Faxio 14EvMBA. “We’re learning that team dynamics are crucial and so is trust.”
It’s one thing, explained J.B. Kurish, director of Goizueta Advanced Leadership Academy (GALA) and associate professor in the practice of finance, to learn about leadership in a classroom, but it’s experiential leadership that drives those lessons home. To take students out of their day-to-day situations and give them leadership opportunities where ambiguity and change are the norm “jolts people to attention,” said Kurish. “In every day life we don’t slow down to think about how we could do things better.”
Brian Mitchell, associate dean of the Full-Time MBA Program, Harold Lewis, associate dean of the Evening MBA Program, and Harriet Ruskin, director of International and Joint Degree Programs, also attended the trip – a testament to the level of commitment Goizueta’s administrators have for supporting the leadership development of students.
Goizueta alumnus, Denny Watson 13MBA also traveled with the group to Fort Benning. As a student, Watson completed the multi-day Capstone Challenge, an experiential sailing challenge offered through GALA. “The value of both Capstone and Ft. Benning is that in a very practical way, you get to practice the leadership principles you’ve learned in the classroom,” Watson said. “But the takeaway from this experience is that you get to see the soldiers leading and understand how much more seriously they have to take it,” he said of the dozen or so military volunteers who facilitated the weekend’s activities. “It’s not about losing money, it’s about life and death.”
Grissel Ramirez 14EvMBA was hoping for an once-in-a-lifetime experience, and she wasn’t disappointed. Grateful for access to the military leaders and their feedback, she advocated that the Ft. Benning Leadership Challenge be added to the GALA curriculum. “The experience teaches skills that are transferable to the corporate world, she said. “That and, well, rappelling is just fun.”
Read more about Goizueta’s Leadership Development.
For most full-time MBA students, December marks a pivotal moment – the completion of their first semester. This rite of passage comes with anticipation for some time off and the holidays but first students must conquer final exams.
You won’t find the average textbook exam being issued by Patrick Noonan, associate dean for Management Practice initiatives. To test students’ knowledge of the skills and tools offered in their first semester of Management Practice, Noonan devised what is called the Day One Challenge. The full-day event begins early in the morning with students meeting in what’s called the “launch room.” Here, they are assigned teams and briefed on the challenge.
They are no longer considered students but employees being greeted on their first day of post-MBA employment. Their new employers then task them with an ambiguous and multifaceted business problem. This year’s challenge involved a company wanting to invest in drones used for agricultural needs outside of the U.S.
The “new hires” were asked to analyze the market, identifying concerns, and finding the most profitable solution. Expectations were for the hires to possess the skills required to hit a home run out of the gate in order to make a lasting impression on day one.
In a 30 minute span of time, the teams are briefed with the case and provided minimal but sufficient background information. Noonan then leaves them with his final instructions, his mantra throughout MP, “Go figure it out.”
Selected faculty, staff, and alumni serve as judges for the day. In this way the challenge is operated much like an internal case competition. Students have four hours to further analyze the problem, research, identify a solution, and build a comprehensive presentation.
Goizueta’s Day One Challenge exemplifies the type of hands-on, experiential learning that prepares students to tackle the toughest business problems. Read more about Management Practice, here.