ATLANTA — Several Georgia State University graduate programs rank among the best in the country in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2014 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, published today.
The part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business advanced 15 spots over last year’s rankings and the College of Law and the College of Education continued to rise in the general rankings.
“Georgia State University’s rise in reputation and rankings reflect our commitment to excellence,” said Georgia State President Mark Becker. “Through these nationally prominent professional programs we offer students unparalleled opportunities in Atlanta and continue to bolster the state’s workforce.”
The latest rankings place the part-time MBA at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at No. 17 nationwide and No. 9 among public university programs. Robinson is the only Georgia business school with a top-10 specialty program in the rankings. The college’s Department of Computer Information Systems moved up one place to No. 8 among graduate-level information systems programs.
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“Our surge in ranking is all the more gratifying because 50 percent of the score is based on peer assessment,” said Robinson College Dean H. Fenwick Huss. “The Robinson College continues to lead the way in transforming business education in Atlanta, the Southeast, and indeed, around the world.”
“We are incredibly proud of all the Robinson programs, and are particularly excited about this jump in rankings,” said Toby McChesney, assistant dean for graduate recruiting and student services. “As the market continues to expand for part-time MBA programs designed for working professionals, Robinson will be there to deliver a world-class educational experience.”
For the first time, U.S News & World Report factored in the percentage of a graduate school’s enrollment that is part-time, the mean grade-point average and graduate management admission test scores of entering part-time students and their average months of experience in addition to a peer assessment score.
Georgia State’s College of Law also advanced in the rankings, moving up four spots to No. 54. The college’s part-time program ranked No. 16, jumping 13 spots from No. 29. The college’s Center for Law, Health and Society was again ranked among the top five health law programs at No. 3. This is the seventh year the center has been ranked among the top 10.
“All law schools are working to retool legal education in challenging times,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “Georgia State Law continues to focus on its strengths of educating practice-ready lawyers while remaining affordable and accessible, which has helped our rankings each year.”
This year U.S. News & World Report’s methodology paid particular attention to job placement data at graduation and nine months after, a category in which Georgia State Law fared well.
The College of Education also improved upon last year’s ranking, moving up one spot to No. 60. The college has advanced its position every year since 2008. U.S. News & World Report also recognized the College of Education’s online master’s programs, which held steady at No. 28 from the 2013 Best Online Education Programs rankings. The College of Education offers students online master’s degrees in educational research, science education, mathematics education, instructional technology and reading, language and literacy education with an emphasis on English for Speakers of Other Languages.
U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine each year based on two types of data: expert opinions on program excellence and statistical indicators measuring the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.