Wednesday October 4, 2006

More Accolades

The University of Dayton's School of Business Administration is featured in the newly published book, Best 282 Business Schools. Students rave about the quality of the MBA program.

The academic reputation of the University of Dayton's School of Business Administration continues to advance, thanks to a new national ranking.

The school is featured in the newly published Best 282 Business Schools. It's one of 45 new schools listed in the 2007 edition of the book, published this week by Random House and The Princeton Review.

UD's reputation for academic excellence, the quality of the MBA program and flagship programs in entrepreneurship and finance propelled the School of Business Administration onto the list.

Students surveyed for the book praised the MBA program's "exceptional integrated core curriculum," "excellent faculty" and "a marvelous Marianist-centered campus life." According to the University of Dayton's two-page profile in the book, "Students here assure us that their School of Business Administration offers 'one of the best-kept secrets in the world of MBA programs.'"

Many courses in the MBA program are team-taught, often combining a practitioner with a professor holding a Ph.D. The faculty includes six executives-in-residences, who help teach courses including a mandatory two-semester capstone course that matches students with regional companies on consulting projects. The MBA program enrolls 460 students, many of whom are full-time professionals in the Dayton region. UD's MBA students have finished among the top three winners in the Ohio Graduate Business Student Competition every year since 2000.

MBA program officials make it easy for students to earn an MBA on top of other degrees. Accounting students can earn an undergraduate accounting degree, CPA and an MBA in five years. Law students can earn a law degree and MBA at the same time. The School of Business Administration just launched an "MBA Ready" program that allows engineering and other non-business students to achieve their bachelor's degree and an MBA in five years.

"A number of schools nationally are redesigning their curricula following a critique of business schools last year by the Harvard Business Review, which concluded that they're too focused on theory and should be more like medical and law schools. The University of Dayton's School of Business Administration has consistently offered a practical approach - from giving finance students more than $6 million of real money to invest in the stock market to providing start-up funds for entrepreneurship students to launch micro-businesses," said Patricia Meyers, dean. "It's gratifying that the school is being recognized for the way we have always engaged students in theory and practice."

The University of Dayton's MBA program offers "a practical, multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes strategy and teamwork," said Janice Glynn, MBA program director. "We realize that disciplines don't operate in silos. We recognize the value of having executives teach in the classroom side by side with professors for students to learn simultaneously the academic and real-world knowledge."

The School of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the premiere accrediting body for business schools globally.

This is the second major national ranking for the School of Business Administration this fall. In September, Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review ranked UD's entrepreneurship program fifth in the country. The entrepreneurship concentration in the MBA program was named the 16th best graduate program.

Contact Patricia Meyers at 937-229-3731 and Janice Glynn at 937-229-3733.