KSU’s part-time and Executive MBAs recognized in Bloomberg Businessweek rankings

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  Coles College of Business’s part-time MBA ranks 29th in the U.S., fourth in the South…

Georgia (Nov 16, 2011) —  

Coles College of Business’s part-time MBA ranks 29th in the U.S., fourth in the South

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 16, 2011)  —  Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA and part-time MBA ranked among the best in the nation in the 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek rankings released in November.

The Coles College of Business’s part-time MBA ranked No. 29 in the U.S., up from No. 56 in 2009, and ranked No. 4 in the South, up from No. 8 in 2009. The Coles College of Business’s Executive MBA is one of 27 programs in the U.S. that made it on the second tier in the latest rankings, up from 2009, when the program was not ranked. These rankings are released every two years.

“It is an honor for the Coles College of Business to have two of its MBA programs recognized in the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings,” said Kat Schwaig, interim dean of the Coles College of Business. “In just two years, our Executive MBA and part-time MBA made tremendous strides. These rankings are a testament to the quality of our MBA programs.”

In the part-time MBA category, Kennesaw State was one of only three Georgia schools that made it into the top 10 in the South. The biennial rankings are based on student surveys administered by Bloomberg Businessweek, as well as data such as admissions requirements.

“It is evident that students are increasingly satisfied with their part-time MBA experience in terms of faculty quality, curriculum content, delivery and support from the graduate program office,” said Sheb True, associate dean for graduate business and executive programs at the Coles College of Business. “Also, the quality of the students admitted into the part-time MBA program has steadily improved. All of these factors, working together, helped move our position in the rankings significantly.

The part-time MBA at the Coles College of Business enrolls nearly 350 students. The flexible program is self-paced through courses offered on evenings and weekends and a minimester program in May, August and December. The 18-month Executive MBA at the Coles College of Business enrolls approximately 100 students in three cohorts and meets one weekend a month. The curriculum, designed from a CEO’s point of view, prepares students for strategic thinking and planning, executive level leadership and business on a global scale.

“KSU’s Coles College of Business is committed to providing business education that is relevant to the challenges and opportunities in the global marketplace,” True said. “The recent rankings released by Bloomberg Businessweek provide evidence of that commitment and to the quality of our students, faculty and MBA curriculum.”

For more information on the Coles College’s MBAs please visit http://coles.kennesaw.edu/graduate/

For more information on the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, please go to http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/the-best-business-schools-of-2011-11102011.html?chan=magazine+channel_top+stories



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu