Kennesaw State’s part-time MBA ranked among top business schools by U.S. News

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Program moves up in annual ranking, earning spot in top 40 by national publication KENNESAW, Ga….

Georgia (Mar 11, 2014)Program moves up in annual ranking, earning spot in top 40 by national publication

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 11, 2014) — The part-time MBA program at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business was ranked 38th nationwide (25th among public universities) by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Graduate Schools 2015” released today. This is the second time the College earned a top 50 ranking, moving up five spots from the 2014 list.

Kennesaw State is one of only four Georgia universities to make the list.

“We are proud to be recognized among the nation’s leading business schools,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College. “Our placement in the top 50 is a true testament to the quality of our program and the success of our graduates.”

According to U.S. News, part-time business programs play a vital role for working professionals who are unable to attend business school full time. Coles College enrolls more than 350 part-time MBA students. The flexible, self-paced program offers courses in the evenings and on weekends, with minimesters in May, August and December.  

“The Coles College offers rigorous and quality MBA programs that appeal to talented and motivated students seeking a balance between family needs, workplace commitments and educational demands on their time,” said Raj Veliyath, associate dean for graduate business and executive programs at the Coles College. “The continuous improvement in our MBA program rankings reflects our commitment to providing quality business education that is highly relevant in today’s competitive global economy.”

The annual U.S. News ranking is based on five factors: average peer assessment score, average graduate exams (GMAT and GRE) scores of entering part-time MBA students, average undergraduate grade point average, work experience, and percentage of total MBA enrollment that is part time. This year, 212 graduate programs were ranked.

Coles College continues to be ranked for its MBA programs. In 2013, Coles College was ranked as the top public part-time MBA program in Georgia by Bloomberg Businessweek

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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