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The Economist Ranks NC State MBA Among the Best Worldwide

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NC State’s Jenkins MBA program is among the top 100 programs worldwide, according to The Economist‘s latest ranking of full-time MBA programs. The Economist ranked the Jenkins full-time MBA program at the Poole College of Management No. 89 on its list of the top 100 global MBA programs — and among the top-50 MBA programs in the United States. NC State placed No. 24 among U.S.-based public institutions. This is the first year NC State’s program was eligible for the ranking.

“The NC State Jenkins MBA program is no longer one of the business school world’s best kept secrets,” said Annette L. Ranft, dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. chair of NC State’s Poole College of Management.

“In the past year alone, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked our full-time MBA No. 29, US News & World Report ranked our online MBA No. 15, our part-time MBA No. 34 and our full-time MBA No. 54. And just last month, The Princeton Review ranked NC State’s online MBA No. 9 nationwide.”

Notably, NC State received particularly high marks in the following areas:

  • Top-50 among US business schools
  • No. 10 on the dimension of % of job seekers with job 3 months after graduation
  • No. 12 in terms of faculty quality
  • No. 14 in the category of pre- post-MBA salary increase

The Economist collected data during spring 2016, using two surveys. The first was completed by schools with eligible programs and covered quantitative matters such as the salary of graduates, the average GMAT scores of students and the number of registered alumni. This accounted for around 80 percent of the ranking. The remaining 20 percent was derived from a qualitative survey filled out by current MBA students and schools’ most recent graduating MBA classes. The Economist asked respondents to rate things such as the quality of the faculty, facilities and career services department. Read more about methodology.

“This recognition of our Jenkins MBA program as one of the top full-time MBA programs worldwide – and particularly in terms of career outcomes – reflects NC State University’s commitment to graduating “Think and Do” leaders whose experiences in- and outside of the classroom prepare them for meaningful success in their careers,” said Dean Ranft.

“Innovation is a hallmark of the NC State MBA and what drives our success,” said Steve Allen, associate dean for Graduate Programs and Research at the Poole College of Management.

Over the past two years, Allen has overseen significant growth and impact of the Career Management Center team, the creation of a market-driven Customized MBA option, and a major MBA curriculum redesign emphasizing experiential learning, leadership development and further customization.

“I think it’s safe to say we don’t sit still at NC State. We understand that business is ever-changing, and that we have to be, as well,” said Allen.

Additional information including MBA program profiles and full methodology details can be found on The Economist website.

The NC State Jenkins MBA is available in three formats: full-time, professional evening and professional online, with a customized MBA option to fit the varied needs of the working professional. For more information, visit