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UNR part-time MBA program skyrockets to 4th in nation
by Tribune Staff
Nov 18, 2011 | 1146 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print


RENO – The part-time MBA program in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno has been ranked No. 4 in the country in BusinessWeek’s 2011 Top Part-Time MBA Programs report. 

“I believe this is unprecedented,” said Kambiz Raffiee, program director and associate dean of the College of Business. “I don’t think I have heard of any of the university’s programs being ranked so highly – not in my 28 years at the university. It really makes a statement about the quality of our faculty and how hard they work to make this program one that sets the standard for other programs in the country.” 

The university’s College of Business has been getting noticed the past several years, not just for its quality and affordable undergraduate programs, but especially for its part-time MBA program, which outranked similar programs at prestigious institutions such as the University of Southern California, University of California, Berkeley and Rice University. A few weeks ago, the program was included in The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools guidebook for the fourth year in a row. In BusinessWeek’s rankings of part-time MBA programs in 2009 and 2007, the Nevada program was ranked 21 and 17, respectively. BusinessWeek issues the rankings every two years. 

Much of the ranking is based on student surveys of MBA graduates, with the remainder based upon other data, such as class size, GMAT scores of students and program completion rates. The Nevada program has the second highest completion rate of any part-time MBA program in the country, with 99 percent of students who enroll completing the program. Raffiee said the high completion rate is a result of the program’s structure, with evening and weekend classes to accommodate working professionals. 

According to BusinessWeek, the program is paying off big for its students. Graduates experience an average salary increase of 28.7 percent after completing the program, which has a per-credit cost lower than all 76 ranked programs in the country, at $239 per credit.

For more information, contact Raffiee at 682-9142 or raffiee@unr.edu or visit www.business.unr.edu/grad or www.emba.unr.edu. 
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