New national rankings are out for MBA programs and the W. P. Carey School of Business secured a Top 25 spot by U.S. News & World Report for its Professional Flex MBA in the Part-time MBA category. This is an eight-spot improvement for Arizona State University over last year’s No. 33 ranking, reflective of recent changes to the program that add extra flexibility for busy working professionals. The W. P. Carey Full-time MBA ranks No. 29 nationwide, according to the 2019 Best Graduate Schools list.

“Having two MBA programs ranked in the Top 30 by U.S. News & World Report speaks volumes about the quality of our programs and our students,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business and Rusty Lyon Chair in Strategy. “Having a part-time program that’s ranked No. 25 — and top five in the West — reinforces our decision to make the Professional Flex MBA a better fit and a better value for students who need the flexibility of earning a degree while they work.”

W. P. Carey’s program enrollment is among the smallest in the Top 30, offering more individualized attention. Out-of-State Tuition is also among the least expensive.

Best ranking for any Arizona school

Eller College of Management on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson ranks No. 60 for its Part-time MBA and the Full-time program is No. 69. Northern Arizona University’s Full-time MBA is No. 95. The starting salary for U-of-A MBA graduates is $88,979 compared to $111,484 that W. P. Carey graduates earn on average.

On the ‘specialties’ list, the W. P. Carey School’s supply chain management program maintains the No. 3 spot. The accounting program ranks No. 35, information systems is ranked No. 18, and the management program comes in at No. 17, a two-spot improvement.  

U.S. News & World Report is perhaps the most well-known and prestigious rankings for business schools nationwide. The 2019 rankings are based on academic reputation among peer business school administrators, and corporate recruiters who hire MBA graduates. Job placement success, average starting salary, and MBA applicant test scores are also weighed.

Other recent high rankings for the W. P. Carey School of Business, according to U.S. News & World Report:

No. 5 online MBA program in the nation

No. 2 online graduate program (non-MBA)

No. 8 return on investment, full-time MBA programs

No. 24 best undergraduate business program