AMHERST, Mass. – Continuing its impressive and sustained rise in national ratings, the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked 36th overall and 14th among public universities in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listing of undergraduate business programs.
Mark A. Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School, said, “Over the past several years we have modernized our curriculum to better meet today’s business needs, increased hands-on learning and internship opportunities and significantly increased corporate and executive engagement in the classroom. These ongoing efforts – along with a highly engaged faculty, staff and student body – are paying significant dividends in expanding opportunities for our graduates. It’s an exciting time to be at Isenberg.”
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “The Isenberg School of Management richly deserves this recognition for its many contributions to the excellence of our flagship campus. Its graduates, taught with integrity and grounded in a real-world understanding of management, are making a decided difference in creating a brighter future across the Commonwealth and beyond.”
Since 2010, the Isenberg undergraduate program has risen in a number of rankings. Notably, Isenberg was ranked 11th among all business schools on Businessweek’s employer survey, which measures employer perceptions of which programs turn out the best graduates. The graduate program has also been recognized. In March, U.S. News & World Report’s annual rating of graduate schools ranked Isenberg’s part-time MBA program 16th in the nation and its online business program 27th.
With seven undergraduate majors and rigorous MBA and Ph.D. programs, Isenberg emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning through innovative multi-disciplinary projects, internships and study-abroad opportunities, local and global networking, and a close connection between students, faculty and alumni.
The Businessweek undergraduate schools ranking is based on five factors: student assessment by graduating seniors (30 percent of total score); academic quality (30 percent); employer opinion (20 percent); median starting salary of graduates (10 percent), and “feeder school” ranking (10 percent), a measure of which undergraduate schools send the most graduates to top MBA programs.