Article Published: 02-12-2009
After breaking into the top 30 of BusinessWeek’s latest rankings of the nation’s top full-time MBA programs, Georgia Tech College of Management also recently performed well in the magazine’s rankings of specialty categories and post-MBA earnings.
In the specialty rankings, which are released after the overall rankings, Georgia Tech placed 3rd in the Most Improved category and 7th for Innovative Curriculum. Overall, the College is ranked 29th (10th among public universities).
BusinessWeek says the “schools at the top of the Innovative Curriculum category might be the ones with the most value for prospective students, especially considering the current state of the financial world and changing expectations of students,” adding that these schools are “able quickly to adapt to changes in the business climate by adding courses in areas like risk management, ethics, and sustainability.”
Ranked in all 12 specialty categories listed by BusinessWeek, Georgia Tech also placed 14th in Analytical Skills, 15th in Operations, 21st in Career Services, 21st in Competing Globally, 24th in General Management, 29th in Communication Skills, 31st in Marketing, 32nd in Accounting, 33rd in Teamwork, and 39th in Finance.
BusinessWeek ranked Georgia Tech 30th for "MBA Pay through the Years," which examined median cash compensation for MBA graduates at graduation and after 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, and 20 years. An accompanying article highlighted Georgia Tech graduates, who after 20 years had "cash compensation that is double, or more than double, what today's students make at graduation." The median Tech salary after 20 years was $149,000, according to database research conducted by PayScale, which didn't account for stocks or options.
BusinessWeek determined its specialty rankings by asking corporate recruiters at more than 500 companies their opinions on which schools produce the strongest graduates in functional areas such as marketing, global business, accounting, and communication skills. Also, they were asked program-specific questions, such as which schools are most improved and which offer students the most global focus.
College of Management Dean Steve Salbu says the College’s overall rise in the BusinessWeek rankings “reflects numerous things we have been able to achieve over the past two years: truly remarkable faculty hiring that has attracted top students, an MBA experience that our students rate higher than at many of the world's best b-schools, and our students' very impressive performance in the job market as we focus heightened attention on innovative, truly first-rate education."
Georgia Tech College of Management is also ranked 29th (11th among public universities) in U.S. News & World Report's most recent rankings of the nation's top full-time MBA programs.