Georgia MBA earns its best ranking from The Economist’s global 100

Terry College’s Full-Time MBA jumps 20 spots in 2018 ranking

David Dodson | Oct. 26, 2018

The Full-Time MBA Program at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business received its highest ranking ever from The Economist and its worldwide survey of the top 100 graduate business programs, called “Which MBA?”.

The Terry MBA Program ranks No. 13 among U.S. public business schools, No. 31 among all U.S. schools and No. 44 in the world. Terry rose 20 spots in the global ranking, from No. 64 last year. It was the second biggest gain among U.S. MBA programs ranked in the top 100. The Economist announced its 2018 Which MBA? rankings October 25.

“This is the result of being very focused on creating outstanding outcomes for our students,” said Terry College Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “By offering an exceptional student experience – consisting of world-class faculty teaching a market-driven curriculum, project-based learning, an international residency course and other experiential learning opportunities – our students are exceeding the goals they set for themselves.”

The Economist’s ranking methodology is based heavily on the survey responses of thousands of MBA students worldwide, as well as salary data, standardized test scores and measures of faculty quality provided by the schools.

The Terry MBA Program earned its highest marks for: (1) the students’ rating of the college’s faculty, (2) “opening new career opportunities,” which included a top 15 ranking for the program’s career support services, and (3) the percentage increase in post-MBA salaries.

“The educational marketplace for MBA candidates is intensely competitive. To be recognized as a top 50 program in the world and a top 15 public is very gratifying,” said Santanu Chatterjee, director of the Full-Time MBA Program. “Our admissions team has done an excellent job recruiting high-quality students and, in return, they are seeing a very good return on their investment.

“Our Career Management staff deserves a great deal of credit as well,” he added. “They begin working on career preparation with our students, in many cases, months before they arrive on campus. The personalized attention they provide is tremendously helpful, and it shows in the survey responses.”

The Full-Time MBA Program reported for the third consecutive year that more than 90 percent of its graduates were employed within three months of graduation.

The Economist’s ranking is the latest in a string of good reviews for the college’s graduate programs. Earlier this month, the Terry Executive MBA Program was ranked No. 12 among U.S.-based EMBA programs and No. 4 among U.S. public business schools by the Financial Times.