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The Financial Times ranks ASU among top 25 business schools


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December 14, 2018

Rankings are out for university business schools, and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks No. 21 among the best business schools in the Americas by the Financial Times, a leading global business publication. Among schools in North and South America, the W. P. Carey full-time MBA is ranked No. 25, and the Executive MBA in Shanghai, China, is ranked No. 10. 

“Rankings give us a good barometer — how do we compare with other schools nationally, other public institutions, even schools around the world,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey school. “We are always proud to see the W. P. Carey School on the rise, and with a publication as prestigious and influential as Financial Times, to see us recognized so strongly is a testament to our students, faculty and staff, and our 100,000 alumni around the world.” 

The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania again topped the rankings. The W. P. Carey School, unranked last year, joined the list ahead of the University of North Carolina, Cornell, the University of Maryland and Rutgers.

“This is an achievement not of simply name recognition or perceived reputation but of alumni success and satisfaction, the quality of our programs, the diversity of our faculty, and the impact of our research,” Hillman said.

The 2018 rankings are determined by alumni surveys on career progression, school data and faculty research. The Financial Times surveys alumni three years after completing their MBA to weigh salary increases compared with pre-MBA salary. The Financial Times also collects information from schools on current faculty and students. School criteria include the diversity of staff, board members and students by gender, nationality and the MBA’s international reach. The research rank is based on the number of articles by full-time faculty in top journals. 

The W. P. Carey School of Business is one of the top business schools in the country, with 20 academic programs and departments currently ranked among the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report, including undergraduate business programs and full-time, part-time and online MBA programs. The Economist has also ranked the school’s Executive MBA program in Shanghai No. 12 in the world.

When it comes to innovation and generating new ideas about business, faculty at the W. P. Carey School are ranked among the most productive, ranked No. 2 for management department productivity by Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia, and No. 23 for business school research productivity worldwide by the University of Texas at Dallas.

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