Katz MBA Earns Highest Ranking in 20 Years from U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Katz Graduate School of Business 39th in its 2021 ranking of the Best Business Schools. Katz’s ranking jumped 4 places from the 2020 rankings by U.S. News, and the school achieved a rank of 17th among public institutions in the United States. Both rankings are the highest rankings earned within the last twenty years, and solidifies Katz’s place as a Top 40 business school.

These rankings reflect Katz’s improvements in starting salary and bonuses, average GPA, average GMAT score, percentage employed at graduation, and percentage employed at three months post-graduation. Employment at graduation increased 8% and starting salary reached a record high, suggesting that Katz’s commitment to experience-based learning (EBL) is paying off.

“We focus extensively on experience-based learning, both in classes and in the co-curriculum,” explains Laura Oknefski, director of MBA programs. “Through opportunities like Consulting Field Projects, case competitions, Management Simulation Capstone, Global Research Practicums, Six Sigma, and fall and spring professional development weeks, our students take foundational business theories and apply them in real-world contexts. In doing so, students are intentionally coached by faculty, staff, and Executives-in-Residence in how to not only make successful business decisions, but also to approach teamwork and problem-solving in creative and collaborative ways.”

This major ranking places Katz above MBA programs at Penn State University, Michigan State University, and University of Maryland.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked Katz part-time MBA program as 39th. Jumping 9 spots from 2020, this ranking reflects Katz part-time MBA’s best ranking since 2011. This ranking increase comes from improvements of average GMAT score and the selectivity of the part-time program.

“We’re committed to challenging our students and helping them succeed. And our increase in rankings reflects that we are doing just that,” says Arjang A. Assad, Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean.

But it doesn’t stop there—Katz is committed to increasing employer satisfaction, too.

“We’ve integrated new professional development weeks into our fall and spring semesters,” says Oknefski. “Each professional development week is a time when classes do not meet. Instead, the MBA program office alongside the Career Management Center offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities for students. These opportunities include Wall Street Prep, diversity and inclusion workshops, time management seminars, and national conference attendance. We’ve made this change in order to help students balance their academic studies with special-topic professional development that we think will help to set them apart in their career search.”

Learn more about our MBA program, experience-based learning, and our rankings