Originally posted on the McCombs Today blog.

The Texas Evening MBA Program rocketed to 11th place in Bloomberg Businessweek’s third biennial ranking of U.S. part-time MBA programs, up from no. 37 in 2009. Among public schools, the program is in sixth place, up from 14th.

MBA at Houston StudentsElon University in North Carolina topped the list, followed by UCLA in second place and Carnegie Mellon in third. Seventy-six schools were included in this year’s ranking.

The sharp rise was due to improvements across the board, but particularly in student satisfaction, the most heavily weighted item in the survey, where McCombs took seventh place (up from 48th). Another major component addressed students’ post MBA outcomes—the degree to which the program helped them achieve their goals. McCombs placed no. 4 on that criteria.

For the first time, Businessweek released specific rankings on 12 of the 50-odd questions from the student survey, which was based on input from the Class of 2011.

Just a few of the top accolades include:

  • #1 in helpful support staff
  • #1 in quality classrooms and facilities
  • #1 in organization of overall program
  • #3 in teaching quality
  • #3 in enhanced learning from classmates

Trent Thurman, director of Texas MBAs for Working Professionals, takes pride in the top marks given to student services and satisfaction. “Since working professionals are tackling school on top of a full-time work schedule, we need to do all we can to make the program a helpful, organized and welcoming place. I’m delighted to see our staff and instructors receive these high marks.”

And while this ranking was based on the evening program only, Thurman points out its broader application at McCombs: “I sincerely believe it is representative of the direction we are now going across the entire portfolio of working professional programs and, as such, applies to everyone.”

MBA at Houston StudentsIn Businessweeks’s sixth biennial ranking of Executive MBA programs, McCombs landed at no. 23 worldwide, 19th among U.S. programs and seventh among American public schools.

The University of Chicago took first place, followed by Columbia and Northwestern.

As with the evening program, the Texas EMBA program saw a strong improvement in student satisfaction, which rose nine ranks to no. 21 worldwide. The program received an A+ in both teaching and in administrative support, and saw top-five ranks in the student survey for helpful staff and quality facilities.

In a departure from previous publications, Businessweek expanded the number of ranked EMBA programs to 40, up from 25. McCombs had just missed the prior cut-off on the last two surveys.

The EMBA survey differs from the part-time one in that only 50 percent of the student satisfaction rank comes directly from the most recent class (2011). The remainder is divided evenly between the two previous surveys, representing the Classes of ’09 and ’07, respectively.

More details on the methodology behind these two rankings can be found here (for part-time) and here (for EMBA).