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U.S. News & World Report ranks The University of Texas at Arlington MBA among the best in the country.

The UTA College of Business MBA ranked No. 82 among 296 programs evaluated—the first time the MBA program has been ranked and the first time the college has broken into the Top 100 on the U.S. News list.

The UTA MBA is offered primarily in the evenings, both on campus in a flexible format and in downtown Fort Worth in a cohort format, and is thus best described as a part-time program.

Dean Rachel Croson said that the program is structured to give graduate students the skills they need to advance from contributing to a functional area within an organization to a leadership position.

“When I arrived at UTA three years ago, I felt that our program was as strong as schools in the top 100 overall, and the top 50 among public institutions. Being ranked appropriately was an important metric for the college’s strategic plan,” Croson said. “I am delighted to see the program getting the recognition it deserves.”

Programs such as the UTA MBA play a vital role for working people, enabling them to earn their degree and advance their careers while staying employed. The U.S. News MBA ranking is based on five factors:

  • Average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school’s overall score)
  • Average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative and verbal scores of MBA students entering in fall 2015 (15 percent)
  • Average undergraduate GPA of MBA students entering in fall 2015 (5 percent)
  • Work experience of MBA students entering in fall 2015 (15 percent)
  • Percentage of the college’s fall 2015 MBA enrollment that is part time (15 percent)

To be eligible for the ranking, a program needed to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and have at least 20 students enrolled part time in fall 2015; 296 MBA programs nationwide met those criteria.

Dean Croson encourages alumni, current students and the business community to celebrate the news. “This ranking, and others like it, will elevate the value of our degree, the quality of our applicants, and the profile of the College of Business and of UTA.”