MBA ranks high

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    By Melissa Hancock

    BYU?s MBA program was ranked fifth in the top 44 regional schools of business in North America in the Wall Street Journal.

    This year, BYU joins the rankings of Purdue University in a Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive survey of corporate recruiters.

    ?These high rankings are a reflection of the constant stream of exceptional students and faculty coming through our door,? Ned C. Hill, dean of the Marriott School of Management, said in a press release. ?We?re thrilled that we continue to be known as a place to hire graduates with high ethical standards. And, we appreciate the added attention given to our specialization in accounting.?

    The survey reflects the business schools that are most appealing to recruiters.

    The newspaper published three separate rankings ? a first since it began rating schools. Rankings included 19 national schools in North America, 44 regional schools in North America and 21 international schools.

    The recruiters based rankings on their perceptions of the school and students. There were 20 different attributes, such as leadership potential and interpersonal qualities, that recruiters used to rank programs. Programs were also ranked according to the recruiters? intention to return to the school.

    The difference between the national and regional rankings is programs in the regional rankings are more likely to attract recruiters from their region than attract a large number of national and multinational companies. Regional schools also tend to have a closer relationship with their recruiters.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, recruiters give regional students ?high scores for personal ethics and integrity and for being down-to-earth and well-rounded.? High rankings were given to graduates with high ethical standards. BYU ranked second for ethical standards after Yale University.

    Paul Godfrey, associate professor of strategy in the Marriott School of Management, said this ranking reflects the church?s commitment to high moral standards.

    ?We have a great faculty that are all trying to live their lives and communicate the importance of living integrity and high moral character,? said Godfrey.

    BYU business students are required to take an ethics class to help them work out ethical problems that would come up in the real world.

    ?It?s gratifying to see our MBA program rated so highly by such a respected business publication,? BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson said in a release. ?The Marriott School sets a high standard for training future leaders who posses integrity and great ability.?

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