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Alfred University’s Master of Business Administration program breaks into US News rankings

Alfred University | 5/01/19

Olin Building in the Fall
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Alfred University’s Master of Business Administration program is ranked 99th in the nation by the venerated US News and World Report. It is tied with a number of other schools for that ranking.


Alfred University’s Master of Business Administration program is ranked 99th in the nation by the venerated US News and World Report.  It is tied with a number of other schools for that ranking.

            “This is the best we have fared in the US News rankings,” said Alfred University President Mark Zupan. “It is significant because US News only ranked 131 of the 367 programs nationally. We are one of the smallest programs ranked, with only 22 full-time students, and yet we are on the list with programs that have nearly 2,000 full-time students.”          

            The College of Business at Alfred University offers MBA degrees in accounting and business administration.

            The US News rankings are based on a weighted average of indicators such as GMAT test scores, recruiter assessments, acceptance rates, student grade-point averages, placement rates, and post-graduate salaries.

“Our excellent placement rates were a key driver of our ranking success this year,” Zupan pointed out. “In addition, we attract some top students to our MBA program through the 4+1 option that we offer. The 4+1 option allows students to attain two degrees in five years by pairing a bachelor’s degree earned in any field at Alfred University with the MBA offered by our College of Business.”

            “Success in these factors is really a tribute to the quality of our faculty and staff and the actual post-graduate career results of our students.  Our size, in this regard, is an asset in terms of generating positive student outcomes,” according to Dr. Rick Stephens, provost.

            Mark Lewis, dean of the College of Business, agreed.  “This ranking is a reflection of the superb quality of the faculty and staff and their dedication to our students.”

            He noted that not only does Alfred University have one of the smaller programs ranked, but also has the youngest MBA program on the US News list. Alfred has offered an MBA degree for 23 years.

            All the schools ranked by US News are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, which Zupan called “the global gold standard of accrediting bodies for business schools.”