Bloomberg Businessweek Ranks MBA Program Among 50 Best in U.S.
Naveen Jindal School of Management Ranks 5th in Intellectual Capital Based on Faculty Academic Research

Dr. Hasan Pirkul

Dr. Hasan Pirkul

UT Dallas' Naveen Jindal School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been named among the top 50 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek, which also ranked the school No. 11 overall for return on investment. 

In the rankings released last week, the Jindal School was listed No. 41 in the country and No. 19 among U.S. public programs. This is the first time the school was included in the publication’s MBA program standings. 

“We’re pleased that our debut in the Businessweek rankings is in a very strong position, alongside other high-caliber universities that deliver the best in MBA education,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair of Management. “The ranking is a ringing endorsement that students at the Jindal School and the companies that recruit them are extremely happy with our program.” 

The rankings are based on student satisfaction (45 percent), corporate recruiter satisfaction (45 percent) and an intellectual capital rating (10 percent) based on the number of articles published by each school’s faculty in 20 leading academic journals. 

The Jindal School was ranked No. 5 in intellectual capital.

“The intellectual capital ranking reflects the research produced at the Jindal School, which demonstrates the strength of the faculty and the extent to which they are creating knowledge in the business world,” Pirkul said.

Businessweek measured the return on investment of 43 of its top 50 MBA picks by factoring in the cost of the program, two years of foregone wages and the salary bump students get after graduating. The publication reports that the typical Jindal School student will recoup nearly 40 percent of his or her costs in the first year after graduation. 

“The Jindal School MBA program has an exceptional return on investment, and we’re proud to be listed among not only the nation’s very best MBA programs, but also among the nation’s best values. We are extremely sensitive to the changing demands of industry and expectations of today’s students and know how important it is to provide a highly rated program that yields excellent value and probability of success in finding a good job after graduation,” Pirkul said. 

The ranking is a ringing endorsement that students at the Jindal School and the companies that recruit them are extremely happy with our program.

Dr. Hasan Pirkul,
Naveen Jindal School of Management dean and Caruth Chair of Management

Bloomberg Businessweek also placed the Jindal School at No. 5 in intellectual capital. 

 “This standing is consistent with the school’s showing in other rankings measuring faculty research, including in Financial Times and the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings, demonstrating our growing reputation as an institution with a rich research environment,” Pirkul said. 

“We’ve always done well in the U.S. News & World Report standings. Our placement in the Businessweek rankings is an additional confirmation of our program’s national reputation,” said Lisa Shatz, Jindal School assistant dean for MBA programs. 

“We work hard to make sure our students leave the Jindal School with a great experience and a high-quality education and are ready to lead in the challenging global environment. They have both the business know-how and real-world practice,” Shatz said. 

The majority of Jindal School full-time MBA students find jobs before they graduate. Kyle Evans, who is graduating in December, has already received a job offer from Deloitte — one of the “Big Four” professional services firms — after interning for the company’s human capital consulting practice this year. 

“I know that the experiences I have had throughout my MBA at the Jindal School have thoroughly prepared me to compete with students graduating from other top-tier universities in today’s business environment,” Evans said.

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