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LSU Flores MBA Program Remains in U.S. News Top 40

03/18/2014 03:57 PM

BATON ROUGE – After making a significant jump in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings last year, the LSU Flores MBA Program retained most of the ground it gained and is 37 among public institutions in the “Best Business Schools” ranking for 2015. More than half of this year’s top 50 schools are public institutions. The LSU Flores MBA Program’s overall ranking of 65 is only a slight change from last year.  

According to LSU Flores MBA Program Director Edward Watson, the news of the ranking is “a testament to our ability to attract top quality students and help them place in nationally competitive positions.”

“We did not have the splash factor of the new Business Education Complex opening, like last year, to influence peer review factors,” Watson said. “Given the nature of this market, we held up extremely well.”

Overall, the LSU Flores MBA Program shared the same ranking as private institutions Babson College, Baylor University, Case Western Reserve University and George Washington University. Public institutions with the same ranking were North Carolina State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tennessee.

“Our students are very active and very competitive in the market,” Watson said. “We battle it out each year with a cluster of well-regarded MBA schools. The MBA programs have the diehard spirit of SEC (Southeastern Conference) football, where games are determined by inches, for the most part. We are pleased that we continue to compete at very high levels in the national spotlight with these other outstanding MBA programs.”  

Going forward, Watson says that changing student demographics, increased globalization and new learning technologies and formats, such as hybrid, flipped and online courses, will “keep the program on its toes.” He stated there is not a lot of time to just “sit back and soak it in” because the pace of change in this environment is rapid.”

“In January, U.S. News & World Report recognized our full-time track as offering the best financial value after graduation in the nation,” Watson said. “We have the No. 1 spot nationally there; something to be extremely proud of as a program. Also, according to U.S. News & World Report, we top the list of schools having the lowest debt load upon students after graduation. We are providing our students greater flexibility and enhancing their learning and professional development through participation in conferences, national case study competitions and continuous innovation and improvements in the curriculum. Regionally and nationwide, we are continuing to distinguish ourselves from other programs.”

U.S. News & World Report ranked nine SEC institutions in the top 70 of the “Best Business Schools for 2015,” with Vanderbilt University being the highest ranked at 25 overall. The LSU Flores MBA Program placed ahead of the University of Alabama (74) and both Mississippi State University (100) and the University of Kentucky (100). Auburn University went unranked, while Tulane University, the only other Louisiana institution to make the list, ranked 63.

To calculate its rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed all 453 master's programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International in fall 2013 and early 2014. A total of 385 responded, of which 127 provided enough of the data needed to calculate the full-time MBA rankings based on a weighted average of the following indicators: peer assessment, recruiter assessment, mean starting salary and bonus, employment rates for full-time master’s program in business graduates, mean GMAT and GRE scores, mean undergraduate GPA and acceptance rate.

The mission of the LSU Flores MBA Program is to remain competitive in the national and regional markets, while fostering learning, leadership and networking in a global business environment. Full-time, professional, executive and online tracks are offered and provide schedule flexibility for those wishing to pursue their MBA from a nationally recognized program. For more information, visit or call 225-578-8867.

E. J. Ourso College of Business