LSU Flores MBA Program Leaps 20 Spots in U.S. News & World Report’s Graduate School Rankings

03/12/2013 10:47 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Flores MBA Program made a significant 20-spot leap overall in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranking for 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranked the LSU Flores MBA Program at 61 overall and 31 among public institutions.

“This latest ranking is a testament to the efforts of our MBA staff, faculty, students and graduates,” LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean Richard D. White Jr. said. “I expect our new online MBA curriculum to provide even more students with the quality curriculum and value that U.S. News & World Report has recognized in the LSU Flores MBA Program.”

Ed Watson, director of the LSU Flores MBA Program and associate dean for Graduate Programs at the E. J. Ourso College, stated the program’s ranking was likely influenced by the opening of the Business Education Complex and the caliber of students entering the program.

“Peer review is a big factor in the U.S. News ranking,” Watson said. “When a major university makes an investment like LSU has in our college, it speaks volumes. This also attracts top faculty and students who want to be a part of the renewed energy and excitement.”

Obviously pleased with the latest ranking, Watson credited the LSU Flores MBA Program’s faculty, staff and students for their “tremendous commitment to excellence.” He noted that the strength of the faculty is apparent in the strength of the E. J. Ourso College’s departments.

“We are fortunate to have tremendous alumni support as well,” Watson said. “Alumni efforts have funded the new building complex; provided scholarships to attract top students; directly influenced our MBA mentoring, coaching and career placement efforts and have provided scholarships to send MBA students on our MBA study trips to Brazil, China and India.”

Watson added that this type of all-around support attracts the eyes of recruiters, investors and donors.

“We are now incorporating new learning models like flipped classes, hybrid classes and online classes, and we expect our traditional full-time MBA program, hybrid campus-based executive and professional MBA programs and our online MBA program to expand our footprint,” he said.

According to Watson, the combination of these new initiatives will provide greater flexibility and enhance student learning. More vigorous participation in MBA conferences and national MBA case study competitions will also provide more exposure to students and faculty alike.

Nine Southeastern Conference institutions ranked in the Top 70 America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2014, with Vanderbilt University being the highest ranked at 30 overall. The LSU Flores MBA Program placed ahead of the University of Arkansas (No. 66) and the University of Tennessee (67) and was ranked seventh among SEC schools. Tulane University, the only other Louisiana institution to make the list, was ranked 67.

To calculate its rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed all 448 master’s programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International in fall 2012 and early 2013. Of those 448, 380 responded, and of those, 140 provided necessary data to calculate 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 LSU Flores MBA Program is the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ flagship program and rigorously prepares students to earn an advanced degree that will help them enhance their careers. Full-time, executive and professional tracks are offered and provide schedule flexibility for those wishing to pursue their MBA. For more information, visit or call 225-578-8867.

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Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013