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BC graduate programs perform well in US News study

(3-31-2000)--Boston College's MBA Program cracked the nation's top 40 for the first time in US News & World Report rankings released online today, while its part-time evening counterpart is listed by the magazine among the country's top 20. BC thus becomes the only school in Boston and one of only 12 in the country to have an MBA program in the top 40 and an evening MBA program in the top 20 in the magazine's survey this year.

In other US News rankings, the Law School, Lynch School of Education and Graduate School of Social Work are listed among the nation's top 25 graduate programs in their disciplines, while the School of Nursing is placed 32nd. The rankings were released by US News today in advance of its "Best Graduate Schools for 2001" guide, which goes on sale Monday, April 3. The full rankings are available online at

The big news at BC was the fast rise of the MBA program, which has been climbing the charts and now breached the top 40. The MBA program at the Carroll School of Management rose 27 places to finish in a tie with the University of California at Irvine for 40th place in the magazine's annual rankings of 325 accredited MBA programs.

Meantime, the Evening MBA program tied with Santa Clara University's for 19th place in the magazine's rankings of part-time programs. The achievement will be celebrated at a reception for Carroll School students, faculty and staff on Monday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in the Powers Atrium of Fulton Hall.

News that the MBA program had cracked the elite top 50 in the US News rankings came three weeks after the Carroll School of Management had made national headlines with a major conference on the high-tech "New Economy" that drew the nation's top financial regulators and e-moguls to campus. GSOM Dean Hassell McClellan said the US News rankings reflect the fast-growing stature of the graduate business program at the Heights, the dividend of a concerted campaign to position the BC MBA program among the nation's best. "Three years ago, when I assumed the position of graduate dean, we initiated a strategic plan to elevate the MBA Program and the Graduate School of Management into the ranks of the truly elite business schools by 2002," McClellan said. "We are actually a bit ahead of schedule," he said, "but this exciting achievement is just the first milestone in that journey. "I am extremely proud of the exceptional creativity and energy of the entire staff and faculty in the School of Management which has made this milestone possible. "We are proud to join our fellow graduate and professional schools at Boston College as one of the nation's best, and the entire Boston College community can take pride in this achievement." GSOM has established a web site at /mbanews to herald its success in the US News survey.

In other rankings, BC Law tied with George Washington University and the University of Illinois for 23rd place in a survey of 174 law schools nationwide. The Lynch School of Education tied with the University of Kansas and the University of Maryland at College Park for 23rd place in rankings of 187 graduate education programs. LSOE was the sole Catholic institution to finish in the top 25 in the category. GSSW finished in a six-way tie for 19th in rankings of 70 graduate social work programs, and now has in the top 20 in each of three US News rankings in the category.

Harvard University became the first school to top three professional categories in the US News rankings as its programs in education, business and medicine each finished first. Harvard Law finished third, behind Yale and Stanford. Rankings were determined by averaging such measures as reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, and post-graduate placement success.

(This story will be updated on InfoEagle and in the April 13 Boston College Chronicle.)

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