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BusinessWeek Ranks the Drexel Part-Time MBA No 1 in the Nation for Academic Quality

November 6, 2009

Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business part-time MBA program has been named No. 1 in the nation for academic quality by BusinessWeek’s 2009 MBA program rankings. The Drexel part-time MBA also ranked No. 1 in Greater Philadelphia and No. 10 in the nation for the second consecutive year by BusinessWeek.

The overall ranking was based on three factors: academic quality, post-MBA outcomes, and a survey of MBA student satisfaction. In ranking LeBow College of Business No.1 in academic quality, BusinessWeek combined six equally weighted measures: average GMAT score, average student work experience, the percentage of teachers who are tenured, average class size in core business classes, the number of business electives available to part-timers, and the percentage of students who ultimately complete the program.

“The Drexel part-time MBA is committed to exceeding the needs of our students and alumni and is a key factor in their upward mobility, as evidenced by the achievements of our MBA students and alumni,” said LeBow College of Business Dean George P. Tsetsekos “And to be ranked No. 1 in academic quality by BusinessWeek is a testament to our growing stature as one of the world’s leading resources for business education. This phenomenal ranking validates the rigorous experiential education, leadership assessment, and global perspective that LeBow College provides for MBA candidates.”

In the student satisfaction survey, LeBow College of Business grads reported that the part-time MBA program is rigorous, and that “the business principles learned are worth the hard work.”

BusinessWeek says that part-time MBA programs at schools that ranked highly, such as LeBow College, “were able to help students navigate the downturn with career support tailored to their particular circumstances, while the top executive-education programs were able to convince corporate clients that their courses are critical, even in today's tough financial climate.


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Noah Cohen, Office of University Relations 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or

Lisa Litzinger, LeBow College of Business 215-895-2897 or

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