Robinson on the Rise

Posted On April 12, 2016 by Jenifer Shockley
Categories Features

The Robinson College of Business recently notched significant gains in two important annual rankings. But that’s just for starters. Robinson’s ranking success extends much further.

March is known for many things. March Madness. The first day of spring. The return of Daylight Savings Time. And, in academic circles, the “Best Graduate Schools” edition of U.S. News & World Report.

Robinson’s new rankings for its part-time MBA program came out on March 16 and were cause for celebration. The program surged in U.S. News rankings to No. 27 nationwide, a jump of 17 places from the prior year. Among public university programs, Robinson’s part-time MBA is now No. 17 (up 11 places). These numbers are all the more impressive considering that 296 business schools were evaluated.

Robinson Dean Richard Phillips

Robinson Dean Richard Phillips

“The Robinson College’s dramatic rise in the part-time MBA rankings reflects the student-centered initiatives we have launched in the last couple of years, along with the high regard in which the college is held, the quality of our students, and our reputation for developing business leaders,” said Dean Richard Phillips.

In addition to Robinson’s part-time MBA ranking, the Department of Computer Information Systems was highly ranked by U.S. News, coming in at No. 12 among graduate-level information systems programs. The college’s Institute of Health Administration remained at No. 33 among healthcare management programs.

It’s been a great first quarter for Robinson in the rankings.

Between January and March 2016, the college also:

  • Substantially advanced in the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Top 100 Business School Research Rankings to No. 35 (up six places) for faculty research productivity at business schools worldwide, and to No. 30 (up five places) among North American business schools.
  • Debuted on CEOWORLD Magazine’s Top 50 hospitality and hotel management schools with the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration ranked No. 50 worldwide and No. 28 in the U.S.

Heady stuff, but that’s not the half of it. Business school “rankings season” kicks off in September, and last fall brought plenty of great news in that arena.

  • In the Financial Times’ ranking of the world’s top Executive MBA programs, the Robinson EMBA continued to be among the best: No. 19 among U.S.-based programs and No. 89 worldwide.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Robinson’s B.B.A. as No. 50 in the U.S. and No. 30 among public university programs. The undergraduate program in risk management and insurance was No. 6 nationwide and the undergraduate real estate program was No. 11.
  • The Financial Engineer gave high marks to two graduate programs; ranking the M.S. in Finance as No. 24 overall and No. 13 among public university programs, and the M.S. in Mathematical Risk Management No. 26 overall and No. 10 among public university programs.
  • The Journal of Real Estate Literature ranked Robinson’s real estate faculty members No. 3 worldwide for research productivity in the top three real estate journals for 2011-2015.

“It is gratifying to see that Robinson’s rise in rankings cannot be credited to just one department; rather it is driven by multiple units across the college,” said Phillips.

Learn more about these and other Robinson College rankings