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Part-Time MBA Program and Nursing Master’s Program Named One of the Best by U.S. News & World Report

Published: March 12, 2019
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The rankings are based on research activities, faculty credentials, faculty participation in nursing practice and ratings of academic experts.

The University of Tampa Sykes College of Business’ part-time MBA program, and UT’s master’s degree in nursing, were named as one of the top 287 and 252, respectively, programs in the country in the 2020 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report.

UT’s master’s degree in nursing (MSN) program was ranked 162, tied with such schools as the Colorado State University-Pueblo and Fitchburg State University.

To be included in the ranking, schools were required to offer master’s programs accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The rankings are based on research activities, faculty credentials, faculty participation in nursing practice and ratings of academic experts.

UT has offered the Master of Science in Nursing degree and four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs for many years. Typically 100 percent of UT’s nursing graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first try. The pass rate of UT’s MSN nurse practitioner (NP) students taking NP National Certification Exams is typically 98 percent. The National Certification Exam is required by the State of Florida for licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) nurse practitioners.

UT’s additional health science programs include physician assistant medicine, allied health, athletic training, and graduate exercise and nutrition science. UT most recently announced a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP), starting in Fall 2019.

The nursing program is housed in the new 91,000 square foot Graduate and Health Studies Building, which includes simulation labs, a digital anatomy lab and all the latest health technology and equipment.

The UT part-time MBA program was ranked 168, tied with such schools as the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Hofstra University and Seton Hall University.

U.S. News’s part-time MBA ranking is based on peer assessments, entering student GPA, GMAT and GRE scores, years of work experience of entering students, and percentage of MBA students in the part-time program.

U.S. News defines a part-time MBA program as being at an AACSB-accredited school with at least 20 students enrolled part time. A part-time MBA program had to meet the two-year enrollment and accreditation standard to be included in the ranking.

Within an 80,000 sq.-ft. facility, the Sykes College of Business offers state-of-the-art resources such as the Huizenga Family Foundation Trading Center and more than 1,300 data ports and Wi-Fi for high-speed access. It is also home to the Center for Ethics, TECO Energy Center for Leadership, Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy, Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, Institute for Sales Excellence and the Florida Directors’ Institute.

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