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MBA Students Rate UT Program One of Best in Country

Published: March 26, 2009
Students in The University of Tampa’s MBA-Marketing program in the John H. Sykes College of Business have rated the program as one of the top 15 in the country. The designation was made in The Princeton Review’s “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools” list for MBA-Marketing programs.

The "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools" lists each name 15 graduate schools of business that were most highly rated by their students in six categories: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations. The lists were derived from the opinions of MBA students attending the schools.

Bill Rhey, dean of graduate studies, said the survey results from students validate the success UT is having at providing MBA students a world-class education.

“Clearly UT business students value their degrees and their experience, and have proven success both in the classroom and after graduation. It’s a great honor to be on this list,” Rhey said.

In fact, he added, MBA-Marketing students have obtained jobs at such businesses as Johnson & Johnson, FMI Corporation and Busch Gardens.

In addition to marketing, UT MBA students can also specialize in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, management information systems and nonprofit management. There are joint MBA degrees, as well as part-time, full-time and Saturday MBA schedules.

Other programs listed in the MBA-Marketing category include Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Harvard Business School and HEC School of Management – Paris. UT is the only business school in Florida to make the list.

The Princeton Review compiled the lists from a national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 296 business schools profiled in its book, Best 296 Business Schools: 2009 Edition , in which UT’s Sykes College of Business is included.

The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas. The Princeton Review tallied the "Student Opinion Honors" lists based on students' assessments of how well they felt their business school courses had prepared them in each of the six areas.

The report was published in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.