Published: March 18, 2020

In a ranking of MBA programs that stressed “fact-based criteria,” The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business was placed in “Tier One” out of 161 schools in 27 countries worldwide. Additionally, UT’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program was ranked 64th out of 87 schools in Tier One of global EMBA programs.


The ranking was compiled by CEO Magazine in an effort to “cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.”

The ranking was compiled by CEO Magazine in an effort to “cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.” The factors (and percentage weighting) for rankings included quality of faculty (34.95), international diversity (9.71), class size (9.71), accreditation (8.74), faculty-to-student ratio (7.76), price (5.83), international exposure (4.85), work experience (4.85), professional development (4.85), gender parity (4.85) and delivery methods (3.8).

UT’s MBA program, within the Sykes College of Business, is one of the largest, most established and most exclusive in Florida. The MBA is offered in four formats:

  • The full-time/day program designed for accelerated completion with a group of peer students
  • The part-time/evening program designed for students who have full-time jobs and need to complete the program at their own pace
  • The Professional MBA program designed to help professionals with at least five years of work experience take their career to the next level
  • The Executive MBA program designed for professionals with seven or more years of work experience

Students can take additional courses in nine concentrations, including business analytics, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, finance, information management systems, innovation management, international business, marketing and nonprofit management.

Frank Ghannadian, dean of the Sykes College of Business, said the Sykes College of Business attracts students from around the globe and is renowned for graduating students who make immediate impact in the business community and within their countries. 

“This ranking validates the increasing worldwide reputation and prestige of the Sykes College of Business and its MBA program,” Ghannadian said. “Our program is proven to help students develop the sophisticated, strategic mindset demonstrated by successful executives.”

Within an 80,000-square-foot facility, the Sykes College of Business offers state-of-the-art resources such as the Huizenga Family Foundation Trading Center, the Center for Ethics, TECO Energy Center for Leadership, Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy and the award-winning Lowth Entrepreneurship Center.

The Sykes College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is one of the few business schools in the Southeast accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

To view the rankings, see http://bit.ly/2VNccIX.




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