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Return On Investment significant differentiator in Financial Times ranking Rutgers No. 1 Public MBA in the Northeast U.S.

In the recently released Financial Times 2024 Global MBA Rankings, Rutgers Business School was ranked No. 16 among U.S. public business schools in the U.S. and the No. 1 public MBA in the Northeast U.S.  

Dr. Weiwei Chen, senior director of Rutgers Business School MBA programs, said, “It is with great pride that we see our Full-Time MBA program recognized again by the Financial Times’ ranking. The comprehensive nature of the ranking criteria used by the Financial Times underscores the significance of our position as the No. 1 public MBA in the Northeast U.S. Our heartfelt thanks go to our dedicated alumni, whose participation in the survey was invaluable. Additionally, we extend our gratitude to our faculty and staff, whose relentless efforts to enhance and refine the MBA program ensure that our students are well-equipped to progress or pivot in their professional journeys.”

With 21 ranking criteria, the Financial Times ranking is the most comprehensive report about business schools in the world, measuring everything from salaries to the school’s alumni network and a new assessment of the university’s carbon footprint [see methodology]. Overall, RBS was ranked No. 39 in the U.S. and No. 86 globally.

According to the FT report, a high return on investment is again a strong differentiator for a Rutgers Full-time MBA degree. Dean R. Vera, assistant dean, Graduate Career Management, director, MBA Office of Career Management, said, “A high return on investment for our MBA graduates has been a yearly phenomenon during my 17+ year tenure here at Rutgers. Every year, many of our graduates double or triple their pre-MBA salaries. To that end, I partner with our students to help them achieve their career goals.”

Rutgers Business School ranked No. 7 among both public and private business schools for salary percentage increase in the U.S. (out of 43 elite U.S. business schools ranked in the FT’s top 100 global business schools recognized this year). According to the Financial Times, the salary percentage increase was measured by calculating the average difference in alum salary from before the MBA to three years after graduation [see full rankings]. 

One hundred thirty-two Equis or AACSB-accredited schools and 6,330 alumni participated in the 2024 ranking process. Alumni responses to eight of the twenty-one criteria provide fifty-six percent of the ranking. Twelve criteria accounting for thirty-four percent of the ranking are derived from school data, with ten percent coming from the research rank.

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