Methodology: Best Business Programs

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For our undergraduate business school rankings, U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty at each undergraduate business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Business school deans and faculty (two at each business program) were surveyed for this ranking in spring 2009. Participants were asked to rate the quality of all programs they were familiar with on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). The undergraduate business school rankings are based solely on the results of this peer survey; 42 percent of those surveyed responded. We also asked for nominations of the best programs in business specialty areas; those receiving the most mentions in each area appear here ranked in descending order. The rankings of the best undergraduate business programs in a specialty also are based solely on the spring 2009 peer survey. Schools offering any courses in a specialty are eligible to be ranked in that specialty.