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Methodology: 2015 Best Part-time MBA Rankings

Find out how U.S. News ranks graduate business schools for part-time MBA programs. 

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Part-time business programs play a vital role for working people who can't go to school full time because of family or financial reasons.

The U.S. News part-time MBA ranking is based on five factors: average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school's overall score); the average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative and verbal scores of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2013 (15 percent) – using both GMAT and GRE scores if an MBA program reports both allows us to take into account the admissions test scores of the entire entering class; their average undergraduate GPA (5 percent); work experience (15 percent); and the percentage of the business school's fall 2013 MBA enrollment that is part time (15 percent). The statistical data were collected in fall 2013 and early 2014.

The average peer assessment score is calculated from a fall 2013 survey that asked business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation's 310 part-time MBA programs to rate the other part-time programs on a scale from marginal (1) to outstanding (5). Forty-five percent of those surveyed responded.

To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program needed to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and have at least 20 students enrolled part time in fall 2013; 282 part-time MBA programs met those criteria and were included in this ranking.

Rank Not Published means that U.S. News did calculate a numerical ranking for that school/program, but decided for editorial reasons that since the school/program ranked below the U.S. News cutoff that U.S. News would not publish the ranking for that school/program.

U.S. News will supply schools/programs listed as Rank Not Published with their numerical rankings, if they submit a request following the procedures listed in the Information for School Officials.

Schools/programs marked as Rank Not Published are listed alphabetically. In graduate business we have numerically ranked the top three-fourths of the graduate business schools that qualified to be ranked. The bottom quarter of the rank-eligible business schools are listed as Rank Not Published and are listed alphabetically.

Unranked means that U.S. News did not calculate a numerical ranking for that school or program. The school or program did not supply U.S. News with enough key statistical data to be numerically ranked by U.S. News. Schools or programs marked as Unranked are listed alphabetically and are listed below those marked as Rank Not Published.

Sources: U.S. News and the schools. Assessment data collected by Ipsos Public Affairs. N/A = Data were not provided by school.

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