Published on March 23, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. by Kara Kennedy  
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Samford University’s Brock School of Business part-time, evening Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program achieved another major milestone when U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School Rankings were released recently. 

The program moved up to 115th nationally. Earlier in the year, the online M.B.A. program made a significant jump in US News & World Report graduate rankings to 72nd in the nation.

According to US News & World Report, part-time MBA programs are “vital and offer people who cannot go to school fulltime an option for pursuing a graduate degree.”

“We are very proud of the fact that our M.B.A. program is receiving national recognition from U.S. News and World Report,” said Howard Finch, Brock School of Business dean. “Our world-class faculty rank among the best in teaching skills that our M.B.A. students will use in real-world settings, and we’ve worked hard over the years to ensure our students get the best possible graduate education.”

Each year, US News ranks programs in six specialty areas, including business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. The rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data comes from statistical surveys sent to administrators at more than 1,970 graduate programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 16,500 academics and professionals in the disciplines. The surveys were conducted during the fall of 2016 and in early 2017. In each field, rankings of programs in various specialty areas also were presented and based on reputation data.

Samford’s M.B.A. program provides a comprehensive education for students who seek expanded managerial roles in a variety of organizations. Students may add concentrations to their degree in three areas: marketing, finance or entrepreneurship. Students with specialized interests in other areas may pursue a joint degree.  There are five specific joint degree options offered through the M.B.A. program.

Barbara Cartledge, assistant dean of academic programs, added, “The Brock School of Business M.B.A. program accelerated its U.S. News Best Graduate School ranking due to its accomplished faculty and staff, viable curriculum challenging today’s manager through a hybrid offering of in-class or online courses, newly constructed $25 million business building and top caliber applicants who matriculate with our programs.”

Applications for the summer term are now being accepted through April 1. For fall term, the deadline is July 1.  For more information visit:

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.