IUPUI cracks top 10 in MBA program rankings

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Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is used to seeing its Bloomington-based graduate programs rated among the county’s best in annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. This year, Indianapolis is also getting its share of notice.

Kelley’s “Evening MBA" program at IUPUI finished 10th overall and fourth among public business schools in the magazine's inaugural ranking of part-time MBA programs. The rankings were released Thursday morning.

IU's residential MBA program at Bloomington ranked 23rd and eighth among public universities. Two of its specialties were in the top 10—entrepreneurship was sixth overall and No. 1 among public schools; and accounting was 10th overall and fifth among public schools.

At Purdue University, the Krannert School of Management’s graduate program ranked 36th overall and 15th among public universities.

Krannert's "Weekend MBA" program finished 15th overall among part-time MBA programs. In specialty rankings, Krannert's production/operations program ranked fifth.

Harvard University and Stanford University shared the No. 1 position for best MBA program. The University of Notre Dame finished 31st.

Outside of business programs, Purdue ranked high in engineering, as usual, with five specialties ranked in the top 10. The overall engineering graduate program ranked 13th and the agricultural and biological engineering specialty finished No. 1.

Also notable was Purdue’s computer science program, which finished 20th.

IU’s School of Education ranked 19th overall and 11th among public schools, with five specialties in the top 10.

The IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis finished 17th in primary care.


  • RE: Backlash
    It is slightly entertaining to see the Bloomington grads, I assume, trying to shoot people down. The basketball line was real classy. Instead, you guys should be appreciative that any program in your school is being ranked so high.

    Regardless, the author makes it clear in the first paragraph that these different programs are both under Kelley. Additionally, if you are reading this article I imagine you already know that. The fact is that IUPUI is usually on the other side of this when Undergrad. rankings are released and the same arguments are made about how it is all just one program. How about you find something with a little more substance to be bitter about? I think the IBJ was just patting the Indianapolis teachers on the back -- and that seems more important than labeling the author "stupid" over semantics.
  • You got it right, except for the P, U, an I
    Separate faculty or no. I think the original poster's point was simply that "IUPUI MBA" is factually inaccurate. It implies ownership, when in fact, it is simply a location. It is Kelley's program, they just run it at the IUPUI campus (and in Carmel as well). It really matters little as in the US News rankings, it is listed as "Indiana University--Bloomington (Kelley)"
    I think it's fair to say that IUPUI MBA Program is separate from Bloomington program. I believe most professors only teach at one of the two schools. They are hands down best program in the state. Especially their MSA (accounting) program, which is one of the best in the country.
  • Rank Rankings
    Might I suggest to your readers that they check out "DIY U" by Kamenetz before plunking down tuition money based upon rankings. Or before getting all giddy about what they might mean. the age of bricks and mortar schools is passing more quickly than those who tout rankings would admit.
  • Kelley ranked 10th, and IUPUI is a campus, not a university
    Look, here's the thing, IUPUI isn't a college/university in the conventional sense--I challenge anyone to find me someone who has an IUPUI diploma on their wall. IUPUI is really no more than a shared campus location in Indianapolis. Two degree granting institutions--Indiana University and Purdue University---offer academic programming from that single location. Other than having a single university administrative structure, IUPUI is basically a geographic location, a campus, and a basketball team that cheats from time to time. As such, when I read IBJ article headlines that stupidly suggest, "IUPUI cracks top 10 in MBA program rankings," I can't help but laugh. The headline should have read, "Indiana University Kelley School of Business cracks top 10 for part-time MBA program rankings." Indeed, it's still Kelley! It just so happens that the part-time Kelley program is based at the IUPUI campus. It's the Kelley name and reputation that earned the top 10 spot with US NEws, not the MBA program's affiliation with IUPUI, and I think the IBJ should be less careless when communicating these facts to readers. I mean, the IU Med School is also based at the IUPUI campus and mentioned in this report, yet I didn't see IUPUI noted as having the 17th ranked med program for primary care, did I?

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