WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- The Financial Times ranked The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary among the top 100 MBA schools in the world in its recent international ranking of business schools. The Mason School improved its overall ranking, climbing eight positions to 71st in the world.
The Mason School is ranked in the top 50 of U.S. business schools at position 40.
The Financial Times determines a school's rankings based on responses sent to alumni who have been out of school for three years. The ranking, which assesses the value of an MBA and the schools that offer them, uses three main criteria in its calculation: purchasing power in the marketplace, diversity of experience and the school's research qualities.
The ranking measures the effect of the MBA on a graduate's subsequent career progression and salary growth.
A significant indicator in the value and strength of an MBA from the Mason School is its top 10 national and top 25 international ranking in the category of percentage salary increase for its graduates. Mason graduates saw an average of 124% increase in their salaries.
"We have placed great care and focus on creating a learning environment for our students that prepares them to meet the business challenges of today's marketplace. Our strong position in this ranking affirms that we are succeeding with our goal," said Dean Lawrence B. Pulley.
Equally impressive in this year's ranking was the School's faculty research rank which jumped 7 positions to 63rd in the world. Among U.S. Schools, the Mason faculty is among the top 5 who made significant gains in this category which counts the number of times papers appear in the 40 most prestigious academic and practitioner journals.
"We are exceptionally proud of this accomplishment," noted Pulley. We have been focused on increasing the research profile and visibility of our faculty members for several years, and I congratulate and commend them on their noteworthy success."
This year's ranking was determined by sending an online questionnaire to nearly 24,000 graduates of the 156 eligible schools.