Top Part-Time MBA Programs of 2011

  1. Regional Competition Heats Up
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    Regional Competition Heats Up

    In the two years since Bloomberg Businessweek last ranked the nation's top part-time MBA programs, it would appear there's been little change in the established order. In five of the six regions, the No. 1 school remains the same, with only the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business becoming a new No. 1 in the Midwest, ousting the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    But just below the No. 1 schools, a transformation is under way. Villanova surged from No. 9 to No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic region, putting it within a hair's breadth of No. 1 Carnegie Mellon. Chicago Booth moved up two spots in the Midwest, while Georgia State did the same in the South. Babson, unranked in 2009 because of a low rate of response to our ranking survey, made a startling debut at No. 2 in the Northeast. In the Southwest, the University of Denver advanced to No. 5 from No. 8. And in the West, the University of Nevada, Reno, is now at No. 2, moving up three spots and nipping at the heels of No. 1 UCLA.

    In the slides that follow, we list the top five schools in each region. To see the complete list for each region, use our interactive graphic. To learn more about individual programs, check out their online profiles, use our comparator tool, or take a virtual school tour. And for a detailed explanation of our methodology, read our FAQ.

    GMAT scores, work experience, class size and completion rates are self-reported by schools. Grads reporting salary increase, average salary increase, and information on career goals are based on students responding to the ranking survey and do not represent the entire class. NA=not available. NR=not ranked.

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  2. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
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    Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)

    Pittsburgh

    2011 Regional Rank: 1 Mid-Atlantic
    2009 Regional Rank: 1

    2011 National Rank: 3
    2009 National Rank: 7

    Average GMAT Score: 638
    Work Experience: 4.3 years
    Average Class Size: 48
    Completion Rate: 96 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 79.4 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 58.3 percent

    Eighty percent of students seeking to find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 56 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  3. Villanova University
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    Villanova University

    Villanova, Pa.

    2011 Regional Rank: 2 Mid-Atlantic
    2009 Regional Rank: 9

    2011 National Rank: 12
    2009 National Rank: 49

    Average GMAT Score: 618
    Work Experience: 5.4 years
    Average Class Size: 31
    Completion Rate: 96 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 60 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 32.3 percent

    Seventy-three percent of students seeking to find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 50 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  4. Lehigh University
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    Lehigh University

    Bethlehem, Pa.

    2011 Regional Rank: 3 Mid-Atlantic
    2009 Regional Rank: 5

    2011 National Rank: 15
    2009 National Rank: 35

    Average GMAT Score: 612
    Work Experience: 7.4 years
    Average Class Size: 28
    Completion Rate: 72.2 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 36.4 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 26.8 percent

    One hundred percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 22 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  5. University of Richmond (Reynolds)
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    University of Richmond (Reynolds)

    Richmond, Va.

    2011 Regional Rank: 4 Mid-Atlantic
    2009 Regional Rank: 3

    2011 National Rank: 18
    2009 National Rank: 17

    Average GMAT Score: 610
    Work Experience: 5.3 years
    Average Class Size: 15.7
    Completion Rate: 88 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 52.9 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 43.4 percent

    Seventy-five percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 29 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  6. University of Delaware (Lerner)
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    University of Delaware (Lerner)

    Newark, Del.

    2011 Regional Rank: 5 Mid-Atlantic
    2009 Regional Rank: 6

    2011 National Rank: 21
    2009 National Rank: 38

    Average GMAT Score: 541
    Work Experience: 7.4 years
    Average Class Size: 27
    Completion Rate: 79 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 44.4 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 26.3 percent

    Seventy-five percent of students seeking to find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 25 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  7. University of Michigan (Ross)
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    University of Michigan (Ross)

    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    2011 Regional Rank: 1 Midwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 2

    2011 National Rank: 9
    2009 National Rank: 5

    Average GMAT Score: 653
    Work Experience: 6.4 years
    Average Class Size: 39
    Completion Rate: 87 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 62.3 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 39.3 percent

    Eighty percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 47 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  8. University of Chicago (Booth)
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    University of Chicago (Booth)

    Chicago

    2011 Regional Rank: 2 Midwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 4

    2011 National Rank: 17
    2009 National Rank: 12

    Average GMAT Score: 690
    Work Experience: 5.7 years
    Average Class Size: 51
    Completion Rate: 96 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 57.5 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 31.7 percent

    Seventy-six percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 35 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  9. Ohio State University (Fisher)
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    Ohio State University (Fisher)

    Columbus, Ohio

    2011 Regional Rank: 3 Midwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 7

    2011 National Rank: 20
    2009 National Rank: 20

    Average GMAT Score: 610
    Work Experience: 8.1 years
    Average Class Size: 80
    Completion Rate: 86 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 55.1 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 42.3 percent

    Sixty-seven percent of students seeking to find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 52 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  10. Washington University (Olin)
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    Washington University (Olin)

    St. Louis

    2011 Regional Rank: 4 Midwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 11

    2011 National Rank: 27
    2009 National Rank:46

    Average GMAT Score: 583
    Work Experience: 6.1 years
    Average Class Size: 59
    Completion Rate: 92 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 51.3 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 32.4 percent

    Sixty percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 35 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  11. St. Louis University (Cook)
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    St. Louis University (Cook)

    St. Louis

    2011 Regional Rank: 5 Midwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 10

    2011 National Rank: 32
    2009 National Rank: 45

    Average GMAT Score: 580
    Work Experience: 7.3 years
    Average Class Size: 31
    Completion Rate: 95 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 51.7 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 34.6 percent

    Eighty percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 29 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  12. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Worcester, Mass.

    2011 Regional Rank: 1 Northeast
    2009 Regional Rank: 1

    2011 National Rank: 8
    2009 National Rank: 1

    Average GMAT Score: 624
    Work Experience: 8.7 years
    Average Class Size: 28
    Completion Rate: 95 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 69.2 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 34.3 percent

    Sixty-three percent of students seeking to find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 33 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  13. Babson College (Olin)
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    Babson College (Olin)

    Babson Park, Mass.

    2011 Regional Rank: 2 Northeast
    2009 Regional Rank: NR

    2011 National Rank: 28
    2009 National Rank: NR

    Average GMAT Score: 575
    Work Experience: 5.5 years
    Average Class Size: 21
    Completion Rate: 80 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 45.7 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 25.3 percent

    Seventy-five percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 60 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  14. New York University (Stern)
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    New York University (Stern)

    New York

    2011 Regional Rank: 3 Northeast
    2009 Regional Rank: 3

    2011 National Rank: 36
    2009 National Rank: 23

    Average GMAT Score: 674
    Work Experience: 5.4 years
    Average Class Size: 48
    Completion Rate: 95 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 50.2 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 31.6 percent

    Sixty-one percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 41 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  15. Boston University
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    Boston University

    Boston

    2011 Regional Rank: 4 Northeast
    2009 Regional Rank: 2

    2011 National Rank: 38
    2009 National Rank: 22

    Average GMAT Score: 615
    Work Experience: 5.8 years
    Average Class Size: 38
    Completion Rate: 90 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 60.8 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 37.9 percent

    Sixty-two percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 29 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  16. Hofstra University (Zarb)
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    Hofstra University (Zarb)

    Hempstead, N.Y.

    2011 Regional Rank: 5 Northeast
    2009 Regional Rank: NR

    2011 National Rank: 49
    2009 National Rank: NR

    Average GMAT Score: 572
    Work Experience: 4 years
    Average Class Size: 25
    Completion Rate: 81 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 51.4 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 39.9 percent

    Sixty-seven percent of students seeking to find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 20 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

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  17. Elon University (Love)
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    Elon University (Love)

    Elon, N.C.

    2011 Regional Rank: 1 South
    2009 Regional Rank: 1

    2011 National Rank: 1
    2009 National Rank: 6

    Average GMAT Score: 568
    Work Experience: 9.4 years
    Average Class Size: 20
    Completion Rate: 92 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 74.1 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 26.8 percent

    One hundred percent of students seeking to change careers or find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 41 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  18. Georgia State University (Robinson)
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    Georgia State University (Robinson)

    Atlanta

    2011 Regional Rank: 2 South
    2009 Regional Rank: 4

    2011 National Rank: 22
    2009 National Rank: 29

    Average GMAT Score: 600
    Work Experience: 6.3 years
    Average Class Size: 29
    Completion Rate: 77 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 62 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 34.2 percent

    Sixty-five percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 46 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  19. Emory University (Goizueta)
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    Emory University (Goizueta)

    Atlanta

    2011 Regional Rank: 3 South
    2009 Regional Rank: 2

    2011 National Rank: 23
    2009 National Rank: 11

    Average GMAT Score: 630
    Work Experience: 6 years
    Average Class Size: 42
    Completion Rate: 98 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 65.5 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 24.3 percent

    Seventy-five percent of students seeking to advance at their current employer said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but none of those seeking to find a new job in the same industry did so.

  20. Kennesaw State University (Coles)
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    Kennesaw State University (Coles)

    Kennesaw, Ga.

    2011 Regional Rank: 4 South
    2009 Regional Rank: 8

    2011 National Rank: 29
    2009 National Rank: 56

    Average GMAT Score: 592
    Work Experience: 11 years
    Average Class Size: 23
    Completion Rate: 87 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 51.5 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 32.2 percent

    Fifty-seven percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 31 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  21. North Carolina State University (Poole)
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    North Carolina State University (Poole)

    Raleigh, N.C.

    2011 Regional Rank: 5 South
    2009 Regional Rank: NR

    2011 National Rank: 30
    2009 National Rank: NR

    Average GMAT Score: 563
    Work Experience: 6.8 years
    Average Class Size: 38
    Completion Rate: 96 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 49.1 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 35.6 percent

    Eighty percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 32 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  22. Rice University (Jones)
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    Rice University (Jones)

    Houston

    2011 Regional Rank: 1 Southwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 1

    2011 National Rank: 6
    2009 National Rank: 8

    Average GMAT Score: 623
    Work Experience: 5.6 years
    Average Class Size: 31
    Completion Rate: 99 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 69.4 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 31.3 percent

    Eighty percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 38 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  23. Southern Methodist University (Cox)
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    Southern Methodist University (Cox)

    Dallas

    2011 Regional Rank: 2 Southwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 2

    2011 National Rank: 7
    2009 National Rank: 15

    Average GMAT Score: 600
    Work Experience: 6.4 years
    Average Class Size: 41
    Completion Rate: 93.3 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 61.5 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 34.9 percent

    Seventy-nine percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 50 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  24. University of Texas (McCombs)
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    University of Texas (McCombs)

    Austin, Tex.

    2011 Regional Rank: 3 Southwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 5

    2011 National Rank:11
    2009 National Rank: 37

    Average GMAT Score: 645
    Work Experience: 6.1 years
    Average Class Size: 75
    Completion Rate: 96 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 71.1 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 28.2 percent

    Seventy-seven percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 62 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  25. University of Texas (Jindal)
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    University of Texas (Jindal)

    Dallas

    2011 Regional Rank: 4 Southwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 3

    2011 National Rank: 24
    2009 National Rank: 24

    Average GMAT Score: 646
    Work Experience: 3.4 years
    Average Class Size: 43
    Completion Rate: 90 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 60.7 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 27.6 percent

    Sixty-four percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 40 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  26. University of Denver (Daniels)
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    University of Denver (Daniels)

    Denver

    2011 Regional Rank: 5 Southwest
    2009 Regional Rank: 8

    2011 National Rank: 25
    2009 National Rank: 53

    Average GMAT Score: 578
    Work Experience: 5.8 years
    Average Class Size: 25
    Completion Rate: 92 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 62.8 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 29.7 percent

    Seventy-one percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 33 percent of those seeking to find a new job in the same industry did so.

  27. UCLA (Anderson)
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    UCLA (Anderson)

    Los Angeles

    2011 Regional Rank: 1 West
    2009 Regional Rank: 1

    2011 National Rank: 2
    2009 National Rank: 2

    Average GMAT Score: 684
    Work Experience: 6.2 years
    Average Class Size: 69
    Completion Rate: 97 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 65.3 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 27.5 percent

    Seventy-five percent of students seeking to change careers or find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 65 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  28. University of Nevada
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    University of Nevada

    Reno, Nev.

    2011 Regional Rank: 2 West
    2009 Regional Rank: 5

    2011 National Rank: 4
    2009 National Rank: 21

    Average GMAT Score: 584
    Work Experience: 6.5 years
    Average Class Size: 28
    Completion Rate: 99 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 62.5 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 28.7 percent

    One hundred percent of students seeking to find a new job in the same industry said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 47 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  29. University of California (Haas)
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    University of California (Haas)

    Berkeley, Calif.

    2011 Regional Rank: 3 West
    2009 Regional Rank: 2

    2011 National Rank: 5
    2009 National Rank: 3

    Average GMAT Score: 691
    Work Experience: 8.1 years
    Average Class Size: 62
    Completion Rate: 95 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 61.7 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 19.6 percent

    Seventy-nine percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 41 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  30. University of Washington (Foster)
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    University of Washington (Foster)

    Seattle

    2011 Regional Rank: 4 West
    2009 Regional Rank: 10

    2011 National Rank: 10
    2009 National Rank: 40

    Average GMAT Score: 645
    Work Experience: 5.9 years
    Average Class Size: 56
    Completion Rate: 98 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 48 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 24.9 percent

    Seventy-seven percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 53 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.

  31. Loyola Marymount University
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    Loyola Marymount University

    Los Angeles

    2011 Regional Rank: 5 West
    2009 Regional Rank: 3

    2011 National Rank: 13
    2009 National Rank: 13

    Average GMAT Score: 617
    Work Experience: 4 years
    Average Class Size: 18
    Completion Rate: 82 percent

    Grads Reporting Salary Increase: 62.5 percent
    Average Salary Increase: 43.7 percent

    Seventy-nine percent of students seeking to change careers said the program was "completely" responsible for them achieving their career goals, but only 43 percent of those seeking to advance at their current employer did so.