MBA rankingU.S. News & World Report, in its survey of Best Part-Time MBA Programs, recently ranked the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham 39th in the nation in its 2015 Best Graduate Schools ranking.  Collat’s MBA program is the highest ranking part-time program and the largest fully accredited MBA program in Alabama.

The ranking marks a significant jump for Collat, which catapulted from 73rd to 39th in a single year, rising into the top 15% of part-time MBA programs nationally.

Director of Collat’s MBA program, Ken Miller, MBA, EdD, attributed the jump in ranking to the new, innovative curriculum, which was completely revamped in 2013. The new curriculum focuses on critical thinking and problem solving skills and emphasizes hands-on learning and professional mentoring.

“The curriculum has been streamlined to promote a standardized path to completion as well as a cohort experience for our students,” Miller said. “This greatly enhances networking opportunities that are vital to a quality MBA experience.”

The new MBA program enables working professionals to earn an MBA in two years while maintaining a positive work-life balance.  Full-time MBA students can earn their degrees in one year.  Student-centric class schedules include convenient evening and online classes.  Students may select online or traditional classroom environments each semester based on their individual needs.  Students can also earn their degrees fully online from the same exceptional faculty teaching the traditional in-class courses.

“The UAB MBA is a full service program for working professionals. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum we overlay a substantial Professional Development series of workshops and seminars to emphasize the soft skills that companies now expect from MBA graduates,” Miller said.

“We want to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world and focus on preparing our students for upper level management and leadership positions.”

The program includes a blend of disciplines designed to give managers a broad understanding of business functions with the opportunity to specialize in areas such as information technology management, healthcare management, finance, or marketing.

Peer schools with a ranking similar to Collat’s include Boston University, Villanova University, and Rutgers.

The Collat MBA program is accepting applications through April 1 for students starting in the summer 2014 term and through July 1 for students starting in the fall.