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UCM’s Part-time MBA Recognized Among Nation‘s Best by U.S. News & World Report

By Jeff Murphy, March 14, 2019

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WARRENSBURG, MO – One of the nation’s most popular sources for students to seek information that will help them in deciding which college or university best suits their education goals, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Central Missouri among 2020 Best Graduate Schools for a part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

The rankings were released this week by U.S. News & World Report in its online edition. A reflection of the commitment of the faculty and staff in UCM’s Adrian and Margaret Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, the rankings are based on data collected from 287 MBA programs out of 323 such programs nationwide that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). UCM was ranked 197th. To view the complete rankings, visit

U.S. News & World Report notes that “part-time business programs play a vital role for working people who can’t go to school full time for family or financial reasons.” U.S. News’ part-time MBA rankings are based on five factors. These assessment criteria and their weight in the overall scoring process are as follows:

  • Average peer assessment score (50 percent).
  • Average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative verbal and analytical writing scores of part-time MBA students who entered in fall 2018 (15 percent).
  • Average grade point average of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2018 (12.5 percent).
  • Number of years of work experience of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2018, with more experience scoring higher in the rankings (10 percent).
  • Percentage of the business school’s fall 2018 total full-time and part-time MBA enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program, with a higher percentage that is part-time scoring higher in the rankings (12.5 percent).

Part-time programs had to have at least 20 students enrolled part time to qualify for the rankings.
Information released by U.S. News & World Report follows in January that listed UCM as having a Best Online MBA program.  In that report, UCM climbed from being unranked two years ago to 126th in the nation.

Ginger Killian, MBA director in the Harmon College, stressed the work of Harmon College faculty as a key factor in making these two lists. Harmon College leadership and MBA faculty have worked to make program revisions that have led to innovative concentrations that combine quality, flexibility and affordability to meet the needs of tomorrow’s employers while preparing students for managerial roles in business and industry.

Learn more about UCM’s MBA opportunities by visiting Also call Killian at 660-543-8192 or email to learn more.


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