Butler University’s part-time MBA program is the best in Indiana and 25th in the country, according to rankings Bloomberg Businessweek released on October 20.
Butler’s program, which moved up 32 spots from last year’s rankings, is Indiana’s only part-time MBA program in the Top 25. Bloomberg’s part-time MBA rankings are composed of 50 percent Student Survey score and 50 percent Alumni Survey score, which takes into account alumni compensation changes over time, job satisfaction, the impact the program has had on their career and if they would recommend the program to others.
“This year’s ranking is reflective of the tremendous impact our program is having on our alums and on the business community in general,” said Steve Standifird, Dean of Butler’s College of Business. “We are thrilled to be Indiana’s premier part-time MBA program.”
Part-time MBA programs differ from the traditional two-year MBA because of their students, who often require flexibility and want to use the degree to advance within their company, Bloomberg said. The students tend to be a little older than full-timers, and more than half return to their pre-MBA job, compared with one in 10 full-time graduates.
Butler’s program is unique in the way courses are taught. Most are experiential and incorporate global issues and live cases and projects with local companies. Students complete real projects for actual businesses, which build their skills and expand their network. Concentrations are available in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, International Business, Leadership, and Marketing. Or students can pursue a general MBA.
Butler students are assigned a personal leadership coach who helps to hone leadership skills, provides career advice and coaching, and work as a sounding board. This relationship builds throughout their time in school and beyond, forming the cornerstone of a solid post-graduate network.
“We strive to give our students transformational experiences that develop them both personally and professionally,” said Marietta Stalcup, the MBA Program Director. “It is great to see that so many of our students and alums are happy with the outcomes that our program has helped produce for them.”