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Wisconsin MBA moves up 15 spots in Forbes ranking

August 17, 2007

The Wisconsin MBA moved up 15 spots in a national ranking released today of MBA programs by Forbes magazine. The Wisconsin MBA was ranked 27th, compared to 42nd in 2005, the last time the biennial ranking was conducted.

Forbes based the ranking on the results of a survey of MBA graduates from the graduating class of 2002, comparing their current salaries with their pre-MBA salaries and factoring in the cost of their program, including the salary foregone while in school.

"We are pleased there is increased recognition of the value of our program in creating leaders and in terms of the return on investment we provide our graduates," says Michael M. Knetter, dean of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business.

Adds Knetter: "The trend we are seeing in terms of perception of our program is encouraging. We remain committed to enhancing our underlying fundamentals – attracting great students, providing them with an excellent educational experience and having strong placement outcomes."

The Wisconsin MBA has made strides in other recent rankings. U.S. News and World Report most recently ranked the Wisconsin MBA 29th in the nation, up two spots from the previous year. In the most recent Wall Street Journal ranking of MBA programs, the Wisconsin MBA moved up nine spots to 25th in the regional category.