Georgia MBA ranked a top 10 public program by U.S. News & World Report

Terry’s Full-Time MBA program continues its unmatched rise in graduate business rankings
Santanu Chatterjee teaches a MBA course in a large classroom at the UGA Terry College of Business.

The Full-Time MBA program at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business is ranked a top 10 public program nationally in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.

The Georgia MBA program climbed four spots to No. 27 overall, marking the second straight year that the program recorded its record-best ranking in the U.S. News survey. Among public business schools, the Georgia MBA is ranked No. 9 – entering the U.S. News top 10 for the first time – up from 11th last year.

Earlier this year, the Financial Times rated Georgia’s MBA the No. 1 value for the money worldwide and a top five public program in the U.S. And last fall, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Terry’s full-time program No. 8 among public business schools and No. 27 overall.

“Top 10 public rankings represent a new standard for the Georgia MBA program and a tipping point in the Terry College’s reputation nationally,” said Dean Ben Ayers. “Rankings are not the end goal, but they can be a reflection of the right outcomes. In our case, those outcomes include exceptionally strong post-graduate employment and starting salaries, rising admissions and student interest, and a collegial spirit and work ethic among our students, faculty and staff that’s never been better. The credit to our MBA team and alumni is well deserved.”

Close to 98% of Georgia MBA students from the Class of 2023 were employed within three months of graduation, according to the U.S. News survey. It was the second highest employment rate reported by schools ranked in the top 50. And the starting salary and bonus reported by graduates of Terry’s full-time program averaged more than $149,000.

“We pour a great deal into our students’ personal success and professional growth, and they graduate with a clear-eyed understanding of their path going forward – and they’re excited to begin the journey,” said Santanu Chatterjee, director of the full-time program and Terry’s associate dean for diversity, international and master’s programs. “It’s very gratifying to see the hard work of our students and faculty recognized by these U.S. News rankings, and it’s a tribute to our remarkable MBA staff and the employers who hire our graduates.”

In addition, Terry’s Professional MBA Program ranked 39th in U.S. News’ part-time MBA ranking. Among public business schools, the PMBA ranked 26th. All rankings appear in the 2024-2025 edition of U.S. News’ Best Graduate Schools, which was published April 9.

U.S. News’ full-time MBA ranking is based on surveys of 339 MBA programs accredited by the AACSB International. The methodology includes placement success (50%), assessment of quality (25%) and student selectivity (25%).

The part-time MBA ranking methodology is based on six factors: peer assessment (50%), percentage of MBA enrollment in the part-time program (12.5%), total number of part-time students (12.5%), standardized test scores (10%), undergraduate grade point average (10%) and number of years of work experience (5%). For its academic reputation among peers, Terry’s Professional MBA Program ranked in the top 15 among public business schools.