Valparaiso University’s College of Business continues to gain recognition as one of the nation’s outstanding graduate business programs, with its inclusion in the Princeton Review’s “Best 294 Business Schools” guidebook, released Oct. 11.

Princeton Review noted that Valpo’s College of Business offers an innovative MBA program (www.valpo.edu/mba) that provides its students with a solid foundation in core business functions along with an emphasis on values-based leadership and environmental stewardship – skills in high demand in the global marketplace. This is the eighth consecutive year Valpo’s MBA program has been cited by Princeton Review for its academic quality.

Bruce MacLean, director of graduate programs in management, said Valpo’s MBA program provides students with a competitive advantage by helping them acquire the depth of knowledge and creative thinking required in today’s business world.

“Valpo’s MBA students are challenged to learn essential business skills while also developing their critical-thinking ability and commitment to ethical behavior,” MacLean said. “This combination – strong business acumen, character and wisdom – distinguishes Valpo students who become the thoughtful leaders our world needs.”

The guidebook notes that Valpo’s MBA program reflects the high quality found throughout the University and the personal attention faculty members dedicate to students. Students are quoted in the guidebook praising professors for being excellent teachers who bring a wealth of personal experience from the business world and provide real-world examples that they can implement immediately in the workplace.

The MBA program also is cited by students for its convenience and flexibility. That convenience includes offering classes both in person and live via Valpo’s MBA Live remote link, optional GMAT testing based on work experience and undergraduate grades, convenient evening classes that meet once a week, and eight-week terms that allow students to start six times throughout the year.

Valpo’s MBA program is one of the first in the nation to offer a concentration in sustainability to teach future business leaders how taking care of the environment can create new business opportunities and raise profits (www.valpo.edu/mba/plus/sustainability.php). It also offers a Master of Engineering Management degree designed for those who will be managing engineers or other technical professionals, and joint degree programs that provide MBA students an opportunity to concurrently earn a law degree or master’s degree in nursing.

Business schools are selected for the Princeton Review’s book based on institutional data collected from the schools and the opinions of students who are asked to rate and report on their campus experiences.

For more information about Valpo’s graduate business programs, contact Cindy Scanlan, assistant director of graduate programs in management, at 219-465-7952 or visit valpo.edu/mba.

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