Graduates of Michigan State University’s executive-style MBA moved up significantly in their careers after earning their degree, according to the latest ranking by the Financial Times. The Weekend MBA program in the Broad College of Business was ranked 15th in the world and 2nd among U.S. programs for “career progress” in this ranking of global executive MBA programs.

The program was ranked 89th worldwide and 34th among U.S. programs in the overall global ranking, up from 100th worldwide and 51st in the U.S. in 2011.

“We are delighted to see our graduates recognized in the global arena for their career success,” said Sanjay Gupta, associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs. “We continue to work to ensure our students are prepared for ever greater levels of responsibility in the executive suite once they leave the classroom.”

The Financial Times executive MBA ranking is based predominantly on data provided by alumni, particularly regarding their work and earning histories. MBA programs are also surveyed on criteria such as their diversity and international reach. In addition, the number of publications by full-time faculty in each program in a slate of 45 journals is considered. The career progress ranking is determined by comparing graduates’ level of seniority and company size before the MBA to that several years after earning their degree.

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