In the 2021 rankings for Best Graduate Schools, TFE Times ranked three Broad College master’s programs in the top 20, maintaining MSU’s place among the elite nationally.

The M.S. in Marketing Research held its rank as the No. 1 program for marketing research — a position it has kept since 2017 — and No. 7 across all marketing programs.

“The Broad MSMR program continues to be the premier marketing research program because we have committed faculty, an engaged advisory board, fabulous students and program director Jessica Richards, who provides incredible management,” Richard Spreng, chairperson of the Department of Marketing, said. “In addition, we continue to attract senior executives with decades of insights experience to teach in the program.”

Richards added, “The MSMR program is offered in three flexible formats, full-time online, full-time in person and part-time online, providing a variety of students the opportunity to obtain a top-ranked master’s degree in leading-edge insights and analytics methods. The MSMR degree is highly beneficial to professionals seeking job opportunities within the global multibillion-dollar industry.”

The M.S. in Business Data Science and Analytics (formerly known as the M.S. in Business Analytics) came in at No. 19 and has been one of the highest ranked programs since it began in 2013.

“We’re honored to once again be considered among the top programs for analytics education in the nation,” Gayle Nelson, program director, said. “Our outstanding faculty, staff, students and corporate partners are the keys to our continued success!”

Finally, the M.S. in Finance was ranked at No. 18, up one spot from last year. Program director Tae-Jung Kim noted that the program has held steady in the top 20 for the past six years in a row.

“We are constantly updating the content of existing classes and adding new ones to make sure that the Broad M.S. in Finance is on the cutting edge of finance education,” Department of Finance chairperson Andrei Simonov said. “Students learn to apply real-world solutions to global financial challenges in a rigorous, world-class curriculum. That allows us to be ranked so high in a very competitive field.”

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