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Hankamer School of Business Programs Ranked in U.S. News 2017 Best Graduate Schools Rankings

March 17, 2016

Baylor University graduate programs in law, business, nursing and health disciplines, education, engineering, the sciences and social sciences and humanities were among those nationally ranked in the 2017 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The latest rankings are published online at and in the U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools 2017” guidebook.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine, as well as various specialty areas within those fields. The rankings in these six areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys of administrators at more than 1,900 graduate programs and more than 18,400 academics and professionals, conducted during fall 2015 and early 2016.


Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, which moved into its new Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation in fall 2015, moved up one place to No. 57 among the top-rated master’s programs in business.

Baylor's MBA employment rate at graduation ranks No. 3 in the nation. Its employment rate three months after graduation is ranked No. 10.

To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed all 470 master's programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, with 379 responding. The rankings were calculated on a weighted average of nine measures of quality, including peer and recruiter assessments, placement success and student selectivity.

Among specialty rankings, Baylor’s online MBA program, which began in May 2014, was ranked No. 69, based on factors such as admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students.


For the 2017 graduate rankings, U.S. News newly ranked a number of health disciplines through peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline.

Other graduate health disciplines included in the U.S. News rankings but not newly ranked include:

  • the U.S. Army-Baylor master's degree program in health care management at No. 7 (ranked in 2015)
  • the MBA in health care administration, a specialization in Baylor's MBA program in the Hankamer School of Business, at No. 18 (ranked in 2015)

U.S. Army-Baylor health programs are operated at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The business school MBA in health care administration program is a part of the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, the foundation for health care-related initiatives in Baylor's business school.

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