The full-time MBA program at the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business continues to show its value in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings. The Ivy MBA ranks #53 among all programs in the nation. The announcement came in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The Ivy MBA is a quality program among the top 11 percent in the country. Ivy climbed into the U.S. News & World Report Top 50 last year, settling into a three-way tie for 47th after ranking 79 the year before.

In addition to this new ranking, the same full-time program has achieved gender balance for the first time in the program’s history.

“Our incoming full-time, MBA class has as many women as men for the first time in the program’s history,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding.

That bucks the national trend. Only 39 percent of applicants to full-time, two-year MBA programs in the United States are female, according to the 2019 application trends reported by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®).

“We have reached a goal here that some of the highest-ranked MBA programs in the country have not yet been able to achieve, including Stanford and Harvard,” Spalding said. “In addition, our part-time program has 47 percent female student enrollment.”

The college has spent the last six years building up its ranks of female faculty, to the point where Ivy now has the highest percentage of female faculty in the Big 12. This is only the second time a top-50 school has achieved the distinction of MBA gender equity.

The Ivy MBA program started in 1985.

“Our program is only 35 years old, which is much younger than most programs in the ranking report,” said Spalding. “Many programs rank higher than ours because they have a longer history. To have our program ranked 53rd in the nation, and have gender balance, is proof that we are a college on the move. This ranking validates the effort we put into our programs. This recognition illustrates the quality we provide to our students and their future employers.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate programs every spring. To learn more about the Ivy MBA, click here.