(Ames, Iowa – March 30, 2021) — The full-time MBA program at the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business moved up in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today.

The Ivy MBA is ranked number 50, up three places from last year’s ranking and is consistent with the program’s ranking trend, placing it in the top 10 percent of MBA programs in the country.

“Our MBA program has shown a steady, significant rise in the rankings in recent years. This is a direct result of the quality work our faculty do every day in the classroom,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “At a time when many universities are dropping their full-time MBA programs, the Ivy MBA continues to excel. Our internationally known faculty provide a top-notch MBA experience that helps our graduates advance their careers to the next level.”

Other significant highlights in the survey include:

  • Employers ranked the program #25
  • The incoming MBA class ranks #5 for their GPA

“This is outstanding,” Spalding said. “Also, of the schools who are ranked in the top 50, we are number one for students having been hired within three months of graduation. That’s impressive.”

Recent Ivy full time MBA program rankings by U.S. News & World Report:

2019: 79
2020: 47
2021: 53
2022: 50

The Ivy College of Business is experiencing growth and success in many ways. The part-time MBA program, offered in downtown Des Moines, has been voted the Best MBA Program in Des Moines for three consecutive years. The college continues to offer new programs to meet the needs of students and their future employers, including undergraduate majors in entrepreneurship, actuarial science, and business analytics, and others, with more in the works. Additional master’s programs were recently launched to support professionals in their efforts to advance their careers. This includes an executive MBA with a focus on food, agriculture, and bioscience and a masters in real estate development. The college’s master of business analytics is moving to 100 percent online to meet the needs of busy professionals.

After years of enrollment growth, a much-needed 45,000 square foot building expansion was completed in fall 2020. The four-story Gerdin Business Building addition was designed with students in mind. It includes 40 percent more space, seven team rooms, the Kingland Hub common space, 35 faculty office spaces, and five additional classrooms.

“As you can see, we are a college on the move,” Spalding said.


About Us

At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we offer a wide variety of programs to maximize student potential, connect students with professionals through case competitions, interactive learning, study abroad, internships, and ultimately successful employment. We continuously add valuable programs that benefit students and their future employers, including an undergraduate major in actuarial science, a master of real estate development, and an executive MBA — all beginning in fall 2019. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredits the college. Less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs have earned this credential.