Regional Competition Heats Up

In the two years since Bloomberg Businessweek last ranked the nation's top part-time MBA programs, it would appear there's been little change in the established order. In five of the six regions, the No. 1 school remains the same, with only the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business becoming a new No. 1 in the Midwest, ousting the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

But just below the No. 1 schools, a transformation is under way. Villanova surged from No. 9 to No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic region, putting it within a hair's breadth of No. 1 Carnegie Mellon. Chicago Booth moved up two spots in the Midwest, while Georgia State did the same in the South. Babson, unranked in 2009 because of a low rate of response to our ranking survey, made a startling debut at No. 2 in the Northeast. In the Southwest, the University of Denver advanced to No. 5 from No. 8. And in the West, the University of Nevada, Reno, is now at No. 2, moving up three spots and nipping at the heels of No. 1 UCLA.

In the slides that follow, we list the top five schools in each region. To see the complete list for each region, use our interactive graphic. To learn more about individual programs, check out their online profiles, use our comparator tool, or take a virtual school tour. And for a detailed explanation of our methodology, read our FAQ.

GMAT scores, work experience, class size and completion rates are self-reported by schools. Grads reporting salary increase, average salary increase, and information on career goals are based on students responding to the ranking survey and do not represent the entire class. NA=not available. NR=not ranked.

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