Scott Edinburgh
April 11, 2024

Evaluating the 2024 US News Best Part Time MBA Programs


The US News Best Part Time MBA Programs report for 2024 has just been released. Unlike the full time rankings, there was only some minor shuffling among the top 5 part time MBA programs. Top part time MBA programs are ideal for working professionals who want the benefit of an MBA without taking off time from work. Part-time MBA programs are also financially and logistically appealing, especially for those who are not looking to change careers immediately post-MBA.

Part-Time MBA Program Rankings from US News

Ironically, this year, the top-five distribution looks exactly as it did in 2021 and 2022. Chicago Booth returned to the top spot, bumping Berkeley Haas to the #2 position. For the fourth year in a row, Kellogg, NYU Stern and UCLA Anderson rank third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Following them, Indiana Kelley and UT Dallas tied for 13th place. Rice Jones stayed at #15, joined by Minnesota Carlson. Georgia Tech dropped significantly from #11, tying with Utah Eccles for #17. University of South Carolina Moore dropped to 19th place, and Emory Goizueta closed out the top 20 list.

US News Methodology for Ranking Part-Time MBA Programs

The changes in this year’s rankings for part-time MBA programs are largely due to changes in the methodology used by US News. Most notably, in-person and hybrid MBA programs were ranked separately from online-only part-time MBA programs, which now have their own ranking.

As you review these new part-time MBA rankings, remember that changes over time are more noteworthy than the year-to-year and guide-to-guide fluctuations. Although the top 5 part-time MBA programs have shown little fluctuation over recent years, this shuffling within the top 10 and farther down the list indicates the increasing competition among leading part-time MBA programs.

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