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MBA program cited among nation's best

Princeton Review again listed Minnesota State Mankato in annual book of top business schools.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release

Mankato, Minn. – For the sixth consecutive year, Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Master of Business Administration program is listed as one of the nation’s best in The Princeton Review’s 2013 business school guidebook.

The New York education services company – known for its rankings based on student surveys – includes Minnesota State Mankato in its “Best 296 Business Schools,” released on Oct. 9. The book is compiled from school-reported data and surveys of 19,000 students attending the schools.

Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business has been included in The Princeton Review rankings since 2006 (seven years in a row), when it was listed third among the book’s “best administered business schools.”

“We consider Minnesota State Mankato one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international – based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

The book does not rank schools from 1 to 296, but includes 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories.

The book includes a profile of each school, with information about academics, career and placement, student life and environment, admission and ratings for academics and selectivity.

Among the attributes of the Minnesota State Mankato MBA program, according to the book’s profile, are “a completely affordable price tag, a Twin City area satellite campus located in Edina, and a ‘powerful track record for delivering quality education,’ not to mention one of the few accredited MBA programs in the state make the College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato ‘a big part of the community as a whole, and held in high regard.’”

The books describes the program’s statistics/financial courses as “beneficial and challenging,” as are “innovative courses like the Executive Seminar and Strategic Management.”

Evening classes and a two-month semester are also pluses, the book adds.

The book goes on to say that “there are plenty of experience opportunities as well as excellent career networking for international students, and ‘the way the program is designed makes it easy … to learn and understand the concepts in a better way.’ Students also benefit from a ‘strong focus on leadership throughout the program.’”

The book also has advice on applying to business schools and funding degrees. The company – known for its guides to colleges and standardized tests – is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.

More Princeton Review information about Minnesota State Mankato is at

More information about Minnesota State Mankato’s MBA program is available at

Those who want general information about Minnesota State Mankato's MBA program may contact Marilyn Fox, professor and director of the MBA program, by phone at 507-389-6426 or by email at

Those who want more information about Minnesota State Mankato's MBA program in Edina, Minn., may contact Chris Brown Mahoney, associate professor and MBA coordinator in Edina, by phone at 952-818-8877 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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