Several of Marquette’s graduate programs move up in ranks

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Several of Marquette’s graduate programs move up in national rankings

Marquette’s business, nursing, engineering and law graduate programs have moved up in ranks nationwide according to a 2022 U.S. News and World Report. 

Douglas Woods, vice provost for graduate and professional studies and dean of the graduate school, said this advancement in rankings “underscores Marquette’s commitment to offering an adaptive and enhanced learning experience.”

“Our master’s programs balance theory and applied principals, while also teaching our students the ethical and real world implications of what they are studying,” Woods said in an email. 

One of the programs that moved up was the Graduate School of Management’s executive Master of Business Administration program. The program moved up one spot in its category from last year, marking it now as No. 15. The school’s part-time MBA program also moved up in the ranks, placing it at No. 46, which was a seven-spot leap from last year.

“We are very proud of the executive MBA program at Marquette,” Jeanne Simmons, associate dean of the Graduate School of Management, said in an email. “We have been consistently ranked in the top 20 programs and we are happy with that ranking.” 

Simmons also said that the part-time MBA program moving up in ranks is “validation” for the work that has been done to match the program with the needs of the students.

Our part-time MBA program is focused on working professionals and we have designed the program around this population,” Simmons said in an email. “Classes are in the evening and online as well as some blended courses. We are doing everything we can to fit this program into the lives of very busy students.” 

Along with nationally ranked part-time MBA and EMBA programs, Marquette’s Graduate School of Management offers master’s degree programs in accounting, accounting analytics, applied economics, corporate communications, finance, management, supply chain management and a joint MBA program with law and an online MBA.

However, Simmons said what sets Marquette’s Graduate School of Management apart from other programs is its focus on the students. 

“We have small class sizes so students get to know each other and learn from each other and we have an ethical focus in all of our classes,” Simmons said in an email. “Those are two of the hallmarks of the GSM programs.”

The College of Nursing’s Master of Science program also moved up, placing it at No. 60, a nine-spot leap from last year.

Madeline Schmidt, assistant dean for graduate programs, said this jump in rankings will help with the recruitment and retention of students who want to come back to nursing’s M.S. program. 

“This is great for the program and a recognition of the success of our education here at MU and the experiences of the students,” Schmidt. 

According to Marquette’s website, students in the M.S. program can specialize in “acute care nurse practitioner, adults, adult-gerontology, children, nurse-midwifery and health care systems leadership.” 

Within all of these disciplines, Schmidt said the mission and vision of Marquette and the College of Nursing is ingrained, setting the program apart from competitors. 

“When we graduate the Marquette Nurse, they are nurses who have leadership and reflective practice,” Schmidt said in an email. “They care for all patients with Magis, attention to social justice and live the values of Cura Personalis.”

Looking forward, Woods said Marquette’s graduate programs will continue to expand its “online offerings” in order to continue delivering a transformational education to students.

This story was written by Claire Driscol. She can be reached at claire.driscol@marquette.edu