Diamonds in the Rough: Ivy League Experience for a Public School Price at Rutgers

MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

Benefiting from the prestige of its parent university—the eighth oldest university in the United States—and ranked first among public MBA programs in the New York City area by U.S. News & World Report in 2013, Rutgers Business School (RBS) hosts a suite of flexible curricular options and formal concentrations that are rooted in its multidisciplinary strength. The program boasts the “same education as an Ivy League School, at a fraction of the price” on its Web site, a claim that seems substantiated by robust industry connections across several disciplines, a network of 33,000 alumni, and a high employment rate (93% after 90 days after graduation for the Class of 2012).

“We have highly ranked supply chain management and pharmaceutical management programs, which many Ivy Leagues don’t even have,” explains a recent graduate on Bloomberg Businessweek’s profile of the school. Another graduate states that the “Supply Chain Program has the best professors” from both academia and industry. For those aspiring to work on Wall Street, the school offers a Master of Quantitative Finance degree that earned it a place among the “Top 10 Quant Schools in 2012,” as ranked by Advanced Trading. RBS has also garnered recognition from the Aspen Institute’s “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” rankings, placing 34th for its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, as evidenced by the construction of a new LEED-certified facility at its New Brunswick campus in 2011.

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