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Gabelli School Earns Spot on the Economist’s Annual Survey of MBA Programs


Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business has been named to the Economist’s 2017 list of top 100 full-time MBA programs.

The full-time MBA ranking includes quantitative and qualitative data from current MBA candidates and recent graduates of global MBA programs. Factors such as educational experience, potential to network, and faculty quality were measured in the publication’s annual report. A total of 153 schools were asked to participate.

Ranked favorably for its student-alumni ratio and No. 12 for its network potential, the Gabelli School was recognized as one of world’s leading business programs.

“We have placed an emphasis firmly on quality in the MBA program,” said Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., dean of the Gabelli School. “We’re making sure that our curriculum is industry relevant, ensuring that we have the best faculty, and creating new opportunities for students to take on consulting-style work.”

In the regional ranking, the Gabelli School comes in at 54, and 92 overall. This puts the school third behind the Columbia Business School and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in the New York City region. Among Jesuit institutions, the Gabelli School ranks second behind Georgetown University.

“Our debut in the Economist‘s global rankings as a top 100 full-time MBA program really demonstrates that the Gabelli School of Business is on the move,” said Benjamin M. Cole, Ph.D., director of the Full-Time MBA and Professional MBA programs.

The school’s entrance in the Economist survey comes months after the Gabelli School launched its cutting-edge MBA onboarding program, Gabelli Launch. The innovative program took 42 incoming full-time MBA students to Argentina to work on social impact consulting projects with local NGOs, such as Fundación Emanuel, Red Por La Infancia, and Azul Solidario.

Besides this intensive orientation program, Cole said the school would be offering new courses this spring on blockchain and cryptocurrencies— as well as bootcamp-style training in social entrepreneurship. These features are important differentiators in the MBA market, he said.

“We have exciting programming that helps students attain the personal transformation they came to achieve at Fordham.”


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