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Santa Clara University Graduate Programs Rated Among the Best in the Nation, According to U.S. News & World Report

Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2011—Santa Clara University’s School of Law and Leavey School of Business were once again ranked among the best graduate programs in the country by the magazine U.S. News & World Report.


The U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools 2012 rankings, released today by the Washington, D.C.-based magazine, placed the Leavey School of Business’s part-time MBA program, with nearly 800 students, at number 50 in the country out of 295 such programs. The school’s executive MBA program, with an integrated-business curriculum geared toward two dozen experienced,enrolled students, was ranked 15th in the country. The school’s program for entrepreneurship studies was ranked 24th.

Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has long been recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), with the graduate program being among the first 31 to be accredited by AACSB. In addition to undergraduate degrees, the school offers master’s degrees through its evening, executive, and accelerated MBA programs, as well as in information systems.


Santa Clara University School of Law, with nearly 1,000 enrolled students, was ranked number 84 in the nation out of 190 law schools. The law school’s highly regarded intellectual property program was ranked number 8 in the nation, and the law school overall was ranked as the 6th most racially diverse in the country.

The law school offers an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; combined J.D./MBA degree; and certificates in high-tech, international, and public interest and social justice law.

About the Rankings

The magazine’s part-time MBA program rankings were derived through a 2010 peer-assessment survey that asked business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation’s 295 part-time MBA programs to rate the other part-time programs on a 5-point scale, from marginal (1) to outstanding (5). Forty-one percent of those surveyed responded. The specialty rankings, including those for entrepreneurship and executive-MBA programs, are based solely on ratings by business school deans and directors of accredited master’s programs from the list of schools surveyed. They were asked to nominate up to 10 programs for excellence in each of the areas listed.

The overall law-school rankings were derived by measuring the 190 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association, using a weighted average of 12 measures of quality including peer and judge assessment, student test scores, and placement factors. Specialty rankings (such as the intellectual property program ranking) are based solely on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's degrees in a number of professional fields, law degrees, and engineering and theology doctorates. Distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities, Santa Clara educates leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion grounded in faith-inspired values. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California's oldest operating institution of higher education. For more information, see

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