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Top Rankings for SMG, SAR

Undergrad and grad programs recognized

| From Commonwealth | By Amy Sutherland

Bloomberg Businessweek lauded the School of Management’s academics. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Two BU schools have made gains in separate magazine rankings this year.

The School of Management sprinted into the top 20 undergraduate business schools nationally in the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, leaping 13 spots to number 18.

It’s the highest position ever given by the magazine to SMG, which just three years ago placed 43rd, and it marks “a remarkable rise,” says Steven Davidson, the school’s director of learning assessment and research.

Businessweek, which ranked 124 schools nationally, lauded SMG’s academics and cited employers’ growing awareness of its quality.

“They earned top marks in the areas of business students with internships (86 percent) and hours of time spent on class work per week (15.5),” a magazine spokesman says. The rankings are based partly on comments from students, who “specifically mentioned the required Core program as a high point, as well as the strength of business faculty,” the spokesman says.

In addition, Sargent College’s reputation continues to grow, as evidenced by U.S. News & World Report’s graduate school rankings, released in March. All three of the school’s graduate programs placed in the top 25 nationwide. BU is the only New England university to earn that distinction.

The college’s physical therapy program saw the greatest advance, from 24th to 16th out of 201 programs. Speech, language, and hearing sciences rose 4 places, to 21st out of 250 programs. And occupational therapy retained its rating from last year, coming in 2nd out of 156 programs.

“We’re getting increased recognition for our programs,” says Gloria Waters, dean of Sargent and a professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences. “People see them as high-quality, and they’re extremely attractive to students.”

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