Auburn ranks among top graduate business schools for physician-executives

AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Business remains among the nation’s top graduate business schools for physician-executives, according to Modern Healthcare magazine. In the ninth annual survey of programs awarding Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration or similar degrees, the Auburn Physicians Executive MBA, or PEMBA, program ranked 21st in the nation. Among MBA programs only, Auburn is ranked eighth.

The professional distance education program is provided via innovative online technologies combined with five campus residency visits over 21 months. As a result, the program allows physicians to further their education without career interruption.

“Auburn’s PEMBA program has appeared in the ranking every year since it was first published in 2003,” said Bill Hardgrave, dean and Wells Fargo Professor of the College of Business. “Such recognition validates our commitment to innovative, yet practical, education. While we are certainly pleased to maintain our position among the nation’s top programs for physician-executives, we continue to look for ways to build and improve the program.”

The rankings reflect data from the 2010-2011 academic year and are based on five criteria: length of program, tuition cost, days on campus, number of years since program inception and number of graduates. All institutions participating must be accredited.

“We are pleased to again be recognized,” says Dan Gropper, associate dean for MBA programs. “We are particularly pleased to be the top-ranked program in the Southeastern Conference in this specialty area. We are attracting excellent physicians from across the United States to Auburn University, and our faculty and staff do a great job delivering the program.”

Modern Healthcare is a weekly publication considered the foremost authority on healthcare business nationally. The magazine’s ranking adds to the national recognition that the college has received. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Auburn 24th among the nation’s public undergraduate business programs and 32nd among the nation’s public graduate business schools. In its latest report, Forbes ranked the Auburn MBA program 29th among public institutions for return on investment and the Financial Times ranked Auburn’s EMBA program 35th in the nation and 75th in the world, up from 40th and 80th respectively, in 2009.

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