McCombs Named No. 2 School for Hispanic MBA Students

Hispanic Business magazine ranked the McCombs School of Business the nation’s second-best business school for Hispanic MBA students in their annual survey of graduate schools released this week. The University of Texas at El Paso took the top spot.

McCombs has risen two years in a row to overtake New York University’s Stern School of Business for the second-place finish and has been in the top five for 13 years in a row. Hispanics make up 7.1 percent of McCombs’ 537 full-time MBA students.

Hispanic Business touts its efforts as “measur[ing] the effectiveness of the nation’s universities in attracting Hispanic students.” McCombs is a 20-year member in the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a 17-university alliance that seeks to increase the number of minorities in MBA programs and managerial positions in business.

McCombs also sponsors the National Society of Hispanic MBAs’ annual conference and actively recruits Hispanics at recruiting events in major cities across the United States.

Beyond the business school, The University of Texas at Austin is very well positioned for Hispanics in other graduate programs. UT’s School of Law took first place in HB’s law school rankings and the Cockrell School of Engineering ranked 10th among engineering programs. The Cockrell School also awards a higher percentage of undergraduate degrees to Hispanics and African Americans than other top-ranked programs at public schools of engineering, according to the ASEE Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges.

The methodology behind the business school rankings weights most heavily the number and percentage of enrolled Hispanic students, but also takes into account student retention rate, the percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty; the variety of student services that focus on the Hispanic community, and the reputation of the school as seen in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings.


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