University of South Carolina

Moore School taking care of international business

The University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business is not resting on its many laurels as it marks a milestone ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

“This news reaffirms our commitment to providing our students a top-quality education, thereby ensuring that we are providing a well-educated workforce for South Carolina and our nation.”

In fact, three of the University's graduate programs--in international business, school-library media, and social psychology--have earned top rankings in the magazine's annual issue, “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The Moore School is recognized as the nation’s top-ranked public-university MBA program for international business and No. 2 among all institutions. The school has recently developed two new innovative international programs--for interdisciplinary graduate study and undergraduate study in Hong Kong--and is awaiting accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

This marks the 20th consecutive year that the Moore School’s International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) Program has been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the publication.

“Over the past two years of my IMBA program, I have had the pleasure of working with students and faculty who are also passionate about international business, culture and travel, and it has contributed greatly to my overall MBA experience," says graduate student Chelsea Render of Tulsa, Okla.

"I could not have chosen a better program with an international focus” says Render, who begins a two-year marketing position with Bosch in late July.


High marks for school-library media, social psychology

The university also was ranked No. 2 for its program in school-library media (School of Library and Information Science). And in social psychology (College of Arts and Sciences’ department of sociology), the University ranked No. 4.

“These rankings are especially gratifying, in that they highlight our academic excellence,” University President Harris Pastides says. “This news reaffirms our commitment to providing our students a top-quality education, thereby ensuring that we are providing a well-educated workforce for South Carolina and our nation.”

The social psychology No. 4 ranking puts South Carolina alongside Cornell University and ahead of Duke University, Emory University and the University of Michigan, among others.

"The college is proud of the continued high ranking of the social psychology program in our Department of Sociology, a small department with a big national impact," says Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "This ranking recognizes the excellence of the faculty, their commitment not only to research but also to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level."

Likewise, Sam Hastings, director of the School of Library and Information Science, was pleased with the rankings, which included an overall program rank of No. 17, out of 62 accredited schools nationally.

“Being ranked No. 2 in the nation for our school-library media program validates our mission to produce the best qualified leaders in our field," she says. "It helps us compete with an ever-challenging distance education market that recruits students without regard to geographical boundaries. Our faculty and students are the best. ... Being in the top 20 is important and as we continue to improve and grow, we will continue to receive good rankings.”

School-library media student Roxanne Spray of Columbia says she will be ultra-prepared when she earns her master's degree in May.

"I really do believe that school library media specialists and programs are crucial to students' success and achievements," she says. "The professors, classes, and internships have helped me blend the theoretical and practical, so I'm ready to fill my role and be a leader and have a high-fucntioning media program on the first day of school."

Of the ranking, she says, "Certainly it's nice to have that kid of national validation for a program that I already knew was wonderful."

'Rigorous programming to challenge our students'

Moore School Dean Hildy Teegen says the 20-year milestone for international business reflects a continued commitment by the school to prepare students to compete in the global marketplace.

“We are so honored to again receive recognition for our outstanding international-business programming at the Moore School,” Teegen says. “Our best-in-class faculty and professional staff continue a long tradition of cutting-edge, rigorous programming to challenge our students as they prepare to take leading roles in creating value for organizations and society around the world.”

The Moore School has developed two international programs for graduate and undergraduate students, pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The new Master of International Business (MIB) would be a one-year interdisciplinary graduate program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences (political science) and the School of Law.

The International Business and Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) would be a partnership program with the Chinese University of Hong Kong for undergraduates, including two years of study in Hong Kong and intensive language and cultural training.

Thunderbird School of Global Management (Garvin) of Arizona led the international-business rankings, followed by the Moore School. Rounding out the top 10 were the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Ross), Columbia University, Duke University (Fuqua) and New York University (tied for sixth), Harvard University, the University of Southern California (Marshall) and the University of California-Berkeley (Haas).

The U.S. News ranking is the latest accolade for the Moore School. Last August, the Moore School was ranked No. 1 in undergraduate international business for the 12th consecutive year by U.S. News’ annual survey, “America’s Best Colleges Guide” for 2009.

In January, the Moore School was ranked No. 2 among the world’s top 100 business schools in the category of “International Experience” and moved into the top 50 in scholarly research, according to the annual Financial Times of London rankings of business schools with full-time MBA programs.

About U.S. News rankings

To calculate the specialty rankings--such as international business--magazine researchers asked for expert opinions from deans of business schools and MBA program heads across the nation.

Each year, U.S. News releases rankings of the graduate schools. Some rankings are new, and others are from previous years.

Additional rankings are on the U.S. News & World Report Web site. The 2010 issue will be available on newsstands April 28.

U.S. News & World Report
graduate rankings

  • No. 2: International business (No. 1 among public institutions)
  • No. 2: School-library media
  • No. 4: Social psychology

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/23/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/05/09 @ 2:04 PM | Permalink