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U.S. News: Darla Moore School reclaims No. 2 IB spot

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

The Darla Moore School of Business reclaimed its No. 2 spot in U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 graduate rankings of top international graduate business programs, and its part-time MBA (PMBA) Program moved up five points to 36th nationally.

The Moore School also jumped eight points to tie for 54th in the overall listing of the nation’s top graduate programs in business.

Two other USC programs continue to be included in the top five in their categories in the 2012 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

The School Library Media Program is ranked No. 2, and the Doctoral Program in Social Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of sociology ranked No. 4. The School of Library and Information Science is ranked No. 17. Although these rankings are published in the 2012 guide, they are based on data and evaluations from previous years.

USC Provost Michael Amiridis said the rankings clearly show that the excellence of USC’s graduate programs is being recognized nationally.

“Increasingly, an advanced degree is becoming crucial for career success, particularly in certain fields,” Amiridis said. “The U.S.News & World Report rankings provide an additional external validation for the excellence of some of our graduate programs. I congratulate the faculty and the students of these programs.”

Moore School Dean Hildy Teegen said the ranking shows unequivocally that the investments made in the Darla Moore School of Business are paying off.

“This is validation that our investment in our future and the hard work of our faculty, staff and students are coming to fruition,” Teegen said. “We continue to be recognized as a global leader for our offerings in international business. The PMBA ranking is also highly significant, particularly as we launch our unique telepresence learning infrastructure to support working professionals eager to learn from the excellent faculty here at Moore.

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