TAMPA — The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business has been named for the first time as a best graduate business school by Bloomberg Businessweek in its annual ranking of 87 full-time U.S. MBA programs.
The ranking was based on data compiled from more than 1,000 recruiters, 15,000 alumni and 9,000 recent graduates.
Ranked 78th, the Sykes College of Business did particularly well in surveys of alumni and current students. Only two other Florida business schools — the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida (46) and the University of Miami School of Business Administration (57) — were included in the ranking.
The full ranking can be accessed at www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-business-schools/.
The Sykes College of Business offers both undergraduate and graduate coursework. Graduate students can pursue an MBA, as well as Master of Science degrees in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance and marketing. There are joint M.S./MBA degrees, as well as part-time, full-time and executive MBA programs.
Frank Ghannadian, dean of the Sykes College of Business, said the college attracts students from around the globe and is renowned for graduating students who make immediate impact in the business community and within their countries.
“This is a big deal to be ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek,” Ghannadian said. “I’m proud of all the business students who work extremely hard to reach their goals, faculty who are outstanding teachers and scholars, and the vibrant business community that supports the College of Business every day,” Ghannadian said.
He added that numerous businesses recruit annually at The University of Tampa, including T. Rowe Price, Citigroup, Syniverse Technologies, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Franklin Templeton Investments.
Within an 80,000 sq.-ft. facility, the College of Business offers state-of-the-art resources such as the Huizenga Family Foundation Trading Center and more than 1,300 data ports and Wi-Fi for high-speed access. It is also home to the Center for Ethics, TECO Energy Center for Leadership, Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy and the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center.
The Sykes College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is one of the few business schools in the Southeast accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 8,310 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.