The part-time M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) moved up nine places from last year to the number-14 spot in the 2008 rankings published by U.S. News & World Report magazine’s on-line edition.

“We are very pleased about moving up nine spots and being one of only three part-time M.B.A. programs in Southern California to be ranked this year,” said Rachelle Katz, director of LMU’s M.B.A. program.

Many of LMU’s part-time M.B.A. students work full time and have family obligations. LMU officials said the university works to accommodate the students’ needs by providing a flexible class schedule.

“We feel that our program is attractive to employed students who seek personal attention from dedicated faculty and have great flexibility in selection of courses,” said Katz.

Nine of the top 29 M.B.A. programs are Jesuit institutions, including Santa Clara University and Boston College. One unusual feature among Jesuit Universities is that if a part-time M.B.A student is relocated for work, the student has the ability to complete the degree at another Jesuit university, LMU officials said.

“LMU’s program is unique, in that it offers students who are transferred to another city, the opportunity to complete the degree requirements at another Jesuit university,” said Katz.

Complete rankings are at or in the April 10th issue of US News & World Report.

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