Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) College of Business Administration part-time MBA program has been ranked 13th among the nation’s top programs and third in the West, according to a survey released by BusinessWeek magazine earlier this month.

LMU’s program is rated ahead of USC’s Marshall School of Business program, which was ranked 19th, and the University of San Diego, ranked 26th.

“Last spring, U.S. News & World Report also ranked our MBA program as one of the best in the country,” said Rachelle Katz, associate dean for university’s College of Business Administration and director of the MBA program. “We are thrilled to be recognized by another outstanding publication.”

The business administration program is ranked No. 1 among part-time MBA programs at Jesuit institutions, including Georgetown University. It offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA and executive MBA degree programs.

“These rankings reflect the commitment and investment of the (business administration) community — Dr. Katz, her team and the College of Business of Administration,” said Dennis Draper, dean of the college. “In addition, it is testimony to the high caliber of our MBA program and the students that enroll.

“This is not only an achievement in which we can take pride, but it is also something that serves as a reminder of the importance of everything we do.”

The BusinessWeek rankings are released every two years and are based on a number of factors, including a survey of 4,222 current students, academic quality assessments and post-MBA outcomes. This year’s survey assessed 99 academic programs.