USC International business MBA ranked 2nd

U.S. News & World report

For nearly two decades the International Master of Business Administration program at the USC Moore School of Business has held onto either first or second place in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of specialty programs.

This year USC was beat only by the private Thunderbird School of Global Management -- the Glendale, Ariz.-based private specialty school that teaches only international business. The ranking will appear in the magazine that hits newsstands newstands Monday.

USC has been able to remain atop the magazine's annual ranking because of a commitment to funding the program, hiring top-notch international business experts and a desire to continue adapting the program to match the needs of an ever changing ever-changing global marketplace, said Hildy Teegen, dean of the Moore School of Business.

U.S. News & World Report considers a variety of factors, including assessments made by business school deans and corporate recruiters, starting salaries, employment rates of recent graduates, test scores and undergraduate grade-point averages.

Teegan said the program always is planning ahead to stay top-ranked decades into the future. An example of this planning is how USC now is setting up a new program focused on global sustainability and development issues.

Teegen said it's important for U.S. companies to learn how to boost production while following environmental restrictions here and elsewhere.