Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

BS BA Program Ranked in Top 4 Percent in U.S.

The MU Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business' BS BA program was rated as "one of America’s best" in U.S. News & World Report’' 2010 rankings, moving from #52 to #48 among all accredited undergraduate business programs.

According to The College Board, a not-for-profit membership association, there are more than 1,400 undergraduate business programs nationwide. Thus the latest ranking places the Trulaske College’s BS BA program in the top 4 percent of all such programs in the U.S.

"We are pleased that our BS BA degree has been recognized as one of the premier undergraduate programs in the country," said Mary Beth Marrs, assistant dean of undergraduate programs and strategic initiatives. "Our students are given rigorous academics along with tremendous professional development opportunities and unique business experiences. I believe those elements are reflected in our ranking."

Professional development has emerged as a key component of the undergraduate program, with students participating in skill-building workshops, a three-credit-hour professional development course, and a required internship or service learning practicum. Students also have the opportunity to attend talks, both inside and outside the classroom, by leading corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs.

The undergraduate program is currently ranked #28 among all public universities. The college’s program is also ranked fourth within the Big 12. This latest ranking places the college closer to fulfilling its vision of being in the top 20 public university programs.

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings evaluate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The rankings are based on a peer assessment survey completed by deans and senior faculty members at accredited undergraduate business programs.