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

Undergraduate Program Attains New High in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

The MU Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business undergraduate Bachelor's of Science in Business Administrations (BS BA) program rose to #42 in the U.S. News & World Report magazine's 2011 rankings, improving on last year's #48 rating to earn the college's best position yet in the annual scholastic survey. The ranking places MU among the top 10 percent of the nation's accredited programs.

The Trulaske College of Business program improved its standing in the U.S. News rankings among public institutions as well, moving from #28 to #24 to draw nearer to the college's goal of a top 20 ranking among its public peers. The college's undergraduate program ranked fourth within the Big 12 in the newest ratings, as it did last year.

"We believe the rankings reflect the success we've had combining a strong academic program with a wide range of professional and leadership development opportunities," said Mary Beth Marrs, the MU business college's assistant dean of undergraduate programs and strategic initiatives. "We're preparing our students both inside and outside the classroom for today's increasingly competitive business environment."

A vital element of the business college's undergraduate program is its Professional Development Program (PDP), launched in August 2008 to provide students with real-world exposure to business. Mandatory for all MU business undergraduates, the PDP requires participation in a professional development course and an internship or service learning practicum as well as attendance at events and lectures by prominent corporate executives and entrepreneurs.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked 446 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), according to the magazine's Web site. The rankings are based on peer assessment surveys completed by deans and business school faculty in spring 2010.