The MBA program in Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business ranked 63rd worldwide in the Financial Times 2004 business school rankings released recently. Among U.S. business schools, the college ranked 43rd.

The college made the top 10 among U.S. business schools in two categories: 2nd in "aims achieved by MBA alumni" (based on the extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals or reasons for completing an MBA) and 6th in the "value for money" category. The college also ranked 11th in "percentage salary increase" MBA graduates received, a category that reflects the purchasing power of their degree.

The rankings are based on data reported to the London-based Financial Times by the institutions and their alumni. The information is audited by KPMG. Twenty criteria were used to determine the final ranking, including indicators of the career progress of graduates, student and faculty diversity, and the school's research productivity.

A total of 100 full-time MBA programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere were ranked. For more on the rankings, please visit http://rankings.ft.com/rankings/mba/rankings.html

In addition to the full-time MBA program in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech offers a part-time MBA program and an executive MBA program in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The part-time MBA is also available at five other locations in Virginia via distance learning technology.

Virginia Tech's nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of leadership skills and ethical values and the integration of technology in the academic curriculum, and prepares students for global business challenges through faculty-led study abroad programs. The college has research centers that focus on business leadership, electronic commerce, energy modeling, and wireless telecommunications. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students.