Darden Ranked Number Two in Business Ethics by Bloomberg Businessweek

19 December 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek released today its ranking of business schools in the specialty area of ethics. The University of Virginia Darden School of Business was selected by graduates from the MBA Class of 2012 as the No. 2 school for ethics. Darden was recently ranked a Top 10 business school by Bloomberg Businessweek in its 2012 survey of “The Best B-Schools.”

“From its founding, Darden has understood the importance of integrating business and ethics into its MBA, Executive Education and Ph.D. programs. Ethics remain at the core of the Darden education. We aim to develop leaders who become responsible leaders in business and society,” said Darden Dean Robert F. Bruner.

At Darden, “Business Ethics” is a required course for First Year MBA students and five ethics courses are offered as electives. Ethics is taught and integrated in other coursework. In 2011, fellow academics recognized the Darden School of Business as the top school for business ethics in the journal Business & Society.

Darden’s Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, established in 1966, has long been an international leader in the field of business ethics. The center serves as a critical resource for executives, scholars, students and Darden alumni who are faced with the challenges of integrating ethical thinking into business decision-making.

The Bloomberg Businessweek biennial ranking asked MBA students via an online survey to rate their business program in nine specialty areas, including ethics. Student responses were weighted with a point system: one point for “poor” to six points for “outstanding.” The points were then averaged for each school. The average ethics score was 4.64 for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking.

The magazine’s “Top Schools for Ethics“:

1. Notre Dame (Mendoza) – 5.87
2. Virginia (Darden) – 5.74
3. Indiana (Kelley) – 5.63
4. Maryland (Smith) – 5.58
5. Yale – 5.58
6. IESE Business School – 5.56
7. Texas A&M (Mays) – 5.55
8. Brigham Young (Marriott) – 5.42
9. Dartmouth (Tuck) – 5.40
10. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) – 5.29

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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