UMKC Bloch School nonprofit management emphasis ranks No. 15 in nation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The nonprofit management emphasis in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management‘s Master of Public Administration program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City was ranked No. 15 in the nation, jumping 10 spots from its former ranking at No. 25 in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools in 2013” rankings released on March 13.

The MPA program is housed within the Bloch School’s Department of Public Affairs, which also is home to the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership – a nationally recognized community leadership development center.

Through the Bloch School’s nonprofit management program, UMKC has risen to the ranks of an elite group of public affairs schools, including New York University, No. 5; Harvard, No. 9; and Johns Hopkins University, No. 10, as well as Arizona State University and the University of Georgia, which are tied with UMKC for No. 15.

“This is the single most noteworthy ranking of public affairs programs in the nation,” said David Renz, chair, department of public affairs, Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership and director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

The nonprofit management emphasis at UMKC focuses on the role of the nonprofit sector in the economy, agency governance and executive leadership and social entrepreneurship.

“Given the exceptional growth in the number of nonprofit management programs in the U.S. in the past decade, it is especially gratifying to receive acknowledgement of the quality and impact of our program and the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership,” Renz said.

“The Henry W. Bloch School of Management’s key mission, vision and value proposition focus on twin pillars of excellence: entrepreneurship and innovation in the for-profit sector and social entrepreneurship and civic innovation in the public/not-for-profit sector,” said Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan. “This ranking is extremely significant in that it reinforces Bloch as a top school in both areas.

“Entrepreneurship and non-profit social entrepreneurship are what the life of our school’s namesake – Henry Bloch – is about,” Tan noted. “Our job at the Bloch School is to nurture our students to become more like Henry Bloch each day. Our academic excellence and recognition show we are certainly going in the right direction.”

In addition to the nonprofit ranking, the Bloch School’s newly redesigned MBA program is ranked in the top 100 part-time MBA programs in the nation.

Visit the Bloch School public administration programs for additional information.

For a complete listing of rankings, see the U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools in 2013” rankings.

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