The UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics’ evening MBA program has vaulted to No. 13 in the nation in newly released rankings of the best part-time MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The No. 13 ranking is the fourth best among public universities in the country and the highest overall ranking for a public program in the state of North Carolina. The Bryan MBA program leapt 37 spots from the No. 50 ranking earned two years ago.

“I could not be more pleased with this fantastic improvement in our ranking,” said Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard to improve our program and make it relevant to both students and employers.  Our focus on producing exceptional problem solvers who understand innovation, globalization, sustainability and ethics is resonating with students and employers.

“To have the fourth best MBA among public universities — eclipsed only by Berkeley, UCLA and Michigan — is a tremendous accomplishment that reinforces the high quality of what we are doing at UNCG.”

Tied for the third-place ranking in the Southern region, the Bryan School earned an “A” from the publication for the quality of teaching and the caliber of its students and a “B” for its curriculum. The advanced degree has a noted impact on career advancement, with 60 percent of Bryan MBA graduates reporting a salary increase after completing the program.

The Bloomberg Businessweek honor is the second major accolade the Bryan School has earned in as many months. The school was also recently named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 list of “The Best 295 Business Schools,” a designation the school has received for the past 14 years.