Category Archives: Business School Rankings

Financial Times MBA Rankings for 2013

The Financial Times recently released its new global business school rankings for 2013. For the first time since 2005, Harvard Business School holds the top spot, passing last year’s #1, Stanford GSB. This is teh fourth time that HBS has topped the FT rankings.

Many credit Harvard’s push to improve its diversity with the school’s return to #1 in the FT rankings. One criterion on which FT ranks business schools is diversity, and in this area HBS has made some big strides in just the past year. While 34% of Harvard’s Class of 2013 comes from overseas, 43% of the Class of 2014 are international.

Here are the Financial Times’ top 20 global MBA programs for 2013:

1. Harvard Business School
2. Stanford GSB
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
4. London Business School
5. Columbia Business School
6. INSEAD
7. IESE Business School
8. Hong Kong UST
9. MIT Sloan
10. Chicago Booth
11. IE Business School
12. UC Berkeley (Haas)
13. Northwestern (Kellogg)
14. Yale SOM
15. CEIBS
16. Dartmouth (Tuck)
16. Cambridge (Judge)
18. Duke (Fuqua)
19. IMD
19. NYU (Stern)

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Businessweek MBA Rankings for 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek has just released its business school rankings for 2012. While it’s debatable as to whether the Businessweek MBA ranking system or the U.S. News ranking system (the other most popular U.S.-based ranking for American programs) is more valid, the fact that BW’s rankings only come out every two years always creates a little more buildup for this moment.

Here are the top 25 U.S. business schools, according to Bloomberg Businessweek:

1. University of Chicago (Booth)
2. Harvard Business School
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
4. Stanford Graduate School of Business
5. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
6. Duke University (Fuqua)
7. Cornell University (Johnson)
8. University of Michigan (Ross)
9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
10. University of Virginia (Darden)
11. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
12. Dartmouth College (Tuck)
13. University of California at Berkeley (Haas)
14. Columbia Business School
15. University of Indiana (Kelley)
16. New York University (Stern)
17. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
18. UCLA (Anderson)
19. University of Texas at Austin (McCombs)
20. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
21. Yale School of Management
22. Emory University (Goizueta)
23. Georgia Tech (Scheller)
24. University of Maryland (Smith)
25. Vanderbilt University (Owen)

Big changes? Cornell’s Johnson School jumped six spots, from 13th in 2010 to 7th this year. Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School jumped four spots, from 15th to 11th. Indiana’s Kelley School also jumped four spots, from 19th to 15th. Haas and Columbia suffered two of the largest drops, falling from 8th and 9th to 13th and 14th this year, respectively.

While each of these moves is nothing to get too excited about, it’s interesting to think about the underlying drivers. It’s not hard to imagine that, in Columbia’s case, continued softness in hiring by banks contributed to its own students only ranking Columbia 20th best among all schools. That’s just one example of knowing he “why” behind the rankings — and not just the rankings themselves — is critical as you research MBA programs

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2010 Businessweek MBA Rankings

Recently Bloomberg Businessweek released its new business school rankings for 2010. U.S. News and Businessweek vie for the title of most closely watched business schools rankings. While it’s debatable as to whether the Businessweek MBA ranking system or the U.S. News ranking system is more valid, the fact that BW’s rankings only come out every two years always makes this announcement a little extra exciting.

Here are the top 30 U.S. business schools, according to Bloomberg Businessweek:

1. Booth (Chicago)
2. Harvard
3. Wharton (Penn)
4. Kellogg (Northwestern)
5. Stanford
6. Fuqua (Duke)
7. Ross (Michigan)
8. Haas (UC Berkeley)
9. Columbia
10. Sloan (MIT)
11. Darden (UVA)
12. Cox (SMU)
13. Johnson (Cornell)
14. Tuck (Dartmouth)
15. Tepper (Carnegie Mellon)
16. Kenan-Flagler (UNC Chapel Hill)
17. Anderson (UCLA)
18. Stern (NYU)
19. Kelley (Indiana)
20. Broad (Michigan State)
21. Yale
22. Goizueta (Emory)
23. Georgia Tech
24. Mendoza (Notre Dame)
25. McCombs (UT Austin)
26. Marshall (USC)
27. Marriott (BYU)
28. Carlson (Minnesota)
29. Jones (Rice)
30. Mays (Texas A&M)

And here are Businessweek’s top 10 international MBA programs:

1. INSEAD
2. Queen’s
3. IE Business School
4. ESADE
5. London Business School
6. Ivey (Western Ontario)
7. IMD
8. Rotman (Toronto)
9. Schulich (York)
10. Judge (Cambridge)

We could try to tell you that the rankings aren’t that important, but to do so would be to ignore human nature. Simply because they exist, these rankings influence other applicants, employers, faculty members, and other key people. However, trying to determine which is better of two programs when one program is ranked higher by Businessweek, and the other ranks higher in the U.S. News rankings, misses the point entirely. Use these rankings to help yourself get a feel for the MBA landscape to determine what level of program competitiveness you might have a shot at, and to spot programs with specific strengths you might not have originally considered.

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Financial Times MBA Rankings for 2010

The Financial Times has just released its 2010 business school rankings, with London Business School holding on to the #1 spot. LBS and Wharton actually shared the #1 position in last year’s rankings, but :BS has pulled ahead of its American rival.

The Financial Times’ top ten MBA programs in 2010 are:

  1. London Business School
  2. Wharton
  3. Harvard Business School
  4. Stanford GSB
  5. INSEAD
  6. Columbia Business School
  7. IE Business School
  8. MIT Sloan
  9. Chicago Booth
  10. Hong Kong UST

Big gainers vs. last year include Booth (which cracked the top ten), HKUST, Indian School of Business, and HEC Paris. Meanwhile, CEIBS, NYU Stern (which dropped out of the top ten), and Cambridge saw the biggest declines among the top MBA programs.

For a deeper comparison of how the programs performed in thie year’s rankings vs. the previous year’s, FT.com offers this handy downloadable document.

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U.S. News MBA Rankings for 2010 Leaked Early?

NOTE: The 2011 U.S. News MBA rankings are now out. Click here to see them and to read our analysis.

While the U.S. News 2010 Business School Rankings won’t come out until later this week, online communities have been buzzing with the possibility that U.S. News accidentally leaked its rankings in a short online video. U.S. News released a short video giving an overview of grad school trends, and in the video you can see the magazines business school rankings. While the image was small, it only took hours for eagle-eyed MBA applicants to analyze the image and spread the word about the soon-to-be-released 2010 rankings.

(UPDATE: U.S. news released the official rankings on April 23, and the rankings below do indeed appear to be correct. You can access the full rankings here.)

While this list isn’t official and have not yet been confirmed by U.S. News, here are what are believed to be the top 20 business school in the U.S. this year, according to U.S. News:

Current rank [Previous rank] School Name (Rating) [Previous Rating]
1 [1] Harvard (100) [100]
2 [1] Stanford (99) [100]
3 [4] Northwestern (93) [93]
3 [3] Penn (93) [95]
5 [4] MIT (92) [93]
6 [4] Chicago (91) [93]
7 [7] Berkeley (88) [89]
8 [7] Dartmouth (87) [89]
9 [9] Columbia (86) [88]
10 [13] Yale (85) [80]
11 [10] NYU (83) [84]
12 [14] Duke (82) [79]
13 [12] Michigan (81) [82]
14 [11] UCLA (80) [83]
15 [17] Carnegie Mellon (79) [77]
15 [14] UVA (79) [79]
17 [14] Cornell (76) [79]
18 [18] Texas-Austin (74) [74]
19 [22] Georgetown (73) [69]
20 [19] UNC (70) [72]
20 [21] USC (70) [70]

You can see the full video here. It will be interesting to see if these turn out to be the real rankings, but if so, then the online community deserves some kudos for some good detective work!

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