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Business School Rankings: Forbes

A selective guide to rankings of graduate and undergraduate business degree programs in the U.S. and abroad. Mainly covers rankings by Business Week, the Economist, the Financial Times, US News and Forbes.

Ranking Methodology

Forbes "Return on Investment" Methodology

We compared the alumni earnings in their first five years out of business school to their opportunity cost (two years of forgone compensation, tuition and required fees). We measure total compensation, including salary, bonuses and exercised stock options. We assume that compensation would have risen half as fast as their post-MBA salary increases had these alumni not attended business school.

We rank the schools solely on their “5-year MBA gain.” It represents the net cumulative amount the typical alumni would have earned after five years by getting their MBA versus staying in their pre-MBA career. 

Primary Forbes Ranking

The Forbes U.S. Fulltime MBA ranking has been published every 2 years in early fall.  The ranking began in 1999.
Best U.S. Fulltime MBA Programs 2019
#1 Chicago (Booth)

#2 Stanford 
#3 Northwestern (Kellogg) 
#4 Harvard 
#5 Pennsylvania (Wharton) 
#6 Dartmouth (Tuck) 
#7 Columbia 
#7 MIT (Sloan) 
#9 Cornell (Johnson) 
#10 Michigan (Ross) 
#11 UC Berkeley (Haas) 
#11 Yale 
#13 Virginia (Darden) 
#14 Duke (Fuqua) 
#15 UNC (Kenan-Flagler) 
#16 UCLA (Anderson) 
#17 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 
#18 Texas-Austin (McCombs) 
#19 Indiana (Kelley) 
#20 NYU (Stern) 
#21 USC (Marshall) 
#22 Emory (Goizueta) 
#23 Washington (Foster) 
#24 Brigham Young (Marriott) 
#25 Notre Dame (Mendoza) 
#26 Rice (Jones) 
#27 Michigan State (Broad) 
#28 Georgia Tech (Scheller) 
#29 Washington U-St. Louis (Olin) 
#30 Vanderbilt (Owen) 
#31 Georgetown (McDonough) 
#32 Minnesota (Carlson) 
#33 Texas A&M (Mays) 
#34 Penn State (Smeal) 
#35 Wisconsin-Madison 
#36 Utah (Eccles) 
#37 Pittsburgh (Katz) 
#38 Arizona State (Carey) 
#39 Boston (Questrom) 
#40 Purdue (Krannert) 
#41 Ohio State (Fisher) 
#42 Rochester (Simon) 
#43 UC Irvine (Merage) 
#44 William & Mary (Mason) 
#45 SMU (Cox) 
#46 Texas-Dallas (Jindal) 
#47 Maryland (Smith) 
#48 Georgia (Terry) 
#49 Buffalo 
#50 Alabama (Manderson) 
#51 Rollins (Crummer) 
#52 Case Western (Weatherhead) 
#53 Missouri (Trulaske) 
#54 Tennessee (Haslam) 
#55 Miami 
#56 UC Davis 
#57 Willamette (Atkinson) 
#58 Fordham (Gabelli) 
#59 Tulane (Freeman) 
#60 Colorado (Leeds) 
#61 Pepperdine (Graziadio) 

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