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Business School Rankings: P&Q MBA Ranking

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.

P& Q MBA Ranking Methodology

Methodology

For better or for worse, there are five highly influential MBA rankings: Bloomberg Businessweek, which just celebrated the 30th anniversary of its debut list in 1988; U.S. News & World Report, which began ranking MBAs a year later; The Financial Times, which published the first global MBA ranking; Forbes, whose ranking is centered on return-on-investment, and The Economist. Each ranking is based on a significantly different methodology, and the editorial decisions that go into what and how to measure business education has a major impact on the outcomes...

Instead of merely reporting on the outcomes of each ranking and averaging the five, each ranking is separately weighted to account for our view of the soundness of the methodology and the credibility of the list. (U.S. News is given a weight of 35%, Forbes, 25%, while both The Financial Times and Businessweek is given a 15% weight, and The Economist, 10%.)

Those weights are determined by Poets&Quants Founder and Editor John A. Byrne, who created the first regularly published MBA rankings at Businessweek 30 years ago.

Poets & Quants MBA Ranking

Poets & Quants 2019-20 Composite Ranking of U.S. Fulltime MBA Programs

2019

Rank

School Name 2018 Rank Index US

News

Forbes Business

Week

Financial

Times

The Economist
#1 Stanford GSB 3 100.0 2 (4) 2 (2) 1 (1) 1 (1) 7 (5)
#2 Chicago (Booth) 4 99.6 3 (1) 1 (7) 4 (5) 4 (4) 1 (1)
#3 Harvard Business School 1 99.2 3 (1) 4 (3) 3 (3) 2 (3) 2 (3)
#4 UPenn (Wharton) 1 98.8 1 (3) 5 (1) 6 (2) 3 (2) 4 (4)
#5 Northwestern (Kellogg) 5 96.2 6 (6) 3 (4) 10 (8) 9 (8) 3 (2)
#6 Dartmouth (Tuck) 9 96.1 12 (10) 6 (5) 2 (19) 10 (10) 10 (10)
#7 MIT (Sloan) 6 96.0 3 (5) 7 (8) 7 (4) 5 (6) 16 (14)
#8 Columbia Business School 7 94.8 6 (9) 7 (6) 9 (7) 6 (5) 12 (9)
#9 UC-Berkeley (Haas) 8 94.4 6 (7) 11 (9) 8 (6) 7 (7) 6 (10)
#10 Yale SOM 11 91.1 9 (11) 11 (13) 14 (11) 8 (9) 18 (12)
#11 Virginia (Darden) 12 90.8 12 (13) 13 (11) 5 (9) 12 (17) 13 (8)
#12 Michigan (Ross) 10 89.7 10 (7) 10 (12) 17 (18) 16 (15) 8 (6)
#13 Cornell (Johnson) 13 89.6 15 (15) 9 (10) 11 (10) 15 (11) 11 (16)
#14 Duke (Fuqua) 14 89.5 10 (11) 14 (14) 20 (15) 11 (12) 9 (13)
#15 UCLA (Anderson) 15 88.1 16 (16) 16 (15) 12 (17) 14 (14) 5 (7)
#16 New York (Stern) 16 87.6 12 (13) 20 (21) 13 (13) 13 (13) 14 (15)
#17 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 17 84.5 17 (17) 17 (18) 15 (12) 18 (19) 24 (26)
#18 Texas-Austin (McCombs) 18 82.8 19 (17) 18 (17) 21 (22) 19 (20) 20 (19)
#19 Southern California (Marshall) 22 82.5 17 (20) 21 (33) 22 (13) 23 (31) 15 (21)
#20 North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler) 19 82.5 19 (19) 15 (16) 18 (23) 26 (18) 26 (23)
#21 Washington (Foster) 21 81.0 21 (22) 23 (30) 16 (16) 25 (23) 17 (18)
#22 Emory (Goizueta) 20 80.6 21 (20) 22 (23) 23 (24) 20 (22) 21 (22)
#23 Indiana (Kelley) 25 80.1 21 (27) 19 (25) 25 (28) 22 (29) 27 (27)
#24 Georgetown (McDonough) 23 76.9 24 (25) 31 (35) 19 (20) 17 (16) 34 (32)
#25 Rice (Jones) 24 74.6 26 (23) 26 (32) 31 (26) 29 (21) 28 (30)
#26 Georgia Institute of Technology 27 74.3 29 (28) 28 (30) 24 (27) 31 (26) 19 (24)
#27 Notre Dame (Mendoza) 29 74.1 26 (31) 25 (22) 28 (31) 30 (40) 37 (33)
#28 Vanderbilt (Owen) 26 73.6 29 (26) 30 (49) 30 (21) 26 (38) 22 (20)
#29 Washington (Olin) 28 72.5 26 (23) 29 (35) 38 (32) 28 (24) 31 (28)
#30 Brigham Young (Marriott) 34 70.9 32 (35) 24 (19) 27 (25) 41 (35) 36 (NR)
                 

 

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