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Rankings of Top B-Schools (Anyone's Top 20)

(August, 2013 updated)

The following schools are all in the "Top 20" list of at least one of the major MBA rankings for full time MBA Programs. A few schools that aren't on a top 20 list are included because we particularly like them and think they are particularly popular with Russian students. Although rankings can be found in many places, we thought it would help you to be able to see an alphabetical list that compares rankings side by side, and allows you to link to the schools that interest you.

B-schools are listed by the name of the B-school when we believe the B-school's name is more commonly used than the University name, and by the name of the University when we believe the University name is more commonly used. So if a school isn't listed by name, try looking for it under "University of _________"

Brief data on the methodologies used by the original rankings sites is provided below the list.

PLEASE NOTE: The process of ranking schools is by nature imperfect. There are numerous different "authorities" which provide different rankings of top schools. The intelligent reader of these rankings will understand that any listing of the "best" schools is always extremely controversial. We provide a selection of rankings for our students' interests only, and do not mean to suggest that one organization's assessment of the "best" schools is more valid than any other's. In researching schools one should always investigate numerous sources, learn the strengths and weaknesses of each institution, and pick a school that is the best fit for your own background, personality and objectives.


Name of the B-School

Business
Week (2012)

Brigham Young Univ.: Marriott
32
not in top 100
not in top 100
15
not listed
30
Carnegie Mellon University: Tepper
11
17
43
23
29 (Emerging US)
19

 

CEIBS (China Europe Int'l Bus School)

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 19 for an article on Asian B-Schools

 

not considered
85
15
5 (int'l 2 yr)
10 (emerging Asia)
N/A

 

Columbia Business School

Read our article about Columbia

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 24, focussing on Columbia and Stern

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 17 for an article on Ivy League Universities.

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 15 where an applicant tours Columbia, Wharton, Michigan, Chicago & Northwestern

 

14
5
5
5
5 (Elite N. Am.)
8

 

Cornell University: Johnson

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 17 for an article on Ivy League Universities.

 

7
15
25
7
23 (Elite N. Am.)
16

 

Cranfield

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 25, with a student's comments on Cranfield

 

not ranked
37
38
10th (int'l 1 yr)
22 (Emerging Eur.)
N/A

 

Dartmouth College: Tuck

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 16 which focusses on Dartmouth Tuck

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 17 for an article on Ivy League Universities.

 

12
2
16 (tie)
6
22 (Elite N. Am.)
9

 

Duke University: Fuqua

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 14, focussing on Duke Fuqua

 

6
29
18
12
10 (Elite N. Am.)
11
Emory University: Goizueta
22
21
49
22
26 (emerging US)
18
ESADE Business School
6 (int'l)
18
22
6 (int'l 2 yr)
9 (Elite Eur.)
N/A

 

Harvard Business School

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 17 for an article on Ivy League Universities.

 

2
4
1
1
1 (Elite N. Am.)
1
HEC Paris
15 (int'l)
14
21
8th (int'l 2 yr)
8 (Elite Eur.)
N/A

 

Hong Kong UST Business School

Read Graduate Advisor issue 19 for an article on Asian B-Schools

 

18 (int'l)
62
8
not listed
14 (Elite Asia)
N/A
Hult International Business School
not considered
31
57
not listed
42 (Elite N. Am)
not listed
IE Business School
3 (int'l)
22
11
3 (int'l 1 yr)
4 (Elite Eur.)
N/A
IESE Business School
8 (int'l)
9
7
3 (int'l 2 yr)
5 (Elite Eur.)
N/A

 

IMD

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 11, focussing on IMD

 

9 (int'l)
10
19 (tie)
1 (int'l 1 yr)
3 (Elite Eur.)
N/A
INSEAD
2 (int'l)
19
6
2 (int'l 1 yr)
1 (Elite Eur.)
N/A
Ivey (Univ of Western Ontario)
7 (Int'l)
not in top 100
not in top 100
not listed
12 (Elite N. Am.)
N/A

 

London Business School

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 26 with a student's comments on LBS

 

1 (int'l)
12
4
1 (int'l 2 yr)
2 (Elite Eur.)
N/A
Manchester (University of)
19 (int'l)
not in top 100
29
2 (int'l 2 yr)
27 (emerging Eur)
N/A
McGill (Canada)
10 (int'l)
75
76
11th (int'l 2 yr)
14 (Elite N. Am.)
N/A
MIT: Sloan
9
7
9
10
7 (Elite N. Am.)
4 (tie)
Michigan State Univ.: Broad School
35
not in top 100
62
19
not listed
43

 

New York University: Stern

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 24, focussing on Columbia and Stern

 

16
11
19 (tie)
18
19 (Elite N. Am.)
10

 

Northwestern University: Kellogg

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 22, focussing on Northwestern Kellogg

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 15 where an applicant tours Columbia, Wharton, Michigan, Chicago & Northwestern

 

5
20
13
7
2 (Elite N. Am.)
4 (tie)
Queen's University (Canada)
4 (int'l)
not in top 100
not in top 100
not in top 100
18 (Elite N. Am.)
N/A

 

Rotman (Univ of Toronto)

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 12, with an article from a student who went to Rotman

 

11 (int'l)
not in top 100
46
not listed
13 (Elite N. Am.)
N/A
Sauder (Univ of British Columbia)
not listed
91
57
12 (int'l 2 yr0
15 (Elite N. Am.)
N/A

 

SDA Bocconi

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 13, focussing on SDA Bocconi

 

16 (int'l)
70
39
4 (int'l 1 yr)
7 (Elite Eur.)
N/A

 

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 20 for an article on California Business Schools.

 

4
8
2
2
3 (Elite N. Am.)
2
Thunderbird
45
not in top 100
not in top 100
54
20 (Elite N. Am.)
88

 

UCLA: Anderson

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 20 for an article on California Business Schools.

 

18
23
23
20
9 (Elite N. Am.)
14 (tie)

 

University of California at Berkeley: Haas

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 20 for an article on California Business Schools.

 

13
6
12
13
8 (Elite N. Am.)
7

 

University of Cambridge: Judge

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 28 Focussing on Oxford & Cambridge

 

N/A
45
16 (tie)
5 (int'l 1 yr)
12 (Elite Eur.)
N/A

 

University of Chicago: Booth

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 15 where an applicant tours Columbia, Wharton, Michigan, Chicago & Northwestern

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 9, focussing on Chicago GSB

 

1
1
10
3
6 (Elite N. Am.)
6
University of Indiana: Kelley
15
44
54
27
27 (Emerging U.S.)
22

 

University of Michigan: Ross

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 27 with student commentary on Ross

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 15 where an applicant tours Columbia, Wharton, Michigan, Chicago & Northwestern

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 12, focussing on Michigan

 

8
24
30
14
11 (Elite N. Am.)
14 (tie)

 

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Kenan-Flagler

 

17
40
45
16
25 (Emerging US)
20
University of Notre Dame: Mendozo
20
49
not in top 100
31
61 (US Regional)
27

 

University of Oxford: Said

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 28 Focussing on Oxford & Cambridge

 

5 (int'l)
48
24
6 (int'l 1 yr)
6 (Elite Eur.)
N/A

 

University of Pennsylvania: Wharton

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 25, focussing on Wharton

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 17 for an article on Ivy League Universities.

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 15 where an applicant tours Columbia, Wharton, Michigan, Chicago & Northwestern

 

3
13
3
4
4 (Elite N. Am.)
3
University of Texas at Austin: McCombs
19
28
46
17
28 (Emerging US)
17

 

University of Virginia: Darden

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 26 with a student's comments on Darden

 

10
3
35
8
30 (Elite N. Am.)
12

 

Vanderbilt University: Owen

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 23 focussing on Vanderbilt Owen

 

25
32
53
33
32 (Elite N. Am)
30

 

Yale School of Management

Read Graduate Advisor Issue 17 for an article on Ivy League Universities.

 

21
26
14
11
17 (Elite N. Am.)
13
York: Schulich (Canada)
14 (int'l)
16
52
10 (int'l 2 yr)
16 (Elite N. Am.)
N/A

 

Sources:

Business Week rankings come out every two years. The list above included separate rankings for U.S. and global MBAs. EMBA and undergraduate B-school rankings are also available on the Business Week web page. Business week specializes in ranking business school programs and is probably the most widely read source for MBA rankings. Business Week uses three major sources for its ranking: a student survey, a recruiter survey, and an intellectual capital ranking based on the number of publications in certain business journals and the number of books published per faculty member.

The Economist The Economist surveys both students and recent graduates, but 80% of the ranking is based on statistics
provided by the schools, looking at a weighted average of data over three years about new career opportunities, student educational experiences, salary increases and networking opportunities. The Economist also examines such quality of education factors as student/teacher ratio, average GMAT scores and work experience of the entering class.

The Financial Times produces global MBA rankings every year. Five separate rankings are produced: Global Full Time MBA, EMBA, Masters in Management programs, non-degree courses, and European MBA Rankings. The listing above is mainly from the global rankings. A sophisticated algorithm with a number of different criteria are used to compile the rankings, but in general FT surveys alumni three years after graduation to see how they have progressed in their careers and to determine how they assess the effect of their MBA. Average salary increase, each school's statistical placement data, and factors determining the diversity and international reach of the school are also considered.

Forbes Forbes rankings come out every two years and are based SOLELY on return on investment: They look at tuition costs, and average living costs as well as salary data before and after the MBA, and five years after the MBA. The 2012 ranking compiled data gained in 2011, meaning they were surveying graduates of 2006. Their rankings could conceivably change a lot after they start surveying students from classes that graduated after the 2008 financial crisis.

QS Top MBA 200 consists of the top 200 business schools, divided by region, that global employers prefer in survey results of over 600 companies. It does not purport to be a complex study of B-school quality, but is solely based on recruiter data. Hence, results can be a bit unusual depending on where the responding recruiters are coming from (note the unusually high number of Canadian schools in the QS elite schools list.) The QS World MBA Tour and QS rankings are very popular with Russian students since the QS World MBA tour has been regularly coming to Russia for more than a decade.

US News and World Report (US News) rankings come out yearly. U.S. News only ranks U.S. business schools. It also ranks all other majors in both graduate schools and undergraduate programs. Because of its broad focus it is the most popular ranking service in the U.S. This rankings is based in large part on the opinions of academics from rival schools. Opinions of corporate recruiters also make up a large part of this ranking. Statistics on job placement are another large percentage.

For more information comparing rankings, download our Graduate Advisor Issue 22, for an article going inside the methodology of the MBA rankings.

Recommended link for all major rankings: FindMBA.com

Rankings are like stock. You want to pick a business school while its rankings are going up. The rankings history is useful for your choice. For historical rankings, our 2009 page, click here.