MBA Rankings

Media rankings of business schools are an integral part of the business school world. There are only two major full-time MBA rankings – the Financial Times and The Economist – that directly compare schools from around the world. BusinessWeek and Forbes create separate lists for U.S. and the rest of the world, while US News & World only focuses on the U.S. market.

There is no ‘best’ business school in the world… but there could be a ‘best’ business school for you.

To help you in your research, MBA50.com has compiled the results of the big five MBA rankings of the last 12 months to produce the MBA50.com Premiership.
Given that only two of the major full-time MBA rankings directly compare business schools from around the world, whether a one-year or two year programme, the authors encourage candidates to use the comparison with caution. Can you really compare apples and oranges?

We also look at what the major media MBA rankings measure, and analyze the results from the last year. Each media ranking has its own methodology, so it is important to find out what is being measured, and how that applies to you.

We do not believe that media rankings should be the most influential factor when identifying the right school for you – the personality of the institution, course length, location, cost, school strengths, alumni, and other personal aspects are key to finding the right fit. As Bob Bruner, dean of the Darden School asks, “Where can you do your best work?”

FT MBA rankings 1999 - 2013

Fifteen years of influence: The FT MBA Ranking 1999 – 2013

When the Financial Times published its first MBA ranking in 1999, the Harvard Business School claimed the #1 spot ahead of a familiar list of top US business schools, including Columbia Business School, Stanford GSB, The Wharton School and MIT Sloan. Fifteen years later, and Harvard is again #1, with ...

FT 2013 Full-Time MBA Ranking

The FT Full-Time MBA Ranking 2013 – Winners and Losers

The 2013 Full-Time MBA Ranking published by the Financial Times will no doubt grab headlines for the return of the Harvard Business School to the #1 spot for the first time in 8 years. Arguably the most influential business school in the world, Harvard ranked #1 for the first two ...

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Harvard claims #1 position in the FT’s 2013 Full-Time MBA ranking for first time in 8 years

The Harvard Business School celebrates 2013 with the top position in the Financial Times full-time MBA ranking published on 28 January. It is the first time that the school has crowned the FT ranking since 2005, when it shared the top position with The Wharton School. The school was ranked ...

Selectivity, Yield, and MBA Admissions Math

Selectivity, Yield, and MBA Admissions Math

Beyond the headlines of the latest Bloomberg Businessweek MBA ranking, there is a tremendous amount of data for potential business school applicants to analyze. From class size, cost, and curriculum to community spirit and careers, the survey responses from more than 10,000 graduates provide invaluable perspectives on the search for the right ...

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MBA50.com Premiership 2012 – U.S. b-school ranking of rankings

MBA50.com has compiled the results of the big five MBA rankings of the last twelve months to produce the MBA50.com Premiership. How do the top business schools in the U.S. perform when you combine these results?             Click below to find out the 2012 results for other regions of the world: MBA50.com Premiership 2012 ...

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MBA50.com Premiership 2012 – Asia Pacific b-school ranking of rankings

MBA50.com has compiled the results of the major media MBA rankings of the last twelve months to produce the MBA50.com Premiership. How do the top business schools in Asia Pacific perform when you combine these results? Click below to find out the 2012 results for other regions of the world: MBA50.com Premiership 2012 ...

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MBA50.com Premiership 2012 – European b-school ranking of rankings

MBA50.com has compiled the results of the major media MBA rankings of the last twelve months to produce the MBA50.com Premiership. How do the top business schools in Europe perform when you combine these results? Click below to find out the 2012 results for other regions of the world: MBA50.com Premiership 2012 - ...

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