Premiership 2012 – Canadian b-school ranking of rankings

Canadian Flag has compiled the results of the major media MBA rankings of the last twelve months to produce the Premiership.

How do the top business schools in Canada perform when you combine these results?

2012 Rank2011 RankInstitutionCountryThe FT 2012*BusWeek 2012*Economist 2012*Forbes 2011*
13York Univ - SchulichCanada2511
24McGill - DesautelsCanada3322
21Univ of Toronto - RotmanCanada14--
41Univ of W. Ontario - IveyCanada42--
55Univ of British Columbia - SauderCanada5-43
*Ranking figure above is relative to other Canadian b-schools

Click below to find out the 2012 results for other regions of the world: Premiership 2012 – U.S.



Very few of the Canadian business schools are ranked by four of the major media rankings. BusinessWeek assesses only a limited number of non-U.S. business schools, and Forbes produces two separate lists, both very short, for one year and two year programmes. US News does not consider business schools from Canada at all. has calculated overall performance by looking at each ranking position compared to other Canadian schools. In the case of the FT and Economist rankings, if a Canadian business school ranked #51 in the overall FT ranking and #37 in the overall Economist ranking, but among Canadian business schools was #4 in the FT and #2 in The Economist, then the relative Canadian regional figure was used for the calculation, and added where appropriate to those of BusinessWeek and Forbes, before dividing the results by the number of rankings in which they appear to achieve an average score.

The idea of the Premiership is to compare the performance of schools in multiple rankings, and therefore does not include the many good business schools from Canada that appear in fewer than two rankings. This means that, for example Queen’s University - an outstanding business schools as recognised by it’s position in the BusinessWeek rankings – has not been included for 2012.

Candidates should remember that this is not scientific approach, and there is no attempt to weight any one ranking greater than the others. As stated before, each ranking uses a different methodology and measures different things with the inherent limitations of each assessment, so doing particularly well in one ranking and less well in another is reflected in the overall average score.

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