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

US flag has compiled the results of the big five MBA rankings of the last twelve months to produce the Premiership.

How do the top business schools in the U.S. perform when you combine these results?







2012 Rank2011 RankInstitutionCountryThe FT 2012*BusWeek 2012Economist 2012*US News 2012Forbes 2011
11Harvard Bus SchUSA22411
22Univ of Chicago - BoothUSA61143
33Stanford Univ GSBUSA14812
44Univ of Pennsylvania - WhartonUSA331034
56MIT Sloan Sch of MgmtUSA597410
65Columbia Bus SchUSA414585
78Northwestern Univ - KelloggUSA951347
87Dartmouth College - TuckUSA1112296
99Univ of California at Berkeley - HaasUSA7136713
1011Univ of Virginia - DardenUSA17103139
1113Cornell Univ - JohnsonUSA13711168
1210Duke Univ - FuquaUSA86191212
1312New York Univ - SternUSA101691118
1415Univ of Michigan - RossUSA148161314
1513Yale Sch of MgmtUSA1221171011
1617Carnegie Mellon - TepperUSA1611121823
1716UCLA - AndersonUSA1518151520
1818Emory Univ - GoizuetaUSA1822141922
1919Univ of Texas at Austin - McCombsUSA2519181717
2020Univ of North Carolina - Kenan-FlaglerUSA2617261916
2121Indiana Univ - KelleyUSA2115282327
2224Georgetown Univ - McDonoughUSA1930242435
2325Vanderbilt Univ - OwenUSA3125212533
24Ohio State - FisherUSA3427222534
2522Univ of Southern California - MarshallUSA3228272139
*Ranking figure above is relative to other U.S. b-schools

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Only the U.S. business schools are ranked by all five major media rankings. has calculated their overall performance by looking at each ranking position compared to other U.S. schools, and taking an average of those results divided by five.

In the case of the FT and Economist rankings, if a U.S. business school ranked #45 in the overall FT ranking and #40 in the overall Economist ranking, but among U.S. business schools was #23 in the FT and #15 in The Economist, then the relative U.S. regional figure was used for the calculation, and added to those of BusinessWeek, Forbes and US News, before dividing by five 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 U.S. business schools that appear in fewer than four rankings.

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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