Premiership 2014 – Canadian b-school ranking of rankings

Canadian hockey puck 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?  Canadian business schools remain cagey about their involvement in MBA rankings, with only York – Schulich participating in all four international rankings. This suggests that schools are picking their battlegrounds carefully, and only participating in rankings where they think they will do well.

University of Toronto Rotman shares the top of the table with HEC Montreal,  with Concordia Molson featuring for the first time.

2014 Rank2013 Rank2012 RankInstitutionCountryFinancial Times 2014*BusinessWeek 2014*Economist 2014*Forbes 2013*
132Univ of Toronto - RotmanCanada13-
127HEC MontrŽealCanada-22
311York Univ - SchulichCanada2611
435Univ of British Columbia - SauderCanada3-3
454Univ of W. Ontario - IveyCanada51--
652McGill - DesautelsCanada44--
6--Concordia - MolsonCanada53
*Ranking figure above is relative to other Canadian b-schools


Click below to find out the 2014 results for other regions of the world: Premiership 2014 – U.S.


Very few of the Canadian business schools are ranked by four of the major media rankings. BusinessWeek and Forbes assess only a limited number of non-U.S. business schools, while 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 2014.

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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