Premiership 2014 – U.S. b-school ranking of rankings

US baseball 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? The big news among the top US business schools is that Stanford GSB has displaced Harvard at #1, based on its top ranking in Forbes and US News.

Perhaps even more surprising is the fact Chicago Booth has also climbed above Harvard Business School to #2. Though HBS came top in the FT and shared the top spot in US News, it’s position in BusinessWeek means that when you take an average of the five major media rankings the fall to #3, just ahead of Wharton. These four schools place heads and shoulders above the rest.

Columbia Business School has climbed 3 places to #5, while Duke Fuqua, Michigan Ross, Yale SOM and UCLA Anderson have all had a good year. Further down the list the University of Washington Foster, Rice University Jones, and Michigan State all moved up 5 places in to the top 30. MIT Sloan, UV Darden, Cornell Johnson, largely because of their performance in BusinessWeek.

2014 Rank2013 Rank2012 Rank2011 RankInstitutionFinancial Times 2014*BusWeek 2014Economist 2014*US News 2014Forbes 2013
1233Stanford Univ GSB24711
2322Univ of Chicago - Booth63142
3111Harvard Bus Sch18413
4444Univ of Pennsylvania - Wharton32914
5865Columbia Bus Sch45887
6577Northwestern Univ - Kellogg971265
7689Dartmouth College - Tuck1215296
8656MIT Sloan Sch of Mgmt51410512
9101211Duke Univ - Fuqua10118148
10998Univ of California at Berkeley - Haas8195714
11131413Univ of Michigan - Ross139151110
11161515Yale Sch of Mgmt76141318
13111010Univ of Virginia - Darden152031115
14151716UCLA - Anderson1411111613
15111112Cornell Univ - Johnson151317179
15141314New York Univ - Stern102261023
17171617Carnegie Mellon - Tepper1810161816
18182020Univ of North Carolina - Kenan-Flagler1712251911
19201818Emory Univ - Goizueta2218132024
20212121Indiana Univ - Kelley2416222119
21191919Univ of Texas at Austin - McCombs2123231521
22232222Georgetown Univ - McDonough2024262333
23222727Univ of Notre Dame - Mendoza-29272329
24293330Univ of Washington - Foster3137212527
25302523Rice University - Jones1925243341
26243031Washington Univ - Olin3526282234
27242325Vanderbilt Univ - Owen3230202539
28333732Michigan State - Broad2733-3522
292631Minnesota - Carlson2836-3325
30282425Ohio State - Fisher3734192736
31323236Univ of Maryland - Smith2617304142
32342524Univ of Southern California - Marshall3621362737
3327--Georgia Tech - Scheller3828-2735
34373433Penn State - Smeal3440354126
34403635Univ of Rochester - Simon2938343738
36363838Purdue Univ - Krannert3043-4028
37352928Wisconsin Sch of Bus4244322732
38312829Texas A&M - Mays3942-3730
4044--UC Irvine2531-4561
41423937SMU - Cox-32485531
42---Pittsburg - Katz4135435248
434241-Boston Univ4057414544
4441--Arizona State - Carey4567292760
45---Wake Forest4846375843
46394039Univ of Iowa - Tippie-75405120
4747--Univ of Georgia - Terry-50424849
48---UC Davis5060394150
4946--Univ of Florida - Hough-48454163
50---UC San Diego44514960-
*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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