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The Economist MBA Ranking has become a punching bag for the experts seeking status quo and those applicants who don’t want to see volatility. We reviewed the ranking methodology from the time The Economist began ranking Full-time MBA programs. As we have warned earlier, ranking is a reflection of what the publication finds valuable for the MBA applicants, not an absolute truth about the Business School and the MBA programs.

Top 10 The Economist MBA Ranking 2016
 
Booth has continued the reign on top for the third consecutive year while Kellogg was the big surprise taking in 2nd position from Darden, which has been pushed to third. Last year, the biggest criticism was when Stanford was demoted to #13th rank. This year, a fifth ranking position behind Harvard’s 4th have stabilized the top tier schools in the Economist Full-time MBA rankings.

2016 Survey

The 2016 survey invited 143 schools; some did not make it to the top 100 while quite a few chose to opt out. Indian School of Business, CEIBS, Aston, and McGill were notable absentees. The survey was divided into two sections: Quantitative (GMAT,...


best mba programs in the world businessweekBloomberg BusinessWeek full-time MBA ranking is perhaps the most influential ranking in MBA Admissions. After the publication discontinued their biennial rankings for the more current annual ranking, the influence of current students on the rankings have taken up 15% of the total score. With the change in the frequency of ranking, there have been a few casualties. The big names that saw its ranking drop out of top 10 include Booth, Columbia, and Ross.

For the 2016 ranking, Bloomberg gave Employer survey rank the highest weightage (35%), followed by Alumni Survey rank (30%), while student survey took a slightly higher weightage (15%), over Salary rank(10%) and Job placement rank (10%).

If you look at the Job Placement rank, the top 10 Business Schools would not even feature in the top 20 list. Part of this discrepancy can be explained by the brand affinity of the top 10 Business Schools and the type of candidates the school attracts. They don’t need any special training or spoon-feeding to match their post-MBA goals with the right employers. Most of the candidates in top Business Schools are self-starters who do not depend on the career service team to offer the big breaks. So if you are...


US News has published the Best Business School ranking for 2016-17 for full-time MBA programs. As predicted, Harvard is #1, followed by Stanford, but Chicago Booth moved two places to tie with Stanford. Wharton became the non-tied school at the 4th position while the fifth position is tied again by Kellogg School of Management and MIT Sloan.

US News MBA Ranking Methodology
 
The ranking methodology used this year comprised of three factors: Quality Assessment (40%), Placement Success (35%) and Student selectivity (25%). Peer assessment score, a rating by business school deans and directors of accredited MBA programs, takes the major chunk of US News MBA Ranking (10%) – a factor that would promote the status quo. The Peer assessment score is more like a popular vote rather than a rigorous evaluation of what an MBA program can offer. Most consultants, deans, and even aspiring students would have a favorable opinion about Harvard. The brand is synonymous with quality, and low acceptance rate. Hopefully in the near future, recruiter assessment score would take 25% in the Quality Assessment segment.

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The Economist MBA Rankings AnalysisIt is official – “Booth is the new Harvard.” For the fourth consecutive year, Chicago Booth ranks #1 for The Economist 2015-16 Full-time MBA rankings. Darden took the #2 spot pushing Tuck to #3. Harvard is at #4, and HEC Paris is at #5. No matter how much noise you hear about the ranking methodology, no single ranking is perfect. Students tend to rely heavily on one ranking data: FT, The Economist, BusinessWeek, or US News (for US Schools). They are useful predictors, but calculating return on investments requires detailed analysis, taking into consideration, your financial position and short-term goals, and the quality and relevance of the program.

Despite what critics complain, the fluctuation in ranking is not the result of considering just one-year’s data. In fact, the Economist takes the weighted average of the last three years: 2014 (50%), 2013 (30%) and 2012 (20%). When schools fail to provide at least two consecutive year’s data, they are not considered for the ranking. That is why, you will see renowned programs like CEIBS, UC Davis and Aston missing from the ranking. Other top schools like Imperial College Business School and Rotman chose not to participate. For brand value,...


businessweek mba rankings 2015Bloomberg BusinessWeek is discontinuing the biennial rankings from 2015 and has released the annual ranking for 2015. What is interesting this year is that for the first time in BusinessWeek MBA Ranking, Alumni Feedback (35%) has been included as part of the ranking. BW took inputs from Alumni, who have graduated in 2007, 08 and 09. The ranking has done away with the research papers published by the Faculty as one of the ranking factors. Instead, the focus has been exclusively on the post-MBA salary increase, placement trends, and brand value of the Business School.

With a heavy emphasis on Alumni and Student feedback, the powerhouse brands have taken over the rising stars. As expected, Harvard is on top, followed by Booth, and Kellogg.

Top 10 Business Schools (US)


1) Harvard
2) Booth
3) Kellogg
4) MIT Sloan
5) Wharton
6) Columbia
7) Stanford
8) Duke Fuqua
9) Berkeley Haas
10) Michigan Ross

Ranking Index Score


More than the ranking keep an eye on the ranking index score. Harvard is #1 with a score of 100. Booth has an index score of 98.47. A difference of 1 or 2...


Review FT Global MBA Ranking 2015No matter what experts say about FT Global MBA Ranking, the publication gives a global perspective on Top MBA programs in the world. US News MBA Ranking gives a myopic view about Management Education with US as the central focus. Agreed, US hosts most top MBA programs but there is a world outside the US – a much economical, faster and cost efficient way to upgrade your skills and associate yourself with a worthwhile brand.

The review of FT Global MBA Ranking by Poets & Quants made me wonder how experts infuse their biases when they see ranking fluctuations. Somehow, they feel any ranking that defends the status quo means great ranking. Picture this reasoning - “The most recent informal survey of MBA applicants by mbaMission, a leading admissions consultant, found that only 10.2% of the respondents considered the FT their most trusted source of business school rankings. The most trusted? U.S. News & World Report which was cited as most trusted by 46.1% of the respondents.”

What P & Q is saying is that an informal survey by one of...


FT MBA RankingHarvard is the school to beat in the Financial Times Global Business School Rankings for 2015. The School has taken the top spot for the sixth consecutive year, beating the rivals Wharton, Stanford, and London Business School. Stanford has dropped two places from 2014 rankings to rank at 4th while Wharton has sneaked in one position to rank at 3rd. London Business School also did the same trick by ranking at #2. Insead is tied at #4 with Stanford. ESMT and Duke Fuqua: the big surprise winner in BusinessWeek MBA ranking is featured at 63rd and 21st positions respectively.

Top #5 MBA Programs based on Weighted Salary(Dollars)

1) Harvard Business School - $179910 (96% Salary Increase)
2) Stanford Graduate School of Business - $177089 (80% Salary Increase)
3) University of Pennsylvania: Wharton - $171543 ( 90% Salary Increase)
4) Columbia Business School - $169252 (106% Salary Increase)
5) Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad – 167676 (88% Salary Increase)

Weighted Salary in Dollars is not the immediate post-MBA Salary....


Top MBA Programs Ranking2014 has been the most volatile year for Business Schools and Full-time MBA Ranking. US News gave #1 rank to Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton; Financial Times ranked Harvard in the top position, The Economist rewarded Chicago Booth, and Businessweek interestingly chose Duke Fuqua School of Business. To make it easier for you to analyze top MBA programs, we have created an aggregate ranking list for top MBA programs.

Since US News only ranks US-based Business Schools, we have excluded the data. Businessweek has a separate ranking list for US and Non-US Schools, but their Full-time MBA ranking has combined the two, and this has resulted in many tied positions. We have used ranking data from Businessweek, The Economist, and The Financial Times for ranking Top MBA programs.

Interesting Observations

Only six schools - Chicago Booth, Stanford, Harvard, IESE, Wharton, and Columbia, have featured in the Top 10 ranking in all the three ranking publications. Duke Fuqua full-time MBA program - Businessweek’s #1 MBA program, fairs in the top 25 ranking in The Economist, and Financial Times Global MBA ranking list. Ivey School of Business, another Businessweek #1 program, ranks at the #89...


BusinessWeek Full-time MBA Ranking 2014Fuqua School of Business has replaced Chicago Booth to top the 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek Business School ranking - a 5-position jump from the 2012 ranking. Booth lost two positions and ranks at #3. Wharton moved one position up and ranked at #2. Remember, Businessweek Business School rankings are a biennial ranking with 25% of ranking points influenced by the 2012 survey data and 75% by the 2014 data. The biggest casualty has been the Harvard MBA program, losing six positions to rank at #8. The ranking is based on three factors: student satisfaction (45%), employer feedback (45%), and Expertise of the Faculty (10%).

Businessweek has a separate ranking list for International MBA programs. In the International list, Ivey School of Business, Canada took the top honors replacing London Business School to rank at #1. London Business School lost three positions to rank at #4. A surprise entrant to the top 3 ranking was ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, taking #3 position. The MBA program was not featured in the...


The Economist MBA RankingThe 2014-15 Economist Full-time MBA ranking has been released. When Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton are leading in other ranking publications, and Chicago Booth ranks #1 for the 3rd consecutive year, you expect some kind of name-calling, and it happened this year too.  

As explained in our review of the ranking methodology used by The Economist, the ranking is based on four factors: Career Opportunities (35%), personal development/educational experience (35%), increase in salary (20%) and potential to network (10%).

Tuck has retained the 2nd position, but Haas has lost its 3rd position to Darden, which emerged from 4th place. A surprise entry in the top 5 ranking is from the European powerhouse – HEC Paris, which took 4th position for the first time. Signs of a European resurgence was visible last year when HEC jumped from 14th to 8th rank, but an even a mightier jump to 4th position was unexpected. Perhaps the ...


Business School Ranking FlawsBusiness School Ranking is tricky, and for publications, the evaluation is based on feedback from Alumni, Current Students, Professors, and Recruiters. Biases emerge from different actors in management education. The result is a concocted list with a high margin of error. Historical ranking plays a major role in maintaining status quo. Are you saying that Harvard, Stanford and Wharton remain the only top three schools offering world class education? There are at least four more equal or better schools that are not even featured in the top 10 list.

But the ranking is not based on an independent review but through the response from Alma matter and the beneficiary – the Recruiter. When you look closer, the response rates are as low as 20-25%.  Such low numbers should not influence the opinions of future MBAs, who will use the ranking information as the basis for their belief. Schools featuring in the top 20 list will spread the news furthest, and those who are not featured in top 50 will use...


FT Global MBA Ranking 2014Financial Times Global Business School Rankings for the year 2014 has been announced. Harvard has retained the top spot for the fifth consecutive year beating Stanford Graduate School of Business to 2nd, a repeat of the previous year’s ranking. Third position is occupied by London Business School pushing Wharton to fourth place. Insead and Columbia Business School are tied at 5th place.

Yale School of Management has made a comeback to the 10th position. Other schools that have shown remarkable resolve, and ability to bounce back are: Esade Business School (26th to 22nd), Darden (33rd to 27th), SDA Bocconi (37th to 31st), University of North Carolina: Kenan-Flagler (45th to 33rd), Sungkyunkwan University GSB (54th to 45th), University of California at Irvine: Merage (61st to 48th) & Michigan State University: Broad (64th to 52nd).

Interestingly, most Business Schools in 'BRICS' & Asia, except for China & South Africa, have lost its spot compared to previous year: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (22nd to 30th), Coppead (65th to 79th), National University of Singapore Business School (30th to 32nd), Indian School of Business (30th to 36th) & Nanyang Business School Singapore (35th to...


Part Time MBA Ranking BusinessWeekBusinessWeek Part Time MBA ranking for 2013 has been published. Tepper School of Business has overtaken Elon’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business this year to rank #1. The later has moved down four places to rank at #5.

There have been quite a few new entrants in the top 10 ranking. The biggest move has been from Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business, moving up by an astonishing 35 positions to feature at #9 position. Other schools to enter the top 10 rankings are Loyola Marymount and Chicago Booth, taking 6th and 8th place respectively.

If you compare the GMAT requirement for the top 10 schools, Rollins has the lowest GMAT requirement with the class average at 527 while the highest average is required by Haas School of Business at 692 followed by Chicago Booth at 681.Most Part Time MBA programs offer Financial Aid to the class covering 10 to 40% of the participants.

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The Economist MBA Ranking MethodologyBusiness School rankings are biased. The preference that publications give for one ranking factor over the other is often based on these biases. MBA Aspirants should evaluate each ranking based on the methodology, and that is why we have started this series about the ranking methodology adopted by different Business School ranking publications.

The release of The Economist MBA ranking was faced with several backlashes from experts around the world for its unpredictability citing that The Economist ranking was the most unstable ranking with the big three – Harvard, Stanford and Wharton losing their positions. That in itself is not an argument to disregard a ranking.

Let us look at the various factors that The Economist Full-time MBA
ranking
takes into consideration before finalizing the list.

The four factors with their...


The Economist MBA RankingThe Economist Full-time MBA ranking for 2013-14 has been released. Chicago Booth has retained the top spot for the 2nd consecutive year. Tuck and Haas takes the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Haas School of Business made an impressive jump from 6th position to 3rd position. Other notable rise in ranking in the top 10 positions are from IESE Business School (9th to 5th ), NYU Stern (11th to 7th) and HEC Paris (14th to 8th).

The traditional strong schools in other ranking publications that dropped its positions are Harvard (4th to 6th), MIT Sloan (7th to 12th) and Columbia (5th to 10th). Although there is a drop in ranking for US based Business Schools, except for IESE Business School and HEC Paris, 8 of the top 10 Full-time MBA programs are offered by Business Schools in the US.

The two dominant Business Schools from Asia –Hong Kong University of Faculty of Business and Economics and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad are at 14th and 39th position respectively.

From the top 25 rankings, the school to watch out for is Queensland University of Business...