Poets&Quants’ Top 100 MBA Programs in the U.S.

by John A. Byrne on Print Print

P&Q Rank & School Index BW Forbes News FT Econ
1. Harvard Business School Boston, MA 100.0 2 3 1 3 4
2. Stanford Business School Stanford, CA 99.1 5 1 1 4 7
3. Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL 98.5 1 4 5 9 1
4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA 98.1 3 5 5 2 8
5. Columbia Business School New York, NY 94.1 9 6 9 6 12
6. Dartmouth (Tuck) Hanover, NH 94.0 14 2 7 13 2
7. Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, IL 93.4 4 8 4 22 16
8. MIT (Sloan) Cambridge, MA 92.8 10 14 3 8 13
9. California (Haas) Berkeley, CA 90.8 8 12 7 28 3
10. Duke (Fuqua) Durham, NC 88.7 6 13 14 20 28
11. Virginia (Darden) Charlottesville, VA 88.4 11 9 13 31 11
12. New York (Stern) New York, NY 87.3 18 17 9 13 14
13. Michigan (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI 86.5 7 18 12 28 25
14. Yale School of Mgt. New Haven, CT 86.4 21 10 11 16 24
15. Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca, NY 84.2 13 7 18 36 33
16. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Pittsburgh, PA 81.6 15 23 16 34 21
17. UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA 80.7 17 19 15 33 37
18. UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC 78.4 16 15 21 46 40
19. Texas (McCombs) Austin, TX 76.4 25 11 16 52 43
20. Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta, GA 75.8 22 22 27 34 36
21. Indiana (Kelley) Bloomington, IN 73.3 19 25 23 57 35
22. USC (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA 71.7 26 32 20 57 18
23. Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, DC 68.7 33 31 24 38 50
24. Minnesota (Carlson) Minneapolis, MN 64.5 28 26 24 75 63
25. Notre Dame (Mendoza) Notre Dame, IN 64.4 24 38 31 71 39
26. Washington (Olin) St. Louis, MO 63.9 40 41 19 49 45
27. Rice (Jones) Houston, TX 63.0 29 47 39 44 41
28. Vanderbilt (Owen) Nashville, TN 62.6 37 30 36 57 46
29. Texas A&M (Mays) College Station, TX 61.8 30 24 33 54 NR
30. Wisconsin Madison, WI 61.6 34 35 27 67 54
31. Michigan State (Broad) East Lansing, MI 61.4 20 21 46 65 NR
32. Washington (Foster) Seattle, WA 60.9 31 40 33 78 32
33. Brigham Young (Marriott) Provo, UT 60.3 27 16 33 83 NR
34. Southern Methodist (Cox) Dallas, TX 58.2 12 33 49 96 78
35. Rochester (Simon) Rochester, NY 57.5 43 37 27 48 93
36. Maryland (Smith) College Park, MD 56.4 42 29 45 43 NR
37. Boston University Boston, MA 55.5 38 61 31 61 42
38. Purdue (Krannert) West Lafayette, IN 53.6 41 45 36 54 90
39. Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 53.5 23 44 26 NR NR
40. Ohio State (Fisher) Columbus, OH 52.9 32 39 21 NR NR
41. Wake Forest (Babcock) Winston-Salem, NC 51.8 48 34 46 79 59
42. Penn State (Smeal) University Park, PA 51.2 44 28 48 NR 56
43. Boston College (Carroll) Boston, MA 50.3 50 46 39 47 NR
44. Tulane (Freeman) New Orleans, LA 48.3 35 52 53 61 NR
45. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 45.6 46 63 42 52 NR
46. Arizona State (Carey) Tempe, AZ 43.7 49 56 27 89 NR
47. Georgia (Terry) Athens, GA 42.5 36 50 59 NR 87
48. Iowa (Tippie) Iowa City, IA 41.5 NR 20 42 64 66
49. George Washington Washington, DC 40.3 52 73 55 57 73
50. William & Mary (Mason) Williamsburg, VA 34.8 47 49 75 NR NR
51. Case Western (Weatherhead) Cleveland, OH 33.0 51 62 75 80 NR
51. SUNY, Buffalo Buffalo, NY 33.0 57 48 70 NR NR
53. Thunderbird School Glendale, AZ 31.8 45 NR 62 67 80
54. Babson College (Olin) Babson Park, MA 28.8 39 NR 54 99 NR
55. Florida (Hough) Gainesville, FL 28.4 NR 54 39 77 99
56. California, Irvine (Merage) Irvine, CA 28.3 NR 58 36 72 NR
57. Northeastern Boston, MA 28.1 56 69 62 NR NR
58. California, Davis Davis, CA 27.4 NR 68 42 80 60
59. Arizona (Eller) Tucson, AZ 24.0 NR 53 55 83 NR
60. Connecticut, Storrs Storrs, CT 23.2 NR 27 79 NR NR
61. Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 22.5 55 NR 57 NR NR
62. South Carolina (Moore) Columbia, SC 22.1 NR 67 62 67 92
63. Miami Coral Gables, FL 19.5 NR 43 89 83 NR
64. Pittsburgh (Katz) Pittsburgh, PA 19.2 54 NR 79 NR 94
65. Louisiana State (Ourso) Baton Rouge, LA 17.7 NR 55 71 NR NR
66. Rollins College (Crummer) Winter Park, FL 16.5 NR 36 NR NR NR
67. Hofstra (Zarb) Hempstead, NY 16.3 NR 51 82 NR NR
68. Temple (Fox) Philadelphia, PA 16.2 NR 72 57 NR NR
68. Missouri (Crosby) Columbia, MO 16.2 NR 70 59 NR NR
70. Alabama (Manderson) Tuscaloosa, AL 15.8 NR 66 66 NR NR
71. Tennessee Knoxville, TN 15.0 NR 42 NR NR NR
72. Howard University Washington, DC 14.3 53 NR NR NR NR
73. Fordham New York, NY 14.1 NR 57 87 NR NR
74. Texas Christian (Neeley) Fort Worth, TX 11.8 NR 60 94 NR NR
75. Drexel (Le Bow) Philadelphia, PA 11.4 NR 65 89 NR NR
76. Oregon (Lundquist) Eugene, OR 11.3 NR 74 79 NR NR
77. American University (Kogod) Washington, DC 10.7 NR 59 NA NA NA
78. Pepperdine (Graziadio) Malibu, CA 10.3 NR 75 82 NR NR
78. Arkansas (Walton) Fayetteville, AK 10.3 NR NR 50 NR NR
78. Texas, Dallas Richardson, TX 10.3 NR NR 50 NR NR
81. Baylor (Hankamer) Waco, TX 9.9 NR NR 52 NR NR
82. Auburn University Auburn, AL 9.4 NR 64 NR NR NR
83. Syracuse (Whitman) Syracuse, NY 8.3 NR NR 59 NR NR
84. Willamette (Atkinson) Salem, OR 7.6 NR 71 NR NR NR
84. Iowa State Ames, IA 7.6 NR NR 62 NR NR
86. Oklahoma State (Spears) Stillwater, OK 7.2 NR NR 89 67 NR
87. Utah (Eccles) Salt Lake City, UT 6.9 NR NR 66 NR NR
87. Oklahoma (Price) Norman, OK87. North Carolina State (Jenkins) Raleigh, NC 6.96.9 NRNR NRNR 6666 NRNR NRNR
90. Claremont (Drucker) Claremont, CA 6.0 NR NR 71 NR NR
90. Colorado (Leeds) Boulder, CO 6.0 NR NR 71 NR NR
90. University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 6.0 NR NR 71 NR NR
93. Bentley College (McCallum) Waltham, MA 5.2 NR NR 75 NR NR
93. Florida State Tallahassee, FL 5.2 NR NR 75 NR NR
95. Santa Clara (Leavey) Santa Clara, CA 3.7 NR NR 82 NR NR
95. St. Louis (Cook) St. Louis, MO 3.7 NR NR 82 NR NR
95. Worcester Polytechnic Worcester, MA 3.7 NR NR 82 NR NR
98. Kentucky (Gatton) Lexington, KY 2.9 NR NR 87 NR NR
99. College of Charleston Charleston, SC 2.2 NR NR 89 NR NR
100. CUNY (Baruch) New York, NY 1.4 NR NR 94 NR NR
100. Illinois, Chicago (Liautaub) Chicago, IL 1.4 NR NR 94 NR NR

Notes:

NR – Not ranked. Because the Financial Times and The Economist, which both rank 100 institutions, include many non-U.S. schools in their rankings, a larger number of very good MBA programs at U.S. schools remain unranked by those two publications. BusinessWeek ranks 57 U.S. schools; Forbes, 75 schools; U.S. News & World Report, 100.

Methodology: Schools on each of the five major rankings were scored from a high of 100 to a low of 1, the numerical rank of the 100th school on any one list. Then, those sums were brought together, weighting the BusinessWeek ranking 30%, the Forbes ranking 25%, the U.S. News & World Report rankings 20%, the Financial Times rankings 15%, and The Economist ranking 10%. These differing weights reflect the authority and credibility we believe each of these rankings have in the business school universe. For a deeper explanation of the strengths and weaknesses of each system, see how we think the most influential rankings stack up against each other in “Turning the Tables: Ranking the MBA Rankings.”

THE PRIMARY ADVANTAGE OF THE POETS&QUANTS RANKING

The Poets&Quants ranking has an important advantage over all other lists: because it is a composite of the five major rankings, the P&Q methodology tends to smooth out the impact of statistical anomalies that are often present in any single ranking. Instead, the Poets&Quants system tends to award MBA programs for consistency across the five rankings. In BusinessWeek’s recent 2010 ranking, for example, many observers were stunned to find that Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business ranked 12th, ahead of the business schools at Dartmouth, Cornell, Yale, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and New York University, among others.

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Air Time - Comments
  • Jim

    Hult is a joke and just exploits the three letters MBA, great marketing of it’s program but guilty of making a mockery of the degree.

  • Freddy K.

    Any reason why the index numbers are significantly different than the pre-updated list you posted? (i.e. UNC at a 79 as opposed to mid-50s on your initial list)

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