The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2011

by John A. Byrne on

2011 P&Q Rank & School Index 2010 P&Q Rank BW Forbes U.S. News FT Econ
26. Ohio State (Fisher) Columbus, OH 70.0 40 32 34 25 37 32
27. Notre Dame (Mendoza) Notre Dame, IN 69.6 25 24 31 37 42 25
28. Rice (Jones) Houston, TX 67.2 27 29 45 34 21 34
29. Southern Methodist (Cox) Dallas, TX 66.7 34 12 25 57 48 40
30. Texas A&M (Mays) College Station, TX 66.6 29 30 24 32 22 NR
31. Penn State (Smeal) University Park, PA 66.3 42 44 26 40 28 31
32. Brigham Young (Marriott) Provo, UT 65.5 33 27 15 32 49 NR
33. Maryland (Smith) College Park, MD 64.2 36 42 38 45 18 33
34. Minnesota (Carlson) Minneapolis, MN 63.3 24 28 28 21 NR 38
35. Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 59.9 39 23 43 28 53 NR
36. Boston University Boston, MA 59.8 37 38 61 34 35 30
37. Purdue (Krannert) West Lafayette, IN 58.8 38 41 40 49 40 41
38. Wake Forest (Babcock) Winston-Salem, NC 58.3 41 48 30 47 41 29
39. Rochester (Simon) Rochester, NY 57.4 35 43 32 45 26 NR
40. U. Washington (Foster) Seattle, WA 57.2 32 31 36 37 NR 24
41. Washington (Olin) St. Louis, MO 56.4 26 40 47 20 NR 27
42. Georgia (Terry) Athens, GA 55.5 47 36 42 57 51 44
43. Michigan State (Broad) East Lansing, MI 54.1 31 20 19 49 NR NR
44. Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL 53.0 45 46 56 37 23 NR
45. Iowa (Tippie) Iowa City, IA 51.9 48 NR 21 40 33 36
46. Arizona State (Carey) Tempe, AZ 51.1 46 49 66 27 32 NR
47. Boston College (Carroll) Boston, MA 51.0 43 50 53 34 39 NR
48. Babson College (Olin) Babson Park, MA 50.8 54 39 44 52 45 NR
49. Thunderbird School Glendale, AZ 47.9 53 45 54 75 36 42
50. Tulane (Freeman) New Orleans, LA 43.9 44 35 52 40 NR NR

(See next page for schools ranked 51 through 75)


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  • Joe He

    As an international student at Emory Full Time MBA program, I am very surprised by this post for someone claims that Job placement is the weakness of the program. In face, it is the strongest part of Emory’s MBA program and one of the biggest reasons international students chose to attend Emory.  

    The data is public in the career report as below:

    If you compare the job placement rate within 3 months after graduation between students of Emory and students of other top schools, you will find Emory did an excellent job placing its students, 

    I personally enjoy the experience at Emory MBA very much. Particularly, the CMC is doing a good job and they are serious and responsible about international students’ job placement, which is very satisfactory to me. 

  • Amit Bhatnagar

    Knowing Insider, Here is a partial list of companies that International MBA Graduates from Classes of 2011 and 2010 are currently working at:

    Adobe Systems, McKinsey, IBM, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, eBay, PayPal, SAP, Facebook,
    Intuit, Citibank, Coca Cola, Suntrust Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, ExxonMobil, American Airlines, Amazon….

    To the best of my knowledge, Class of 2012 also has a comparable (or better) record. Does this look like the job placement record of a school, whose placement for internationals is “just terrible” as you say? If you were actually an “insider”, you would already know this, but your claim that 2/3 of the class is from India/Korea made it obvious that you are not.

    Yes, Not everyone gets into his/her dream company, and International students do face some additional challenges, but that is true for every business school in the country! Personally, as an international student, I had an awesome experience at Goizueta,and would highly recommend this program to anyone.

  • TheBusinessProfessor

    I highly recommend Goizueta MBA program. I completed the 1YR MBA program this year. 

    – All of the large consulting, finance and marketing companies/firms recruit on campus. –  The employment numbers are outstanding (Within one month of graduation over 90% already have job offers).  – Nearly 40% of the class is international, that are from dozens of countries.- Integration of innovative learning experiences into the curriculum.  (Keystone leadership experience, Goizueta Leadership Academy, Mandatory international course, Mid-Semest foreign and local modules, directed studies, cross-school course availability, Centers (Marketing Analytics, VC, Alt. Investments, Real Estate, etc.).- The most substantial benefit is that MBA alumni are expected to assist current students in their career search.  I found the alumni exceptionally helpful and willing to assist.  (This is a strong contributor to the high employment statistics).

    Here are a couple of articles about the program from a student (inside) and publisher (outside) perspective:

    JM Gordon

  • Question

    Does anyone have thoughts on the program at Georgetown McDonough?

  • Kumar

    Are you saying that Foster School of Business is much better than HBS/Stanford/Wharton combined in sending graduates to Amazon and Microsoft?! Is it really true?

  • Nahid Islam

    Anybody give me the information which university will be better for MBA course in USA as well as the cost,requirements etc……………………………???????????????????????

  • Jake Murray

    My dad is bigger than your dad….who cares! All of you care way too much about rankings. Rather, it seems more wise to use them to learn about a school and where they stand in a general sense. It’s just very petty the way prospective and current students debate the rankings. We all know HSW are the top schools, but after that there are like 12 schools that are considered best of the best. OK, now go find which one you like the best. 

  • Patrick S. Noonan

    As a Goizueta faculty member, I’d suggest that this critic needs to recheck his data analysis. Our MBA programs’ CMC placement results, especially in the past few years, have been cited as among the best.

  • guest

    as a Wharton grad from a decade ago, my preferred order back then was H/S/W; I was admitted to Chi, MIT as well, and passed them to go to Wharton; had I been admitted to H or S, I would have taken them.

    That said, I graduated when the market was at the bottom, and many of my fellow Wharton MBAs went on to accept sub-optimal jobs, and some of them still have not succeeded anywhere close to their potential. And I think this was hardly unique to W. I dont think it would have mattered much if I or they had gone to other top schools instead of W. But who knows..

  • Jack Tao

    Cornell (Johnson) will be top 10, maybe as high as 7, in the next five years. That is the unbiased truth. They are under-rated due to their size and location. Their win and development of the Cornell NYC Tech campus to compete with Silicone Valley will be the game changer. Already being one of the elite schools in engineering, medicine, law and hotel mgmt, the school has huge plans in the coming years to be a powerhouse in tech and business. The word is that they will have some of the best intellectual/human capital. Bill Gates is already erecting a new CS building in Ithaca next to the b-school and behemoths like Google already jumping on the bandwagon by partnering with them and creating a Cornell campus in their headquarters.
    This is coming from someone who is totally neutral and a F100 global corporate recruiter. Plus, Cornell’s brand is way more recognized internationally abroad than some of the schools in the top 10. Forbes got it right. Mark my word.

  • gillmic

    Current top 10, with updated data, would be:


  • fonanie


  • MBA Candidate

    Hi John.. We are still waiting for your Chicago Booth Vs Wharton smackdown… its long due. Would be great to have it as that’s a choice a lot of people are making currently.

  • Cherie A


    Can you tell me, what made Kellstadt (DePaul University) come in at No. 99?

    Also, does the ranking for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have any correlation to the University of Illinois at Chicago campus? I always see rankings for UI-UC but I never really come across info on UIC (Chicago).

    Thanks so much for all of your work.


    10 is a double digit number and 1 – 9 single digit number :-)

  • vicky


    I have a score of 600 on GMAT and have average scores in my acads. I am a postgraduate in computer science and now after 9 years of work experience (in India, US and Europe) I want to do my MBA. I have a lot of extra curricular activities on my profile including a new venture of my own which is shaping up slowly. Is it worth applying at Emory (considering my low GMAT score) ?

  • Seema

    I am international student enrolled for MBA program full time at argosy university San Diego campus. but i am shocked with the reviews plz let me know more about the program.

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