Harvard Business School Tops New 2015 Poets&Quants’ MBA Ranking

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The Definitive List Of The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2015 — 1 to 25

2015
Rank
School Name 2014 Rank Index US
News
Forbes Business
Week
Financial
Times
The Economist
#1 Harvard Business School 2 100.0 2 2 1 1 4
#2 Stanford GSB 1 98.7 1 1 7 3 11
#3 Chicago (Booth) 4 97.7 4 6 2 6 1
#4 UPenn (Wharton) 3 97.2 3 7 5 2 8
#5 Northwestern (Kellogg) 6 96.8 6 3 3 8 6
#6 Columbia Business School 5 95.7 8 4 6 4 10
#7 MIT (Sloan) 7 95.3 5 9 4 5 12
#8 UC-Berkeley (Haas) 10 94.5 7 8 9 7 5
#9 Dartmouth (Tuck) 8 93.2 9 5 14 12 3
#10 Yale SOM 12 90.2 13 11 11 9 13
#11 Duke (Fuqua) 9 90.0 13 12 8 11 14
#12 Virginia (Darden) 13 89.9 10 16 12 16 2
#13 Michigan (Ross) 11 89.0 11 15 10 13 17
#14 UCLA (Anderson) 14 87.5 15 17 13 14 7
#14 Cornell (Johnson) 15 87.5 16 10 16 15 15
#16 New York (Stern) 16 87.4 11 18 24 10 9
#17 North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler) 18 84.9 18 13 17 18 21
#18 Texas-Austin (McCombs) 19 83.8 17 14 21 19 25
#19 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 17 82.8 20 19 18 17 19
#20 Emory (Goizueta) 20 80.2 21 25 15 28 16
#21 Indiana (Kelley) 20 79.0 21 20 28 30 18
#22 Washington (Foster) 23 77.0 23 30 20 25 24
#23 Washington (Olin) 24 73.8 19 31 35 37 27
#24 Georgetown (McDonough) 22 73.5 24 41 26 20 26
#25 Notre Dame (Mendoza) 36 72.9 25 23 31 45 29

Note: * Ranks for both The Financial Times and The Economist surveys are U.S. only, not the overall global ranks

(See following page for the next 25 business schools on the list)

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  • MBA2018

    Sorry, man. As great as Booth is (as an NU undergrad, it pains me to say it’s probably a better overall MBA program than Kellogg, and certainly trending in a better direction), there’s no comparing the student bodies’ social “well-roundedness” or sense of school spirit.

  • StillSubjective

    To clarify, yes, total application #s matter somewhat as far as indicating draw, but again, 1) This is an input. And 2) there should be some adjustment based on being in a major metro area or not. Sure, Harvard would still get most of its many applications even if it were outside of Boston because it’s Harvard. But schools like USC Marshall wouldn’t get nearly as many.

  • StillSubjective

    “..which combines the five most influential rankings and weighs each of them by the soundness of their methodologies.” And the “soundness” is determined by the OPINION of P&Q, and its opinion is that the US News Rankings matters the most. Don’t get me wrong, the ones at the very top (H/S/W) make sense. It’s the rest of the top 20 or so.

    Something like a high GMAT is an indicator that the MBA him/herself is bright, but why should it matter for the ranking of the school itself? As Bill Gates once said, all things like standardized tests prove is that the person was already bright *beforehand*. In other words, the SCHOOL did not teach that person how to get a high GMAT. These things are INPUTS.

    Same with selectivity. Schools like UCLA and NYU inherently benefit from being in the middle of a major metro area so they will naturally get a higher base of applications by default. And even if you want to go to NYU or Columbia because they’re in NYC, it’s not like those *schools* created NYC.

    Meanwhile schools like Dartmouth and Cornell are in the middle of nowhere, yet they get #2 and #8 highest overall comp, respectively. Rankings like Forbes and (for law schools) Above the Law make more sense to me. They measure OUTCOMES (increase in pay, cost of tuition, student satisfaction, etc.). Lo and behold, schools like Dartmouth, Northwestern, and Cornell are all ranked higher by several spots. And for law, schools like Yale, Columbia, and NYU drop significantly. Yes, I know Forbes and Bloomberg biz-school rankings are also baked into the P&Q rankings and measure some of these traits. But P&Q *most* heavily weights US News.

    In sum, consider what difference the SCHOOL will make for YOU–the skills you can learn, doors it can open, etc., not just what skills you already had PRIOR to b-school.

  • Green

    Thanks for your reply, John! The conversion from raw score to index score is clear. But how did you exactly calculate the raw scores? HBS is ranked 2,2,1,1,4 and I’m aware you have the specific weights of each ranking but how could those numbers become 99.1?

    Sorry if I’m asking too many questions but I’m curious since I really like P&Q ranking and want to know more the details about it.

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