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

School Name 2014 Rank Index US
Forbes Business
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)

  • Steve Mitchell

    Get over yourself

    Are you so insecure that all you live for is a ranking or piece of data that helps build your self esteem?

    GSB will always be the place where quants become reshaped in to productive assets.

  • Derek Loh

    The global rankings criteria have always been US-biased for obvious reasons; these rankings or league tables are developed based on American institutions or focuses on US and European institutions traditionally when they first began. The meteoric rise of Asian universities in recent years is a trend that is likely to accelerate. This is reflected in the strength and growth of Asian economies and its contribution to the global economy. Most European institutions of higher learning are simply basking in its legacy reputation with little improvements or innovation to show over the past decade. The same goes for many US universities with the exception of the top few universities like Harvard, Stanford, U Penn, MIT, Chicago, etc. On the contrary, Asian universities especially those in Singapore, Korea, China and Hong Kong have innovated and grown exponentially. Historically, Asian universities lack the global recognition and marketing prowess of their counterparts in the US and Europe. Global ranking league tables also use criteria that are more biased towards US and European institutions like citations and reputation which are biased factors they are relatively subjective. As Asia continues to take center stage in the global economy, global attention and focus are turning to Asian universities who have rightfully earned this hard fought recognition. For instance, NUS, NTU in Singapore, HKU, HKUST and CU in Hong Kong, SNU, KAIST in S. Korea, Tsinghua and PKU in China are highly regarded Asian institutions who have traditionally been recognised throughout the region and are now shining on the global education stage. Their meteoric rise in global rankings league table in recent years is well-deserved. In the coming decade, as the global economy integrates further, the reputation, depth of curriculum and offerings and recognition of these Asian institutions will not only rival, but may potentially surpass the likes of Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge. Participation in exchange programmes with the aforementioned highly regarded Asian institutions or a degree from them would put any graduate in good stead, especially those seeking career opportunities within Asia.

  • 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.