10 Business Schools To Watch In 2017

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Think MBA education revolves around Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton? That’s natural. The troika has been perched atop many business school rankings for decades. They boast big-name alumni and faculty, fat endowments, and brand names that transcend culture, generation, and academic background. Despite their prominence, you couldn’t help but notice a subtle shift in 2016.

Look no further than the rankings. In Bloomberg Businessweek, Fuqua broke into the top three ahead of Wharton. Booth tied Stanford for second according to U.S. News and World Report. The biggest shock of them all? INSEAD leapfrogged the “Big Three” to rank first in the Financial Times ranking.

Does this mean Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton are in decline? Quite the opposite — it is a testament to their success. They served as a template for other programs, blazing a path and setting the bar for what was possible. While they remain the schools to beat, their example has helped to raise the quality of business education as a whole.

Last year, several schools began making big moves out of the shadows. After years of planning and experimenting, their efforts have gathered steam. They’re receiving more applications, building new campus centers, and beefing up such outcomes as graduate employment rates and salaries. They are amplifying their special strengths to carve out defining niches. Most importantly, they’ve taken a page from their cases and applied their resources to where they’ll get the highest returns: students themselves.

As we enter 2017, which schools are poised to raise their profile among MBA applicants? Here is Poets&Quants’ list of the 10 full-time MBA programs that are most likely to gain ground or break out in the coming year.

(Editor’s Note: These schools are not ranked in any order.)

Ross School of Business

University of Michigan (Ross): What makes a great MBA program? Is it deep resources? A surplus of options to gain real world experience? Academic excellence across every discipline? Leadership in flourishing concentrations like entrepreneurship, tech, and social impact? By those measures, Ross has emerged as the go-to school for MBAs looking for a rich blend of business fundamentals and experiential learning.

Mind you, the school endured a rocky start to the year. With a lame duck dean, the school’s dirty laundry became public when the faculty’s biting evaluations of outgoing Dean Alison Davis-Blake hit the net. However, history is expected to be kind to Davis-Blake. During her five-year tenure, this change agent turned a daunting budget deficit into a surplus; created more equitable faculty compensation; and raised academic performance for incoming MBAs. With the groundwork laid, Ross can now focus on what the new dean, Scott DeRue, calls “big and bold ideas.” Last spring, the school launched a life-long learning initiative, where Ross MBA graduates can return to take executive education courses for free.

But the boldest idea is yet to come. We expect DeRue to take experiential learning, long a mainstay of the Ross program and an increasingly popular part of MBA curriculums elsewhere, to an entirely new level. Rather than assign teams of students random projects with companies, Ross is trying to get its MBAs involved in more transformational corporate work. If it can convince a company such as Ford Motor to embrace multiple teams of students to work on the company’s move into driver-less vehicles or electric cars, DeRue could really up the ante on experiential learning.

The numbers also favor Ross. In March, the program ranked among the top MBA programs in 9 out of 10 specializations, including marketing, finance, entrepreneurship and management, according to a survey of academics conducted by U.S. News. Even more, Ross has gained increasing cache among recruiters. The 2016 graduating class pulled down a record $150,600 in median total compensation, fourth-highest behind just Harvard, Stanford and UVA Darden. Even more, 98.4% of the 2016 class had landed a job within three months of graduation. Such numbers had to be good news for the incoming 2018 class, which saw its percentage of women jump from 32% to 40%, further ranking it among the top full-time MBA programs.

The new Kellogg Global Hub sits on the shores of Lake Michigan. Photo by Mike Crews

Northwestern University (Kellogg): Searching for a sign that a business school is thriving? Just look at the facilities. Come winter, Kellogg will be the envy of almost every MBA program with its new “Global Hub.” This 415,000 square structure, built at a cost of $220 million dollars, is a game changer for the program. Replacing the cramped Jacobs Center, the Global Hub is a marvel of glass, limestone, and steel. Designed to foster community and collaboration, the building is defined by wide, naturally-lit spaces and an array of classroom configurations to fit any purpose. LEED Gold energy efficient, it also includes an auditorium seating 350 and a three story plaza that boasts stunning views of both Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago.

The school’s new home will cap a host of improvements led by Dean Sally Blount over the past six years because the Global Hub is also an expression of the program’s continuing success. In the 2016 Poets&Quants ranking, which collates the major MBA rankings, Kellogg climbed a spot to rank with Wharton at 4th. It also placed 2nd in The Economist ranking, which leans heavily on student satisfaction to evaluate programs. Kellogg’s ranking may even rise further in the coming year. The 2016 class, for example, enjoyed both its highest starting pay and sign-on bonus ($139,747) and placement (96%). Hardly a surprise, however, considering that Kellogg ranked second  and seventh in recruiter surveys conducted by U.S. News and Bloomberg Businessweek this year.

While Kellogg has a reputation for being a “marketing school,” its students are showing increasingly diverse interests…particularly in technology. Some 22% of the graduating class entered the tech field, up 10 points from three years earlier. More important, Kellogg tech grads were landing jobs in such blue ribbon firms as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Linkedin. The incoming class is also positioned to build on the past classes’ successes, boasting a higher average GMAT than Booth for the first time. The upshot? Kellogg GMAT scores have risen 20 points in the past five years, resulting in classes with increasing academic heft to go along with their trademark team-driven spirit.

  • Michael Lee

    Yea they are – Latin America? Who the fuck are you kidding? Is there one good school in Latin America? European schools – LBS and INSEAD are global schools. IESE, IMD and HEC are European schools. Try getting a job in the US with those schools. They won’t even look at you.

    Look, the litmus test is, can you get a job in the US with a non US MBA if you don’t have to worry about Visa Issues.

    Kellogg, Booth, Columbia students can get jobs in Europe and Asia. The other way around is not true.

    An MBA is only as useful as it helps you get a top job. How many HEC / IMD / IESE / grads make 200K+ a year?

  • mario

    Stupid comment!, american mbas are not the only ones to gain prestige. Only HBS, GSB, and wharton can claim that they dominate any place; the rest of US mbas (chicago, kellogg, tuck, etc) face a serious competition in Europe, Asia and Latin america just naming LBS, INSEAD, IESE, IMD and HEC.That explains why the common recomendation for many applicants who wants to work in Europe to choose a top european mba. Most of the applicants who study in a top european mba are not interested in the US!!!

  • Alexey Postnov

    Spain has 18% unemployment. In fact it was the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone in 2007.

  • Koichi Fuyumi

    Sounds like you are an insider. What you share here is not accessible in public source. Or there is one possible way to get above information is if you have a paid LinkedIn account and you search IMD graduates’ name one by one which is time consuming but would be a nice piece of analysis to share. Of course some can argue not everybody updates LinkedIn so frequently. Can you share more insider information to us?

  • Tesla

    IMD MBA is declining so fast. Many of its graduates struggle to get decent jobs. just check over the web. Many still unemployed.. or got back to same employers with similar jobs. Many top professors left the school, the rank is going down.. it is no longer a target for top elite recruiters.. It is at best comparable to Cranfield or RSM..

  • Yaniv

    IMD is a failing school and declining program, all indicators tell so.

  • ulin

    I am sorry to remind you of the recent struggle of IMD graduates in the marketplace. IMD removed its employment report from its website, and keeps the outdated 2014 report. They intent to return to the three or five year average report to further cover up their failure.. This school is no longer belong to the top, it is by most comparable to RSM, Bocconi, or Cranfield.

  • Tesla

    HEC prominent alumni are graduates of its master of management program NOT the MBA. The alumni of HEC look down to the MBA and don’t recognize it as elite as the grade Master program..same apply to most european schools..

  • C. Taylor

    I like how you think. There are two factors you should also consider. I’ll get to those below.

    I hear banks love IMD guys. Main thing is the two factors listed below. As for your Asia comment, it’s entirely off base. You’ve got two
    recruiters on campus for every student, if you end up in Asia, it’s
    because the offer was even sweeter than the other recruiters’ offers. Same companies, different locations. And with 9000+ execs coming through the campus every year, your Rolodex is huge.

    As I see it, you can’t get more elite than IMD; so I’m not sure where you wanted to go with your third bullet. Whether IMD is the best program for you depends entirely on your background and goals. Google, Amazon, Uber, MBB do on-campus recruiting for those who need flashy companies to jump-start their post-MBA careers.

    1) A one year program is generally not the best choice for someone targeting an uphill career move, post-MBA. (Anything else to banking is an uphill move.) INSEAD’s copious data suggests that almost all INSEAD guys who end up in banking were either already in banking or in a closely related position. And January starts even have a an off-hand chance at a summer internship while at INSEAD.

    IMD’s or INSEAD’s one year program would make a lot of sense for someone being sponsored by his bank or who’s background+network is already sufficient to obtain a banking position, post-MBA.

    2) How PE and IB guys hire. Banks often hire around 50-80% of post-MBA hires from their summer internship pool. Summer banking internships also often require 80-hour (or more) work weeks. Difficult to manage while studying at IMD full time. PE guys often prefer to know you well before hiring–as they don’t always hire as many (this process also requires more time).

    For someone making an uphill career move, you also often get your banking internships/jobs through networking in the school year. A one year program doesn’t provide as much time for this so that is an additional barrier for anyone who isn’t already plugged into the industry. The first half of IMD’s program is intensive.

  • Unlocking Value

    In terms of admissions stats (not employment salary data), which largely guide USN rankings, Yes Yale has solidified itself within or at the Top 10 spot – we agree. My point and those of others here is that it took a few years worth of effort/investment to get Yale to earn that spot. Cornell’s investments are very bold and large – way more than just a new building, and they are very long-term and their payoff should start coming in the next few years, and not this year or next as you rightly point out. However, for those looking for a smart play with future upside, I think that Cornell is probably the most dynamic and bold risk taker of the top 20 at this time. Kudos to Yale for showing that it is possible to move from top 15-20 to the top 10! I think Cornell is next…

  • somsquared

    Yale SOM has already solidified its place in USNews at top 7-8. Cornell artificially went up to #14 b/c of the Stern clerical error, it will be back at 15/16 next year, while SOM will likely stay at 7 or 8, with a chance of moving to 3-5.

  • MBA18

    For what it’s worth, Cornell didn’t borrow a page from Yale’s playbook. Both schools seem to have gotten serious around the same time in 2011; with Yale bringing on board Dean Snyder in July of that year and Cornell having submitted its winning proposal for Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in October.

    Cornell deserves credit for what they’re doing to invest in the school’s future, and it’s shortsighted to not see how this will pay dividends over the next few years. These investments, in my opinion far outweigh and are vastly more substantive than what Yale has done to increase its rankings over just the last couple of years, which seems largely to be a pursuit of high GMATs, some strategic branding and messaging efforts about the school’s impact, and the construction of Evans hall.

    Cornell also beat out Stanford to have a campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC, which is where Cornell Tech will be permanently located. Cornell Tech’s campus opens in Fall 2017 and it is going to be a big deal, no doubt about it. The campus is an over $2B project, was founded in conjunction with Google and in close partnership with many major tech companies, Cornell Tech’s dean is now on the Board of Amazon, and Cornell Tech packs some serious billionaire power players in its trustees, such as Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google), Michael Bloomberg (who also gave $100M), the CEO of Verizon, the former Chairman/CEO of Qualcomm, the CEO of Xerox, and the Chairman of Two Sigma (quant hedge fund with ~$40B under management).

    There have already been some 30 companies founded since 2013 out of Cornell Tech, from only 200 or so MBA alumni. Once the new campus opens, I can only see the number of startups out of Cornell Tech increasing. And once an alum who founded his or her startup at Cornell Tech founds the first unicorn startup associated with the school, then….you get the picture.

    Besides tech, the Dean has said that the new campus will be a bigger part of the regular 2-year and 1-year MBA programs in Ithaca and there will be significant Ithaca/NYC integration to come in the next few years. An NYC presence like Cornell Tech could be a significant draw for prospective traditional applicants, and I can see how this could increase application volume substantially once it’s all said and done. But overall, the sum of all of Cornell’s recent efforts is likely to propel Johnson upwards, and so I wouldn’t underestimate Cornell.

    Don’t get tunnel vision and focus only on this year’s rankings. Someone who did that even 2 years ago and passed on going to Yale when it was ranked #13, electing to go to a school that was then in the top-10, but no longer is, might regret their decision.

  • Koichi Fuyumi

    I am surprised why there are so many thread talking about IMD which is a program with 90 students only.

    If I want to conclude this school:
    1. #3 outside U.S., behind INSEAD and LBS; one of the top 4 choice if you want to get your MBA in one year (alongside INSEAD/ Kellogg/ Johnson)

    2. If you want to map it with U.S. school, it is around on par with Yale/ Ross/ Fuqua/ Darden/ Johnson/ Anderson (UCLA)/ NYU, depends on
    — In EU, it gives you better opportunities than US Top 10-16
    — In US, Top 10-16 give you better opportunities
    — In Asia, where I come from, I am sorry to be straight that IMD grad. considered as tier 3 talent among with people from US Top 10-16. Tier 1 belongs to HBS and Stanford only. Tier 2 includes M7+Tuck+Haas+INSEAD+LBS, IMD+Top 10-16 belongs to Tier 3

    3. If you want a “MBA job”, IMD is not your choice
    — MBB hires IMD
    — IB do not
    — PE/VC – A number of IMD grad works in PE/VC industry but nearly none of them jump straight into PE/VC after graduate

  • non

    Yale is fine but certainly overrated and has the media drooling to a fault. Their employment stats are solid and improved but do not match the praise and lofty air that some want to assign. Until their real employment results truly match their desired peer schools then no reason to act like they are any better then Duke, Cornell, Michigan, Virginia, and UCLA, which are all terrific by the way. And I agree that Cornell is on the move upward.

  • Unlocking Value

    Fully disagree – respectfully of course. Cornell did redo its curriculum (for the 2 year program) this talked about on this website and even to some extent in this article??? It’s admissions numbers are on an upswing??? (Again talked about here and on this
    Website??? Cornell is building a whole brand new campus in NYC (not just a new building in New Haven). There is more then just soft speculation that this new trophy NYC Campus will eventually fully house the 2 year program as well as others after it had been vetted. Cornell also already has a rock star dean from Insead who was at GE in the past and who has led all of these efforts.
    These are not my opinions either – these are the facts and why Cornell is in this article in the first place.
    You should not view this as a threat to Yale but instead as a compliment.

  • HEC => CEO

    HEC Paris has more alumni in high positions than any other continental business school, it is the alma mater of CEOs in Europe with the current CEOs of Best Buy, L’Oreal, AstraZeneca, Kering, Lafarge, and AXA hailing from HEC Paris.

  • SorryNotSorry

    Cornell isn’t ‘borrowing a page from Yale.’

    Yale focused on the core program, new building, new rock star dean, totally new curriculum.

    Cornell is focused on anything but the core 2 yr MBA program. Cornell is focused on expanding expanding expanding & paying less less less attention to the full time program. College of Business at Cornell sounds great, but the net net is the benefit is only a great academic offering.

    Cornell is down in rankings / student satisfaction because of lack of attention to the full time program. Yale is up because of the opposite. It’s very simple.

  • Greg

    So you reference rankings which don’t actually compare schools internationally. You also quote irrelevant statistics. The more you type the stupider you look.

  • C. Taylor

    Apologies as to your program. American MBAs are around 28 at matriculation, not 27 (Kellogg, and Wharton, for example). That means they are around 30 at graduation. INSEAD grads are also around 30 at graduation. LBS guys matriculate at 28-29, meaning they are 30-31 at graduation.

    IMD guys are usually around 30-31 at matriculation. This varies due to the small class size. That means they are 31-32 at graduation. All of one or two years older than the typical American grad. And zero to one years older than the typical LBS grad.

    As ‘International MBA’ has pointed out, IMD grads get compensated in the same range as HBS and Stanford grads. I would add that fewer IMD guys are in PE, etc. and they still often have made significantly more than Stanford and HBS grads at the five year mark. Discount that back a couple of years and you’re neck and neck with HBS and Stanford.

    Your positions here are just silly.

  • Red Layug

    Very funny, John.
    But, seriously, why won’t Haas and Columbia be as “hot school” as those of your 10?

  • Michael Lee

    Interviewing with MBB doesn’t mean jack. How many offers with MBB are there? Children can get interviews at MBB.

    IMD has higher initial comp primarily because people are like 31 when they join the program vs. AMerican MBAs they’re like 27.

    I’m a Kellogg grad that is familiar with INSEAD and LBS and recognize their place in the international community. Kellogg is a better school than both of them in the US, but internationally, they have a place.

    Internationally, especially in Asia, IE / IMD / etc don’t have a place.

  • Michael Lee

    The difference between me and you is that I’ve lived in 5 different countries and speak 3 different languages – English, Chinese and Spanish. I did my MBA in the US. If you’ve lived in Europe as I have, then you would agree that Europe is struggling.

  • C. Taylor

    Hi Michael, you’ve made a lot of statements here which conflict with statements you’ve already made. Currency conversion, your own rankings, so on and so forth. Grouping programs is a very reasonable approach.

    IMD’s grads historically place into positions which others obtain a few years post-MBA (more advanced). As for how many MBB, apparently 50/90 2015 grads interviewed at MBB. The INSEAD equivalent would be 550 students interviewing at MBB. And that’s IMD’s down year.

    Has IMD had a rough period in the post-crisis period? Yes. Yet that does not prevent IMD’s grads from getting the bad-ass jobs they do–year after year. Compensation? Best of any international program. And arguably better than almost any US-program, down the road. I’d suggest there is no better time than now to apply.

    And that’s just IMD. There are several excellent programs such as IESE and Bocconi I haven’t detailed here. If I had to guess, I’d say studying at INSEAD has affected your objectivity. While I agree that INSEAD’s strong and early presence in Asia was a smart move, it is far too early to write off the many excellent programs taking an alternate approach.

    Best wishes for your career in Asia. It’s an exciting place to be.

  • International MBA

    You obviously don’t have any idea what you’re talking about. IMD grads earn some of the highest salaries in the world beat only by Harvard and Stanford. Check Forbes or BusinessWeek for figures.

    Percentage wise Samsung hires more IMD MBAs than from any other program for GSG. And IMD placed about 20% of it’s class into MBB last year. 20%! None of which were sponsored, that says something.

    I’m actually American so it’s not like I’m all about Europe. But the difference between me and you is that you are American and lived/studied only in the US. I’m American and lived and studied in the US as well as Europe. You just lack the Europe context bit and I don’t blame you since being in the US you hardly get exposed to anything outside of ‘Murica

  • Michael Lee

    US News, Economist, Bloomberg etc.

    Higher education was born in the US and as Europe continues its decline, you’ll have two titans in the world. The US and China.

    All Europe can hope is that some Europeans will flee their countries and become leaders of Asia Pacific because Europe is dead with the exception of Germany.

    UK – on its way down
    Italy – 20% unemployment
    Spain – 25% unemployment
    France – 15% unemployment
    Portugal – 15% unemployment
    Greece – 30% unemployment

    Besides brands, European firms can’t compete.

    European companies know how to high build brands. That’s it.

    But in terms of mainstream consumer products or services, European companies are on their way down.

  • Michael Lee

    You’re nitpicking examples.

    Like I said – You can put INSEAD in with the best and even LBS but other European schools are sort of a joke.

    Lemme give you a really clear example – if you attend some non INSEAD / LBS european school and try to get a job in the US or at an American company, you’re gonna get laughed out of the room if your’e gonna go toe to toe with American schools.

    IF you attend Kellogg, Booth, or some top 10 / M7 MBA and you apply for a job in Europe or Asia, people will give you respect.

    You’re talking about these entry level programs.

    How many MBB people outside of a few European countries does IMD or IE place a year? How many do they place in the states?

    How many people go to top tech firms like Facebook, Google, Microsoft?

    Siemens – it’s not an American company – so they’ll hire European. Samsung’s GSG is primarily INSEAD and American MBA’s so I don’t know what your’e talking about their.

    Given the Euro right now – let’s also talk about starting salaries.

    Right now – your average IMD grad that’s in their 20’s makes what – 80K Euros. Isn’t that 85K US. You know that tech firms give temps more than that right?

  • Greg

    Perhaps FT which has 2 of the top 3 in Europe and 7 of the top 20 outside USA? Or QS who rank 6 of the top 10 and 11 of the top 20 outside the USA? What mythical rankings are you looking at?

  • Orange 1

    Remember when Stern was ranked #10 for a couple of years. Looks like Ross, Yale, and Cornell have blown by.

  • Ojo

    The recruiter scores for schools do not reflect your sentiment. I think in general, top 10 schools will have similar opportunities for consulting, banking, etc. For PE/VC it more depends on pre B-school PE/VC (or BB IB) background, and the strongest pre B-school backgrounds usually go to HBS and GSB, then Wharton and Booth, then Kellogg, MIT and Columbia.

  • Yaniv

    “that reputation filters down to its MBA program as well”,
    I respectfully disagree. Many of top recruiters I know (personally) consider that the best of management training is that you have a management degree from top US school, and executive non-degree training from IMD or INSEAD. In fact, for the middle managers training programs, the INSEAD AMP has taken on the IMD BOT program. Recruiters are very very aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each school. It is very well known that IMD is one of the best, if not, the best in the executive training area, although INSEAD is expanding its share of this market through its new expansion for Singapore campus. But, for a DEGREE programs, in my opinion, US schools dominates for several reasons, rich resources which is reflected on scholarships, quality of professors (due to affording high salaries, research opportunities, etc..), unmatched alumni base, and a fundamental reason that the MBA is an american invention and still and by far, they lead the industry.
    having said all that, I’d be comfortable to say that INSEAD, LBS, IMD, IE, and IESE are really good schools with global reputation, but the top US schools, particularly the so called M7 schools are in their own league and no school worldwide can come close to them in prestige, quality, and reputation.

  • International MBA

    IMD’s average is is actually 31. So it’s about 2 years older that INSEAD/LBS. Don’t blow things out of proportion.

    IMD can also afford to have a more exclusive MBA program with all the advantages that offers because it’s at the back of arguably the best executive education school in the world. IMD has 9000 executives going through each year and so with 100:1 executives per MBA your alumni network is much much bigger than just your MBA class.

  • International MBA

    An MBA program’s pedigree and reputation simply does not change over a matter of a few years. It takes a much longer time that that.

    Schools have swings up and down over the years for various reasons but the clusters remain pretty much the same in the eyes of recruiters for a decade or more.

    P&Q has had a couple of articles on here that have sensationalized a few changes at IMD that it appears you have read and gobbled up. But don’t forget that P&Q is a primarily American publication that looks to profit from sensationalizing certain stories for ad clicks and comment generation. I can tell you that the sentiment in Europe and Asia is that IMD is an ultra elite school. This is especially true since it remains the undisputed leader in executive education (ranked first by FT for 5 years in a row) and that reputation filters down to its MBA program as well.

  • International MBA

    Economies wax and wane and Europe has been in a slump relative to the US since the recession. I won’t deny this. However, macroeconomic economic performance is not 1:1 with individual career success or the microeconomic performance of individual companies, which is the focus of an MBA.

    The fact of the matter is that getting a post-MBA job at something like Siemens’s CEO associate program or Samsung’s Global Strategy Group are examples of some of the most coveted positions after your MBA. If you look into prestigious corporate strategy and product management roles like those you’ll find they actually target INSEAD/IMD above all else.

  • ArtFirstPlayLqter

    Lol @ Norbert. True sign you actually go to SOM!!

  • Michael Lee

    And as an American I would just say – how much is the euro worth now … jeez – dying economies still have the arrogance to suggest Americans are better. INSEAD is a global school so we won’t categorize as Euorpean perse. IMD, IE – they’re European schools and Europe is where economies go to die.

  • Michael Lee

    Most rankings place that combine US and European schools place most US schools at the top. I don’t know what rankings you’re looking at.

  • El Elvis

    As a current first year at an M7, I’ve concluded that rankings are meaningless. The reality is that after HSW, students at the next 15ish schools are all competing for the same jobs. It’s not uncommon for a Fuqua/Anderson/McCombs student to beat out Booth/Kellogg/Columbia students for jobs. This is an inconvenient truth for P&Q and ranking services who are in the business of selling fantasies and clicks.

  • Greg

    This statement is ridiculous and proves you know not what you talk about.
    Thousands of CEO’s, if that is even a measure worth considering. US schools are good and expensive. They aren’t the best as proven by every legitimate ranking system out there.

  • Michael Lee

    Maybe European companies – certainly not Asian companies and definitely not Chinese companies.

    In China – China prefers America, and maybe LBS and INSEAD. No one even knows how to say IMD in Chinese.

    The two largest economies in the World US and China – those are the two countries that matter. Europe is on decline. INSEAD is global so some props there, LBS is finance heavy, so that’s ok. The balance of the European business schools, tell me who in the US and China would hire them.

    US and China matter. Europe less and less. Africa and South America don’t.

  • Michael Lee

    INSEAD and LBS are most certainly in the 5-10 column. IMD doesn’t have enough alum to be important. It’s too small and doesn’t produce much in terms of CEOs and business leaders of the world. Plus everyone that attends IMD is like 33+。 If you get your MBA at 33, there’s something wrong.

  • Michael Lee

    I personally think I represented the European schools well. The only two European schools that are worth mentioning are INSEAD and LBS. The rest of the European schools don’t matter and will not matter. How many CEOs come from those other schools.

  • Greg

    Far too many US schools on this list. Hate to break it to you but there are better schools in the world than most of them on this list.

  • radish

    “Most big multinational European/Asian companies such as Siemens, Roche, UBS, Samsung, Novartis, Shell, etc. actually prefer IMD/LBS/INSEAD candidates over someone from say Columbia or Sloan”,

    Not true. Most multinational corporations would prefer someone from target country who studied at top US school, because he/she combines what the multinational corporation look for, local belonging with super education, local to easy navigate the cultural scene, super education, because as everyone knows, US schools are by far the best, and the US business model is the role model for the entire world. Top european schools, are not in practical european, they are american schools culturally on european soil. I have visited IE, INSEAD, and LBS, all the business cases are produced by HBR, language is english, top recruiters are americans, business practices are invented in america, etc.. So, please stop misleading people..

  • Yaniv

    You should re-check facts about IMD, number of high profile professors left the school recently, namely : Martha, and Wood. The school is really really in steep decline.

  • International MBA

    It sometimes blows my mind how little North Americans know about European business schools.

    The US is not the only place to go to a top-tier school as you seem to be implying nor is it the only place to have a prestigious job. This is especially true in the multinational industry/corporate world (i.e. outside of consulting/banking).

    Most big multinational European/Asian companies such as Siemens, Roche, UBS, Samsung, Novartis, Shell, etc. actually prefer IMD/LBS/INSEAD candidates over someone from say Columbia or Sloan. This is because multinational companies are very international and they want someone who has a certain level of internationalism (lived/worked outside home country, speaks multiple languages, etc.) American business schools are very “American” with most MBA candidates having only lived/worked in the US and speak only 1 language fluently.

    European schools on the other hand are generally 90% plus international with most people having worked outside of their home country and speak 2-3+ languages. Therefore I wouldn’t say the Top 10 schools U.S only.

  • Unlocking Value

    I also generally agree with this ranking. Cornell seems to be legitimately borrowing a page from Yale’s successful playbook over the past several years and should see continued upward momentum over the coming years. The merger of their business/hotel schools and brand new state of the art NYC located campus when combined with their already highly regarded global brand are major long-term advantages. Ross and Darden also look strong. 7-14 will start to have less and less differences IMO over the coming years except personal preference.

  • Good List

    Agree with this ranking

  • Yaniv

    All INSEAD, LBS should be in the range 11 to 15.. IMD belongs to the range 20 to 25.

  • International MBA

    Not a bad list although not sure I agree on where LBS and INSEAD are relative to each other on there. They’re pretty much on par with each other and I think most people would say LBS trumps INSEAD.

    I would also throw IMD in there as it’s of the international ultra elites along with LBS/INSEAD. Probably right above Haas at the #9 or #10 spot.

  • Michael Lee

    2017 Rankings:

    1. Harvard
    2. Stanford
    3. Wharton
    4. INSEAD
    5. Booth
    6. Kellogg
    7. LBS
    8. Columbia
    9. Sloan
    10. Haas
    11. Yale
    12. Tuck
    13. Stern
    14. Fuqua
    15. Ross
    16. Darden
    17. Johnson
    18. Anderson

  • nothing_to_see_here

    Nice! Foster made this list… I’ve always been impressed with them and their graduates. Their academic and program offer is first class. Honestly their only downside was their limited brand recognition and appeal outside of the PNW.

  • Norbert Weiner

    I agree on the Yale comment.

  • Norbert Weiner


  • Pretty Close

    I think Yale fits in more with the 7-9 group and Stern fits in with the 10-14. Otherwise I’d have to agree. Sloan had decreasing salaries this year so I’m not sure what effect that may have but I doubt it would fall in the 7-9 range.

  • 2017MBARankings

    MBA rankings based on the latest information

    1. Harvard
    2. Stanford
    3-4: Wharton, Booth
    5. Kellogg
    6. Sloan
    7-9: Columbia, Haas, Tuck
    10-14: Yale, Fuqua, Johnson, Ross, Darden
    15. Anderson
    16. Stern

  • Melanie A Barnett

    Great article about the awesome future the students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and corporate partners of Ross can expect. And thank you for recognizing the legacy of Alison Davis Blake’s tenure as Ross dean, which was critical to making this next phase possible. (“During her five-year tenure, this change agent turned a daunting budget deficit into a surplus; created more equitable faculty compensation; and raised academic performance for incoming MBAs.”)

  • jederman

    🙂 looks like you are in good mood 🙂

  • JohnAByrne

    Haas is in Berkeley, California, while Columbia is in New York.

  • Spartan 22

    Haas and Darden should probably be on this list.

  • Red Layug

    Where is Haas and Columbia?