U.S. News’ ‘Sneak Peak’ Of The Top Ten

One big issue: Will Harvard Business School repeat as No. 1?

When U.S. News releases its new annual MBA ranking next Tuesday, March 14th, every single school that made its Top Ten list last year will remain among the top ten institutions granting full-time MBA degrees.

In a ‘sneak peak‘ of the forthcoming ranking published today (March 7), U.S. News identified the top ten schools in alphabetical order and the list remains unchanged from last year. Of course, actual numerical ranks for each school could have changed but that will remain unknown until the full list is out next week.

The magazine said that the top ten schools will be, in alphabetical order, Columbia Business School, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, Harvard Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Yale’s School of Management.


Last year, HBS topped the list, followed by Stanford, Booth, and Wharton, with both Sloan and Kellogg in a dead tie for fifth place. Haas was seventh, just ahead of both Tuck and SOM, tied for eighth, while Columbia was tenth. Six of the Top Ten schools changed ranks last year. The most improved position was achieved by Yale, which gained five places to finish eighth, from 13th. The biggest decline was felt by Columbia, which lost two spots to drop from eighth to tenth.

The preview of the top ten means that the University of Virginia’s Darden School, which fell out of the Top Ten last year and landed in 11th, failed to make it back in. The University of Michigan’s Ross School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, both tied at 12th in 2016, also did not make gains that would have put those schools among the Top Ten.

U.S. News says it surveyed 471 accredited master’s programs in business to come up with its new ranking of the top full-time MBA programs. As is customary, U.S. News will bill its new list as a 2018 ranking, even though it comes out in 2017 and is based on 2016 data to increase the shelf life of the list.