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.


  • Just another man

    Rankings are out

    1) Harvard Wharton
    3) Booth
    4) MIT, Northwestern, Stanford
    7) Berkeley
    8) Dartmouth
    9) Columbia, Yale
    11) Michigan,

  • Need to correct you there. GMAT scores only account for 16% of the weight in U.S. News’ methodology–that’s a long way from the 40% to 50% rate you assert.

  • cornelliusquared

    I bet Yale slips off the top 10 this year and gets replaced by Fuqua. SOM games the system and only focuses on GMAT/GPA. They aren’t even a good school and have little to no credibility.

  • globalone

    The whole rankings is stupid
    40 to 50% is for GMAT scores… which certain schools focus on at the cost of leadership skills – Yes sentence correction on the GMAT will determine my career sucecss.. Give me a break!

    I think CBS , Yale and Duke are very under rated for the type of jobs they get and startups they produce…
    Berkeley, Booth and kellogg and even wharton are overrated when u look at the jobs people get from there or the startups from alumni

  • Really?

    Can’t tell if you are trolling but Fuqua most definitely does not send more to MBB than any of those aforementioned programs. In fact looking at the employment report they only sent 7% of students between the three…

  • rick

    I’m guessing it has something to do with Tim Cook having gone to Fuqua.