Business Schools With The Best MBA Teaching Faculty


School                                    Index  2010  ‘08  ‘06  ‘04  ‘02  ’00  ’98  ’96  ’94  ’92  ’90  ’88
1. Virginia (Darden)100.0XXXXXXXXXXXX
2. Dartmouth (Tuck)83.3XXXXXXXXXX
2. Cornell (Johnson)83.3XXXXXXXXXX
4. UNC (Kenan-Flagler)66.7XXXXXXXX
5. Chicago (Booth)50.0XXXXXX
5. Indiana (Kelley)50.0XXXXXX
7. Harvard Business School41.7XXXXX
7. Washington (Olin)41.7XXXXX
9. Stanford GSB25.0XXX
9. Northwestern (Kellogg)25.0XXX
9. UC-Berkeley (Haas)25.0XXX
9. MIT (Sloan)25.0XXX
9. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)25.0XXX
9. Rochester (Simon)25.0XXX

Source: BusinessWeek surveys of MBA graduates from 1988 to 2010. An X indicates that the school scored within the top 20th percentile of all business schools whose graduates were surveyed by BusinessWeek.


  • JohnAByrne

    And that is precisely why it’s important to look at long-term data–not a single year’s results which can be influenced by anything from cheerleading to quirks in the numbers.

  • Smith School went from B to A+ in teaching and C to A+ in career center in two years. Absolutely mind blowing progress. Perhaps those series of MBA town hall meetings in which the dean’s staff explained the meaning of self-interest when it comes to filling out surveys from business publications paid off. Or maybe the school really did devote significant new resources to teaching and the career center and students really are this much more satisfied even through their ROI didn’t jump significantly. As always, take survey data with a healthy grain of salt.

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  • Adam

    Simon (Rochester) does not have enough data, else it would move up in the order!

  • LVD

    Go Rochester!!!

  • JKL

    Not surprised by Wash U in STL (Olin School) placement so high up on this list. The faculty is absolutely superb. It was clear from my experience that the school, known largely as a research institution to outsiders, placed a high value on the interactive classroom and had faculty drive the tight community in the b-school. Wash U’s whole philosophy and culture of upward momentum was/is really driven by the faculty and in the school’s recruitment and selection of new faculty. It was a great, smaller environment and we really interacted quite closely with faculty outside of classroom instructional time.

  • Candidate

    Thanks for the great article. One comment: If you look at the last 10 years, it seems like Booth and Darden would be a tie up for the best MBA teaching as rated by student satisfaction with Johnson at 3, Tuck at 4, and HBS at 5.

    I would argue that last 10 years is a better gauge going forward, rather than the last 20 years, and that momentum counts.

  • fingooth

    Must be all that active learning and team based learning. If Darden is good, surely the professors must not EVER lecture. And who cares about research anyway – it’s a BUSINESS school.

  • Darden99

    Darden has always focused on having tremendous professors who teach. As someone who went to Wharton undergrad, I can speak to the difference between researchers and teachers. No doubt, Wharton has a tremendous reputation, but I often found that teachers were simply punching the clock on the teaching side of the house and cared far more deeply about their research and publications.

    Darden is about teaching and community. Every one of the professors cares deeply about the school and community and making sure that the students have a tremendous experience in their two years in C’ville. The professors who have been there for decades, such as John Colley, Ed Davis, Dick Brownlee, Alan Beckenstein, Elliott Weiss, and Jeanne Liedtka have instilled in the younger faculty the importance of teaching. Obviously, Dean Bruner was and is foremost a teacher.

    The Darden education becomes an integral part of your being forever. TO those who may be considering an MBA program, don’t simply focus on the top “brand name” if you want the best experience, Maybe look down the list a couple notches and you’ll find a program that will be a far better overall experience.

    Almost 15 years after I graduated, I find myself in job search mode. I looked over the tremendous resources available on the Darden alumni website- then called their Alumni Career Services office. Within a day I had an appointment with a tremendous “career coach” who is working with me on an ongoing basis to ensure I land a great new role. All free of charge for alums– trust me– my next year’s donation will be even more than normal.

    Put simply Darden rocks from the Dean to the professors to the professional staff to the cafeteria workers.

  • plantmaths

    great!, Darden and Tuck are my two favorite B-schools, to which I have already applied. MBA 2014 here I go!

  • Adriano Maesano

    Great article. As a recent Darden grad, I can say that it is a joy to share the classroom with the amazing faculty at the school. They put so much effort in promoting the fast-paced and challenging environment mention in these articles, somehow managing to engage all types of students, whether they are interested in that subject or sometimes simply picked that course to fill out the schedule.

  • James Walker

    There is a Darden style and it has been there since the beginning. Dean Bruner sets the standard, absolutely as good in the classroom as any I have experienced.