MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Social Entrepreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Industry Switch
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Mr. Irish Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tough Guy
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63

The Best Business Schools for Career and Personal Growth

A student in a class at the Indian School of Business

A student in a class at the Indian School of Business

Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad)

Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad)

Discrepancies Between Career Progress and Aims Achieved Rankings

Surprisingly, the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), which ranked #3 in Career Progress, came in at #96 in Aims Achieved. In other words, despite rising in seniority and company size, alumni respondents didn’t feel they achieved what they sought out to do in school. And this school isn’t alone. The Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) ranked #2 in Career Progress and #84 in Aims Achieved. In fact, both schools showed a similar discrepancy in 2013. South Africa’s University of Cape Town (#13 in career progress and #92 in aims achieved) and the UK’s University of Bath School of Management (#17 in Career Progress and #95 in Aims Achieved) also followed this pattern.

While these are extreme examples, most schools had a 10-30 spot rank discrepancy between Career Progress and Aims Achieved. Take Harvard Business School, for example. It ranked #4 with the career metrics, yet fell to #50 in the aims survey with alumni. Conversely, the University of Chicago (Booth) scored much higher on Aims Achieved as opposed to Career Progress, ranking #16 on the former and #46 on the latter.

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Stanford Tops Combined Average

In reality, Career Progress and Aims Achieved are similar metrics. The former applies student-supplied data to rank their career development (with size of company likely discriminating against entrepreneurs and seniority not necessarily mirroring influence). Similarly, attaining school goals (i.e. Aims Achieved) doesn’t necessarily translate to career success. To balance out these two interests, Poets&Quants averaged the two rankings.

Not surprisingly, Stanford again came out on top, with an average rank of 1.5 when Career Progress and Aims Achieved are combined. Switzerland’s IMD edged out Spain’s IESE Business School, with the schools’ average rans at 4.0 and 4.5 respectively. The London Business School (7.5), Esade Business School (8.0) and the University of Cambridge (Judge) (8.5) all maintained combined ranks under 10 (with the Yale Business School coming in just behind that with a 12.5 average).

To view the top 100 schools, continue to the next pages.

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