Duke Fuqua | Ms. Account Executive
GMAT 560, GPA 3.3
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Commercial Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
NYU Stern | Mr. Military Officer
GRE In Progress, GPA 2.88
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55
Harvard | Mr. Smart Operations
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Darden | Mr. Strategy Manager
GRE 321, GPA 3.5
Ross | Mr. Airline Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.73
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corporate VC Hustler
GMAT 780, GPA 3.17
Wharton | Mr. Marketing Director
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Ms. Healthcare Startup
GRE 321, GPA 3.51
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4

HEC Paris & Cambridge Score Ranking Gains

Students gather on the campus of the London Business School

Students gather on the campus of the London Business School


Ultimately, some of the highest returns on investment came from one-year MBA programs. Forbes only measures these accelerated programs at international schools, though several highly prominent programs exist at such schools as Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. The reasons why these programs would naturally boast high ROI scores is because students only lose on year of earnings and the shorter programs cost less.

Forbes noted that Class of 2010 graduates from the best international one-year business schools posted median five-year gains of $125,500, compared with median gains of just $64,000 for the best international two-year programs. Either way, those results were better than the median gains of only $42,500 for grads of two-year programs in the U.S. Bottom line: It took only 2.6 years for the 2010 MBA class to pay off an international one-year program versus 3.4 years for two-year non-U.S. programs and four years for two-year programs at U.S. schools.

The undisputed ROI winner among all the U.S. and internationals schools? INSEAD. The school’s alums reported five-year gains of $171,200, resulting in a payback period of just 2.4 years to recoup their investment in the MBA degree. That compares with Stanford, the No. 1 U.S. school, where it took 4.2 years to get a payback on the investment, with a five-year gain of less than half as much, $89,100.

In capturing the top spot, INSEAD skipped over IMD which was No. 1 two years ago. Still, IMD grads reported very impressive results, including a median five-year gain of $163,600, If not for the school’s more pricey MBA program, $91,380 versus INSEAD’s $68,740, it’s possible that IMD would not have lost out to INSEAD this year.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.